5 Things My Cat Taught Me About God

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God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may be masters over all the wild animals and creatures upon the earth.” Genesis 1:26

We are made in God’s image.

But we tend to forget that means we have a lot of the same emotions and characteristics that He does. Just as God is Master over us, we are masters to our pets. And if we have such strong emotions and love for our pets, then we can be sure that they’re just a small shadow of the infinitely greater love that God has for us.

Here are 5 things my cat taught me about God:

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When I look at my cat Boots, I am amazed when I consider the creator of such a beautiful, wonderfully-made creature! Boots has beautiful, bright green eyes that are full of life, a graceful stride, and soft, perfectly-patterned fur made especially for petting sessions. But above all, God’s greatest work of art is each and every one of us, created uniquely in His image.

“For we are God’s masterpiece, created in the Messiah Jesus to perform good actions that God prepared long ago to be our way of life” (Ephesians 2:10, ISV).

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I love my cat Boots and I’m not even one of the true crazy cat people – just moderately crazy. I have several nicknames for him (including Booty), and I treasure all of his little quirks. To me, he’s just the smartest, cutest thing in the world. I’ve never gotten tired of his adorableness.

Do you think God, the One who knows everything about you, feels anything less? No, infinitely greater! God loves you more deeply than you could imagine (Ephesians 3:18-19). He even gave us cute little animals to make our hearts melt.

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I talk about my cat – probably too much at times – and I enjoy hanging with him. I even have a photo of Boots as the background on my phone. I love my cat. He is not just mine, but I totally own that fact and brag that he is mine. God does the same with us!

“God is for you. Had he a calendar, your birthday would be circled. If he drove a car, your name would be on his bumper. If there’s a tree in heaven, he’s carved your name in the bark. We know he has a tattoo, and we know what it says. ‘I have written your name on my hand,’ he declares.” – Max Lucado

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Many people like cats because they are funny creatures. Sometimes Boots leaves his tongue out after he meows and it’s hilarious. Just recently, when he noticed The Aristocats playing on TV, his eyes got huge and were glued to it for 20 minutes. God loves to see us laugh. The Bible tells of His sense of humor and speaks of God laughing. And if we laugh, then we know God laughs even greater!

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My cat is very mischievous. He loves to play, fetch, and explore new things (like grocery bags). Every morning when I get dressed, Boots jumps on the overhead rack in my closet. He walks back and forth all over my folded clothes, sometimes knocking some down. But I don’t get mad or yell, because he’s adorable and I love him.

Now I’m not saying that God likes when we do bad stuff or that He won’t correct us or let us experience consequences – because He will. But I am saying that if I’m patient with my cat because I love him, then God is unimaginably patient with you. When certain things feel unforgivable and too big of a mess to clean up, God reminds you that He’s big enough to easily fold things back up – and that He still adores you.

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“But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.” Psalms 86:15

If you feel like you’ve been needing forgiveness, love, or have been wanting to know God more intimately, just ask Him! He’s sure to answer you.

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God Print #2: The Chicken & the Egg

56256845_sSince God Print #1 was on the topic of creation, it was natural for me to write about this question. Which came first, the chicken or the egg?

The chicken and the egg riddle simply points to an outside source having created either the chicken or the egg. Think of it in terms of humans.

Which came first, a human or human sperm cells? The human couldn’t be created without the sperm cells, and the sperm cells couldn’t be created without the human. Therefore, neither of them could have gotten there without an outside source – a Creator – creating and placing them there.

“God created man in his own image. In God’s image he created him; male and female he created them. God blessed them. God said to them, “Be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth, and subdue it. Have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the sky, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” Genesis 1:27-28

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Contradiction #2

arrowsSkeptics complain about churches needing tithes and offerings, and also question that churches need a large stage, lights and a band “just to worship God”.

But at the same time, Beyonce and other celebs can pack huge arenas with extravagant pyrotechnics, fireworks and exotic performers, with their money, just to celebrate and contribute to their own lifestyle? If we can use resources for celebs in these ways, then God deserves all of that and more. And when you give to Him, He blesses you more in return!

“Bring the entire tithe into the storehouse so that there may be food in my temple. Test me in this matter,” says the LORD who rules over all, “to see if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until there is no room for it all.” Malachi 3:10

4 Reasons We Need to Embrace Our Brokenness

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Do you get discouraged when you mess up? Do you beat yourself up and even feel like giving up sometimes?

I recently went through a period where I was struggling with feelings of anxiety and guilt about my Christian performance. Then God showed me that I was looking at myself and my flaws in the wrong way.

Here are 4 reasons why we actually need to embrace our brokenness.

1. Jesus doesn’t want “good” people. 

Jesus said, “I have not come for the righteous, but for sinners,” and also said that none of us are naturally good or righteous (Mark 2:17, 10:18). Jesus rebuked the Pharisees – the religious leaders of his day – for being hypocrites that saw themselves as sinless kings, while they viewed everyone else as sinful, worthless peasants. They rejected Christ’s gifts and miracles because they felt they didn’t need them – but it was the outcasts and the needy who were humble and willing to receive His grace. Jesus even said:

I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you [the pharisees] and given to a people who will produce its fruit. Whoever will fall on this stone [Christ] will be broken: but whoever this stone falls on, it will grind him to powder.” Matthew 21:43-44

2. Our weakness is a requirement to truly receive His working power.

We will always be flawed as human beings – but it’s when we begin to think we can handle things on our own that we start to fail. We begin to lose our peace, lose direction and feel like we need to work for salvation. When we start to feel this way, it’s a sign that we may be striving by our own power and not resting in His power and promises.

Jesus said, My yoke is easy and my burden is light. If life has felt hard and heavy lately, then you are most likely trying to carry the load by yourself. Allow Him to carry it for you!

“Are you so foolish? After starting your Christian lives in the Spirit, why are you now trying to become perfect by your own human effort? Have you experienced so much for nothing? Surely it was not in vain, was it? Does God give you his Spirit and work miracles among you because you do actions of the law? Of course not! It is because through faith you believe the message you heard about Christ.” Galatians 3:3-5

3. It helps us to remain humble.

Imagine what we’d act like if we instantly became flawless, perfect humans once we received Christ. We’d quickly turn our attention from God and begin exalting ourselves and giving ourselves credit for our good qualities.

It’s actually a very familiar scenario – when Lucifer fell from heaven, when mankind fell, and the reason people do evil in the world everyday. Pride. We need to remember our flaws so we don’t begin to judge others – becoming like the hypocritical Pharisees. We need to remember that without Him and without the Holy Spirit guiding us, we are still the same exact broken person that we were before. Paul even used his problems as a humble reminder:

“But I refrain, so that no one can give me credit for something beyond what they see or hear from me, especially because of the extraordinary revelations I have received. Therefore, so that I would not be given credit, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to torment me so I would not get more credit than I deserve.” 2 Corinthians 12:6-7

4. It reminds us why we need a Savior.

Embracing our brokenness doesn’t mean accepting defeat or embracing bad habits. It’s about remembering what God has done and is doing for us daily, and knowing that without our daily walk with Him, we’d quickly return to being slaves to sin.

We’re reminded of why we needed a savior in the first place and that it’s Jesus’ power and our dependence on Him that keeps us free and redeems us – not our own humanly efforts. Paul continues to explain:

But Jesus said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is perfected in weakness.’ Therefore, I will most gladly boast all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may reside in me. Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

God Print #1

56256845_sOk, here goes the first post of this series!

The bible says that God made Adam and then made Eve from a piece of Adam’s flesh.

This is demonstrated in science by males having one X and one Y chromosome (XY) and females having only two X chromosomes (XX). This proves that the female did come from the male, because only males have the Y chromosome, which determines the male sex in a person. Meaning that both sexes had to originate from the man, and not the other way around.

“And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.” Genesis 2:23

“Woman” … as in “womb man”. She was taken from man’s womb, and she became the womb of all who have ever lived.

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Contradiction #1

arrowsPeople say they don’t believe in God because there’s evil in the world, but also say they don’t believe in God because a good god wouldn’t punish people or send them to hell.

Do we want justice for evil behavior or not? … Even us humans have justice systems and prisons. Why wouldn’t God?

Also, something causes us to recognize and hate the evil in the world, which means there is good also, or else we could not recognize a difference.

“For I, the LORD, love justice; I hate robbery and wrongdoing.” Isaiah 61:8

4 Questions For Anyone Struggling to Pray

So many of us struggle with communication in our relationships, and I’ll be the first to admit that I am the worst.

Plenty of times I have viewed communication with my loved ones as an obligation or something to check off my to-do list. But I’ve learned that communication is much more than a task.

Communication actually is the relationship.

And since prayer is our main form of communication with God, prayer is our relationship with God.

Here are 4 ways we can look at our relationships with people to learn about our relationship with God.

4-questions-distant-0826161. Are you distant? Imagine if your spouse put everything before you and gave you only the scraps of their spare time, and then used systematic, habitual communication with you. What if they solely talked to you when they were either extremely happy or extremely sad? What if they only talked to you briefly, maybe a minute in the morning and a minute before bed? Even if some of these conversations were deep and amazing, you would still be heartbroken and always yearning for more of them.

This quote from Richard Foster is a wonderful description of how God feels when we may treat Him this way:

“Today the heart of God is an open wound of love. He aches over our distance and preoccupation. He mourns that we do not draw near to him. He grieves that we have forgotten him. He weeps over our obsession with muchness and manyness. He longs for our presence. He is inviting you – and me – to come home, to come home to where we belong, to come home to that for which we were created. His arms are stretched out wide to receive us. His heart is enlarged to take us in.” – Richard Foster

Just as in any relationship, we shouldn’t take our problems out on God. Though we may get busy with work, have a bad day, or go through tough times, we shouldn’t get distant. We should actually use this as an excuse to keep the line of communication open – not even leaving our problems at work or where they belong – but bringing them all to Him.

Try writing down whatever is bothering you on a piece of paper. Pray about it and then tear up the paper. The problem is now in His hands! This is the confidence we have in approaching God, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us and it is given to us. 1 John 5:14

4-questions-quality-time-0826162. Do you spend quality time? The quality of our communication and the quality of time spent go hand in hand. Are we giving God the firstfruits of our time, or are we giving Him the leftovers? Are we spending enough time with God for it to leave an impression on us? We usually walk away from a conversation with a friend with something to think about, even if it’s something tiny. It doesn’t have to be an impassioned, blood-sweating prayer in order for it to be meaningful. Sometimes it’s the smallest interactions that bring us the most joy.

Try reading a part of the Bible or a devotional. Pray God will speak to you as you read. When something stands out to you, stop reading and meditate on it. If you have a question, pray! He’s sure to answer you in one way or another.


4-questions-all-the-talking-0826163. Are you doing all of the talking? Have you ever had a conversation with someone where they talk on and on, but as soon as you say something, they change the subject? Or maybe you were the one talking their ear off and weren’t interested in what they had to say. I remember talking to my mom on the phone and I was so caught up in my own thoughts that I didn’t hear what she was saying and I hung up with her in the middle of her sentence. It made me sad to know that I made her feel unimportant and unheard.

Communication is a two-way street, and listening is just as important as talking. How many times have we shut out God’s voice by doing all of the talking and not listening? And we definitely don’t want to miss out on what God has to say to us – it’s most likely the answer to our problem.

Aside from talking to the Lord, try taking some time out to just bask in His presence and praise Him. It is during these times of praise that we feel His Loving, Truthful presence the most, as He speaks into our hearts and minds. What I love about this is that whether you throw your hands up and sing or go watch the sunset, the way you praise is totally up to you. Praise Him the way you know how.

4-questions-constant-0826164. Lastly, are you constant? Although we are told to pray without ceasing, I must admit that it is difficult to pray all day long when we must work and take care of our homes. This is when the relationship we’ve been building with God in private has its chance to shine outwardly and bear its fruits. After genuine communication, we’ll find the Lord influencing our words, behaviors and actions, regardless of our physical whereabouts.

Depending on His Spirit in our day-to-day lives will become less and less foreign and difficult. It will feel as natural as a relationship with our closest friend.

After all, that’s exactly what it is.

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