One of the first things people usually learn about me is that I’m sort of obsessed with my cat, Phoebe. (Yes– named after the FRIENDS character because… #obviously) My husband & I got her January 2, 2011: a little over a month after we got married. We’re both huge animal lovers & were actually planning to get a puppy. But then the associate showed us this timid little tortoise colored kitty & there was no going back. They found her abandoned because her old owners moved & just left her there in the cold at 7 months old. The shop had been looking for a new family to adopt her but everyone wanted to get a new baby kitten, not one almost a year old, so she had been overlooked hundreds of times. When I held Phoebe for the first time, she started purring, nuzzled into my arm, & my husband said: “We’re getting a cat instead, aren’t we?”
A lot of people don’t really get why I’m so taken with her & say she’s “just a cat.” But if you have pets, you understand. They have personalities! They have quirks & birthmarks & preferences. They can tell when you’re sick & they can sense your fear. Pets channel your excitement & are always happy to see you! So this notion that pets are “just animals” is ludicrous to me. In Job 12:10 the Bible says “In His hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind,” (NIV). The verse speaks of the wisdom of animals & tells us to ask them & the birds in the sky & the fish, for they will tell us what the Lord has done!
My husband works a lot & I spend a lot of time alone at home, so Phoebe’s presence comforts me each & every day. I never really feel lonely because she follows me around the house. She gives off a calming presence that is essential for my anxiety-ridden mind. My mom grew up on a farm & nursed every creature back to health that crossed her path. So naturally, growing up we had pets of all kinds: cats, dogs, rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, goats. They taught my sister & I nurturing, responsibility, compassion, accountability & too many other life lessons to count.
So for this page, I took some instant photos of my pets: Phoebe & our family dog, Jack, who lives at my parents’ house. Plus I included the Illustrated Faith Blessings by Mail postcard that says: “Because I can’t be with you physically, I’ve given you loyal friends. -God” I think there is SO much truth to that! God uses every creature, no matter how small! I trimmed the postcard down to a better size to fit into my bible & used washi tape to secure it into the crease of the Bible’s spine. I journaled on the back of the card thanking the Lord for my little fur babies that do nothing but bring me joy & comfort me!
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