Last week, I awoke early in the morning to children screaming “The kittens are born! The kittens are born!” The joy and excitement were contagious in our house. Whether you love cats or not- kittens and a new momma cat have a way of softening a hardened heart and moving it towards compassion. I would say that over the years, I have been a self proclaimed dog fan- but now having an outdoor cat- that change of heart has even happened to me.

 Just a few days ago, we found that the kittens were missing from their cozy basket in the garage. With eyes partially opened and toddling little legs, we didn’t think they had chosen to wander off on their own. The kids and I searched everywhere and we found them in an open box, on a dark shelf,  and hidden. Their momma had moved them  on two different nights, somewhere safe for only reasons that she knew.

I reflected on the senario this morning about how that mother cat and her three kittens, reminded me of my mom, my two sisters, and I. There was so much fear within me as a child. My dad’s unpredictable anger was triggered by his use of alcohol and often, my mom, sisters, and I would find safety and refuge at our grandparents home, with close friends, or at our aunt and uncles home a few hours away. My mom, so courageously, would remove us from potentially dangerous situations on the weekends and move us to these safe places often.  These homes were such peaceful places for us where we were protected, loved, and told about Jesus. Often, I realize how lovingly we were being protected by the Lord. I can look back at childhood memories and tell you where I was, what I was doing,  and when I became conscious of God’s presence in my life- even as  young as 3 or 4 years old. He never left my mom or us three girls…

How can I not be moved to tears with overflowing gratefulness and praise to Him as I consider what He’s done for us? Our Abba Father has loved us so deeply and so faithfully for as long as I can remember. My heart aches with such love for Him, and  I just had to share that with you today.. I cannot imagine where my mom, sisters, or I would have been without God’s protection and guidance!