Love says thank you 1,000 times (#’s 688-698)

by Craig on December 12, 2011

Laska the Love Kitty hearts taking to the trees.
There is joy in chasing after leaves…
or stalking the wind – or small dogs…
but there seems to be a special delight in climbing trees.

He analyzes each move…
pauses to enjoy the view…
constantly explores new ways to go higher.

He gets up the tree by taking a running start, jumping onto the trunk, and climbing up to the first available branch. On some trees that’s nice and low to the ground. On others there’s a lot of trunk before the first branch.

When he decides it’s time for down, he climbs his way back that first branch – and if it’s a low one – he runs down the tree trunk, seemingly defying gravity. But when that first branch is high…problem.

That was last night…the first branch was 10 feet above the ground.
He made his way down to that first branch…
caught my eyes with a look of caution…

until I reached up…
then he jumped…
onto my head…

a little adjusting and he ended up snuggling into my chest…
and I held him  while his adrenaline dropped…
and then gently lowered him to the ground…
and off he ran to stalk a gray toy with a fuzzy tail.

Last week my intentions were good but things went way wrong. Last week was embarrassing, and anxiety ridden, like that dream where you show up to class in your underwear.

But that was the bad.
The good is that Mondays are for thank you’s.

I’m thankful…

#688… for an avalanche of e-mails that assured me that my friends knew my intentions, and believed in me, and trusted me.

#689… for their advice…I asked for wisdom…and I got it.

#691… for the tough words of a friend, because a good friend will speak the truth in love.

#692…for  the way friends were hurt because I was hurt, they wanted to both heal the hurt, and stand with me in it.

#693… for our Lord, because he’s the first person I went to…

I didn’t even know what to do other than to just bring the hurt before him, and not ask anything really, not for help, not for solutions. I just dropped my sword and looked up for a smile. And I knew He cared, and He hurt because I was hurt, and He wanted to both heal the hurt, and stand with me in it.

#694… that God is a friend.

#695… for the strongest and best emotional crutch that there could possibly be.

#696… that God uses ever more creative ways to teach me things.

#697… that he cares, even though he doesn’t have to, even though he knows our earthly struggles are nothing in the eyes of eternity. He still stops and comforts, and heels, and gets involved in the minutia.

#698… that I asked for this to be a humble Christmas, and it’s ok that my first lesson in humility came in the form…

of humiliation.


counting with lots of others at Ann’s

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Kelly December 12, 2011 at 9:45 am

Oh, He is a good Friend. the best, who sticks closer than a brother. So glad we can run to Him! Sorry last week was bad- praying this one is on the upswing! Blessings!


Craig December 12, 2011 at 11:35 am

Kelly, Amen, he is OUR good friend – closer than a brother – or sister – or earthly parent. Did you ever wonder how it’s possible that the path between him and us doesn’t get worn down with all the running down it that we do? I guess the ground beneath our feet never wears down as long as the path leads to the Father. Anyway, there’s much to learn from what happened last week, learning isn’t always easy, I’m keeping that path between him and me well-traveled. Thank you Kelly, and God bless you and all of yours.


Stacy December 12, 2011 at 10:30 am

Your post made me smile and laugh as I remembered kitties we’ve had in the past (we’ve gone to the dogs these days). It’s good that we have one to turn to help us get past bad weeks and find things to smile about and rejoice in. :)


Craig December 12, 2011 at 11:38 am

so this means that Laska the Love Kitty would consider you – a traitor. I’ll keep it secret – and don’t worry, he never reads comments unless they’re on his posts. I think it’s not by mere chance that humanity developed an affinity towards pets, it’s almost like God knew what he was doing, isn’t it? ツ thank you Stacy, and God bless you.


Elizabeth December 12, 2011 at 10:41 am

I am so, so sorry to read what happened to you. I’ve been out of the “loop”, so this is the first I knew of it. I am all too quick to open and expose my heart, and from what I read of your posts, I believe you are the same. So, this makes us more vulnerable and open to hurt…but you being male, even more so. The automatic female response in this world is “who is this guy?” and “what’s he really up to?” Sadly, it is both immature and cruel to take that caution, assume the worst, then publicly ridicule and demean. Personally, I wouldn’t be going to
Blissdom, but maybe go to Relevant or a blogger conference of that type.


Craig December 12, 2011 at 11:48 am

Elizabeth, before naming this year “connect” the walls of my heart were not that easily breached. This year though…

And you echo a lot of what so many told me via e-mail, that it is an automatic, and often justified response – “who is this guy?” and “what’s he really up to?”. I get that a little better now – I need to continue to consider it. And Elizabeth, the first conference I ever wanted to go to in my long (one year) history of blogging was Relevant. I’m a Christian blogger, and wanted to go to a Christian conference, but Relevant has a “no boys allowed” sign hung on the door. This year Kris from Always Allelulia brought a “flat” Craig to Relevant.

This blogging is an important thing for me to continue to succeed at. I’ll be writing more of this in the coming days, why it’s SO important for me. Anyway, when I asked Alli Worthington, the creator of Blissdom if I could come – she said yes. It’s not Christian, but there are Christians there, and I think much to gain, and opposition to, overt (but more likely subtle) to work through. I’m still processing…

Anyway, thank you Elizabeth as always, and as always, God bless you.


kd sullivan December 12, 2011 at 10:42 am

I had a cat that looked a lot like yours. Her name was Promise. Pets bring joy. Something to be thankful for.


Craig December 12, 2011 at 11:50 am

KD I’d love a picture! Rromise is full of awesome name by the way. And Laska the Love Kitty – he’s a smile factory. Definitely something to be thankful for. And thank you to you, too, and God bless you.


Carrie December 12, 2011 at 12:05 pm

Beautiful cat! I haven’t had a pet cat for years, so I’ll live vicariously through yours. I love how you wrote that you dropped your sword – powerful image! Thank you for sharing your heart!


Craig December 12, 2011 at 1:36 pm

“i m beeyutiful – yes” —–> the response of Laska the Love Kitty when I relayed your comment ツ I have a little precious moments figurine – a Christian knight – a picture of him is in one of the old Laska posts – he, for instance, no longer has a sword to drop – the love kitty has his destructive moments ツ less so as he is getting older (1.5 yrs right now) And we have to stop fighting and just let HIM do it sometimes don’t we? Thank you Carrie. And God bless you.


L.L. Barkat December 12, 2011 at 1:19 pm

special delight indeed! :)

love the first pic especially


Craig December 12, 2011 at 1:38 pm

LL – thank you very much, there’s no poetry in this though – see – told you – not a poet – but I do have a Christmas poem coming up – 2 in fact. Thank you again, and God bless!


Layla Payton December 12, 2011 at 11:27 pm

This post was one of the best ones yet. It just oozed God’s grace and mercy. :)


Craig December 13, 2011 at 12:38 pm

a deep breath… God’s grace, and mercy, and strength… His will not my will… A deep breath… Thank you Layla. Thank you. And God bless you.


A. December 16, 2011 at 12:35 pm

Smiling especially at photo #3, Laska the cautious aminal striking a wary and ready pose…squeeze that precious fur ball for me, ok? (and rub it’s fur backwards a little, too. Every cat needs a little of that :)


Craig December 17, 2011 at 10:22 am

done and done A ツ


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