Believing the Promises of God - in His Word

Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed… Without weakening in his faith… Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what He had promised. ~ Romans 4 [selected 18-21]

Tuesday, January 12, 2010


Job 18 [NIV]
[emphasis added]

7 The vigor of his step is weakened;
his own schemes throw him down.

8 His feet thrust him into a net
and he wanders into its mesh.

9 A trap seizes him by the heel;
a snare holds him fast.

10 A noose is hidden for him on the ground;
a trap lies in his path.

11 Terrors startle him on every side
and dog his every step.


I don't think I, nor my cat, Griffin, had any idea where God would take this post.

This afternoon while I was unpacking groceries from my trip to the store, I went downstairs to the basement to put all the frozen food in the freezer. While I was down there, I heard the most unusual noise going through the house above me [trust me you had to be there]. But I could not figure out for the life of me what it was. Now, I'm usually pretty good with sounds but this one had me baffled... until just as my curiosity was about to get the best of me - the 'sound' appeared in front of me.

Griffin was stuck in the handle of the plastic bag and running with it all over the house. When he appeared downstairs, he looked at me it was as if to say, "Get me outta this contraption!!!

The problem was, that as I moved toward him he ran upstairs and freaked out running from me from room to room. [I wondered if he knew how ridiculous he looked]. At one point he came flying around a corner and I thought his 'bag' was going 'air born' ... looked like my little caped-crusader might take flight! What a laugh I had. He was embarrassed and finally just sat down and gave in to letting me help him. I petted his head and removed the bag. "You could have gotten hurt much worse than that, Griffin if I had not 'rescued' you", I said, adding one last stroke to his head. "Didn't you read the label? It says,'not for children or pets'... that means you buddy," I added.

As I cleaned up the rest of the items around the kitchen Griffin soon appeared one more time... coming over to rub around my legs with his head. He knew I had rescued him even though he had no idea what harm could have come to him - playing with a noose like that.

I laughed out loud when I read the Scripture that the LORD found for this post! I had a list of questions to ask - but somehow - I think the story speaks for itself. Can you relate?

Choosing JOY, Stephanie
JESUS ONLY in 2010


Patrina said...


:) I was smiling just reading the scripture in the side bar - as I was looking at the cat. It is so perfect for the photo.

The story made me laugh. I can just see the whole thing. I can even hear the noise :)

Thanks for this light-hearted post. Sometimes, a picture does tell a story!

Patrina <')>><

sonja said...

Well wasn't Griffin a perfect 'teaching tool'! I just love it when God gives us something fun and fresh like this...

Anonymous said...

Hey Stephanie, This is a sweet post! GLad to be back online and connecting.... Hope you are doing great!