A cat howls in the night

Or was it the we hours of the morning. I have no idea what time it was but it was dang early. I say to her, “Grace, what do you want?” All she does is change her tone for awhile. Then she runs through the house full speed, jumps on the middle of the bed from the door frame (remember she’s “blind” and imagine me rolling my eyes) and then around the room, jumps down. Then repeat. She is only 5 lbs. so it’s not too terrible and after awhile you learn to sleep through the craziness. This happens 5-6 nights of the week. Today….oh today I wake up and sit straight up because the sun is shining in…it must be 6:30-7am, surely it is. Nope. It’s 5:30am. I am not even kidding you when I say she is staring at her distant relative on my wall and serenading it. I’m thinking, my cat is mad. Chloe and I are doomed. She really is plotting my demise. She talks to the relative for over an hour. I mean it was not crying, or meowing, it was a cat howling. I have never heard anything quite like it and I have had a lot of cats in my years. I am thinking it must be some kind of war song to get in touch with her instincts. I seriously believe she was kept in the dark and in a cage until I rescued the beautiful little soul. Let’s pray she does not suck my soul out in my sleep. Or as my grandad always said “she will steal your breath while you sleep.

The Distant Relative

Currently the little sponge is watching the dryer go in circles, round and round we go. I hope it hypnotizes her into forgetting whatever madness she created this morning with that serenade. Whew it was a doozy. Evidently it was a hard day…get your rest little grasshopper. We have a lot left to teach you!

Grace yawns…yet rarely sleeps
#minileopard #savinggrace #gracethecat #healingcomesinsmallpackages

Why do we not talk about this more?

Clearly I am tired of “taboo” topics. Rape being the first one. Suicide definitely second. Yesterday morning I got a call with news that a very special person in my life suicided. If you do not know this is the appropriate term for this. Anyway, I brushed my teeth and then walked to my room but collapsed on the floor before I got there. My dog, Chloe came running. My cat, Grace came running. I have only had Grace a few months and it’s incredible the bond we have built. I was overjoyed for her to comfort me yet completely devastated. There is too much of this going on in our world and honestly I’m not ready to talk about this subject. But God keeps telling me I need to so I will eventually. We need to be kinder and gentler with people. Say hello to strangers. Compliment someone random. You never know whose life you are touching by a simple act of kindness. I am not licensed to guide you if you need help but I have some helpful numbers that I am posting under my contact info on the menu. If you or someone you know needs help please seek help. I am always willing to help you seek help as well. Look up Kevin Hines. He has set up a line that you can text for “Inspirational Stay Alive” messages. I have subscribed to it. He also has a crisis text line. It is free, 24/7 and confidential. Next, I think this man’s blog is very helpful for those who are experiencing suicide of a loved one. Soul Food – Suicide and the Bible. That post will be up shortly. Love you all and please seek help or ask for help if you need it. You matter!

Dream Big

“For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.”

‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭41:13‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Literally everything I have going on in my life right now is scary. This is not my plan. This is God’s plan. I have no doubts whatsoever about that. I hope that someone finds inspiration in my journey. There is only He who knows where it goes!

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭29:11‬ ‭NIV‬‬

#savinggrace #Ineedalittlegrace #GodsPlan #Iwillovercome #Iamnotafraid

It’s ok to just be ok

This week has been a little tough. I finally made some calls I have been needing to make. Sorry for the vagueness but since there is still an investigation going on and “he” is out on bail I think it’s best if I am vague.My calls consisted of answering all the questions I had to answer the night it happened again and again. I can say that I did not cry. I felt a lot of anger. But later that evening I felt numb. I am seeing a Counselor and Psychiatrist and for the most part my moods are stabilizing. But my point is trauma has a mind of its own and no matter how many yoga classes, meditations, happy thoughts, positive energy and situations you put yourself in, YOU CAN NOT control PTSD. And it’s ok.It’s ok to be happy.It’s ok to be angry.It’s ok to be sad.It’s not ok to walk this journey alone. Please seek help and if you do not know how then contact me and I will help you! I have a ton of amazing resources.Basically ⬆️ is how I get through each day. One step at a time. Sometimes one hour at a time and sometimes even a minute at a time. In the morning the drink of choice is coffee with cream and sugar. At night it varies based on the mood. I am trying my hardest to stick with water or a crisp Coca-Cola! Because I sure do not want to make my anxiety or depression worse just from enjoying a bottle of wine! Oh, I mean glass!#savinggrace #mysavinggrace #healing

Junk Drawer

You all know what it is; it’s that place we stuff things we do not know what to do with.

What would happen if you dumped it out and started sorting it into categories? These things are in my drawer:

  • Writing utensils
  • Notepads
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Twine
  • Electronics
  • Shotgun shell
  • Deck of cards
  • Cork screw
  • Trash
  • Throw the trash away it’s taking up valuable space. Much like your life you need to cleanse the junk/trash in order to have room for more interesting things that will help you grow.
  • If the electronics do not work anymore put them in the trash pile. If they do, use the to download an audio book or uplifting radio station and take a walk.
  • Use the writing utensils, notepads and tape to leave notes for yourself and loved ones. Positive and encouraging notes like, “you are beautiful ” “you are smart” ” you are a wonderful friend”!
  • All else fails to get the trash out of your drawer (body, mind, spirit) then use that cork screw to open a bottle of wine and play cards. It will be fun. You could also get the shotgun shell and go shoot bottles off a fence. To each his own. Just make sure you keep doing and growing and cleanse the junk every now and again. It can clutter your mind.

“Those who cleanse themselves from the latter will be instruments for special purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.”

‭‭2 Timothy‬ ‭2:21‬ ‭


Healing and Day of Rest

Yesterday I spent the day studying bible scriptures and drinking coffee. It was a long week and I was pretty worn out so I watched the live church service on our local network. I know that is a terrible excuse for not actually going to a service at my church.

“But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.”

‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭53:5‬ ‭NIV

“He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.””

‭‭Mark‬ ‭5:34 NIV

“Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.””

‭‭John‬ ‭5:8‬ ‭NIV‬‬

I had forgotten John 5 is Titled : Healing at the Pool. When you really listen, you realize that God speaks to you in so many ways. You just have to truly listen and follow his word. He heals and provides in His time, not yours.

You must change what you are doing in order to change the way you feel and think. Start small if that’s what you need. You don’t have to start running marathons. But even a short walk down your driveway will turn your mind around! John 5:9 states “At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked.” Before heading to the pool for some much needed R&R I looked on Amazon for new books! I order a few and will keep you updated on what I think about them.

  • Lunchmeat and Life Lessons: Sharing a Butcher’s Wisdom by Mary B. Lucas
  • The Language of Letting Go: Daily Meditations for Codependents by Melody Beattie
  • 52 Small Changes One year to a happier healthier you by Brett Blumenthal
  • Joy of Mindfulness by Neil Francis

I have already read Lunchmeat and Life Lessons. This book is an amazing quick read that teaches you very simply how to live a better life and manage people. I think everyone should read this book. I had a boss who had everyone in our office read it. I bought it for a refresher and to have on hand when I need it! If you have read these books leave a comment of what you think! It would be great to start a discussion about them or share others you love!!!! I hope you all have a great week! KatieIf I just help one person I have done my job!#healing #savinggrace

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