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“For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.” Hebrews 4:15

Today I took my four year old grandson and my 19 month old grandson to the mall to get pictures made with the Easter bunny. Everything was fine whenthe four year old took his picture, but the 19 month old was a different story. He was not about to have anything to do with that bunny, no matter what! He didn’t even want the bunny looking in his direction. The Easter bunny tried waving and even tried to bribe him with candy, but he was absolutely not going to be won over. We ended up putting the four year old between the bunny and the 19 month old, and he still screamed his head off. So, I have a precious picture of him screaming with his arms stretched out towards me! I would wager that most of you have seen a few of these pictures before. As we were leaving the bunny, my four year old grandson was trying to comfort the little one, so he put his arm around him and said, “It’s okay! Don’t cry! You’re just scared because he was a really big bunny!” Then he turned to me and said, “Nana, don’t be sad about the picture. He was just scared because it was a big bunny! If he had been a smaller bunny, he wouldn’t have been scared. He’s just a little fella, Nana! The big bunnies are scary to him.” I thought it was so sweet of him to try and comfort his little cousin and to make sure I wasn’t upset with him for not cooperating in the picture. I also was reminded that Jesus, in much the same manner, watches over us and protects us. When things are overwhelming and we get scared, Jesus is right there with us, putting His arm around us and telling us it’s okay! He knows and understands our fears, our worries, our concerns, and what overwhelms us because He has walked in our shoes before. He has faced the very things we are facing and He understands our humanness. He knows we are limited beings and He assures us that it is okay. And not only does He comfort us, I am confident that He stands up for us and reminds the Father that our “bunnies” are big and that we are just “little fellas”. Jesus intercedes for us when we can’t intercede for ourselves. He is there comforting and encouraging us every step of the way! What are the “big bunnies” that are wreaking havoc in your life right now? Face them, knowing that your big brother is right there with His arm around you, protecting you every step of the way.


“My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” Psalm 121:2

My i9 month old grandson is very independent and wants to do most everything for himself.  If we try to help him in any way, we are quickly told a very emphatic, “No!!!!!!” Anyone who has been in the presence of a toddler for any amount of time knows that independent streak and the ramifications of doing anything to get in the way of that “I’ll do it myself” mentality.  Today he was trying to unwrap a book and was having a little difficulty. I asked him if he needed help and was quickly told “No!!!!” I let him struggle for a little longer, then I extended another offer for help, but was once again turned down. It took him a little while, but he finally managed to get it open: My daughter and I talked about his determination and insistence on doing it himself. We also talked about how God must feel the same way I did watching him struggle when He sees us trying to do something on our own that He could so easily help us with. How many times does He offer to help us only to have us tell Him “No!!!!”  How many times does He come back with another offer of help after He’s let us struggle for a little bit only to be rejected again? And just like my grandson, we may eventually accomplish what we were trying to do, but how much easier would it have been if we had accepted His help? God is ready, willing, and able to help us with anything, but we have to be willing to let Him. Are we going to dig our heels in like a toddler or are we going to make life a little easier on ourselves and let God help us out?

“The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart…” Psalm 34:18

It seems as if everywhere I turn recently, there are people facing devastating situations. The situations may all be different, but the one common thread is that they have left heartbreak and despair in their path. Situations where there are no answers, situations which have been building for some time, situations which hit out of the blue, and situations that are life altering…all leaving a trail of tears, shattered hearts, questions, and uncertainty. Situations which leave people crushed beyond what they can bear, desperate for some shred of hope to hold on to. Situations which are driving some to their kneees begging God for answers, but driving others to shake their fists at Him asking how He could possibly good if all of this tragedy is happening! Most of us have been on both sides of this coin – we have both fallen to our knees seeking God’s help and shook our fist at Him wondering where in the world He is while our world falls completely apart. No matter which side of the coin you’re on right now, God is still here. He is still right by you as you try to survive what seems determined to destroy you! He is still completely in control, and He is still working every detail for your good. He knows every tear you have shed, every despairing thought you have had, every piece of your heart that has been shattered, and every plea for help you have uttered. He has heard you beg Him for answers, and He will give them in His time. God loves you more than your mind can even fathom! He never allows your hurt to be in vain! He has a plan and a purpose if you will just hold on in faith until He reveals it to you. When your heart is breaking and He seems so far away, remember that His Word tells us He is near to the broken hearted. Just trust His Word and before long, your faith will be made sight!

“And the remnant whonjave escaped of the house of Judah shall again take root downward and bear fruit upward.” Isaiah 37:31

I’ve heard before that the root determines the fruit and this verse makes me think of that. If you plant something, the root must first go down in order to get what it needs to bring forth a fruit or flower. In our walk with Christ, the same is true. If we do not first allow our roots to go deep into the foundation of Christ, we don’t have much hope of producing a healthy harvest of fruit. We have to spend time nurturing that root and feeding it before healthy fruit is produced. The deeper our roots go, the more fruit we will produce. The deeper our roots go, the better able to withstand the storms of life. The deeper our roots go, the harder it is to topple us over. What are you doing to ensure the strength of your roots and eventually the fruit you will produce?

“Have the whole army give a loud shout; then the wall of the city will collapse and the army will go up, everyone straight in.” Joshua 6:5

joshua and the Israelites we’re facing a wall…a huge wall that was high, strong, and not looking like it was about to fall. They had a choice to make…they could focus on the wall in front of them or they could focus on the promise that God has given them. God said the wall would collapse. He didn’t say it would look like it was about to collapse. He didn’t say that Joshua and the Israelites would see the foundation of the wall start to crumble. He didn’t say they would have to physically tear the wall down. He didn’t say a hurricane would come through and knock the wall down. He simply said, “give a shout and the wall will collapse.” God wasn’t the least bit concerned about the size of the wall, the strength of the wall, or the fact that the wall was firmly intact. He said it would fall and that was that. Joshua and the Israelites could either doubt His word or believe it…the choice was theirs. Every single one of us have walls that stand in front of us, tower over us, and give us the impression that they are way too strong to come down. We also have a God that tells us exactly how to defeat the wall. And just like Joshua and the Israelites, we have a choice to make! Do we focus on the wall or do we focus on God? What we choose determines whether we will collapse in defeat before the wall or if the wall will collapse in defeat before us! Choose wisely!

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21

If you are around me for very long, you will figure out that my sun rises and sets with my grandchildren! They are my absolute pride and joy, and being their Nana is my favorite job in the whole world. I am often asked if I spoil them, to which I always reply, “No, I do not spoil them…I treasure them.” Spoil is such a negative word and this Nana just won’t stand for it. Now, my husband will be quick to tell you that I spoil them, but that’s beside the point! When I read the verse above, I know this is absolutely true! They are my treasures and they have my heart 100%! The question I have to ask myself is do I treasure God? Does He have my heart 100%? Does my sun rise and set with Him? If He is not my number one treasure, then my priorities are out of line, and I need to get it fixed quickly! Where is your treasure? What has your heart like nothing else? If God is not your number one, you, too, may need a priority alignment!








“The physical cannot fully grasp the comprehensiveness of the spiritual. God’s work is behind the scenes, beyond all the obvious readouts. If we limited the scope for our hopefulness to what’s immediately visible, we’ll get an inaccurate reading on any scenario we’re seeking to evaluate. Believers must live by faith, by believing what they cannot yet see.” Priscilla Shirer

I am currently doing a study online with a group of ladies based on Priscilla Shirer’s 90 day devotional called “Awaken.” The quote above comes from this study. It was in our lesson several days ago and, for some reason, God keeps bringing me back to it over and over and over. There is one particular situation I am dealing with in my life that seems like it is going absolutely nowhere, and it’s going there very quickly! I am having a hard time admitting that this situation is completely out of my hands and that apart from God’s miraculous intervention, I don’t see any hope for the situation to be resolved in a positive way. When I get overwhelmed by this situation, I keep reminding myself that I can’t see in the physical what is happening in the spiritual realm. I can’t possobly know what all God is up to behind the scenes, but I can trust that He is working and that whatever it is He is doing, it is good. I have to remind myself that I cannot allow my vision to be limited by my humanness, but I have to see through faith! For then and only then will I see the majesty of God!

“What no eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no human heart has conceived – God has prepared these things for those who love Him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9

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