There, there, Sweetie . . .

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During one of our holiday celebrations, Ray and I sat at a dinner table with one of our grandchildren and her family. Suddenly, she hopped up, exclaiming that she had spilled her water. She was distraught and her tears flowed. “It’s on my dress! It’s on my tights!” she fretted.

Illustration of children drinking water.
“Children at Water Fountain,” c. 1922. Courtesy Library of Congress.

We grownups watched her distress, knowing that everything was going to be just fine. We knew that this little accident was only a blip. She had spilled only two or three tablespoons of water. However, the way we saw the situation and the way she saw the situation were quite different.

As we said various versions of “There, there, Sweetie. Everything is going to be alright,” I wondered how God feels during many of our distresses. Perhaps He is thinking, “There, there, Sweetie. You think that what just happened is a terrible catastrophe. I know better. Trust Me.”

As we glide into a new year, let’s give our Father in Heaven every little — and big — catastrophe, trusting His perspective instead of our own.

Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God,
that He may exalt you at the proper time,
casting all your anxiety on Him,
because He cares for you.
1 Peter 5:6-7

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  1. Charlene & Family,
    I had to express one last time this year my gratitude for your encouragement.

    You know the old saying “Seeing is believing…”? I believe for 2020 the inverse,
    believing is seeing. I believe that for your family too.

    I pray a blessing of grace to trust GOD more and to believe HIM even more. I pray for increase of your family and a greater reach (and deeper reach) of your ministry.

    Thank you for all that you do to raise up, train and encourage GOD’S children, young and old.

    Blessings of honor and grace in the Name of our LORD.,

    Congratulations on your anniversary too. My husband and I celebrated 45 years of marriage in July.

    We are homescooling our 13 year old son! Our adult daughters are in their 40’s and 30’s! Your words of encouragement mean more than you can imagine!

    Here’s to 2020 to the Glory of GOD!

    Blessings & Love,

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