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Our youngest granddaughter recently crossed a major milestone in her development. Every journey with the process is just as unique as every child. None are quite the same.

Her facial expressions revealed an important thought process was underway.

Once success occurred and she heard my phone dinging, she was thrilled to see her collection of Bluey memes from Mom and Dad and Auntie. Each one different. Each bringing delight.

There was one graphic from one person which mattered deeply to her.

“I bet Daddy will be the one to send me a Minion.”

While every graphic brought her laughter, there was only one Minion of importance to the little girl – the Minion her daddy sent to her.

Watching her face as she looked at my phone revealed the depth to which his Minion mattered. His joy of her accomplishment was of the utmost importance to her.


The conversation has been replaying in my thoughts for a few days now. Perhaps we all are much like my granddaughter.

We look for affirmation from our earthly dads. More so, we look for affirmation from our heavenly Father. Perhaps it is why we love and oft quote Zephaniah 3:17:

“The Lord your God is in your midst, A victorious warrior. He will exult over you with joy, He will be quiet in His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.” (NASB)

God is delighted with those He has redeemed. We can hardly understand the ability of God to delight in us, as we are aware of our own shortcomings. His joy stems from His love for us.

“But now, thus says the Lord, your Creator, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel, “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine!”
(Isaiah 43:1, NASB)

He loves us,  redeems us,  and calls us by our name …

and the mere mention of our name,
speaks volumes over our lives,
as it reminds us that we are His.

“The beautiful story of God’s provision in the desert illustrates more than His miraculous power. It presents a picture of humanity’s ongoing need for God. For daily sustenance.” Be sure to read Tammy Kennington’s post, “Hungering for God – A Lenten Reflection on 40 Days in the Wilderness with Christ” HERE. It’s the perfect post for this first day of Lent.


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