Hebrews 4:15-16

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. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in our time of need.”

In the past whenever I used to read or hear this verse, it always brought me comfort, but the depth of it never really struck me so much as it did the other night. After a long day of toddler parenting and cleaning I was at my breaking point. I was just annoyed with everyone and everything. I was so thankful when bedtime came, yet I felt this overwhelming feeling of guilt over my attitude. It is in times like these that I wonder why I can’t ‘tap into’ that strength Paul talks about during his weakness. What does it really mean to have God’s strength? I have been reading through the book of Hebrews recently and just came to this verse. It was like an answer to my inner longing for a reminder that God will truly help in these times.

I always saw “sympathizing with our weaknesses” in light of his suffering, pain, and death. But his weaknesses stretched far deeper than what happened at Calvary. He was in all ways human just as we are. He faced hunger, loss, sadness, disappointments, etc., and I cannot help but think that there were times that he felt annoyed or overwhelmed. He understands where I am at in my emotional spectrum and, here’s the kicker, while he did face all those emotions he never sinned. What strikes me the most is what follows that truth. The writer is not saying, “This is what he did so you have to do it.” He is not placing an unattainable demand on our lives, but he is offering an encouragement for the difficult times. God knows you and I are not perfect, and for that reason we look to Jesus for the hope and strength that will carry us through. He makes it possible for us to come BOLDLY to the Father — not shrinking back in our guilt, imperfections, or weaknesses. We are to come BOLDLY to the throne of grace. Did you catch that? Throne of grace, not judgement — grace that we may find help in our time of need.

I hope this strikes a chord of encouragement in your life as well. Parenting is hard. Being a parent is hard. But you are not alone, and neither am I. We have help and the ability to come with boldness, no matter how ‘bad’ or ‘off-base’ we feel we are, to the throne of grace. And that is an incredible thing!

-Danielle

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My Story-Danielle

Blessed assurance….Jesus is mine…

Oh how these words have become the anthem to my story. My childhood was filled with anxiety and then self-worth issues as I entered into my teen years, but in the midst of these struggles, something always remained constant: my assurance in Christ. Even if I didn’t fully understand it or know how to rest in the peace of it, I knew that Jesus was mine and I was his. Blessed assurance. Amidst the fears, unanswered questions, negativity, and other difficulties I faced in life, I was able to cling to those words. This assurance was something that I did not question, oddly enough, but it gave me something to rely on. It was how I could talk myself out of a spiral of anxiety, even if it took days or weeks. Having that truth as a constant in my life is what continues to carry me through life. I see my story as a constant reminder that every story needs Jesus, and I truly believe with Jesus we can face anything. Our kids need people listening to their stories in the good and the bad and leading them to the cross.

I came to know Christ at a young age, and because of that, I find myself drawn to children’s ministry, to parenting, to working with kids, etc. As I sensed God leading me to children’s ministry, I enrolled in Liberty University pursued a degree in that very thing. In 2010 I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Religion with an emphasis in children’s ministry. I married in 2011 and am now mother two (ages 3 and almost 2). Along with parenting them I serve as the children’s ministry coordinator at the Gibson City Bible Church. Leading my kids and establishing events and programs that lead children to this blessed assurance has become my hearts cry. On this blog I hope to highlight articles, books, and other thoughts that I have found helpful in shepherding my kids hearts and softening my sometimes overwhelmed momma heart.

What is your story? What truth have you clung to in times of trouble and joy? I would be honored to share in your story as you have now read a brief piece of mine 🙂