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Softly Still…


softx     Some things are hard – a poor bunny drowned in the pool and then the next day one was left in the street after a car hit it in front of our house. Two days of scooping up and disposing of a sweet little creation can get to you…

Reminders that someday no more of that. Someday the wolf will live with the lamb, the bunny with the fox…

“The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat…for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord” (Isaiah 11:6-9 NIV)

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In the meantime as the hard things press on we can soften them…And not just for ourselves – a kind word to another, a prayer lifted for one in need, a helping hand…

But in those moments when the hard thing is pressing us – let Him come softly into your heart…your mind…your soul. Knowing you don’t have all the answers, but He does. Knowing you can’t right all the wrongs, but He can and will, someday. Knowing you will face many hard things, but you won’t be alone – though none seem to be with you…

Ann Voskamp said “Do not pray for the hard thing to go away, pray for a bravery to come that’s bigger than the hard thing.”


God entrusts us with hard things which helps us gain confidence to get through the next hard thing and the next – so when we come upon weary souls we can help them gain confidence and find God in their need…

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea…Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:1-2, 10 NIV)

Though you think this hard thing will never end, or you think you completely blew it this time around, or you fear any more hard things and just want to be done – He comes softly still…

Softly with love bigger than our biggest dream of love, softly with strength bigger than our biggest fear of failure, softly with redemption bigger than all our biggest regrets. Softly still He comes and we are stilled one more time…

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 (If you stopped by because you read my devotion today over at Encouragement Cafe, WELCOME!   So glad you are here!)



15 thoughts on “Softly Still…

  1. Thank you for these comforting words. I look forward every Tuesday to your posts here! Your stories, thoughts, and Scriptures encourage me greatly.


  2. So soothing to my soul ~ especially given my current circumstances. Such a blessing ~ thanks.


  3. Totally enjoyed this! Thank you for the reminder that God doesn’t put on us any more than we can bear.


  4. Sweetly stated. 🙂
    Thank you for sharing.
    ~ Brenda Ottinger


  5. Poor bunny! I love rabbits, we have a pet rabbit named “Bunny” and also have a nest of wild baby bunnies in our front yard. What a beautiful post! Reminded me of dreams that I have of snuggling with lions in heaven. 🙂 I’m praying for “Bravery”. I needed this. I can be timid (shy) – used to struggle with panic attacks. Praise God -we are overcomers in Christ.


    • Thank you for sharing, Amber. Right there with you, shy 🙂 Those are sweet dreams, someday in His presence, how awesome it will be! Praying for bravery with you, every week I write about just that…


  6. When the hard things come — and they do and will — let Him come softly into your heart. That line is so beautiful. THANKS. And sorry about the sweet little bunnies 😦 #DanceWithJesus


  7. Thank you for the story reminding us that even small things can be so hard some times. Your words brought great comfort as we have dealt with a family health issue the last couple of days that has been hard for my ill body to handle. Tonight I remember He is here.

    Joining you from the Compel 🙂


    • Danny’e, your thoughts shared touched me, praying for you and your family: His strength, His grace, His healing. He loves you so – let Him so quietly still your anxious thoughts and fill you with peace. In Jesus’ powerful Name, Amen


  8. Thanks for encouraging me to Live Braver today! Kim Stewart


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