Mandy Baker Johnson

Living without Shadows


Today’s Five Minute Friday prompt is:  QUIET. 

On The One Show this evening, they did a clip on whether or not singing lullabies to babies really does help in getting them off to sleep.

Seeing those babies snuggling contentedly as their mums sang softly to them brought a lump to my throat. Because that is a picture of the Father and me. He quiets me by His love. There are times when I feel overwhelmed with life – difficult patients at work, lots going on at church, responsibilities coming out of my ears, washing machine breaking down.

When that happens I have a kind Daddy who I can turn to and ask to snuggle in His lap. I’m always welcome. The Bible – His love letter to me – reassures me that He carries me in His arms and quiets me by His love. That can feel like snuggling in His lap.

Daddy God is always with me,
He sticks up for me and clears away the bullies;
He spins and whirls in delirious delight because of His outrageous love for me,
He quiets me by His love;
He sings loudly in jubilation over me.*

I rest in the quietness and know that I am loved.

* My adaptation of Zephaniah 3:17


  1. This is lovely Mandy! What a beautiful picture you create of the peace that our loving Father offers to us. He truly is my quiet place. Blessings. ~ Lisa (your neighbor at FMF #73)

  2. Fiona Lloyd

    29/01/2016 at 8:45 pm

    Love your paraphrase of Zephaniah 3:17 – one of my favourite verses! Thanks, Mandy. xx

    • Mandy

      29/01/2016 at 8:53 pm

      Thanks Fiona! Me too, though it took me a while to believe it with my heart – incredible how loved we are by God 🙂

  3. What a beautiful interpretation of that verse! This is also one of my favorite promises in God’s Word. It’s just mind-boggling that He loves us that much, isn’t it?


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