My youngest turns double digits tomorrow.

I feel old.

Where did the time go?

But more importantly . . . .

what's the big deal about this milestone -
the double?

Pay attention to the double.

Did you ever notice what the writers did when God spoke something important throughout the Bible? The writers didn't underline. Or boldface. Or italicize.

He said it twice.

For emphasis.

For you to pay attention.

So twice yesterday, was this verse:

For the Lord your God is living among you.
He is a Mighty Savior.
He will take delight in you with gladness.
    With His love, he will calm all your fears.[a]
    He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.”
 a] Greek and Syriac versions read He will renew you with his love.
Like this beautiful radiant daffodil illuminating the dull of winter, the double is there to get my attention! To get me to say "What do I need to hold on to in this message?" As one of my favorite verses, I pray it over the kids almost daily, but am I living it?

He is living among me - am I living like I believe that?

He IS a mighty Savior - yes, He WAS a mighty Savior, when He died on the cross. But He still IS ... daily, momentarily, a Mighty Savior. Am I living that truth?

He takes delight in Me, just like I delight in my child, even when he/she not acting beautiful at the moment - He takes delight in me, because I am His. Am I walking around with the deep knowledge and experience that I am delighted in?

Am I living the truth that His love will calm my fears? Because there is nothing in this world will calm them; if anything, this world will magnify and stir them up!

He is rejoicing over me with joyful songs . . . some days all I feel is the oppression screaming anything but joyfulness - yet He is louder.Will I be still and listen to the voice of truth? He shines brighter. Will I stop and behold the beauty?