D is For Defender

My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. (1 John 2:1)

Since he entered our lives, Hunter has pushed our buttons—sometimes all of them at once. He has been a fur ball full of energy and never seems to know exactly how to release that energy without getting on either Gene’s or my last nerve—sometimes both at the same time.

Hunter on Hunting ShowsHunter’s a dog. Dogs think and act like dogs. They bark at strangers, horses and buggies, and the wind. They run in circles like crazed squirrels. Then they bark at squirrels they don’t see. Dogs toss their toys at you and beg you to play at inconvenient times then let their toys lay at inconvenient places. They want 100% of your attention, especially when other people enter the house or you’re on the phone. And sometimes, Hunter, at least, needs a defender to stand up for him, to protect him from our wrath, and to remind us that he’s only acting like the dog he is.

Here’s the thing:

Like Hunter, I get into mischief. I procrastinate when I should be productive. I get angry when I should stay calm. I flap my gums when I should purse my lips. Let’s face it. I’m human. I think and act like a human. Therefore, I often fall short of a saintly, perfect, and righteous lifestyle. Yet, I know Jesus, my advocate … my defender, stands in the throne room before Almighty God, pleading my case.

How about you? What are some God references that come to mind using the letter D? Add yours in the comments below.

See you in a twinkling,
Brenda K. Hendricks

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