Meet my friend, Crystal Hornback.

She’s a writer, speaker, and creative. She is wife to Derrick and mom to Chloe, Jax, and Avary. They live the wild & fun life of youth ministry in Joplin, MO.

Her passions include reading, writing, and anything hands-on & crafty. She desires to walk through restoration alongside other women and into what God has called them to become.

Today she shares with us how to rest in the arms of Jesus by trusting in Him.

~ Suzie


As I caressed dripping tendrils of hair away from her tear-stained cheeks, I yearned to sing our song… the one which had calmed her cries countless times while she rocked in my arms.

Baby mine, don’t you cry.
Baby mine, dry your eyes.
Rest your head close to my heart,
Never to part, baby of mine.

But, I refrained. I knew nothing I did or said in that moment would heal her hurt just yet, other than simply knowing I was present. Through the eyes of a heartbroken teenager, a breakup can seem like the end of the world.

Looking through the personal lens of your current situation may seem similar.

Friend, I’m there.

In John 5 the Bible speaks of a man who had been an invalid for 38 years. He’d waited near the pools of Bethesda many times, begging for someone to come along and help him get in first, in hopes of being healed.

He just knew that if he could take a dip in the bubbling water his troubles would be over.

Ever been there?

Like, if you could just get so-and-so to change or if such-and-such would happen, things would all fall into place, right?

How often has that worked out for you? Because for me, the number of times it’s worked out that way is all of NONE.

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Jesus stood before the lame man with an offer of healing. He responded to Jesus by giving excuses as to why he had yet to be healed.

I often wonder if there were any snarky facial expressions, similar to those our teens give us when we ask them pretty much anything, “Ummmm, duh crazy person, but so-and-so hasn’t done such-and-such.”

What the man didn’t realize, however, is that Jesus wasn’t just offering to heal his physical ailments; this was so much more. A wise friend once described it as Holy Surgery.

I imagine he felt that overwhelming power when Jesus said, “Pick up your mat and go.”

There was probably a “Holy crap what just happened?” moment, and he knew something bigger than him had just taken place.

Too often we understand that God wants to walk us into healing in our bodies, minds, finances, circumstances, and so much more, but we doubt with snarled faces when He asks if we want help.

Or is it just me? As it turns out, I’m not the greatest at allowing others to handle tasks for me. *GASP*

My strong will tells me that I can (and should) do it myself, which often gets me into trouble. I cannot imagine how often God rolls his eyes at me and wants to scream, “GEEZ WOMAN, JUST LET ME HANDLE THIS!”

Sometimes, God has to gently knock me right over before I’ll simply surrender to Him.

He does not expect any of us to do it all, have it all, or be it all.

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Maybe He longs to sing a sweet lullaby as he rocks me in his arms, healing my hurts.

Baby mine, don’t you cry.
Baby mine, dry your eyes.
Rest your head close to my heart,
Never to part, baby of mine.

I believe that He desires for each of us to melt into His presence and soak up every possible moment in His lap, while he wipes away our tears and reassures us that he isn’t going anywhere.

Surrender is hard; I know. We can’t see the other side of the mountain, so we keep waiting for our list of solutions to play out.

All the while, He stands before us with the answer to it all.

He’s got this. He’s got you. He is the solution.

Allow Him the honor of being your capable Savior today as you find rest by simply trusting in Him.


Meet Crystal. You are going to love her!

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Today’s Giveaway items were made by her creative hands.

The distressed key necklace and reclaimed wooden plaque will serve as reminders to rest in the arms of your heavenly Father. Thank you, Crystal, for this giveaway.

To enter, just join the conversation on today’s post. Share your story. Encourage someone. Share an area in which you need to trust Him today. We love it when you join in and treasure what you have to say. ~ Suzie