Resolute Protector — Baby William (Wim) was born at 12:51 a.m. on April 30. Apparently he was determined to wait until his exact due date to arrive, making his mama labor for exactly 24 hours. Our younger daughter, Kelly, is now a mama for the first time and we have our second grandson in our midst. Such GLORY and WONDER! On his first day here I looked up the meaning of his name, William, and discovered—resolute protector. Whoa! Oh, how that describes the heart of God over our daughter and Wim as mother and son bravely labored together to get him safely here. I think resolute is my new favorite word: res·o·lute /ˈrezəˌl(y)o͞ot/ adjective admirably purposeful, determined, and unwavering. synonyms: determined, purposeful, resolved, decided, adamant, firm, fixed,
single-minded,  unswerving, unwavering, undaunted, set, intent
 I love how all of those words beautifully describe God’s resolute love and protection over us. He is determined, unwavering, unswerving in His pursuit of our whole hearts. His love is purposeful, adamant, firm, and fixed. His guarding protection over us is resolute . . . undaunted . . . adamant. Our God is truly our Resolute Protector. Over Wim’s new life. Over the grieving heart of my beloved friend Sylvette, whose baby girl was stillborn. Over dear Gail who is battling stage-3 breast cancer and Beth with stage-4 lung cancer. I’ve seen God as my friend and author Kim’s Resolute Protector as she bravely writes a book for other grieving mothers. He is the Resolute Protector of the hearts of my friends bravely facing memories of childhood abuse. And, He has been the Resolute Protector over this grandma’s anxious heart as I awaited the safe arrival of my new and glorious grandbaby. Yesterday—on Wim’s first day of life outside his mother’s womb—a full rainbow arched high above their home at dusk. What a sweet and not-so-subtle reminder of His guarding, resolute protection over all of us. He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young. Isaiah 40:11 What about you? I’d love to hear how God has been your Resolute Protector.