Anna Blanc

Not One Step

Published about 1 month ago • 1 min read

Hi Friends,

These lyrics have been my prayer this week:

Let’s do this together
Not one step without You
Author of the future
Hold me up beside You

John 14 starts out with this instruction from Jesus: “Let not your hearts be troubled”. No problem, right?

As the Shepherd who knows the hearts and minds of His sheep better than anyone, what is Jesus asking of us? Surely He is not telling our anxious-ridden souls, “just don’t be anxious”.

I believe there’s something deeper happening in this moment.

Jesus is giving keys to the one with an anxious heart. A way forward. A way that, when (not if) we feel anxious, there is a path forward to not staying in our anxiety. He gives us the keys in these phrases: “Believe in Me. In my Father’s house are many mansions… I go to prepare a place for you”.

I believe He is encouraging the heart struggling with failures, fears, and the future to think on these things:

1) Remember who He is. What His heart is like. Your history together. Talk to Him.
2) There’s a big, diverse family of God, and you are in it.
3) You belong in this family. It’s your home.
4) Eternity is real, physical, tangible. You can trust Him with your losses.

A friend reminded me this week that even Jesus Himself had a troubled heart. (That’s right—I had to look it up, too. Check out the two instances in John 13:21 and Mark 14:33.)

In the Garden of Gethsemane, with His troubled heart, Jesus sought His Father in prayer through the night.

We follow His example when we lift our hearts to Him in the midst of our anxieties.

Jesus, let’s do this together. Not one step without You.


P.S. Next week I’ll be sending out a personal update on my family and ministry. See you then.

Anna Blanc

I am a singer, songwriter, wife, mother, Jesus follower. I send out a 2-minute read every Tuesday about Jesus and life in God.

Read more from Anna Blanc

Hi Friends, My youngest son started praying a specific prayer before dinner. It’s a very important prayer, especially if you’re seven. It goes something like: “God, help these calories give us the energy we need to have fun!” Jesus pointed us to the source of vitality—spiritual calories to keep our hearts pumping, eyes clear, and feet walking the narrow way—and it’s this: “Man does not live on bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4). The apostle John...

4 days ago • 1 min read

Hi Friends, Last week I shared about the Feast of Normalcy… the banquet the Lord sets before us in every moment of every ordinary day. (If you missed it, you can catch it here.) But what about when life turns sideways? What about when the word “normal” sounds foreign to your ears and life is war-torn (for some of you, literally)? I believe that in difficult seasons of life, our need for the feast of normalcy actually increases. Our craving for ordinary—for patterns and expecteds—actually...

11 days ago • 1 min read

Dear Friends, I want to share a few words I’ve been singing this week. Below that, a few thoughts. You are the feast in the morningYou are the feast at noonYou are the feast in the eveningThe wonder and beauty of You Sometimes in our zeal we develop a dissatisfaction with “normal” in our lives. We pass this discontent off as desire for greatness in God, deep things of Him, there must be more! Sometimes we mistake stress as proof of walking the narrow way of Christ, and we squint into the...

18 days ago • 1 min read
Share this post