Nana’s Cookies

By on January 1, 2012

By Laura Petherbridge –

The supermarket offered a plethora of choices, but my eye caught the brown package on the top shelf. The sight instantly triggered a warm memory into my Nana’s kitchen.

Nana rarely purchased “store bought” anything, much less pastries. In her kitchen pre-prepared food was a sacrilege. Meals needed to be home made. And superb I might add. But for some reason she allowed one brand of peanut butter and chocolate cookies from the store into her cupboard. I loved them.

After my parent’s divorce my Dad would pick up my brother and me for weekend visitation. He brought us to Nana’s house where the beloved cookies were always waiting. It wasn’t until years later, when I saw a similar package in the store, that I realized how those cookies made me feel cherished.

Although the cookies were great, the sweet remembrance was more about Nana and her desire to make sure they were there for me. She remembered. I was significant. I was loved.

I find it interesting that all these years later, one glance at a package of cookies could stir those hidden thoughts and emotions.

And it brings home one glaring truth. We long to be treasured and precious. And when the world beats us up with lies such as, “You’re worthless, ugly, fat, stupid, unlovable and a waste of time,” it wounds our soul. It devastates us to our core.

God knows our hearts have been broken, and He has the precise cure. He woos us with adoration and affection, “You are precious and honored in my sight, and I love you.”

The Perfect Papa reveals that we are deeply loved with a vow of forever faithfulness, “I’ve never quit loving you and never will. Expect love, love, and more love!”

God wants me to know that the kind of love Nana showed me as a child is mere glimpse, a foretaste, of the lavish love He desires to pour into my heart. And no matter how old we get the desire to be special still resides within us.

Friends, family members, or a spouse may be able to offer love. However, the search for significance rests only in Christ’s ability to offer a soul deep, unique confidence that I am adored.

I don’t know why, but the Creator of the Universe says I’m irresistible, He is crazy in love with me and I make him smile!! He sings love songs about me, which calm my anxious, trembling heart.

And as much as I loved those cookies, and my Nana, nothing—absolutely nothing—can compare to the assurance I have Christ. His encompassing cloak of unconditional love is what finally completes me.

Scripture references:  Isaiah 43:4, Jeremiah 31:3, Zephaniah 3:17

Copyright © 2011 Laura Petherbridge. All rights reserved

Laura Petherbridge is an international author and speaker who serves couples and single adults with topics on relationships, divorce prevention, and divorce recovery. She is the author of When “I Do” Becomes “I Don’t”—Practical Steps for Healing During Separation and Divorce, and a featured expert on the DivorceCare DVD series. Her book The Smart Stepmom, is co-authored with Ron Deal. Laura’s website is www.The SmartStepmom.com

About Laura Petherbridge

Laura Petherbridge is an international author and speaker who serves couples and single adults with topics on spiritual growth, relationships, co-parenting, stepfamilies, divorce prevention and divorce recovery. She is the author of, When“I Do” Becomes “I Don’t”—Practical Steps for Healing During Separation and Divorce, and The Smart Stepmom co-authored with Ron Deal. Laura has spoken at the Billy Graham Training Center. Her various TV and radio broadcasts include: Focus on the Family, Moody Broadcasting, Family Life Today with Dennis Rainey, 100 Huntley Street (Canada) and HomeWord with Jim Burns In addition to her books she has been published in: Christianity Today’s Marriage Partnership, Crosswalk.com, Christian Broadcasting Network- CBN.com, Stepmom Magazine and Proverbs 31 Woman. Laura is a featured expert on the DivorceCare DVD series, she has taught on divorce recovery at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, and functioned as a Stephen’s Ministry instructor. Laura is a contributor to several publications including: The Twenty-Third Psalm for the Brokenhearted, The Art Of Helping, When God Steps In, and Hope, Help, and Healing During and After Your Divorce. Laura and her husband, Steve, reside in Lady Lake, FL. A stepmom of 25 years, she can be reached at [email protected] and www.TheSmartStepmom.com

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