He Knows Your Name

"But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.  To him the doorkeeper opens and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out." – John 10: 2-3

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This scripture was always one of my favorites, but I had an experience that really brought it home for me.  I was an adult when I had my first surgery.  I had worried and fretted and prayed so much over this, and many of my prayers were for the doctor performing the procedure.  The staff took me to the surgery prep and recovery room, got an IV started, and tried to ease my fears.  As I lay there for a little over an hour, I heard doctors entering the room to check on their patients.  Each time they came in, they would ask the nurse which bed their patient was in, asking for them in a code…. “I’m here to see the appendectomy for 10:00.” Or “I’m here to look in on bed 5.”

It hadn’t occurred to me how detached and cold this all was until my surgeon walked in, approached the nurse station and said, “I’m here for Shelly Hendricks.”  Wow, at that moment I realized what it could mean for someone to call you by name.  In this crazy world we can know that Jesus knows our name, and it is written in the book of life.  During the scary times in our life we can rest assured that our shepherd, in charge of our care and well-being, sees us as we are, each individual one of us. Try to hear His voice through your day today… do you hear Him calling you by name?

Dear Lord, as we enter into our day, help us to follow the sound of your voice.  Call us by name and help us to see the treasure in that relationship with our Shepherd.  We love you.  In Jesus' Name, Amen.....


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Hum the Tune

Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” – Romans 8:26

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I don’t know about your house, but our house has always been filled with music.  So has our car, our computer, our church building, our yard… you get the picture.  Because of this I often have songs stuck in my head, and even though I’m a stickler for the words, sometimes I just can’t remember them.  Trust me when I tell you that that has never once stopped me from singing at the top of my lungs!! 

Sometimes I make up my own words, but most of the time when I don’t know the words, I simply hum the tune.  If I don’t know the whole tune, I will hum the one part that I do know, over and over and over again until I am driving even myself crazy!  Sometimes I embellish the part I do know with little flourishes and trills as I hum.

As I was reading this scripture today, it struck me that this is what I need to do on those days when simply am at a loss in my prayer life.  Do you ever have those days? 

Some days I simply don’t know what to pray… maybe it’s because I’m overwhelmed with sorrow or stress, or maybe it’s because I’m overcome with gratitude, or maybe it’s simply that I know I need to pray for a friend but have no idea how, exactly what their needs are, or how to bring them before the Lord. 

Just as not knowing the words to my favorite songs never stops me from humming the tune, not knowing the words to pray should never stop me from getting on my knees before my Father!  

I know the melody, it is engraved on my heart.  This verse reminds me that the Holy Spirit supplies the words and makes intercession for us.  Now I’m getting chills as I’m typing this, just trying to take in how wondrous that is… the Holy Spirit is a part of my song of prayer to God each time I approach that throne. Today I will remember to hum faithfully when I don’t know the words!!

 

Dear Lord, as we go through our day today, please help us to remember that no matter our circumstances, the Holy Spirit is much more qualified than we will ever be to bring our pleas and gratitude before you.  Help us to hum with flourishes and trills ad nauseam.  We want your melody to be the only one in our hearts and minds.  Thank you, Father for this day and your mercy.  In Jesus' Name, Amen....

Here's a little ditty that always gets stuck in my head.  Happy Humming  Smile


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