Insert Name Here

“I tell you, among those born of women there is no one greater than John; yet the one (insert your name here) who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.” Luke 7:28 NIV

“Children are the world’s greatest recorders, but they are the worst interpreters.” Unknown

We are children of the Most High. We have a place reserved in heaven. Yet, we struggle with this immense and powerful truth.  Why?  How we view ourselves. Imperfect parents, siblings, teachers. Trauma. Loneliness. Rejection. Awkwardness. Abandonment. Many of you suffered losses and experiences so great that nothing can compare. However, let’s take in, record, adopt who we are in our Perfect Parent.

So, when I’m down, I pull out some of my favorite verses and insert my name. Care to join me? I’d love that! I’d love to know some of your favorites too.

Musings

All the following are from the NIV translation.

Feeling awkward, stupid, mistakes etc.” “But God chose the foolish things (insert name) of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things (insert name) of the world to shame the strong.” 1 Corinthians 1:27

Feeling there’s nothing we can give. “Truly I tell you, anyone (insert name) who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to the Messiah will certainly not lose their reward.

Guilt, Self-Loathing, Doubt.  “Come to me, all (insert name) you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28

Disability. Illness. “But he said to me (insert name), “My grace is sufficient for you (insert name), for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I (insert name) will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” 2nd Corinthians 12:9

Suffering. “But rejoice inasmuch as you (insert name) participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you (insert name) may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.” 1 Peter 4:13

Confidence. For God so loved the world (insert name) that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever (insert name) believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

Self-esteem. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ (insert name)t, the new creation (insert name) has come: The old has gone, the new is here (insert name)!” 2 Corinthians 5:17

There are so many wonderful, effective, loving ways God describes us!  I’m sure you have your favorites with your name that intimately builds your relationship with Christ and others.

Prayer

Dear Father,

Thank you that you personally know me. Know my name. Love me unconditionally. Your mercies are made new every morning.

My name, heart and prayers is in this old, but lovely hymn.

Just as I am, without one plea

Aut that thy blood was shed for me

And that thou bidst me come to thee

O Lamb of God, I come, I come

Just as I am, and waiting not

To rid my soul of one dark blot

To thee whose blood can cleanse each spot

O Lamb of God, I come, I come

Just as I am, though tossed about

With many a-conflict, many a-doubt

Fightings and fears within, without

O Lamb of God, I come, I come

Just as I am, poor, wretched, blind

Sight, riches, healing of the mind

Yea, all I need in thee to find

O Lamb of God, I come, I come

Just as I am, thou wilt receive

Wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve

Because thy promise I believe

O Lamb of God, I come, I come

Just as I am, thy love unknown

Hath broken every barrier down

Now, to be thine, yea thine alone

O Lamb of God, I come, I come

Published by Barbara Hinther

Barbara Hinther author of Meditations and Encouragement for the Caregiver of a Loved One with Dementia and What About Me, God. Time to share what she has learned and hopefully, others will know they are not alone. This too, shall pass with beautiful, yet painful, lessons. Barbara lives in a rural town in Idaho where all is community. Bless everyone in the community for their support and their never-ending let’s pitch in attitude! She worked in marketing for over 30 years and volunteered with the Idaho Youth Ranch and St. Vincent’s de Paul Thrift Store. Then her hardest job ever was caring for her husband who died from Lewy body dementia and needed her full-time care. Feelings of abandonment were constant. Life was very difficult for a while, but love, faith and hope will overcome. Let the adventure continue!

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