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The Shepherd knows you by name.

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The Lord is my Shepherd.  Psalm 23:1

Beautiful words by Max Lucado:  

When I see a flock of sheep I see exactly that, a flock.  A rabble of wool.  A herd of hooves.  I don’t see a sheep.  I see sheep.  All alike.  None different.  That’s what I see.  But not so with the shepherd.  To him every sheep is different.  Every face is special.  Every face has a story.  And every sheep has a name. . .  The shepherd knows his sheep. He calls them by name.

When we see a crowd, we see exactly that, a crowd.  Filling a stadium or flooding a mall.  When we see a crowd, we see people, not persons, but people.  A herd of humans.  A flock of faces.  That’s what we see.

But not so with the Shepherd.  To him every face is different.  Every face has a story.  Every face is a child.  Every child has a name. . .  The Shepherd knows you.  He knows your name.      -Max Lucado, Experiencing the Heart of Jesus

God knows your name.  How comforting!

Betsy and Laurie

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Draw Near to God: Day 12

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Day 12: Releasing Fear

Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion,

which cannot be shaken but endures forever.

As the mountains surround Jerusalem,

so the Lord surrounds his people

both now and forevermore.

Psalm 125: 1-2

We are fearful people and if we leave the comfort of what is familiar there is much to fear.  What does it mean in our lives that God surrounds us?  

Jerusalem was set in a saucer of hills.  It was the safest of cities because of the protective fortress these hills provided.  Just so is a person of faith surrounded by the Lord. . . People of faith have the same needs for protection as anyone else.  We are no better than others in that regard.  What is different is that we find that we don’t have to build our own. . . God is at our side.  Eugene Peterson, A Long Obedience in the Same Direction.

One of the themes running throughout the entire Bible can be summarized in two words:  Fear not.  Angels spoke it as a greeting.  God commanded it from his people.  Jesus used it to comfort his fearful disciples.  No matter how out-of-control things appear, we are not to be afraid.  He is in control.  He will take care of us.  Max Lucado, Experiencing the Heart of Jesus

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You hear me when I call
You are my morning song
Though darkness fills the night
It cannot hide the light
Whom shall I fear

You crush the enemy
Underneath my feet
You are my sword and shield
Though troubles linger still
Whom shall I fear

I know who goes before me
I know who stands behind
The God of angel armies
Is always by my side

The one who reigns forever
He is a friend of mine
The God of angel armies
Is always by my side.

Chris Tomlin, Whom Shall I Fear

Can we see a move toward God as a move toward safety?  What would it mean in your life to conquer fear?

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.

James 4:8

Draw Near to God: Day Eleven

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Day Eleven: Praying for Help

Praise be to the Lord,

who has not let us be torn by their teeth.

We have escaped like a bird

out of the fowler’s snare;

the snare has been broken,

and we have escaped.

Our help is in the name of the Lord,

the Maker of heaven and earth.

Psalm 124: 6-8

There is danger in the world.  Where can we find help?

Here is the big question.  What is God doing when you are in a bind?  When the lifeboat springs a leak? When the ripcord snaps? When the last penny is gone before the last bill is paid? When the last hope left on the last train?  What is God doing?

I know what we are doing.  Nibbling on nails like corn on the cob.  Pacing floors.  Taking pills.  I know what we do.

But what does God do?  Big question.  Real big.  If God is sleeping, I’m duck soup.  If he is laughing, I’m lost.  If he is crossing his arms and shaking his head, then saw off the limb, Honey, it’s time to crash. . .

So what do you think?  What does God do when you are in a bind?  That question can be answered with one word: fight.  He fights for us.  He steps into the ring and points us to the corner and takes over.  “You need only to remain calm; the Lord will fight for you.” (Ex 14:14)

His job is to fight.  Our job is to trust.

Just trust.  Not direct.  Or question.  Or yank the steering wheel out of his hands.  Our job is to pray and wait.  Nothing more is necessary.  Nothing more is needed.

Max Lucado, Experiencing the Heart of Jesus

This season,

May I be reborn

Washed clean

Made new

Forgiven

Spectacularly loved.

Remind me who I am.

Forgive me for my shadow sides,

Please heal my broken wings

That I might fly

With You.

Amen

Marianne Williamson,  Illuminated Prayers

How do you handle difficult situations?  Do you “yank the steering wheel out of His hands?”  Or do you wait and pray?

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.

James 4:8