Today is named SHEPHERD because we have a shepherd who takes very good care of us. His care, attentiveness and provision are ever present. We have no reason to fear anything or anyone for He is well able to deliver. His eyes are always on us, His hand always guiding. We have no need which He has not forseen and made accomodations for. We are safe, secure and spoken for in His care.
“The Eternal is my shepherd, He cares for me always. He provides me rest in rich, green fields, beside streams of refreshing water. he soothes my fears; He makes me whole again, steering me off worn, hard paths to roads where truth and righteousness echo His name. Even in the unending shadows of death’s darkness, I am not overcome by fear. Because You are with me in those dark moments, near with Your protection and guidance, I am comforted. You spread out a table before me, provisions in the midst of attack from my enemies; You care for all my needs, anointing my head with soothing, fragrant oil, filling my cup again and again with Your grace. Certainly Your faithful protectionand loving provision will pursue me where I go, always, everywhere. I will always be with the Eternal, in Your house forever.” (Psalm 23 VOICE)
Today’s name is PERSONAL because our God is personal. How can we call Him Father if He is not? As our Heavenly Father, He is personally interested in each of us individually as well as corporately. It is by His hands we were fashioned in the womb, given our personality and extraordinary talents designed specifically for our ordained purpose. He has vested Himself in each of us. He cares what happens and how we feel. Oh, I know, often it may seem as though He is distant and seemingly ignorant of our plight and circumstances, but I assure you, He knows. We can often overlook His personal touch in our lives when focusing on the big things, yet He is there. He is in the small things – the beat of a bird’s wings, the giggle of a child, the breeze on a still day – whispers of love from a personal God. His joy is when we sit and converse with Him, sharing our hearts. Get personal, it’s worth it.
When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers—the moon and the stars you set in place—what are mere mortals that you should think about them, human beings that you should care for them? Yet you made them only a little lower than God and crowned them with glory and honor. (Psalm 8:3-5 NLT)
Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. (1 Peter 5: 6-7 NKJV)
Today is named STOP COMPLAINING because we simply need to stop. Complaint opens the door to hitchhikers such as judgement, disdain, anger, comparison and control, just to name a few. It can be very easy to slip into complaining; we are unique individuals with distinct likes and dislikes. The key is to discover what benefit to the situation voicing our complaint is. We would be wise to either improve the situation or live with it. Constant complaint closes our eyes and ears to what the Holy Spirit may be attempting to teach or reveal to us. Don’t get stuck in a cycle of complaint, rejoice instead.
Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain. (Philippians 2:3-16 NKJV)
Today is named TRUST because in God we can safely put our trust. He will never let us down, although sometimes we want His timing to be different. We can trust Him with all aspects or our lives, He has proven Himself over and over how faithful He is. When we are unclear about anything, we can trust Him to clarify it. He is more trustworthy than our best friend, for man can often disappoint when we least expect it. Trusting in Him ensures we have an escape plan, fight plan, vision, mission, direction and a safe place. Trusting in Him is also rest. Why strive to accomplish what only He can? Resting is so much easier, and less stressful. Trust more, stress less.
“It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in people. It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes.” (Psalm 118:8-9 NLT)
“But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence.” (Jeremiah 17:7)
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take.” (Proverbs 3: 5-6)
Today’s named BELONG because God has a place for us within the Body. We have been accepted in the Beloved and He calls us His own. We are joint heirs with Christ, seated with Him in high places and given complementery gifts meant to enhance, work alongside and complete each other. There is no better place to be and no greater honor than to fully understand we have a place, a home, a family; that we belong.
“And so you are no longer called outcasts and wanderers but citizens with God’s people, members of God’s holy family, and residents of His household. You are being built on a solid foundation: the message of the prophets and the voices of God’s chosen emissaries with Jesus, the Anointed Himself, the precious cornerstone. The building is joined together stone by stone- all of us chosen and sealed in Him, rising up to become a holy temple in the Lord. In Him you are being built together, creating a sacred dwelling place among you where God can live in the Spirit.” (Ephesians 2: 19-22 Voice)
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.”. (Ephesians 1:3-6 NKJV)