His Name is a Blessing

They shall put my name upon the children of Israel; and I will bless them. Numbers 6:27

The names of my three children come up in my prayers more often than any others. As a young parent I discovered the promise of Numbers 6:27 and it has guided my prayers for my children. This promise follows the familiar Aaronic blessing: God bless you and keep you, God smile on you and keep you and gift you, God look you full in the face and give you peace (Numbers 6:24-26 NLT).
When we bless people we place the name of our God on them.
I envision the name of Jesus imprinted on my children’s foreheads signifying they belong to Him. He’s the only One who loves them more than their father and me. Wrapped up in that name – Jesus – is a blessing. I bless them with my love and prayers, but He blesses them with a peace that overflows with life, a gift far greater than I can give.
They began life in the sanctuary of my womb, hidden from the world in that secret place. He knew them long before I did (Psalm 139). He blessed them before my lips could form their names. I’m familiar with their ways. I see traits that have existed in them from their earliest days, yet in comparison to God, I’m only beginning to know them. He hears their thoughts, understands their intricate personalities. He gets them, even when I don’t. I dearly love and cherish my children, but His love for them is multiplied more times than I can count.
The name of Jesus – the greatest name in all the world – is etched on my children, and now on their spouses and my grandchildren. He will bless them with an eternal, magnificent blessing that far exceeds my blessing.

Take this promise to heart. Place His Name on your children and entrust their well-being into the hands of the One who will bestow His immeasurable blessing on them.

Father, thank you for the power of the name of Jesus, the name that embodies all the light and life a person needs for a lifetime. My children are blessed because of your Name.

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Waiting Prayer

One day when Catherine Marshall was flipping through an old Bible small slips of paper fell out. Each contained a prayer for her son, Peter John. As she read these decades-old requests, she discovered that every one had been answered.
“As I pondered this,” she wrote, “it occurred to me that part of the secret lay in the waiting. Waiting itself seems to be a dynamic kind of communication between God and man.”(1)
Prayer and patience go together (Romans 12:12). Creation teaches the art of patience.

See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains. James 5:7

As winter is to the cycle of seasons, waiting is a necessary part of prayer. The earth struggles through winter. Trees become skeletons, good soil hardens like rock, vegetation dies. At the appointed time, the sun’s rays erase all traces of frost. Leaves, blossoms and grass flourish again.
The great temptation of winter waiting is impatience. We wonder if God has forgotten our name and address. In frustration we may despair and accuse God of not keeping His promises. It’s at this crucial point that we need to confirm our trust in the Lord and stop struggling to understand His timing (Proverbs 3:5).
The waiting season will pass. Waiters will be rewarded.

It will be said in that day, “Indeed, this is our God for whom we have waited that He would save us. This is the LORD for whom we have waited; Let us shout for joy and rejoice in His salvation.” Isaiah 25:9

Deliver the problem to God; trust the timing to Him. (Psalm 31:15).

Prayer: Lord Jesus, let patience settle into my soul and make me contented in this stage of waiting. I release the urge to intervene in Your affairs. Instead, I wait in faith knowing that in Your time the seeds I’ve sown in prayer will flourish.

(1) Catherine Marshall, Adventures in Prayer, Spire Books, 1975, 47
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A Promise for our Children

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They shall put my name upon the children of Israel; and I will bless them. Numbers 6:27 The names of my three children come up in my prayers more often than any others. As a young parent I discovered this … Continue reading

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Don’t Let Faith Drown in the Seas of Trouble

You who have shown me many troubles and distresses will revive and renew me again, and will bring me up again from the depths of the earth. Psalm 71:20 AMP David wrote Psalm 71 in old age, the same David … Continue reading

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Two Responses to the Cross

Humility acknowledges the sufferings of Jesus and accepts that He suffered for us. Pride glosses over His sufferings and refuses to think about them. Humility acknowledges that only the cross erases sin. Pride says, “I’m not so bad, no worse … Continue reading

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A Lesson from Alice Hertz Sommer

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She didn’t want her son to worry or be afraid so every day she chose to find good things they could enjoy. Most of the time she was the only one laughing. Continue reading

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God’s Light Leads Forward

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When you set up the seven lamps in the lampstand, place them so their light shines forward . . . Numbers 8:2 NLT Missionaries Jonathan and Rosalind Goforth arrived in China in March 1888. Their assignment to open a new … Continue reading

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Assignments for 2018

Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun. Psalm 37:5,6 When Jonah opened his in-box he found a … Continue reading

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Jesus is the Message of Christmas

At Christmas we think of Christ’s coming to earth as a baby, our Emmanuel (God with us). Today, let’s consider why Jesus came. From his jail cell, the apostle Paul carefully crafted a life-changing message to the Philippians. He didn’t … Continue reading

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Bethlehem: Good News for Nobodies

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A professional events coordinator would never have chosen Bethlehem for Christ’s birth. That tiny town off the beaten track was hardly fit for a king. Royalty without overnight accommodations? A pink slip first thing Monday morning for the secretary in … Continue reading

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