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Monday, June 18, 2012

Comfort Food

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photos of emilie and josie making bread from this week.

it's sunday night.
bedtime for the kids, blogtime for me.  

i'm sitting here in our make-shift-family-room {bedroom converted to a temporary long-term family room} with our 12-inch apple power-book laptop on my lap, with words 
after brushing their teeth each of my children pops in to give me the routine goodnight kiss, to share  "i love yous" and to hear the name, "Jesus," spoken to and over them.


we've said Jesus to each other for more than 10 years now {longer than we've had this ancient laptop}.  

we have:
whispered the sweet name Jesus, into our newborn baby's tiny ear.

our littles have hollered Jesus, while chasing daddy down the driveway as he left for the day's work.

prayed the name Jesus when our world or the world of a loved one seemed to be unraveling.

cried out for Jesus when the depression or pain clouded all reason.   

declared praises and the name Jesus as our  deflated lungs had new life breathed into them again.

spoken the name Jesus over worship, community, weddings, babies, journey, family, loss... over everything.

we've sung, cried, claimed written, danced, hoped, clung to...Jesus.

we have...

because, "At the name of JESUS, every knee shall bow and tongue confess that HE IS LORD.

and i don't know about you, but all sorts of foolish things want to be LORD {Master, Ruler} of my life.  the most foolish of them is me.

and i've got to shut those thing up {again, mostly me}, and give the reins REIGN back to the One who is rightfully LORD.

and not only that, but I HAVE TO REMEMBER that JESUS is LORD in ALL THINGS and OVER ALL THINGS. 
i am not Lord. 
my identity and self-worth is not Lord
money is not Lord. 
health is not Lord.
relationships are not Lord. 
activity is not Lord. 
work is not Lord.
dreams and longings are not Lord. 

when i say the name Jesus i remember Who's in charge and who and what is not. 
Jesus has got the God-of-my-life thing down.  He's glad to do it, too! {i'm never glad to do it}  He's glad to hold everything together and work everything together. 

and i love His name, "Jesus."  delicious.  His name is COMFORT FOOD!  i eat His saving-name and my hungry soul is nourished.

finally, when i PROCLAIM the name "JESUS" in my home, i do what i was born to do; GIVE the very best INHERITANCE to my children and TO my childrens' CHILDREN. 

    has the powerful name of Jesus impacted your life?

"Great Name" by Natalie Grant


Joy Kinard said...

Sweetest name I know!

Laura said...

i am at a place now where i can look back at not that very far ago, and see how when i was in my most broken desperate state, HE was right there with me

i couldn't see Him then
and I didn't listen to Him
but i heard Him
I know i must have heard Him..because there is no way in this world i could have overcome what i have without Him guiding me

but with Him?
all things are possible.

Jesus is the absolute way. truth. and life.

and you are all sorts of awesome...xo

christina said...

...such power in that name! :) great post!

Jennifer @ Studio JRU said...

Love this. Love, love, love this! :)

Tia said...

I don't know how you found me, but I am glad you did. Great blog!

Thank you for your kind words. I just favorited (is that a word?) you so I can keep up!


Prairie Girl said...

I follow you on my reader, but just had to stop by and say how much this post resonated with me. I went and read your linked post that describes how you say 'Jesus' to one another. I love it! Thank you!

Linda Z said...

Just yesterday, I was reading John and talking with Josh about how Jesus is the "bread of life." He needs to read this post now!!

Don't forget yelling "Jesus" to our family as we left Bass Lake. :)