(This devotion is reposted form October of 2014.)
PERSONALIZED SCRIPTURE CARDS were handed out to each lady who attended the retreat on Saturday afternoon. The card packet consisted of thirty-two scripture cards with the name of each lady embedded in each verse. When the scripture verses were read with her name included, it was as if God was speaking directly to each woman.
“You can trust in Me, Sheryl, for I will never forsake you.” Psalm 9:10
On Saturday evening after having received the personalized scripture cards, one of ladies approached me. With tears in her eyes, she told me how much the personalized scripture cards meant to her. She went on to explain that because she had a very unusual name, she was never able to find anything with her name on it. The scripture cards were the very first thing she ever owned that contained her name. Struggling with circumstances she had been facing lately, reading the scriptures with her name in them brought her encouragement and hope.
I could relate to what the precious lady was saying. My name Sheryl is spelled with an “S” and not a “C”. I, too, searched for trinkets, jewelry, note cards, etc. that contained my name. I eventually found a few, but not many. There is something about reading my name that identifies me. Makes me feel important.
In God’s eyes, we are all important. He created us. He knew what we would look like and who we would be before we were ever born. He lovingly formed each detail about us. He crafted our souls and our unique gifts specifically for His kingdom. He knew what our names would be. He knew our joys. He knew how we would struggle.
“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb…
your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written
in your book before one of them came to be.” (Psalm 139:13 &16, NIV)
Whatever you may be facing today, find a scripture verse that speaks to you. Insert your name within the verse and read it aloud. Visualize God speaking these words over you. Calling you by name. Including you in His promises.
Then step forth with confidence knowing that you are His child. You belong to the King. You are important and loved.
I anointed you, Sheryl, set My seal of ownership on you, and put My Spirit in your heart as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come. (2 Corinthians 1:21b-22)
You can know and depend on the love that I have for you, Sheryl. (1 John 4:16)
Prayer: Dear Father, thank You for loving each of us. Thank You for providing Your scriptures; Your promises that bring us peace, acceptance, love, hope, and encouragement. Help us to personalize Your words with our names. Help us to realize how special we are in Your eyes. In Jesus’ name, Amen.