Lessons from Sophie

“But ask the animals and they will teach you”

Job 12:7a

We laid her to rest yesterday.  Her last days are vivid in my mind.  The past ten years have seemed as if I only blinked.  I’ve held and loved and cuddled her since she was 6 weeks old.  I met her when she was 3 weeks old.  She was easy to choose from amongst her siblings.  I knew from day one that she belonged with us.

God’s Word says we can be taught by the animals and so I ask myself what has Sophie taught me in the last 10 years.  

Sophie loved unconditionally.  Always. She never failed to greet me in ten years.  In her young years she’d meet me at the door, tail wagging, jumping and ever so happy to see me.  In her older years she’d be on her bed, but her head would lift and she’d have her eyes on me and waited for me to come and greet her (which I did).  

She never held a grudge.  Not ever.

I could go away for a few days and all was forgiven.  She was so excited to be together again.  Friends would visit and sometimes I’d have to place her in a side room due to a visitor or group, depending on what was needed.  She would have preferred to be with me, but she’d sit obediently until I would come and get her.  She never complained or moped.  She adjusted to life so beautifully.

She lost her back leg 3 years ago.  That was so devastating and then she showed us just how very strong she could be. She healed and ran about on 3 legs as if she could adjust to absolutely anything in life.

She was gentle and humble.  During the ten years that she was mine, I became a grandmother 5 times.  We pretty much had a new baby added to our family every year for 5 years.  The babies would come and my focus would drift from Sophie to these precious grandchildren.  She humbly accepted that.  She seemed to know to be still and look to us for guidance as toddler after toddler climbed onto her to touch her or do whatever it was they had in their little minds to do.  They too loved her in their own way.  She’d look to my son or myself for cues.  We’d nod our heads, smile, tell her she was such a good girl.  She trusted us and she obeyed.

She was an incredible listener.  There were a few tough personal years for me.  Many a time I’d come home to an empty house and slump on the floor next to her and cry, tell her my woes, kiss her, cuddle her.  She seemed to know when I was troubled and she certainly was there for me…never leaving my side.

When I was sick, she was there.  Again sensing something was different, she’d remain close by…making sure I was okay.

Sophie loved the company of humans.  She loved to be amongst a party at our house or in the middle of a circle.  We’d take her to the dog park and she’d make us laugh because she’d rather visit all the people…rather than the other dogs.

Sophie was protective.  If my husband chose to play around and his arms would go high or wide teasing that he was going to wrestle me…Sophie would let him know in no uncertain terms that she’d not have it.  

All dogs are different and ours did not like the water.  She was very obedient when bath time came, but she’d pass every time on swimming in our inground pool.  Again, she was protective.  She would sit and watch as I gently swam laps, but if splashing occurred and she thought I was in any kind of trouble…she’d stand up and bark as if to say…get out now!  I’m worried about you!

She was so easy to please.  She loved sharing apples and peanut butter with me.  She loved sharing anything with me.  When she was healthier…she knew the word ‘WALK” and she was more than pleased to go on a walk.  If I wanted to garden, she’d join me.  If I wanted to sit and read a book, she’d join me.  She loved car rides and I think it’s because she just wanted to be together. I’d greet her each morning and give her a back rub.  She looked forward to that.  She always crossed her front legs as if sitting like a proper lady might sit. There was nothing I could do that didn’t please her.  She loved me. 

She was a true companion.  Loyal and faithful in their purest forms.

So what have I learned?

I’m picky. I’m easily annoyed.  I can hold a grudge.  I’m not always thankful or loving.  I desire to be loyal and faithful, first to God and then to others.  I need to keep my eyes on my master, Jesus Christ.  

So many times in her early years, Sophie would visit my first or third grade classroom full of children.  She’d come in very excited because she recognized my building and my classroom. She’d enter and 20 or so children would be upon her shouting her name.  Her beautiful eyes were fixed on my son, her true owner and master.  Her eyes never left his.  She’d take all cues and obey.

God…that I might look to my master steadfastly and be so obedient.

This is my tribute to Sophie…who will forever be in my heart, to my wonderful son Jonathan who brought her into my life ten years ago and trained her to be who she was and to God for always being faithful and trustworthy in the good times and the difficult times.  

Thank you Lord on High for giving me the gift of Sophie.

I will forever be thankful.

Remind me of her often Lord, I have much to learn.

Pandemic Tours

I have not taken advantage of the free tours that museums are offering at this time via Internet.  I’m more of a “hands on” learner.

I like to experience, see, touch (well maybe not in a museum), but you get my point.

In my experience, all tour guides are not equal.

Some guides are so very knowledgeable and share their wealth of knowledge in a way that the tourists can grasp it.  They inspire the tourist to want to know more.  They light a fire within.  I often find myself buying a book on more information as I leave a good tour. Other guides add humor or perhaps passion.  Both are appreciated and inspire the tour group.

The worst kind of tour guide is the one who could care less.  They are there because it’s a job and a paycheck.  They are not that knowledgeable, have no sense of humor and you get the bare bones of details.

You leave this type of tour thinking that you would have made a better guide yourself and in truth, you most likely would have!

The people within the tour group are a whole other dynamic.  A good tour will limit the number of people on each tour, but we are still left to finding a good spot to both hear our guide speak and see the objects that they are speaking about.  If you end up with a chatty group, you can end up not hearing a thing!  I’ve been on tours where one person thinks they are on a tour for one.  They converse with the tour guide, ask questions pertaining to themselves only, walk side by side with the guide as others are left to just follow and feel left out.  A good guide will be able to get this tour back on track.

It has been on these types of tours that I wish I were rich and could buy out all the other slots on the tour and truly have a one on one tour.  

When I taught elementary school, I often felt like a tour guide.  I needed to be knowledgeable with the information I was passing on to my students.  I had a passion and a fun sense of humor.  To be honest, the humor was often for me more than my students.  I needed to laugh and it blessed them as well.  

I taught the group.  As a classroom teacher, I also had the ability to attend to my students one on one. I would walk around the room stopping here and there at a desk of a student working, lean over, have a quiet discussion on their work, show them a correction or two, and move on.  

Often I’d have a student or two pretend to struggle on purpose so that they could have my one on one attention too.  I’d smile, lean over, tell them how very good they were doing, give them an idea on what they could add here or there, and move on.

If you’ve read my past blogs at all, you know where I’m going with this.

We have the best tour guide of all at our fingertips.

His Name is Mighty One, Jehovah, Yahweh, God.  His Word, the Bible, is our one on one counsel.  He is very knowledgeable, knows every heart and motive, understands every situation perfectly, draws close so that we can both hear Him and see what He is doing in our lives.  He has a passion for all.  There is not one that He doesn’t love entirely.  He desires to share His love and passion in a personal way with whoever desires to come to Him.  

If you haven’t already, ask Him to be your guide.  Ask Him to show you who He desires to be in your life.  Ask Him to show you His truths and His ways.  Ask Him to forgive you of every wrong and sinful thing you’ve ever done and in an instant He will.    Draw close, get an up front seat and watch Him ease your fears and strengthen your heart.

Psalm 25:4-5,9

“Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths.  Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.”

“He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them His way.”

Pandemic Neighbors

I’ve lived in NJ now for 24 years.  I love my state and it’s people, but if I’m honest New Jersey is not known for its neighborliness.  I grew up in both Ohio and then the Pittsburgh areas.  Many of my family still live in these areas.  Neighbors know each other.  They do bonfires together.  Neighbors stop when on a walk to talk.  They know your name.  They know the names of your children.  They know your habits and your daily routines.  They know the names of your extended family that visits every now and then!

Back in the days when we did not have EZ Pass, I remember driving out to both Ohio and Illinois to visit our sons in college.  You’d pull up to a turnpike booth in NJ and the employee behind the window wore gloves, no smile, and took your toll without eye contact or voice. 

As we entered PA the people behind the tollbooth made eye contact, had a smile, and did not wear gloves. 

 We’d reach the Ohio line and we’d have all that PA offered plus a “hello with a friendly smile” or “have a nice day” comment added.  

By the time we reached Illinois…the people behind the tollbooths would never think of putting on gloves!  They made eye contact, smiled, said “hello” and something like “and where are you headed today…Oh isn’t that nice…well you folks have a great time in this fine city of ours”.  You get the idea!   And…if I’m truly honest…the people from Illinois got on my nerves!  I’m from NJ now.  I still like eye contact and a smile, but I don’t want to share all that much with a tollbooth attendant!  I’ve got places to be and people to see.  “You can take the girl out of NJ, but you can’t take NJ out of the girl”. LOL

I say all of this to sadly say that after living in the neighborhood I have now lived in for 16 years, I barely know my neighbors.  We commute to NYC and other areas in this neighborhood.  We have pretty houses and pretty lawns, but we are not home that much.  When we do walk a dog, we may or may not nod.  Often we are on a phone call.

Well, this pandemic is changing that!  

I’m finding neighborhoods and townships have sights that we can volunteer on.  We are trying to take care of the lonely and hurting who live close by.  If a person has a need, they too can make the need known (via website).   I know, I know.  Still sounds cold right?  (Via website…but it’s a start)  People from Illinois would shudder!

This idea has inspired me.  Today I put a letter into the mailboxes of each of my neighbors and created our own little unit via my personal email.  I’m praying through this that we actually will get to know our neighbors. I’d like to see this neighborhood come together and encourage each other (from 6 feet apart) and help to meet the needs of those who have needs.  I tell you this not to bring “praise” to myself…so please please please don’t.  I tell you this to encourage you.  What part can you do in this time of our lives? Let’s work together and be creative.

Who knows…when this is all done and over, I just might host a bonfire for my neighbors! 

John 11:3-6

“therefore the sisters sent to Him, saying, ‘Lord, behold, he whom You love is sick.’ When Jesus heard that, He said, ‘This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it.”

Many are dying each and every day and our hearts are stricken by the numbers and the multitude of families that are affected.  May the church rise up and may God also be glorified at “such a time as this

Calendar Scratches

I’m turning 60 in just 17 more days.  I had such big plans.

My daughter, sister, nephew, and daughter in law have worked hard for many months now planning an amazing vacation for 22 of us.  

My big birthday dinner was to be on April 18th.  I bought a cute dress to wear to it.  I bought a new swimsuit for this trip, new shoes, cute purse, suntan lotion, etc.  You get the picture.  I was so excited to have all my children and grandchildren together along with all of my sisters and their families.

I’m disappointed.  For a while, I was in denial.  Surely we will be through this pandemic before April 18th!  Funny how we can trick our mind into believing what our hearts want to believe.  I’m facing facts now.  

I’ve always been one to write in my calendar.  I’ve always been one to plan ahead.  I purposely subscribe to NJ Monthly just to see what my state is offering on weekends for the month.  As an elementary teacher I made lesson plans for my students. Today, I make “fun plans” to enjoy with others.

Scratch, Scratch, Scratch, Scratch

All of my plans have gone up in smoke.  Yours too?

But then I get a text this morning telling me that my mother was sick all night long.  What?  She’s in her 80’s.  We’ve been trying to keep her quarantined.  My sisters get her groceries for her.  We talk by phone every day.  How did this happen?

I began to pray.  I asked my church to pray.

Suddenly I no longer care about my 60thbirthday or our family trip.  All I care about at the moment is my mother and her health.  Please Lord, heal my mom. Please protect her Jesus.   Please don’t let us lose her! 

I do believe my mom is going to be okay.  My sister checked in on her and honestly it was probably something she ate. I’m still praying, but I’m relaxing a bit in my heart and mind.

It certainly puts life into proper perspective.

Yes, I’m scratching off plans on my calendar that I was looking forward to.

Yes, I won’t be with so many that I love on my 60th.


I am turning 60.  Many aren’t getting to do that today.

I have a healthy family to connect with, pray with, laugh with, and even play games by computer these days.   

I have a husband to share my days with and emotions with.

I have God and a real relationship with Him.

I will be content in Him

And thankful because in Him alone

I have much to be thankful for.

Proverbs 19:21

“Many are the plans in the mind of a man,

but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.”

Take Heart

“Good morning Grandma” says the little voice on the screen.  I can see he is shirtless yet again, but his smile just makes my day!

My new routine is to use Face Time to start and end my day with my grandchildren. I talk with them, ask them about their day or their plans for the day.  I can see them often playing with cars, looking at a book, or fighting (yes, fighting) with each other.  Yesterday I tried to solve a fight amongst brothers via Face Time.

I wasn’t very successful, mostly due to a 2 year olds “no”.

These little ones know that something is different in our world right now.  The oldest no longer attends school at school. There are no more swim classes, library times, or visits to grandma’s house.

But for the most part, they are sheltered from what is truly happening in our world right now.

“In this world, you will have trouble, but take heart!

I have overcome the world”    

John 16:33

“One of the most terrible threats is the sudden chilling storms of sleet, rain, and snow that can sweep down through the valleys from the mountain peaks.  If sheep become soaked and chilled with a freezing rain, the exposure can kill them in a very short time.  They are thin-skinned creatures, easily susceptible to colds, pneumonia, and other respiratory complications.”  

I enjoy reading and the above paragraph I read this morning was written by W. Phillip Keller in his book “A Shepherd looks at Psalm 23”.

In the Bible God’s people are often called “sheep” and He is the Shepherd.  This paragraph grabbed my attention because these thin skinned sheep were susceptible to colds, pneumonia, and respiratory complications.

Sounds like something we are watching on our TV’s today and reading within our news sources.  

God never promised that we would not have troubles.  In fact, He told us we would have troubles.  

Storms can break out at a moments notice.  Corona Virus seems to have whipped across the world as a violent storm. People are isolated, finding safe shelter within their homes.   Rivers of reverses have come.  The economy has reversed.  I read today that 3 million Americans have filed for unemployment.  

Did you ever think you would live in such a time as this?

How do we cope with these valleys that we are walking through?

With Christ, I can face them calmly.  He has sent His Holy Spirit and His Spirit is our helper, our comforter, our advocate, our intercessor, our counselor, our strength.

As my grandchildren sit within the walls of their yard and their homes and are protected by the parents who love them.  I too can be content and at peace as I find shelter in God, who loves me. He is my protector.  He knows how much to shield me from.  He knows how much I can handle.  He is able to walk me safely through the valleys and storms that come my way.  

He loves you too.   He is a Good Shepherd.

Seek Him today and allow Him to say to you “take heart”.

Psalm 91:9-10

“If you make the Most High your dwelling – even the Lord, who is my refuge – then no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near your tent.  For He will command His angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways”

Cracked Eggs

Some of the eggs had the slightest little crack in them.  My students walked in eagerly each day to see the progress on the baby chicks that were waiting to hatch.  

There were days when an egg looked so very close to opening and everything in us wanted to just reach in and help that little chick to be free of her shell.  We wanted to see this little one with it’s wet feathers stuck close to its little body.  We wanted to see it make the change through the day to fluffy and whole. We had read so much about this process and wanted to experience it.   This is what we had been waiting for!  We wanted to hold these little ones that we had watched for many days now.

As their teacher, I told them that it would be a big mistake to reach in and help the baby chick.  God has a reason for the day-by-day delay.  We needed to trust Him and not the wisdom of ourselves.

Baby chicks have what is called an egg tooth.  It eventually falls off, but it is a necessary part of their body as they begin to peck at the shell from the inside of their egg.  It takes stamina, energy, determination, and strength for the new little chick to break free of its shell.  If we were to do this for them, we would weaken the little chick and he would not have the strength he needs in order to survive in the world he would soon enter.  

If we leaned on our own understanding or will, our poor little chick would eventually die.  

My students and I practiced patience.  We prayed over these little chicks.  We checked in on them often, but we waited.  

We did not sit and stare at them the entire school day.  We had a routine.  We had math lessons and games to play.  We had reading circle and writing sessions.  We did experiments in science and had fun creating history projects. The school days flew by.

And one beautiful day we saw and marveled at what God had done!

Victory was here.  Life was here.  We stood in awe.

God could be trusted.

The little chick was not alone.  His creator was with him and designed him perfectly to be able to hatch into the new life that waited.

I don’t know if you are all alone during this time of quarantine.  If you are, please know that you are truly not alone. God is with you and He is walking this quarantine out with you.  He can strengthen you in mind, body, and soul.  He will give you what you need for each and every day.  You will come out of this stronger than you were before.  You can trust Him.

Proverbs 18:24

“There is a friend who sticks closer than a brother”

His Name is Jesus

Bitten by the Pandemic

Like many in this country, I sat in my home (in my pajamas) and went to two church services yesterday.  I attended a live stream service of my daughter’s church and a you-tube message from my own pastor.

Sad to say, but that was about it for my “accomplishments” yesterday.

This pandemic affects everyone, but I’m marveling at the difference in how each person handles it.  Our social butterflies are constantly calling or face timing friends & family.  Our introverts are cozied up reading books. Some families love this homeschooling thing and others are tearing their hair out!  

I’m a doer.  I’m always on the go.  I realize this about myself now more than ever.  I’m a planner.  I’ve always got a list and a plan for the day.  This “stay at home” order in NJ has me at home and even though I can think of projects in my home to do, things that need done, I’m finding my motivation to do them is low, very low.  I seem to be able to get a whole lot more done when I’m busy and running somewhere everyday.  I’m guessing I work better under a time crunch.  I never really knew this about myself.

Each evening so far, I go to bed telling myself that tomorrow I will begin this or that project and then tomorrow comes and I don’t.

This is one way I’ve been bitten by this pandemic.

My pastor’s message yesterday came from the book of Numbers.  I keep going back to one section that really stood out to me.

In Numbers 21:4-9 we see God’s people becoming once again very impatient and complaining about the very provisions that God has blessed them with for years.

God sent venomous snakes and as many people were bit, they died.  As the people became scared, they confessed their sin, and God spoke to Moses and told him to make a snake of bronze and put it on a pole.  He told Moses to tell the people that “anyone who is bitten can look at it and live.”    Verse 9 “Then when anyone was bitten by a snake and looked at the bronze snake, they lived.”


Snakes. I’m not a fan.  If I were surrounded by them, I wonder if my eyes could look up!  I’d have trouble not looking down and trying to control my every step.  Would I miss the opportunity of being saved because I just could not look up?

How long did it take Moses to create this snake of bronze and get it attached to a pole?

I’m afraid my eyes might also have been on Moses! Hurry up! What is taking you so long? Get the thing built. Put it up on the pole! Hurry up!!!!!

And so we go back to our pandemic.  People all over the world are facing “the snakes”, the germs, the virus, & the fast paced spread of this wicked virus.

We look to our government and it’s leaders and scream hurry up!  Give us what we need!  Hospitals need more beds!  We need breathing equipment! Save us. Tame this virus!

We look to our medical staff and say “do something”.

I challenge myself today to look up.  Look to the One who heals and brings life, true life.  

Life now & Life Eternal

Instead of looking at the snakes around me…and wallowing in my “I don’t feel like doing anything today” mode…I need to look up.

Jesus, how can I walk through this day, this one day with you?

What are things that I can do today?

What are the many things I can be thankful for today? I don’t want to waste this day in complaints.

How would you like to use me today?  It will certainly be in a different way than I am used to, but Lord…I’m looking up. I’m looking to you.

Guide me Lord

Heal our land Lord

Bring confession, where confession is needed.

Bring many to the truth of who You are Jesus.

Take a look in the New Testament :  John 3:14-15

“Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes may have eternal life in Him.”

When Jesus took His place on the cross and died for all mankind,

He was like the snake that Moses made and put on a pole.  He took on all of the world’s sin.  All of it.  Sin of past, present, and future.

In Moses day, As God’s people looked up…even though they were bit, they lived.

Today, As we, look up, and acknowledge Jesus as the Savior (the one who took our place in punishment for our sins)…as we pray and receive Him into our lives and hearts we too will live.  

I pray you and your families are safe today.

I pray for eyes to be able to look up to our God who loves us and desires for us to know Him both when the land is filled with snakes and when the land is filled with abundance.  

Emotional Waves

I’m thinking you are finding your emotions riding low and then high and then low and then high again these days? I know mine are. My daughter and I seem to be riding them together and sharing by phone our thoughts and emotions. God seems to be using one of us to steer the other back to a God focused reality.

Yesterday was a blunder of a day for me. I found myself wallowing in sadness. Sadness that I can’t see my children or grandchildren as I am used to doing. Sadness that we live in fear of going to the grocery store or bumping into another human being! Sadness in that even though I’m sad, I can’t seem to stop my finger from hitting the news app on my phone to read the news AGAIN today.

The emotional highs: FaceTime with grandchildren. Eating my dinner on the patio last night with my husband. Laughing with my brother in law in Florida on the phone.

This morning God used my daughter once again in my life.

We were talking about this virus and the curve/graphs that we see daily now. We see China’s wave, Italy’s wave, South Korea’s wave, and we are still anticipating what the US wave will truly look like.


Matthew 8:24 “Without warning, a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat.”

I think we can agree that this pandemic is a furious storm that people all over the world have been hit with. It’s come so very quickly and spreads so quickly…”without warning” of just who might be carrying this virus.

Jesus had been sleeping in the boat as these waves rocked the boat that both He and his disciples were in. “Lord save us, we’re going to drown” (verse 25) Many of these men were experienced fisherman. This must have been one major storm to frighten even them!

Jesus replied (verse 26) “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.”

Verse 27: “The men were amazed and asked, ‘What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!”

I’m glad our gifted scientists and researches can graph and study these charts and “waves”. I am ever so thankful for them. I pray for continued wisdom, health and perseverance for them.

As for me, and I’m thinking you too, I need to get my eyes off of the waves and onto the One who calms the waves. Give us strength today Lord. We ask for you to calm this pandemic. Stop the waves, stop the spread, and at the same time teach us Lord what you desire to teach us.

Hoping you have a blessed day despite the waves!

Praying Through the Epidemic

My daughter and I sat this morning, coffee in hand, chatting and sharing our morning together via FaceTime. The world as we knew it just 2 weeks ago is changing daily and even as a Christian, I find myself shaken and anxious at times. I say “even as a Christian” because it is my norm to begin my day with my cup of coffee and God’s Word. I’ve done this now for 39 years.

I hit my low when I was 21. I reached up to God and He became real in my life. In the last 39 years, I see His hand in my life. I’ve seen Him orchestrate beautiful blessings because He loves me. I’ve seen Him walk with me through darker times and He has always, yes always, been faithful. Personally, I would have chosen zero dark times and sometimes an outcome wasn’t exactly what I had hoped for but I know it was God who held my hand, guided my steps, got me through it, and gave me peace.

Today I read from Psalm 51

As I read the very first verse “Have mercy on me, O God according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion”, I said YES Lord please have mercy on us…I know you are a God of compassion and unfailing love. Please show us (my family) mercy Lord.

I do pray world wide too, but this morning as I read this verse I was zooming in on my family. I reminded God how He protected Moses in a time when all others his age were murdered and how He protected Noah and his family during an unprecedented flood. I asked Him to do the same for us.

Verse 2 stood out as well. “Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin”. I asked Jesus to wash this virus away. Our family has healthcare workers who meet head on with this virus that has become a world crisis. Cleanse us Lord both outside and inside. Verse 7 says “cleanse me with hyssop and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.” God is able to cleanse, heal, and rebuild. Do your work Lord.

Is God trying to get the attention of the world? I think He’s got it. Does He want to use it? He uses all things. The Bible says He alone can take the bad and turn it for good. Do I think we need to humble ourselves and seek Him and ask for forgiveness? Yes, I do. I think we need to do this both in times of crisis and normal everyday times too. God is able to do more than we ask or imagine when we come before Him humbly.

“Create in us a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit with us” Verse 10

This is part of my prayer for today as well. One day at a time, one prayer at a time, one humble heart before our Almighty Creator, at a time.

He is Able. My challenge to you and to myself today is to look for the “green pasture”/pleasures that God puts in your midst today even though we walk through this wilderness of a pandemic.

God is Good and He Loves You

A New Name

How many times have I met someone and asked what their name was and then just as quickly as they told me, I forget their name.

I’ve been pondering on God’s omniscience, His infinite knowledge.  He doesn’t forget a name, in fact He knew the name prior to the name being given.

He knows the name of every single person today, tomorrow, and all of those that have lived and are now gone from this earth.  

He knew and knows the number of hairs on each head.  Think of it, the billions and billions of people on planet earth and He knows the number of hairs on their head!

Matthew 10:30 “And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.”

I know my hair falls out daily…and yet He still knows the count.

God is an intimate God.  He knew our place of birth before we were born or even conceived. He knows our deepest secrets and our most worrisome fears.  

He is so intimate that He has a ‘secret name’ for each of us.

Revelation 2:17b  says,  “I will also give that person (the one who belongs to Jesus) a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to the one who receives it.”

My granddaughters name is Madeleine.  Most of us call her Maddie.

My daughter in law (her mommy) calls her “Madds”.   It’s sweet.  That’s her intimate name with her mama.  I’ve thought often about that name and I don’t feel that I have the right to call her that.  No one has ever told me not to, but somehow that is a special name in my mind for mother and daughter.  

I have a sweet relationship with her.  We both love our relationship as grandma and granddaughter. To me, she is Maddie.  I love her with all my heart.  I cherish her, but I will not be calling her Madds.  That name has been reserved in my mind.

What will my new name be in heaven?  What will yours be?  It will be known only to God and each of us personally.  I know the name will be perfect because He gets me.  I find so much comfort in that.

I once had a student who struggled with teachers and friends.  She was only in 3rdgrade, but struggle she did.  I loved teaching her.  I loved everything about her.  

I ran into her a few years later at a restaurant.  I invited her to sit down and catch me up on her life.  In that conversation she said, “You get me”.  

I don’t think there are too many compliments higher than that one.  I was so honored that she thought that.  

God gets us and He loves us still.  He loved us enough to sacrifice His only Son, the One He loved. He did that to make a way for us to be in relationship with Him, intimate relationship.  This relationship is so much more than religion.  Religion turns me away.  Relationship, that is what it is about.

 He has a special name for each one.  

No one else will know or have the right to know that very special name given by the Creator Himself.  

May you continue seeking to know Him more and more.  

Jeremiah 29:13  “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”