I went to bed with my heart so heavy. Burdened. The questioned remained as to how I was to turn off my thoughts. Or perhaps, could I turn off my thoughts? Tired beyond belief, all I could think & whisper was “Jesus”.
And I could feel myself beginning to relax & fall asleep.
I remembered a devotional I had read about a month ago…
My Name is constantly abused in the world, where people use it as a curse word. This verbal assault reaches all the way to heaven; every word is heard and recorded. When you trustingly whisper My Name, My aching ears are soothed. The grating rancor of the world’s blasphemies cannot compete with a trusting child’s utterance: “Jesus.” The power of My Name to bless both you & Me is beyond your understanding.
(from Jesus Calling by Sarah Young, page 203, July 12)
At various times, the mere mention of His Name has brought me comfort, peace, strength, sanity & sleep. Sometimes all at the time. Yet I have never thought of it as blessing Him. Yet how it blesses me when my children call on me for something.
In a world filled with competitiveness, how wonderfully reassuring to read that I can come to Him and it is as if I am the only one. I have His full attention. I never have to compete for His time or attention.
Even more wonderful to me was the realization that the utterance of His Name was enough. When my heart is heavy and tears are many, the Spirit know my heart and prays on my behalf. For me.
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.
(Romans 8:26, 27 NIV)
I only need to speak one Name:
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