Saturday, May 24, 2008

Say the Name Jesus

In our family we say Jesus.
This began more than 6 years ago, at a time when I struggled with believing lies. Sadly, I was overwhelmed with fear of Satan. I was giving him too much power and ability in my mind.
Growing up the phrase "the devil's in this house," was said often (usually referring to my drug using, schizophrenic dad). The awareness that something dark was at work was at the forefront of my little girl, and now adult mind.
For many years I believed that Satan was the equal opposite of God. He is not.
I began a journey to replace the lies with truth. Unfortunately lies had to surface so that I could take each one captive and replace them with truth. Needless to say these were difficult years.
As I learned to "love the Lord my God with all my mind" I thought about the impact it had on me to hear the words "the devil's in this house." I wondered what the opposite would have been like.. hearing "Jesus."

I thought of scripture that says
, "that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."
Phil. 2:10-11

There is power in His name. I needed (need) that power.
So we began to say "Jesus." As we put the kids to bed, we kiss them and whisper "Jesus." When Michael leaves for work early in the a.m., he prays over me, then whispers "Jesus." When one of us drives away, the kids yell their good byes, and "Jeeessuuusss!!" When we drop them off for school or at a friends, we hug them, and whisper "Jesus." On all sorts of occasions, for no reason, but for every reason, we say "Jesus."
It is my prayer that the
One who is at work will be at the forefront of our minds, and that He will work mightily in our lives.

Say the Name
by Margaret Becker

A more sweeter sounding word
These lips have never said
A gentle name so beautiful
My heart cannot forget
Just a whisper is enough
To set my soul at ease
Just thinking of this Name
Brings my heart to peace
Say the Name
Say the Name that soothes the soul
The Name of gentle healing
And peace immutable
I'll say the Name that has heard my cry
Has seen my tears and wiped them dry
From now until the end of time
I'll say the Name
May I never grow so strong
That my heart cannot be moved
May I never grow so weak
That I fear to speak the truth
I will say this holy Name
No matter who agrees
For no other name on earth
Means so much to me
(repeat chorus)
With all the honor I can find
With all my heart, my soul, my mind
I will say the Name
Without defense, without shame
I will always speak the Name
Of Jesus
(repeat chorus)
From now until the end of time
Say the Name


  1. I've never thought about that before - that is very wise, and something to remember. What a simple way to fight the good fight and confess REALITY with our lips. It is GOOD for your kids to constantly be reminded that there is more to life than what their little eyes can see. You are breaking a cycle, and that is powerful stuff!

  2. What a wonderful idea! Thank you for that suggestion. I think I'll start puting "Jesus" into our daily vocabulary as well!

  3. That is one of the coolest things I have heard in a really long time. Love that.