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“There is none like God, Jeshurun, (Israel) riding to your rescue through the skies, his dignity haloed by clouds.  The ancient God is home on a foundation of everlasting arms.  Deuteronomy 33:26-28 MSG

Now, read this verse again, but insert your name.   “There is none like God, Beth, riding to your rescue through the skies, his dignity haloed by clouds.  The ancient God is home on a foundation of everlasting arms.”

If God’s word is for us, then does that mean we can insert our name in scripture and apply it personally?  You bet we can, and you bet it does!  I firmly believe this is exactly what our Papa God wants us to do.  But sometimes we forget to do this don’t we?  How beautiful, comforting, peaceful and confirming verses can be for us when we do insert our names.  Our Papa God takes great pleasure in speaking to us through his holy word.

I started thinking about the value of a person’s signature.  When we insert our own name to scripture, that’s not only our name we are inserting, but in a way also our signature.  So,  I went straight to Google and this was the first thing that came up from “The University of Texas Medical School at Houston…I know kind of weird, but when I read it, well it just made sense.  The following is titled:

The Value of the Signature

And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm Reliance on the Protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.” 

– Thomas Jefferson, Declaration of Independence


These last few lines from one of our nation’s founding documents remind us exactly what we do when we inscribe our signature.  Our signature represents not only our name, but also our values and honor codes as a future professional.  Whether it be a legal document, an honor statement, a prescription, or something as simple as a check or credit card receipt, the piece of paper with a signature automatically becomes a commitment to adhere to a certain set of standards.  ~ Student Committee for Academic Integrity and Professionalism ~ The University of Texas Medical School at Houston

If your signature is that important when you right it down, your name is important, and YOU are important to God.  You are important, you are special, and you are loved by your Papa God.

Jesus loves (insert name here) Beth.  I’m absolutely convinced that nothing – nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable – absolutely nothing can get between her and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced her.”  Romans 8:38-39 MSG

Insert your signature, your name here…

“For I know the plans I have for you ______,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you ______ and not to harm you ______,plans to give you ______hope and a future.”  Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

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The Author

Hey glad you dropped by! My name is Elizabeth Maxwell, but everyone knows me as "Beth." I am the wife to Kevin Maxwell of 38 years. We have 3 grown sons, one daughter-in-law, and our adopted daughter Maria. God laid on our hearts to experience an awesome journey in 2000, in adopting our special needs daughter, Maria Dean. God has truly been with us every step of the way on our journey. I live in the beautiful foothills state of Tennessee. I love my beautiful Tennessee home. From the foothills to the whippoorwills, God's beauty shines forth here. I love to laugh often. I enjoy old movies, reading books, and I love to sing in my award (Dove) winning choir at First Baptist Church! I love my sweet little job, working with Kindergartners...and yes "kids do say the darndest things!" I am encouraged by God's word and I love to dig into it. I am by no means a scholarly expert, but I do delight in His encouragement for me. I am a friend of God...after all, God's got my back! And not just my back - "He goes before me." (Deuteronomy 31:8) "He's right beside me." (Hebrews 13:5) and, "He surrounds me on every side." (Psalm 125:2) These verses remind me that I am not alone while traveling on this "Journey Called Life!" Won't you travel with me? My prayer is that you will be encouraged, and know that you are not alone on this journey called life!

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