Encouragement to live in God's sweet and empowering grace every day.

Encouragement to live in God's sweet and empowering grace every day.

Jesus, The Lover of My Soul

Jesus, The Lover of My Soul


At the end of each year, I begin seeking God for the word He wants to use in the new year to breathe spiritual growth into my heart. Each time I hear or read the word, it causes me to pause, reflect, and remember the Lord and what He is doing in my life. I’m not proud of this truth, but sometimes in the midst of the rush of life, I forget to call on Jesus.

This year He gave me two words; renewal and Jesus. When He first dropped His Name on my heart, I thought to myself, ‘Jesus? That doesn’t make sense. I know Jesus is the embodiment of EVERYTHING.’ I thought it was just me and pushed it aside. It wasn’t until two weeks later when He also gave me the word renewal, I realized it was Jesus who gave me His sweet Name.

Just hearing His name throughout the year will bring renewal.Β πŸ’—Β I love that God chose renewal instead of renew or renewed. Renewal means ‘the state of being’ made new, fresh and strong again. It’s ongoing. It goes hand in hand with being a work in progress. As I progress throughout the year in my walk with Jesus, I will be ‘being made’ new, fresh and strong again in Jesus. I absolutely love that!!

He loves me and you so much, He gave us His name to call on daily. Lamentations 3:22-23 says, “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.”

Did you hear that? EVERY morning!

Jesus’ steadfast (faithful, reliable, true, constant, loyal) love and mercies (compassion, forgiveness, leniency, kindness, tolerance, grace) are new ‘every’ morning. Did you notice ‘mercies’ is plural? He doesn’t give us mercy one time and then He’s done with us. ‘Alright! You had your mercy. Move on. Next!!’

I need His mercies and fresh grace every day.Β πŸ’—

The book of Psalm is full of medicine for our souls.

In Psalm 34:18, we read, “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”

Psalm 73:26 reminds me that though my heart and flesh may fail, God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

Psalm 9:9 “The Lord defends those who suffer. He protects them in times of trouble.”

I was challenged by one of my recent devotions to say, “Jesus, I trust you,” every time it feels like thing are crashing down on me.

Jesus truly is the lover of my soul. I realize I have nothing, I am nothing and I can do nothing without Him. But, because of Him, I have everything, I am everything and I can do everything.Β I am His princess.πŸ’—

Life is so full of ups and downs, quite often I feel like I’m on a roller coaster. And those times when it ‘feels’ like the Lord is no where near, I have to hang on with all my might. Thankfully, He never lets go.Β πŸ’—Β There is so much power in the name of Jesus.

I’d like to challenge you to say Jesus all throughout your day today.

He’s got you covered and loves you probably more then you know.Β πŸ’—

Jesus … Jesus … Jesus

God bless you and have a wonderful love-filled day!!πŸ’—πŸ’—

Love, Susan Parish

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40 thoughts on “Jesus, The Lover of My Soul”

    • I love Isaiah! What’s your favorite version of this scripture? God gave me Isaiah 43:18-19 at the end of 2014 knowing I would have to leave the home I lived in for ten years, in April of 2015. I was devastated!! He has been so true to His word of doing something new, making a roadway in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. Most of it in my own heart. It was in these years of wilderness that He proved His love for me. I’m not going to water it down, it hurt!! But now I know that I ‘know’ that I KNOW, He loves ‘ME.’ No matter how much the enemy attacks me, I have confidence in God’s love for me.πŸ’— I’m so grateful. πŸ’—

    • Thank you Emily! I love that as well and the freedom we have in His name. πŸ’— I hope you are having a very blessed day.

  • I love this Susan!! “But, because of Him, I have everything, I am everything and I can do everything. I am His princess.”πŸ’— I love it! After reading this, I have been speaking Jesus’ Name out so much more today than usual! Thank you for your sweet encouragement! Love you my Sister! XO Donna

    • Thank you Donna! Speaking Jesus’ name reminds me He is in control and helps keep my focus on him.πŸ’— Love you!πŸ’—

  • This was beautifully written, and I am thankful you shared your heart! I love saying Jesus I trust you! I will challenge myself to begin saying this. My word for 2018 is Unashamed. I have been saying this in many situations and it has changed my daily mindset. Thanks again for the encouraging word!

    • Thank you Pam! Unashamed … what a powerful word. Getting set free of the stronghold of shame is quite the battle! But, Jesus took that too. I’m so happy for you that your daily mindset has been changed. God bless you. πŸ’—

  • I think one of the only ways to pray unceasingly is to have the name of Jesus emblazoned on our hearts and minds, and on the tip of our tongue throughout the day. Beautiful post. Shared through twitter and google plus!

    • You’re welcome Mary. Jesus sees your heart and the breakthroughs that you need and He’s with you.πŸ’— I said a prayer for you.πŸ’—

  • Jesus…such a beautiful name, a healing name, a loving name!!
    Yes he gives us His name to start fresh each day!! Renewing and refreshing . Thank you for an absolutely beautiful post.

    • You’re so welcome, Lureta. I’m still amazed and maybe I always will be at how much peace washes over my soul just by speaking the name of Jesus. Yes, it’s beautiful, healing and loving. πŸ’—πŸ’— God bless you!

  • Amen , we are renewed by His love and mercies every single day. Even when our flesh will fail , and our heart will betray,Jesus is all we need .

    I love the definition for renewal- the state of being made new and fresh

    • Hi Diana, I’m so grateful for Jesus’ faithfulness! I love the ongoing process of being made new and fresh every day.πŸ’— God bless you!

  • This is beautiful! I love both of your words! There is no sweeter name than the name of Jesus! ❀️ Isn’t it wonderful that His mercies (plural) are new every morning?! Bless you in this 2018 year!

    • Thank you Rachel! I’m so thankful His mercies are new every morning because I need them every morning πŸ™‚ I’m looking forward to what God is going to do this year.πŸ’— You have a blessed 2018 year also!

    • Hi Tara, I couldn’t agree more! I had never heard the song “Something Happens” until today. Beautiful song! I closed my eyes and praised Jesus as I listened.πŸ’— Thank you so much for sharing!

    • Thank you Eryn! God’s working on me in the area of ‘one day at a time,’ and being satisfied with ‘this’ day. His mercies are new every day, give us this day our daily bread, this is the day You have made I’ll rejoice and be glad in it are a few of the scriptures He’s laid on my heart. πŸ’—

  • I love this, Susan. His Name is so, so precious. You are right – just thinking about and saying His Name – it just makes Him seem so near, and His peace is just about tangible in those moments. Thanks so much for a timely reminder! πŸ™‚

    • Hi Kate, I’m delighted it was a timely reminder for you.πŸ’— I kept praying and asking God what he’d like me to write about and I just kept getting ‘Jesus, lover of my Soul.’ I wasn’t sure what I was going to write after that, but when I sat down to write, it flowed. I must remember that everything is all about him … Jesus. We can’t help but grow when we put Him first. God bless you!πŸ’—

  • My mom always told me to say His name when I was upset. That’s such a good habit to get into!!! Every time life gets hard, we whisper Jesus into our soul πŸ™‚ I hope you have a wonderful year of renewal!

    • Thank you Leah! It’s been a good year of renewal already. He is so faithful and I’m thankful for the name of Jesus. πŸ’—πŸ’—

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