I Just Called to Say, “I Love You”

“Call to me,” says the Lord, “and I will answer you and tell you great and mighty things which you do not know.”
(Jeremiah 33:3 NASB)

It was an unusual phone call from my son, Steven. It was the second week of his second semester, his third year in college.

“Hey mom, this is Steven. I just wanted to call and say ‘hello’. I haven’t talked to you in a while and wanted to see how you were doing.”

“Hey bud,” I replied. “How are you? How are your classes? Do you like your professors?”

We volleyed questions and answers back and forth. It was a nice intro, and I kept waiting for the request such as, “Could you put an extra $50 in my account for another Philosophy book I had to buy,” or a question such as “Does my car insurance go up if I get a parking ticket.” But those type questions never came.

“Mom, how are you doing?”

“What have you been up to this week?”

“How’s the new book coming?”

After about fifteen minutes into our conversation, I reluctantly asked, “Is everything OK?”

“Yeah,” he chuckled. “I just called to talk. Are you surprised?”

“Sort of,” I sheepishly admitted. “But it is a wonderful surprise!”

A few minutes later we said our “goodbyes” and “I love yous.” Then I sat there and savored the joy of knowing that my son had called…not because he needed anything or had a problem to solve, but just because he loved me. Suddenly I got another call. Only this one was from my Heavenly Father. No, the phone didn’t ring, but like a cell phone set on silent mode, God vibrated my heart with that still small voice that I have grown to love so well. Let me paraphrase what He said…

“Sharon, I want you to remember how you feel at this moment. Your son, whom you love more than life itself, has just called to talk to you…not because He wanted anything, not because he had a question about a decision or a detail of life, not because he had a problem to solve. He called just to talk, simply to see what was on your heart – because he loves you. That, my child, whom I love more than life, is the same way I feel when you talk to Me – not because you want something, not because you have a question about a decision you have to make, not because you have a problem to solve. That is how I feel when you talk to Me simply because you want to learn what is on My heart…simply because you love Me.”

Steven’s call was a poignant reminder that the God of the universe delights when His children call…just to say, “I love You.”

“Call to me,” says the Lord, “and I will answer you and tell you great and mighty things which you do not know,” (Jeremiah 33:3 NASB).

 Let’s Pray

Dear Father, I love You. That’s really all I want to say today. I love you, not because of what You do, but because of Who You are…my Heavenly Dad. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 Now It’s Your Turn

Have you told God you love Him lately?  If not, one of the best ways to praise Him is to use the names of God found in the Bible. Let’s look at a few. I’ll give you the Hebrew name found in the Old Testament and the English translation.

“God we praise you that you are:

  • Jehovah – The Self Existent One who had no creator and was before all things (Exodus 3:13-16)
  • Jehovah-Raah – The Lord my Shepherd who takes care of me (Psalm 23)
  • Jehovah-Jireh – The Lord my Provider who provides for my every need (Genesis 22:8, 14)
  • Jehovah-ShalomThe Lord my Peace who gives peace beyond human understanding (Judges 6:24)
  • Jehovah-Rophe – The Lord Who Heals  physically, emotionally, and spiritually (Exodus 15:26)
  • Jehovah-Tsidkenu – The Lord our Righteousness who cleanses us from all our sin (Jeremiah 23:6)
  • Jehovah-Shammah – The Lord is There and Who will never leave us alone (Ezekiel 48:35)
  • Jehovah-Nissi – The Lord my Banner Who brings victory in all my spiritual battles (Exodus 17:15)
  • Jehovah-M’Kaddesh – The Lord who Sanctifies and sets us apart (Leviticus 20:8)

 If you would like a “printer friendly” list of 25 names of God in the Old Testament, log onto my website at page.

When looking at these names of God, which one means the most to you today? Click on “comment” below to tell me your favorite.

Want More?
Today’s blog was taken from my book,  The 5 Dreams of Every Woman and How God Wants to Fulfill Them. Make no mistake about it, even if your life has not turned out the way you thought it would, your Heavenly Father has great plans for your life. When you release the broken pieces to Him, He creates a beautiful mosaic more fabulous that anything you could have ever imagined. Let’s learn to dream again!

 

8 Responses to I Just Called to Say, “I Love You”

  1. Colleen June 6, 2012 at 1:57 pm #

    Sharon, last night I got home from work and my husband (who is a non-beliver), which is the biggest issues for us…had brought home a big old wooden umbrella from his bar friends, that says “Captain Morgan” all over it, and wanted to have something built to place it on our brand new deck. Now we have been married for 33 years and together for 37 1/2 years…so one would think we should be past all of this contensious stuff, (the little things that shouldn’t matter.) Well, it set me off, and set the ugly tone for the evening. After much stuggle with ‘self’ and talking to God about the whole ugly “discussion” we had…God set me straight. He told me that it just doesn’t matter, and that NOTHING is about me, and that I better get this one lesson down soon, or it would make me miserable every time…which it does…He’s right! Well, we know He’s always right. 🙂 Anyway, the BIG lesson that I’m trying really hard to finally get is, that it’s just not about ME, and that I have to set myself above the ugly circumstances of life, and sit at His right side with my Savior…looking down on the ugly circumstances and realizing that it’s just a temporary thing. And soon, I will be with Him in heaven. Thanks for the reminder! Colleen

  2. Beth June 6, 2012 at 4:01 pm #

    Sharon,
    Very much enjoyed your post today. Actually, enjoy them all, but this one truly spoke to me. I know I need to stop during my daily routines and tell Him, I love you.
    But, I also enjoyed hearing about your call from your son. My son is serving in the Navy and just recently became a husband and those calls home are less frequent. When I do hear that voice everything around me stops. I went to visit him recently and one of the evenings after he left to return to his barracks he sent me a text saying, “Mom, thank you so much for coming to see me.”
    Your post today is a great reminder that I need to have those same conversations with God and know how much it also means to Him when I stop tell share my heart with Him. 🙂 Many blessings to you.

  3. Jami Crowley June 6, 2012 at 4:49 pm #

    I got tears in my eyes when I read your post this morning… I am Deaf but in my head I truly felt like I heard someone singing ” I just called to say I love you” And I know who that was. In your post you asked us to share which name spoked to us…I couldn’t choose just one but two that really made me smile “Johovah-Rophe- the Lord who heals physically, emotionally and spiritually. I was diagnosed with lupus nephritis on my 21st birthday. I went through some very difficult years of being in/out of hospital and countless of chemo treatments. Doctors told me Imwould not be able to have children due to all the chemo I had yet, I was not only blessed with one but three healthy boys!! I had married a non-believer and truly suffered emotionally at his hands…verbal abuse and very controlling marriage. It was through the Lord that I finally strong enough to get out and get on my own two feet raising my little ones. And the second name “Johovah-Shammah” has given me the incredible strength by letting me know I was never alone. I am now 43 and raising my three teenage boys. As hard as it gets sometimes, I know I always have someone to help me because He is there with me.

  4. Karen in Chicopee June 6, 2012 at 5:12 pm #

    Sharon,

    What a beautiful story. I have 2 grown boys (one still lives at home) and often the same thoughts go through my mind! Now, that they are older (29 & 35) I often get to have “just because” conversations with them. What a great feeling! Thank you for sharing the story and making me think of my own times. Often in this stress filled world we (or I) do not take the time (that I should) for the “just because” of the days!

    Love reading you on a daily basis!
    🙂 Karen

  5. Marianne June 6, 2012 at 5:14 pm #

    whaat a beautiful sentiment. God likes to hear I love you too. It cant always be about what i want. He deserves my love and praise because He is my loving father.

  6. Narineh June 6, 2012 at 6:46 pm #

    Thank you for today’s post. It really spoke to my heart. I really needed to hear it.

    My favorite name for God is Jehovah-Rophe. My healer.

    Blessings to you! =)

  7. sandy keil June 7, 2012 at 1:54 am #

    Good Evening….My favorite is Jehovah-Shalom….His peace which passes all understanding!

  8. Margie August 8, 2012 at 12:48 pm #

    Sharon, Thank you for your story of your son calling you and the comparison of how God want’s to hear from us. I know the feeling, I have two daughters that have grown into beautiful Christian women and mothers. To hear them say “Mom I love you” fills my heart with overflowing joy. It never happens to many times. As I read of our lives not turning out the way we planned I totaly agreed with you. The broken pieces are hard to put back together. It made me think of when I look at a stained glass window. Once the glass was whole and then was shattered and broken, yet the creator took it and formed it into a beautiful piece of Art. A reflection of the sun, HIS light, will brighten and radiate the glass and make it shine and fill the room with beauty. That is what God does with our life when we walk, talk and LOVE Him. He is working on “this stained glass” and there are many more pieces to put in place, but I know that His love will keep me shining till He comes again. Thank you Sharon for sharing YOUR light with me each day.

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