“I am the good shepherd; I know my own sheep, and they know me”

John 10:14

We’ve all done it before. Hollering out to one member of your family and end up calling out every single name before you finally get to the right one. I am a mom to two young kids and I know I mess their names up at least once a day, usually calling my oldest by her fathers name.

We serve a God who knows our voice though. Above all the chaos and noise of this world, He recognizes that it is us. There is absolutely no confusion as to who whispered His name, shed a tear or cried out to Him.

What a personal God! He knows us and we have the opportunity to know Him. We have a chance every single moment of the day to draw nearer to Him and to learn His voice.

No matter the hour, or the circumstance.. if you call out to Him, He will hear you and will know that it is you.

I am thankful today God that You are ever present and that You know me so better than I know myself. You recognize my voice, and even my tears when words are unable to be spoken. Thank You for being such a personal God.


Have you ever visited with an extended family where laughing children’s play was interrupted by a sharp cry of pain? That child’s voice was recognized by the parent who responded immediately to the situation.

Our relationship with God has to be this close. God knows your voice when in distress or when you offer prayers in good times.

To him the doorkeeper opens,
and the sheep hear his voice,
and he calls his own sheep by name
and leads them out.

John 10:3 New American Standard Bible

Prayer: Everlasting God of heaven and earth, You will hear me when I call because I am one of Your sheep. You know my name. Amen.

Devotion by Violet Carr Moore

Adapted from Moments of Meditation by Violet Carr Moore, copyright 2007-2015.


“I love the LORD, because he hath heard my voice and my supplications. Because he hath inclined his ear unto me, therefore will I call upon him as long as I live.” Psalm 116:1-2


We sometimes sing a chorus in church, “If it had not been the Lord who was on my side, tell me where would I be?”

Sometimes as we look back over our lives, we realize that life would have been a lot different if we had not come to know the Lord when we were younger.  We see others that walked a different path and where their lives are today.  It makes me thankful that I heard about Jesus when I was just a child, and that He has kept me though the years.

Though I may not have always walked as close to Him as I should, yet He kept me from a lot of things that could have destroyed my life.  His mercy and His love have been extended to me over the years, He has always been there when I called on Him and He has never failed me.  Now I can look back at all those times, and realize that He is able to keep me until He calls me home.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, I love you, and thank you for always being there for me every step of the way.  My hope and trust is in you alone.

Devotion by Anne Johnston