Jesus By Any Other Name

“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:9

Nicknames can be endearing, especially if given to you by someone special. I love when someone “nicknames” me or shares their nickname with me. It makes me feel closer to them. When I share my nickname with someone. it’s usually because they are close family or I consider them a real friend.

The best friend that anyone can have or know is Jesus and He also has more than one name. And…He shares His ‘nicknames’ with us! Those of us who call him a true friend often use one of His other names from time to time. We call Him the Way, the Truth and the Life. We call Him our Rock, Savior and Lord, among other names. All of His names have to do with His love for us, so they are very special.

If you think about it, someone who doesn’t know Jesus would never call him “the Light ” because they don’t use His light. Someone who doesn’t think they need saving, will not call Jesus “Savior. ” He is not called “Lord” by those who do not consider themselves His servants. His names describe His loving actions that we depend on, to navigate our way and God’s will. What a privilege to call God’s Son by so many names, especially our friend!

Here are some questions for our journals or self-reflection:

1. Do we call Jesus by all of His names? Why or why not?

2. Do we accept, appreciate and use all that He offers to us?

3. What names does Jesus call us? (“child” for example”)

4. What actions do we take towards Jesus that He could use as another name for us? Does He call us “Faithful?”

For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. 2 Chronicles 16:9

The best name that we can be called by our Savior is “Faithful.” It’s not about doing a bunch of things for Jesus, necessarily. It’s about doing whatever small or big things Jesus asks us to do, consistently, willingly, as a lifetime commitment. No matter what we have going on in life, faithful servants continue to do what the Lord desires. What a high bar to shoot for but what a privilege to do so:)

My pastor said it well…

“Jesus measures our success in faithfulness, not productivity.” (Pastor Daniel Palmer)

May the good Lord bless your day and His way with light and peace and love! With the love from the Father to you, have a great Friday!

Christina (aka Tina, Teener, Teener Beener!)

Good Morning, Jesus!

But as for me, my prayer is to you, O Lord. At an acceptable time, O God, in the abundance of your steadfast love answer me in your saving faithfulness. Psalm 69:13

Here’s a little poem I jotted down this morning as I was saying “Good Morning” to Jesus:)

Good Morning, Jesus! How are You today?

Are You hearing lots of prayers being sent Your way?

Are You sad for all the loss some people have to bear?

Are You hugging them with peace and covering them with care?

Are You oh so happy to hear all the voices raised?

Will You hear this voice of mine and listen to my praise?

YES to all these questions, already do I know.

You are our faithful Savior to whom our prayers go.

You never cease to answer, every single plea.

But yet I’m still amazed You even answer me.

Jesus, Thank You for being my best friend and constant guide. Thank You for the way that You encourage and shower me with peace, when You have so many hurting people to listen to. Thank You for all the answers to prayer. Make me a better pray-er and better help to those who need it. Help me to listen more to them and talk less. You know how I can be:) Amen:)

With love from our Father to you, have a great Friday and weekend. Do not lose hope, as God is in control:)


Copyright 2019-2023 Christina Crute


Have you ever known someone to restore an old car? Isn’t it amazing how somebody with the desire and the ability to fix something old or broken, can restore it to its former condition or an even better condition?

It can take years to get that car to look just right and be all that it can possibly be, but the owner of that car doesn’t care how long it takes. They love that car and they don’t mind spending whatever time it takes, because they see its potential.

We are like cars. Seriously. Some of us are old and may be battered or maybe took some wrong turns in life. Maybe we do not look so great or feel great, but you know what? We are all valuable to God.

He knows what potential we have, even if we don’t see it. He planned our potential!

And…He is in the business of restoring souls. Just as it can take years to get a car to reach its maximum potential, it can take a very long time for us to reach the potential that God wants to see in us. It depends on…

…whether we want to be restored. Hmmm…Do we sit still long enough so He can work on us? Or are we going every which way, running on empty?

…whether we want to go, after He has restored our hearts to be brand new. Do we just want to “sit in the garage” thinking we are in pretty good shape? What good are we if God has fixed us so, to speak, and we never want to go further than the garage?

Just as a car needs to be driven to stay healthy, so do we. we need to be driven by the desire to please our restorer. He, God, has a purpose for us! He has restored us so He can take us somewhere.

Psalm 23:3 He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.”

As usual, I choose simple analogies because sometimes they can be powerful. I mean, the gospel really is not that complicated. We have a God that loves us and will do whatever it takes to help us on our journey to him so that we can be with him forever. And that means restoring our souls, so they can accomplish what He purposed for us to do .

So the question for all of is…Are we a willing and working vehicle or just a pretty parked car? The good news is that we get to choose which we want to be.

Let’s choose to be a working vehicle. Then God, in His infinite wisdom will equip us to work for Him. Oh, to be used by God! What a privilege!

We are all “makes and models” and every one of us is equally loved and useful to God. We may have different personalities and gifts, but that’s because He made us that way for His own reasons. We should let Him lead us wherever He wants us to go! (and not be led by the world into thinking looks are all that matter!)

With love from the Father to you, have a great day!


President of my Heart

It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in princes. Psalm 118:8-9

If Jesus were running for office, what would His platform be? Though this may sound silly, it is worth considering this hypothetical because of platforms upon which our elected officials stand. What are they offering?

We vote for those who believe what we believe and offer things that make life better for us, generally speaking. We vote for who we think will do the best job of meeting our and our country’s needs.

Jesus wants to meet our needs! Ok, so Jesus would never run for office, but we can choose Him to be president of our hearts because:

He never exalts Himself; He exalts God.

He does not care to be politically correct, but true.

He does not cause division, but loves everyone.

He does not need a platform, because God is His Father.

He does not need campaign funds, because He trusts us to campaign for Him.

He has no term limits!

He can be trusted always and forever!


He takes His orders from God.

To consider Jesus and what He offers is to consider who we want to be our heart’s best friend as well as ruler. That is a huge decision but also a simple one! He has our best interests at heart.

We either vote for the world and allow its constantly changing values to penetrate our hearts or…we vote for Jesus and His truth to reside in our hearts and be president and resident, forever.

I realize this is a simple presentation and analogy, and one that a biblical scholar could do a much better job with, but I hope you see that our heart’s vote will determine our eternal destiny.

Each day, we have the opportunity to vote for Jesus to lead us into more truth and closer to heaven and further from the world’s shifting opinions.

One more verse to remind us who wants to be our “heart president”…

“You shall have no other gods before me.” Exodus 20:3

Hope this makes sense and hope you voted for the Lord and do so daily!

Dear Father, Thank You for giving us the opportunity to vote for You. Thank You for being there for us, encouraging us in Your plan for our lives. You know what’s best for us, because You made us. We will try to listen better to what You think is best, especially when the world is trying to tempt and confuse us. You are the president above all other presidents. We love You! Amen

With love from the Father to you, have a great Friday!


Peace for the Path

“…because of the tender mercy of our God, whereby the sunrise shall visit us from on high to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace. ”Luke 1:78-79 ESV

Happy Wednesday. It is a poetry day! I hope you enjoy, and more so, find comfort in these words about our paths and Jesus’ peace. My brothers and sisters in Christ, this is for you:)

Peace for the Path

Though our lives take different paths

I think we all can agree…

One thing we have in common

Trials find both you and me.

Though unexpected problems

Along the road will greet us,

Each step can bring the good news.

We aren’t alone. There’s Jesus!

No matter how many the miles,

His peace will greatly exceed

The measure of our fear

And the measure of our need.

With love from the Father to you, have a great day!


© copyright 2023 Christina Crute

Peace is Mine

I was reading my Bible recently when the idea of Jesus’ peace took hold of my mind. It is so wonderfully incomprehensible how invisible peace, from an invisible God and Savior can visibly meet our needs for peace during trials!

Have you known someone, who, even while in a terrible trial, praised the Lord? I have! Their faith amazes me! That’s visible peace!

What a witness to me that peace CAN be found in Jesus, no matter what. We may not face the same trials as each other, but we can turn our faces to the same Lord and Savior and He will meet whatever needs we have, for peace.

Jesus’ peace is a “One size fits all” peace! I say that because He is more than enough for anything any of us face. God’s Word says so…so it’s true! Period. End stop.

Jesus said “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 NIV

Because He has over come the world, overcome death, we know that He really CAN do anything. Right now, the world is in quite a state…pun not intended… but we do not have to be in a fearful state, personally.

God’s got this. Things may not be as we want and we may not feel our world is headed in a good direction, but…Jesus has left us His peace.

Though He has left us on earth , He has not LEFT us. The Holy Spirit is with us. Isn’t it so precious that the Holy Spirit lives in us to provide any and all guidance that we need?

Jesus cares that much. God cares that much. The Holy Spirit cares that much for us. (If I knew how to make a heart imoge here, I would do it!)

I can almost hear Jesus’ love in this next verse. Can you?

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27 NIV

That sounds like a great plan! Friends, I hope you have a great Monday, NOT being afraid, but peaceful. I will pray for that for you and myself, too. Remember…

God’s got us, all of our moments, our minutes. He also has our days, weeks, months and years in His hand. All we have to do is hold His.

Lord, Thank You so much for all the ways you encourage us to lean on You and not be afraid. Your peace is such a precious gift to us! We do not deserve and could never afford something so priceless. Though we may not understand how You can attend to all of us and our different issues or fears, we know You can. We love You and we will be witnesses of Your peace. Amen.

With love from the Father to you, have a great day,


Copyright © 2023 Christina Crute

Being a Child

As a child, I remember asking my Momma, ” How old do I have to be to stay up late?” Her answer was, “We will see.” (Which I did not think was an answer!)

Though I had a happy childhood, I so wanted to be a teenager, so I could have a later bedtime, and more allowance. Then, as a young teen I wanted to be an older teen so I could get a job and drive a car.

Then, I wanted to go to college, to be on my own, to become someone with a good degree. After college, I looked forward to getting a great job…

Do you see my pattern of thinking? I was always looking forward to a status I did not have. It is not wrong to want these things at all. However, they have to be under our #1 desire to have what the Lord wants us to have.

And do you know what status Jesus wants us to want, no matter our age? The humble status of a child. That’s what He told the disciples:

At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them  and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 18:1-4 ESV

I do not think the disciples were expecting THAT answer! Just a guess, but they may have asked that, so they would know where they stood. Perhaps they wanted to do better, be better, in His eyes?

That is not a bad thing and there was nothing wrong with their question, because they learned something from it. I, too, learned from Jesus’ response here. It totally makes sense. Though we may have goals and strive to be the best at things….

The best version of us is what Jesus wants us to be!!

So if He wants us to be children, how exactly do we do that? As always, God’s Word tells us what we need to know…

“Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you,  ” 1 Peter 5:5-7 ESV

I feel like God is saying, ” Do not exalt yourselves. That’s my job.

Dear Father, You are so good to your children. That is what we want to behave like, Your children. As we follow our goals help us to be humble when we succeed, knowing that we can do nothing without You. We want to please You, so do whatever it takes to keep us humble and we will give You all praise and glory because that is what You deserve. Amen

With love from the Father to you, have a great day! Remember to pray for our hurting country and world and each other:)


Hold still

Today is a poem day! This is based on an old but very sweet memory of my mother washing my hair in the kitchen sink.

“Hold still, my child” my mama said. “I need to wash your hair.”

The kitchen sink was her salon so I was stationed there.

She soaked my locks, put in shampoo, which gentle hands would spread.

It felt so good, but tickled too, as mama scrubbed my head.

Staying still was always tough and more than once I didn’t.

But Mama’s patience was enough and she would wrap me in it.

The loving parent that she was, reminds me of my Lord

Who takes such pains to care for me with grace I can’t afford.

“Hold still my child” my Savior says. He bends to wash my sin.

Then patiently, he washes clean, the sins that lurk within.

The Savior’s heart, like Mama’s heart, shows through at every turn.

It’s my job to sit real still so He can help me learn.

Dear Jesus, Thank you for your loving heart that washed my sins away. I know it wasn’t easy, but you knew it was what we all needed, so you died on the cross for our sins. Help us to be still so you can work on us better. Do for us what we cannot do without you. Teach us to be more like you. Amen

With love from the Father to you, have a great 1st day of February!


“Hitting the Mark” in Prayer

Hello friends! After celebrating my first grandchild, Christmas, New Year and getting over a long Covid bout, I am healthy now and ready to write about Jesus again! I sincerely hope and pray your last month has been a healthy one. One note before we talk about prayer…I am so sorry, for those who have commented on my blog posts. I am not able to read your comments. I hope to get that resolved soon, with WordPress’ help.

So…Prayer...That little word is way more than it looks like at first glance. Think about it…prayer is not just a religious word, as some may think, not something you just say when someone is sick or hurting. It is something we are fortunate enough to actually do!

It is an action of love for God and others. (We get to ask God to help others or ourselves.)

It is an actual connection to the one true God! (We get to talk to God anytime!)

It is an enormous privilege which we can easily appreciate.(We get to thank God for His goodness.)

It is a resource we cannot do without. (We get to thank God for all He does for us.)

To get the most out of prayer, we can follow what God’s Word teaches us about prayer. (We get to practice what we read in the Bible.)

These are all undeserved opportunities. God gave them to us because He loves us that much. If we do not understand this, we cannot appreciate it.

It is obvious that David understood the privilege of prayer when he prayed:

“May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my

heart be pleasing in your sight,  Lord,

my Rock and my Redeemer.”

Psalm 19:14 NIV

Can’t you just feel his heart here in the words he wrote? Because David cares so much that God sees his pure intentions, he writes that emotional plea at the end of Psalm 19. Because God is so glorious, David can’t help but write songs/psalms about Him. Because he cares so much for God’s laws, he can’t help but pray to God that his words are acceptable.

Earlier, in verses7-10, can you also see and feel David’s heart as he describes God’s laws?

“The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul.
The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple.
The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart.
The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes.
The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever.
The decrees of the Lord are firm, and all of them are righteous. They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey,  than honey from the honeycomb.” Psalm 19:7-10 (NIV)

There is so much earnestness in his words. That’s why I titled this devotion, “Hitting the Mark.” I am pretty sure I know I do not “hit the mark” all the time, when it comes to prayer, especially when I get busy. It’s worth thinking about whether we slow ourselves down enough to have pure intentions and total earnestness every time we pray. Do we get to the heart of prayer by praying with our whole heart? God will help us do this if we just ask:)

Dear Father, Thank You for giving us access, through prayer, to You and Your love and guidance. Help us to understand the precious gift You have given us. We want to worship and pray with our whole intentional heart that You gave us. Please be with those that are hurting or sick and give us opportunities to pray for and help them by loving them like You would. In your precious name we pray, Amen.

With love from the Father to you, have a great day!


Living By Faith

For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.” Romans 1:17 NIV

As I am still sick with Covid, this will be short, but sweet, I think. There’s a sweet advantage to having Covid. It makes me “be still.” And being still makes me think over this past year and marvel at how God was there every step of the way. Have you done that, too? He is so faithful, isn’t He?

Having time to watch inspiring videos is another plus of being sick. I found some real gems on youtube. I hope you love this song as much as I do. They sing with such purpose, fervor and truth! It might make you sing along:)

We’ve Come This Far By Faith

Dear Father, You are my rock, my reason for faith, my resource for everything. Thank you for your plan, whatever it is, for my life. Teach me and guide me daily to do your will. I totally trust you and love you! Amen

It is my prayer, readers and friends, that you have a wonderful day, a healthier, happier one than yesterday. Trials come, but they will pass. Jesus stays:)