Your Name is Written on His Palms

Running is my prayer closet. Early in my running days before I knew Jesus, it was the place I could escape for a short time, a place of freedom and solitude, where it was just me and the road. When I came to know Jesus, He became my running partner. My runs became a place of guidance, peace and revelation from God. From simple prayers of thanking Him for guiding my feet as I ran around puddles and trip hazards, thanking Him for the puddles He allowed me to step into for my sharpening and His glory, to knowing that peace which surpasses all understanding in the midst of my husband’s adultery.

In recent years, running has become a place where I spend time with the Father, crying out to Him on behalf of family, friends, missionaries and sometimes the families in the houses I’m running past. Something I’ve started doing to remember new friends in my life to pray for is to write their names on my hand before hitting the road, a simple act of praying as I write their names, then praying as I pass under street lights and read their names on my palm.

Writing the names of friends on my palm has been powerful. After all, God wrote MY NAME on the palm of His hand!

See, I have written your name on the palm of My hands. – Isaiah 49:16

Why does God say this? He tells us this as a way for us to understand that we are before Him always, we are always on His mind,  He loves us more than anything and He has not forgotten us. It is a promise of restoration! Check out Isaiah 49:8-26, He tells us what He will restore! God feels our pain and hurt, He hurts with us and for us, He cries with and for us. God knew us before He created the planet, and chose us and loved us despite the things He knew we’d do. He wrote our names on the palms of His hands knowing we’d choose to not love Him, not submit to Him, not obey Him, not believe that He loves us.

God wrote our names on the palms of His hands knowing He needed to send Jesus to die to save us, knowing Jesus would take nails through the palms of His hands for our sake. God wrote Scott’s and my names on the palm of His hand even though He knew the adultery, alcoholism, pride, control, selfishness and divorce that we would choose in our lives…He loved us anyway and had our restoration in mind. And He wrote our names on His hands knowing His promises of redemption are for us.

No matter what you choose to do today, no matter how many times the enemy may whisper “The Lord has abandoned you, He has forgotten you”, the enemy is a liar. Your name is written on God’s hands, your name is before Him. He won’t let you go.

On what promise of restoration are you waiting? Tell us so we can pray with you….

About Sherry

Sherry Jennings is a compassionate writer, speaker and listener, whose desire is to lead women to see hope in seemingly hopeless situations, inspiring change in their lives, marriages and legacies. Having walked through the fiery crash of her marriage to its redemption with God at the center, Sherry warmly and transparently shares the power of walking by faith instead of sight.


  1. Melissa Modica says:

    Beautiful Sherry! It is amazing that God always knows just what we need right when we need it. In his time but his time is always on time!! I love you girl!!

    • Melissa, you are so very precious to me AND to God! I know this message was for me this morning (yep, I write what I need to hear) I’m so glad God spoke to you through it, too!! Love you!!

  2. going thru the divorce process, per my husbands request after I kicked him out because of his alcoholism. Then he started an adulterous relationship with a 20yr who I knew and went to school with my kids. He is now proposed to her and she will be moving in soon. I am standing on the promises and know God will restore all that the devil meant for evil. He is my perfect gift and even though this has been a crazy 4 month rollercoaster I am thankful for what God has done in my life. I have lost weight I have been trying to lose for yrs and am physically, spiritually and emotionally stronger than ever. My kids have also grown closer to the Lord. All our needs are met and it is just a matter of HIS TIME that my husband will wake up and come back to Him and us.

    • Janet, know that we’re standing with you on God’s promises for your life and marriage! Don’t give in or give up…reap that harvest of obedience to God’s Word.

  3. anonymousMe says:

    Waiting on the restoration of my marriage, that has recently gone through an affair. Though my wfie and I are getting better, we are having a hard time coming back into unity with one another.

    • anonymousMe, we’re thanking God for the redemption He has for your marriage- give Him your old marriage so He can give you a new one together. Have you a counselor or mentor couple to walk you through understanding adultery, seeking and granting forgiveness and building a new marriage on the Rock?

      • anonymousMe says:

        Working on getting my wife to join in counseling. Though I know many others have gone through the pain of an affair, ours is an unusual circumstance. As a result, we have not been able to counsel together. Praying that she will find the need to talk to someone soon. Thank you for your prayers, they are much appreciated, and much needed.

  4. Francesca says:

    My marriage and family have been through a lot of ups and downs. Im currently waiting on restoration of my mother/son relationship with Logan and Chandler. When one relationship is restored it seems as though another will be attacked. i have recently received validation of my current mission regarding career and school. However I need to have the relationships with my children not that I once had but new ones, on a adult level.

    • Prayed for you this morning, my sweet friend. :) God says in His Word that sons will turn away from their parents…wait patiently like God does for their return! I’ll be praying for you, Rick and all your children!!

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