I love finding out the meanings of people’s names. It was one of my favorite parts when going through the process of naming my babies. Something excites me to think it might describe the person in some way shape or form. But, then there’s my name. It means peace and anyone who knows me is aware of just how much peace fills my life. Stained carpets, crazy hair, dirty kids and piles of books pretty much sums up my life.
Thankfully, I don’t think anyone has every had that as the meaning of their name. Whew!
Basically, my life can be messy, chaotic and not at all glamorous. Not at all the place where God should be planting a dream. But He did.
When I think of a woman who should be called to step out and make a difference and lead I think of a perfect haired, calm, gentle, “Bless Your Heart” saying, keeps her nose to herself, Jesus girl. Someone … not like me.
But guess what? God said He needs me too. I thought He was talking to someone else at first, but He kept showing me women who needed something I had to offer. Something He had planted in me. Something I had that was unique.
Then came the hard part, He asked me to let go of something I wanted. And it was an awesome thing. Something He had led me to, but was now saying was over. For this season, it was over.
I would like like to say that it took me no time at all to say “Yes, absolutely, I’ll do it!” But, no. I fought. I argued. I bargained. Thank the Lord that He is patient!!!
When I finally made up my stubborn mind to lay the thing down at His feet, He gave me something in return. Can you guess what it was?
Maybe I do have the right name after all!
Do you have something God is calling you to do? Something He’s whispered during your quiet time or a passion that burns inside you? Don’t be afraid to accept it if it’s truly from Him, because it’s good.
Or maybe right now He’s calling you to lay something down? Oh how I know your pain and how much you want to hold on. Trust him, friend! Don’t be afraid to let Him use you.
Does the meaning of your name describe you?