What Is In The Name?

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Pale honey was the color I carefully chose. Anything would have been better than the color we inherited from the previous homeowners. The main bathroom made a statement with bright red sponge-painted on stark white walls.

Pale honey was not an easy decision. I explored color palettes and imagined. I taped paint chips to the walls. I purchased samples and painted swatches to see the actual colors in my actual room. I literally pondered the decision for months as the project slowly moved up in priority on our to-do list.

My husband remarked that I was giddy in anticipation. It took washing, spackling, sanding, two coats of primer and two coats of paint to re-do the bathroom walls. Now that all the walls are pale honey, it looks more yellow and less pale honey in my eyes. The lighting and room configuration affected my perspective. I am a little disappointed as I had to adjust my expectation to a slightly different reality.

Has that ever happened to you in your faith? We read, study, hear, and talk about Jesus. In our minds, we form expectations for who Jesus is and can be to us up-close and personal. We apply Jesus to our lives and can still feel disappointed by the results.

If you have ever felt this way, my advice to you is to persevere. We know that God is the giver of all good gifts. The Father’s best gift to us is Jesus Christ. God does not change like shifting shadows. It is our perspective that needs to be adjusted to His timing and His means.

God leads us into His newness. We choose to let go of the old. God’s Word challenges our human thinking. We choose His truth through faith in His Son Jesus. God takes us by surprise. We choose to embrace the adventures along God’s path. God requires more than we feel capable of giving. We choose to endure because Jesus endured the cross.

The name that changes and defines our life’s makeover is Jesus. For Jesus is the sweetest name that brings the brightness of the Son into our homes, lives, minds, and ultimately our hearts.

James 1:17

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

 

Acts 4:12

Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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4 thoughts on “What Is In The Name?

  1. Such a comfort that our Father God does not change with the shifting shadows … like wall paint does. Pale honey sounds very calm, classy and pretty. My guess is that you will “persevere” in adjusting to the color and like it as much, after all, as you thought you would. I have done very similar things with decorating. Our last bit paint project involved the kitchen and I fretted and got tons of paint chips and a few samples. The color has a fancy name (wheat or something) but when you get down to it, it’s beige! But I get it, for sure!

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    • Donna, The “new” color is growing on me. I wanted something cheery and inviting as our house faces north and hence feels darker than normal inside. (The bathroom is at the end of a hallway.) As for the names of paint, so many sounded like an option for dessert: vanilla ice cream, lemon ice. (Felt like I was looking at a menu rather than paint colors!) Contrast that with the names of God that bring comfort and strength: LORD of Lords and King of kings!

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  2. So True Debbie, every good and perfect gift is from God ……

    Luke 1:13 ….How much more shall your Heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask Him?

    Yes, there is Power in the Name of Jesus Christ, Emanuel, God with us. Jesus is the Living Word (1John1) and part of The Godhead or Trinity as we call Them today, KING of Kings, and LORD of Lords as we see confirmed in the Scripture below and we are Spiritual Children in Christ Jesus, He is our Teacher through the empowering of The Holy Spirit.

    Revelation 19:11-17……. And out of His mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it He should smite the Nations: and He shall rule them with a rod of iron and He treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God and He hath on His vesture and on His thigh a name written, KING of Kings, and LORD of -Lords

    Christian Love Always – Anne.

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