This could be your best year ever with one simple decision – you change your name.
I’ve never wanted to change my name. I’ve always liked Vicki Rhea Hensley Heath. I do remember though, as a teenager I started calling myself by another name. In high school, I never felt like I measured up. “Less than” was a name I started using. And then as a young pastor’s wife I felt many days my name should be “inadequate”.
When you look at yourself in the mirror what name do you call yourself?Failure? Lazy? Ugly? Loser? Pathetic? Unhappy? Hopeless? Too old? Too tired? When you introduce yourself to someone do you say in your mind, “Happy to meet you. My name is nobody.”? It’s time we stopped calling ourselves by these inappropriate names. These are not our names. What would happen if we changed our names to the names God calls us? What would happen if every morning when you woke up and looked in the mirror you said:
“Good morning, Treasure” – The Bible says “For you are a people holy to the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his people, his treasured possession.” Deut. 7:6. God calls you His treasured possession! I don’t treasure a lot of things, but I do treasure my husband and my children. I treasure my wedding ring and my gold cross my husband gave me. And I am God’s treasure. I’m smiling now, “Hi, good to meet you. My name is treasure”. ☺
“Good morning, Masterpiece”– Seriously, can you imagine saying this to yourself? It may seem awkward at first but I dare you do try it. It is an absolute truth. Many of us are dissatisfied with the way God made us; especially how He formed our bodies. We are so critical of our shapes and sizes. The New Living Translation of Ephesians 2:10 says “For we are God’s masterpiece….”which could easily be translated “work of art”. We are each one an original work of art, never to be duplicated. I am into art appreciation using my new name.
“Good morning, Princess”– He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords and He is our daddy. Therefore, you are a proper prince or princess; a person of royalty. “I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.” – II Corinthians 6:18.
“Good morning Beloved”– This is my favorite name. What an endearing name. I know my husband Rob loves me. He fixes my coffee in the morning and brings it to me. He makes me feel cherished. How much more my heavenly father loves me! He blesses me with new mercies every morning, which are much better than coffee. He reminds me of His love and sacrifice every time I look at the cross. “My beloved is mine and I am his….” – Song of Songs 2:16
“Good Morning, Forgiven”– God has forgiven is for our sin. He does not condemn us so we should no longer condemn ourselves. We must choose to live as forgiven people. Romans 8:1 says, “There is therefore no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” I no longer call myself a bad person. He has made me good and righteous.
We have the name our parents gave us, we have the name we give ourselves and we have the name God calls us. We have the opportunity to choose daily which name to go by. The name God calls us is our true identity. God has the ability to look deep into our hearts, detecting capacities and possibilities that are hidden even from ourselves. He knows exactly what name to call us at just the perfect time. I am defined by His great love for me and not by how I look, feel or weigh. I know that nothing that happens to me this year that can separate me from His love. Because He has named me His child I have the power to live the Godly life He has called me to live. He has chosen me and named me to live holy and blameless in His sight … and I can!
My name is no longer failure – my name is victorious conqueror. My name is not perfection – my name is progress.
Your Best year ever is one name change away.
His Beloved Treasure, aka Vicki Heath
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Vicki Heath, National Director of First Place 4 Healthand Body & Soul Area Director in South Carolina. Vicki is a popular well-known author and speaker focusing on health and wellness. For more information on First Place 4 Health please visit www.firstplace4health.com.
Some women enjoy sitting in a comfy chair to meditate for their quiet time with the Lord. Not me. I either get distracted thinking about all the things I should be doing or I get sleepy. I enjoy walking and talking with the Lord. I start by stretching and taking deep breaths, thanking God that He’s given me another day to be alive and fully functioning. Drinking in the beauty of the towering trees, inhaling the aroma of wildflowers, feeling the breeze caress my face, I commune with God outdoors during my walk in a way I never could otherwise. As I walk, I talk to Him about five things:
You might wonder, “How do you remember all that?” With the acronym ACTSO — Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication, and Others — I ACT by praying SO that I can feel connected to God. And His response is sometimes audible, not to my ears, but to my heart. As I confess, I often sense Him comforting me, saying, “It’s okay. I’m not going to let that come between us.” As I ask Him for guidance, He usually steers my mind toward a solution I hadn’t thought of before. As I pray for others, He regularly prompts me to do or say something specifically for their benefit. This response time is a vital part of my prayer life. He already knows what is on my heart without my saying a word. I need to make time to listen to what is on His heart because without listening, I’ll never have a clue. God often reminds me of this as I am walking and rambling on and on. Sometimes by the time I reach the two- or three-mile mark on my four-mile hike, I’ll sense God saying, “Remember to leave Me some time. I’ve got a lot I want to say to you today.” Does this make me feel special that the God of the universe wants time to talk specifically with me each day? You bet. And He wants to talk with you each day as well. Is there a spot in your planner where you can give Him a standing (or walking) appointment?
Enoch walked with God for three hundred years, then God took him away (Genesis 5:21-24). He never tasted death. I can just imagine that Enoch’s walk with God was so intimate, so joyous, that one day God simply said, “You know, Enoch, we are closer to my house than to yours. Let’s just go to mine.”
Don and Deyon Stephens, cofounders of Mercy Ships International, tell of Don’s Aunt Lilly, who had a regular walking date with God at 4 P.M. every day. “If you were visiting and Aunt Lilly disappeared around four o’clock, you just knew where she was going and that she’d be back around five. She never allowed anything to keep her from her date with Jesus.” Aunt Lilly died within the past few years, and when Don was preparing to preach her funeral, he inquired as to the exact time of her death. His suspicion was confirmed when the hospital stated her time of death as 4 P.M. Aunt Lilly didn’t miss her walk with Jesus.
Excerpted from Every Woman’s Battle: Discovering God’s Plan for Sexual and Emotional Fulfillment by Shannon Ethridge. Copyright 2003. All Rights Reserved. Published by WaterBrook Press, Colorado Springs, CO 80921. Used by Permission. Not to be copied without Publisher’s prior written approval.
Shannon Ethridge is a million-copy best-selling author, international speaker, certified life coach, and advocate for healthy sexuality with a master’s degree in counseling/ human relations from Liberty University. Since her mortuary days of embalming many HIV+ and AIDS patients, she has boldly spoken to high school and college students, single adults, and married couples about embracing a lifestyle of sexual integrity, overcoming past sexual & emotional baggage, cultivating genuine intimacy in marriage, and instilling sexual values in young children.
“I breathe the air of freedom in knowing my life is better off in Your hands. The past is gone, what’s done is done, now I’m alive and I’m never gonna look back. I can never be free without You. I can never be me without You. This is the sound of chains breaking. This is the beat of a heart changing. This is the song of a soul forgiven. This is my freedom hymn…who the Son sets free is free indeed.”
What is your personal “freedom hymn?” Are you still feeling bound up in chains in some area of your life? Do you need to lay it down before the Lord and ask him to set you free? In this song Austin French sings about the true freedom that comes when we surrender to Jesus and let him control our life. At that moment the chains break, the heart begins to change, and we receive complete forgiveness. The past is forgotten, and we don’t have to look back. We can look forward and be free indeed. This is why God sent his son, so that all who believe in him will have eternal life. He did not send Jesus to condemn us; but to save us and give us true freedom. (see John 3:16, 17) It is the beginning of a transformed life! If you are ready to break chains and start your transformation, stop and pray now. Use the prayer in the back of your devotional booklet to get you started.
John 8:36“If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”
Questions:Are you “in chains” in some area of your life? What steps will you take so that you can experience true freedom and transformation in this area?
Prayer Power:Dear Lord, I know you can break my chains and set me free. It is only in you and through you that I can find true freedom. Thank you for your grace and forgiveness. I surrender my life to you and trust you for personal transformation and freedom. Amen.
Jeannie Blocher is the President Emeritus and Director of Spiritual Impact of Body & Soul Fitness. She and her husband Roy founded Body & Soul in 1981, and now Jeannie serves in a volunteer capacity. She is an author and speaker, who treasures first her role as wife, mother of three and grandmother of eight. She wrote the First Place 4 Health Bible Study “Make Every Day Your Best Day” and the book “Encouragement for the Body & the Soul.” She enjoys speaking on behalf of Body & Soul, sharing the message of faith & fitness.
Contact Jeannie at email@example.com