What’s in a name…

You shall no more be termed Forsaken, nor shall your land be called Desolate any more. But you shall be called Hephzibah [My delight is in her], and your land be called Beulah [married]; for the Lord delights in you, and your land shall be married [owned and protected by the Lord].   

                          – Isaiah 62:3-5 (amplified bible)

“Is your world upside down right now?  The Lord wants you to know His heart,” the radio speaker shared the other afternoon,  as he spoke of some beautiful moments of prayer in his congregation.

One was of a time when a young widow stepped forward in tears…sharing how she’d lost her husband after only 30 days of marriage…and asking prayer for her finances, peace and strength and hope to go on.   A collection began on her behalf, when another, older widow believed the Lord was directing her to put her own wedding ring in the basket.  She’d had a lifetime of love, now this ring was a sacrifice she could make to help another.

As people made their way forward to add their own monetary contributions, someone spoke up.  He wished to “buy back” the wedding ring, putting in a check for thousands and retrieving the ring.

That’s when the Holy Spirit whispered to the minister.  He took the elderly woman’s hand …and right then and there spoke words of a new wedding ceremony over her.  “The Lord wants you to know that you are wed to Him, His forever bride,” he said softly, slipping the ring once more on her finger.

As I listened, tears starred my eyes.  Words of a tender scripture the Lord has led  me to read several times fell over me again in that moment…like gentle cherry blossoms on a breeze.  

I call you Hephzibah, for I delight in you…and Beulah…for I take you as my own…

Then yesterday, I opened up my email to read a blog I subscribe to – Whimsy Smitten – and read the writer’s beautiful thoughts along the same lines:

“When you were knit together inside your mother, God made a pronouncement upon you. He made you something…  He did not pronounce you a cheerleader or a missionary or a pastor’s wife or a mother.

He knew those things might be part of your story, but He made you with a depth that goes beyond your doings and your labels. He made you beloved, beautiful, joyful, full of light or laughter or encouragement or nurturing. He made you someone apart from your circumstances. Without the labels, do you know what you are called? 

Do you know what your name is?”         

                                     – Cara, at “Whimsey Smitten”

Thank you, Lord, for the names of beauty and light that you speak over each one of us, and that no matter what we are going through, no matter how we succeed or fail, whether we are your son or your daughter, married or single, your promise stands:

“You will be a crown of splendor in the LORD’s hand,

a royal diadem in the hand of your God.”

  – Isaiah 62: 2-4


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21 Responses to What’s in a name…

  1. Oh so inspiring. This is beautiful, Pam. Thank you for this story and the reminder of who we are in God’s eyes.

    That was a noble thing the woman did, to give up her ring, for a cause.

    And I so love the depth of the email you received. Bless you with more than words to inspire and encourage……. Bless you with heavenly gifts.

  2. Yes, it certainly was. And wonderful how God restored… Thanks, Lolita.

    Yes, the writer of “Whimsey Smitten” blog has a lot of insights too…

  3. Anne Marie Quiroz says:

    Beautiful Pam! A great reminder! 🙂

  4. Diane says:


    This is such a beautiful story! It touched my heart. What wisdom that pastor had!


  5. Yes… The story reminded me of the widow’s mite. Glad your logon for comments here is working again! 🙂

    Thanks, Diane.

  6. Thanks for reminding us of the power of what is pronounced upon us by Him who loves us best. Thanks, too, for passing along the words from my blog.

  7. Thanks for stopping by, Cara… your words were rich too.

  8. Diane says:

    Trying for the umpteenth time.

  9. Diane says:


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  11. What a glorious Easter Reminder–how LOVED we are–very needed right now…. Thank You Pam-for sharing this message… Blessings upon you always. martha

  12. Lynn Morrissey says:

    So precious a nd beautiful, Pam…….such a tender story. I don’t know why, but I’m reminded of the story of Ruth. And I love your lyricism….and those eyes *starred* with tears. Exquiiste!

  13. Betty Draper says:

    What a good reminder this time of the year or anytime of the year. His love for us overflowed at Calvary. Beautiful story Pam. Happy Easter.

  14. Lynn Morrissey says:

    Thank you Pam!!! More than I can say!

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