"Sometimes while I'm talking to God, He'll show me something about myself in such a way that I have to laugh at my own humanity and how funny I must look to Him." - Donna

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Saturday, August 02, 2008

A New Name

For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God. – Romans 8:15-16

My mother’s face pressed up against the chain link fence. “Bye, Honey! Are you sure you’ll be okay?”

I stood on the other side waving her on. “Mommy, I’m fine. Go! I’ll see you later.”

The excitement of my first day of school had me jumping up and down in anticipation. I couldn’t wait to meet all the new kids and make friends.

I skipped into the classroom and the teacher directed me to sit down at a big, round wooden table with a half dozen other children. My eyes scanned the table, and I spoke up. “Why don’t we all say our names?”

Even at the tender age of six, I could tell some of the boys and girls seemed scared. One by one, they spoke up and recited their names. When one of the girls said, “My name is Donna,” my eyes lit up and I exclaimed, “Mine is, too!”

As the eldest of four children, I had plenty of experience bossing children around. I assessed this situation and asked Donna, “What’s your middle name?”

“It’s Faye,” she said.

“All right, then,” I announced. “From now on, I’ll be Donna, and you’ll be Faye.”

Poor ‘Faye’ looked confused and finally said okay. All of first grade, she went by the name of Faye.

In the book of Revelation we read where John wrote, “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, to him I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, and a new name written on the stone which no one knows but he who receives it.” – Revelation 2:17

Although Donna Faye didn’t really like the idea of getting a new name, I look forward to the day when God will give one to me. This new name signifies our adoption. An adopted person takes the name of the family into which he or she is adopted. God has adopted me into His family and one day, I, too, will receive a new name.

Eight years after I gave Donna her new name, I sat in a classroom on my first day of high school. I was ‘the new kid’ having just moved into the district. When the teacher introduced me, a girl sitting in the desk to my left looked startled. After class, she came running up and said, “Donna, it’s me! Faye!”

After we hugged and caught up on our lives, she told me she had to endure being called by her middle name for another year even after my family moved. When her family moved to the district we both ended up in, she could start over.

“Then I could be ‘Donna’ again.”

I laughed and said, “I was a bossy little thing, wasn’t I?”

I’m still amazed I had the audacity to christen her with a new name in first grade, but I’m looking forward with great anticipation to the day when I receive my new name, one God has picked out just for me – my first day in heaven.

Prayer: God, I thank You that I am Your child and can address You as Abba, Father. What a privilege! I praise You for my new name. In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen.

*This devotional story placed Third Place in the Faithwriters Weekly Challenge.
A New Name


Anonymous said...

Donna, the devotional was really a good one. You're doing a great job!


Janet Seever

Becky said...

I re-name you Lucy, in honor of our bossy girl on the old "Peanuts" comic strip. ;)

But seriously... thanks for sharing your thoughts!


Donna J. Shepherd said...

Thanks, Janet and Becky!

Donna aka Lucy :)

Anonymous said...

Lucy, Lucy! How could you take a girls name from her? I can just imagine you with your hands on your hips bossing everyone around. What did the teacher say about all this? Wasn't she the least bit upset that you took over?

Donna J. Shepherd said...

You know, the best I remember, when the teacher asked Donna her name, she said it was Faye. This story makes me sound like a bully, doesn't it? But I was far from it. To my young mind, it just made sense not to have two girls with the same name.

When my son, Aaron, went to kindergarten, there were two Aarons, one Erin, one Eric, and one Derick. I felt sorry for that teacher!

Donna (Lucy?)

Calista Causey said...

Terrific site. Good job.
cha cha

Renae said...

Beautiful post, Donna. I can see why it won an award.

I wanted to thank you for the lovely, encouraging comment you left on my site the other day.

Blessings to you, over and over!

Renae Brumbaugh

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