the name.

what god has done and still is doing in my one life:

setting me free from baggage i carried with resignation, unsure how to set it down or if i even had the right to.

a tearing down to the foundation…rebuilding with his original design.  one that feels truly me—not ill-fitting, not a supposed to or ended up that way.

a kind of gladness not crushed by mourning.

a re-planting to free up roots to grow deeper, allowing fruit to come.

then in may of this year i opened my door to be greeted by isaiah 61.


reading these verses…

i knew it was the naming ceremony.  planted oak.

i knew i wanted people to know this speaks of them too.

you are meant to stand tall and long lived…to own promise of freedom and planting and bringing god glory.

the spirit of the lord god is upon me,
because the lord has anointed me
to bring good news to the afflicted;
he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to captives
and freedom to prisoners;
to proclaim the favorable year of the lord
and the day of vengeance of our god;
to comfort all who mourn,
to grant those who mourn in zion,
giving them a garland instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
the mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting.
so they will be called oaks of righteousness,
the planting of the lord, that he may be glorified.

isaiah 61:1-3 (NASB)


12 thoughts on “the name.

  1. Absolutely one of my favorite passages of all time. It so comforts my heart that I do not live in vain….that I am meant for a purpose……(can I share that I am sometimes not sure I will find it before I leave this place……) That what I think it is fades in and out. I do know this, one purpose is for me to share what God has done in my life so that others can have hope and be encouraged. My main purpose I cling to is to worship and LOVE God from my core. Just the way I am not when I think I am good enough. I loved this.

    • yes! that we do not live in vain. so huge. and i think sometimes our purposes are small and compact and even in bits and pieces. but we do not realize their impact because we think that only the grand design of things has meaning. and sometimes i think that to walk through each day choosing to simply look up and learn to love god and then look out and love who god makes your neighbor in any moment—-might be the greatest purpose of all. be encouraged. you just encouraged me. xoxo –kris

    • sue, i am glad the name hinted at faith for you. i just had a chance to check out your blog. as the daughter of a linguist, i am fascinated by language…words. love what you are doing! please carry on. :) i also saw your list of links, will check those out! and thank you for taking the time to read. –kris

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