I am prepping for a retreat today. But I am really just looking for an excuse to have Laura Jones share her love story. It is a doozy. What I love about it is she was introduced to the notion of God giving her a new name and she ran with it. Or maybe she Ran To Him. So when He started with those “gentle whispers,” her heart was ready and oh so willing to believe and receive.
Be on the look out this weekend for your own love story. Where do you think Romance came from anyway? Jesus is the Lover of our souls. Enjoy! ~ Jana
by Laura Jones
“I will also give him a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to him who receives it.” ~ Revelation 2:17” (For more on God giving special names, read this.)
Okay, God’s gushing on me. I have a new pet name from Jesus! It’s “Sparkle.”
I was looking at my Christmas ornament Mom got me – a seashell with all kinds of glitter on it (because of the way God had spoken to me with the sea shells I found at the beach this summer).
“I love that my shell sparkles, Lord,” I smiled as I admired my shell.
Then I remembered that my dress He provided for my birthday party (celebrating new beginnings) has sparkles all over it, too. I had asked Him for a gorgeous dress in a size 10 that was under $50. This one was $32! I was surprised at the time that I liked it.
I generally hate things that are too glitzy – I feel like they are fake, over the top, draw too much attention, are cheap looking. Aren’t lady like. Too out there. (Is this sounding familiar yet? Those are all the fears I have about being myself. Will I be too over the top, draw too much attention… do I have anything real worth paying attention to anyway?)
He’s telling me I sparkle. Really. And it’s okay.
“Sparkle. Is that my name? Is the word ‘sparkle’ even in the Bible?”
So I looked on Biblegateway.com. Get this:
“The LORD their God will save them on that day as the flock of his people. They will sparkle in his land like jewels in a crown.” Zachariah 9:16
Isn’t it just like the Lord? I’ve known for a long time that “Laura” means “crown.” So where “Crown” is my name, “Sparkle” really is my pet name!
And get this: something can only sparkle in the presence of LIGHT (Him). AND the more facets there are (the more there are different sides of me), the more the sparkle. Isn’t God awesome!?