Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Break the Tape: A New Name on a White Stone

Welcome, friends.  Today is the debut for the new series here at Finding Heaven called Break the Tape.  Essentially, our goal is to identify the lies that repeat themselves over and over again in our minds, break the tape that automatically begins plays when ever we feel we've fallen short, and learn a new song to sing in its place.  
Meet Jennifer Lee.  Recently, we've been spending more time at each other's virtual places and I have to say that I am blessed every time I read her heart at Getting Down with Jesus.  The woman has a way with words and Jesus has certainly had His way with her.  The love of God is ever so evident in her words, her thoughts, and her passions.
Yea, I’ve been there. I’ve added up my past mistakes and failures, and let the sum of them define who I am:

Unloveable. Unavailable. Unbending.

I’m 40 years old, but I sometimes wear the names of my childhood:

Failure. Forgotten. Loser. Ugly.

But these old names? They fit us like a dress three sizes too small. They aren’t even worthy for the hand-me-down bin. Let’s toss them in the discard pile, and pick up the new names that He has given us:

Free.
Forgiven.
Friend of God.

You and I, we are more than who we’ve been. So why do we slip on our old self and pretend it still fits? It doesn’t.

We’re caught between who we were made to be, and who we are becoming. God put a new song in our hearts, and He is doing a new thing in us, and He bestows new mercies every morning, and please hear this now: He who began a good work within us will carry it onto completion — even when our new selves try to pull our old, out-of-fashion labels from the back of the closet, and wear them like sackcloth.

We have been remade. We wear garments of salvation. And daily we are being reshaped into something more than who we were. We have new names — God-given and engraved for good.
“I will also give him a white stone with a new name written on it …”– Revelation 2:17


Wanna connect further with Jennifer, if you don't already know her?  You can find her blog here and connect with her on Facebook here.  Blessings await!


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Linking with Tracey for Winsome WednesdayEmily for Imperfect Prose, and Shanda for On My Heart.

29 comments :

  1. Love that . . . we are caught between who we are made to be and who we are becoming. Jennifer, you words always encourage and inspire. Thanks for kicking off such a needed series. Something I am sure every woman struggles to overcome. I know I do.

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    1. It is an honor to kick this off with Jennifer. I love her heart for ministering to women, and for helping us gain a clear sense of who we are in Christ. Thank you for being here with us today!

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  2. I love this I echo Redemptions Beauty's comment -- we ARE caught in between. I need to remember who I am in Christ. I want to hear His voice calling me by name. Then, I want to believe I am who He says I am.

    Blessings to you both.. Jen's :) I am so blessed to know you!

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  3. Way to kick off this series, Jen and Jennifer! Caught between, but I've already been given a new name. And, yes, the old one is about three sizes too small.

    BTW--Jennifer, I keep going back and revisiting that video you did with your girls. It speaks to my soul. Bucketloads.

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  4. I watched Jennifer's video message last night. I think this (Jennifer's message, and yours, Jen) is an important one: the only names we should wear are the ones He gives us...names like Beloved.

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    1. Thank you, Brandee. It was an honor to post over here at Jen's today, and it really inspired the video, too. We are the Redeemed. And that's a tape that I want to listen to over and over and over again! Bless you, friend.

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  5. very cool...makes me think of eustice from voyage of the dawn treader...when he was a dragon and had to shed his skin to find the boy within...a transformation...and believing an accepting that new name...we def wear the skin of those old names...and letting them go does hurt a bit at times but...lovely post...

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    1. I love this connection to the Dawn Treader. What truth and a very good parallel.

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  6. At my age, I still try to wear those names and garments that no longer fit. I hide them in the back of my closet and try them on sometimes. I need to throw them out and grow into those names He's given me.

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    1. I'm with you in throwing them out. It's like giving away the bigger sizes after you lose weight -- you don't want to wear those clothes anymore. Same with the lies. May they be banished from our hearts forever!

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  7. This is a beautiful - just like both of you ladies... I still try to force on the names of my past, even while the Savior and people of my present remind me that that is NOT who I am...amazing how we do that to ourselves!!
    Hugs to you both!!

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  8. I need to use my new names much more often. I use my old names much to much. I like the analogy of a dress sized too small. Unfortunately, I tell myself they fit. It makes my husband nuts. I'm glad I found both of you. :)

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  9. Thank you for the encouragement to go forward, to stay in the ever-present, to live now.

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  10. Thank you, Jennifer, for opening up your writing home, to let others tell the story of how God has renamed them. It's an honor to be here...

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    1. It is an honor to have you, sweet friend!

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  11. Learning to wear the new names God has given me even if certain people keep throwing the old ones back at me...Thank you, Jennifer, for your truth and beauty in words...Thank you, Jen, for hosting :)

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  12. Very insightful. It seems to me there are seasons when I purposefully seem to look in my closet for those too small names and try to force myself back into them. The more I grow in grace, the less they fill and why do I keep trying to zip them back on?!

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    1. I love the thought of grace making us too large for the fabric of lies. Growing larger in grace!

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  13. I guess the fact that we are caught in between is better than being caught in who we were. I will remember that! It is a process. I think the last few years (I just turned 50) has been the worst time of my life as far as listening to the lies.

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    1. We just never know when we will be lured in by the lies, do we? Perhaps this is why we are called to put on the armor every single day.

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  14. this speaking truth into the darkness, this will set free so many women... bless you ladies for doing this. love to you both. xo

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  15. Hi Jen - what a great post about forgetting what lies behind and going for what lies ahead, for God has for us and to see ourselves as He sees us. Going over to visit Jennifer Lee now :)
    God bless
    Tracy

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  16. My parents fought over my name when I was born - and called me everything but what they named me. I relish the thought of the day when my Father will call me by the name He carefully crafted for me, crafted with love and not bitterness, with belief in who I am and filled with his immeasurable Fatherness. Thank you for reminding me of this sweet hope!

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    1. Oh, friend, what a sweet hope, to be called by our Father, the name that He has given us. A name that only has love spoken in each syllable.

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  17. How beautiful and true. We will praise Him, because we are fearfully and wonderfully made. :-)

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  18. Ugh, I hate wearing those names from childhood. Those tapes somehow are some of the hardest to break. So glad the old self no longer fits. thanks for this!!

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  19. Such true words, we all need the reminder that we are more than what we used to believe about ourselves. For me it's not only knowing these truths, but living them out that I've found real freedom from past names.

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  20. I'm very blessed that I come from a loving and affirming family, and I've never had to deal with lies the devil deceives us with EXCEPT when I had a bout with my thyroid acting up and I felt that everything I did with my life was wrong! My mom called it midnight crisis and indeed it was a crisis, I quarreled everyone and cried with no reason. I see how difficult it can be to break the cycle. I kept repeating Philippians 4:4-7 claiming the peace that surpasses all understanding. It was good in a way that it happened to me so I can understand what others battle with every day. I try when I can to help others regain self worth and to see themselves as who they really are in Jesus. This is a very important message and women should confess the Word of God about who they are every day if they want to be victorious over the deceptions of our enemy who wants to put us down all the time! Patsy from
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