I've been called many names throughout my life -some good and some bad.
Of course, my given name (Noelle) and a few other respectable variations: Half-Pint, Peanut, Leon, Little General, La 'Petite, and my favorite- Gigi.
I've also carried some labels that I'm not proud of ... selfish, self-centered, over-bearing, over-achiever, hyper-sensitive, perfectionist, mean, reckless, liar, adulterer, and sinner.
I started out life raised with Southern Baptist values but quickly traded them for worldly pleasures and pursuits. As a young adult, I believed freedom was found in the achievement of the American dream and fulfillment of yearnings. In my quest, I hurt people and myself along the way. This girl didn’t appear to be destined for anything noble.
Yet, despite my shame and foolishness, I finally got it! I figured out that this life (with its false promises) never brings lasting contentment, peace, and satisfaction. I found my peace and my new life offered by the only one that can- Jesus. No sin too great that it couldn’t be made clean. Grace given, and new labels applied: worthy, holy, loved, and forgiven. I found redemption and a brand-new life. I was transformed and became a mightily blessed woman. My life is a living testament to God’s goodness and I strive to walk daily holding God's hand even when I struggle and stumble.
I found my peace.
No doubts. No regrets. No shame.
I now know that no matter what happens in this world, God has me covered, and my future (in this life and the next) is secured.
Jesus is my hope. He is my peace.
And I can’t wait to receive my promised “new” name presented by Jesus himself!
So, it is my hope, that the words I share with you will be to your benefit and my new name will reflect my heart and efforts.
“Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give that person a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to the one who receives it.” ~Revelation 2:17