Woohoo!!! Ready to dive into 50 Days to Discover Your Secret Name?? If you’re new here, we’re gearing up to read Your Secret Name (Kary Oberbrunner) together over the course of the next 50 days. You can find Read-Along details here and introduce yourself to your new friends right here.
If you just can’t bring yourself to click on links this morning, let me make it easy on you.
1. Get a copy of Your Secret Name and read 2 chapters every week until you’re done (at the moment, you’re 2 chapters behind, but no worries!).
2. Join us here every Tuesday until February 22. Read my post, leave a comment, link to your own post if you’d like, and be entered to win a cool prize.
That’s basically it! You can put in as much effort or as little as you’d like. Other options include reading other people’s posts and leaving them words of encouragement; starting some discussions here in the comments section, getting something going over on the Your Secret Name Facebook page…
I’ll try to keep my thoughts brief today (and every week).
I liked the part about us thinking that the names people give us will help “scratch our identity itch,” but they don’t. “Birth Names and Given Names were never hardwired to alleviate the tension.” (p.12) I’m guilty of looking to a lot of things besides God to alleviate the tension of Who Am I? What’s My Purpose in Life? Anybody with me?
I found the stuff about the creation account super enlightening. In the beginning, there was no need for names. “An environment devoid of sin also meant an environment devoid of human names.” (19) Wowza. And then the clincher–“Since the original man and woman knew who God was, they also knew who they were–an inescapable by-product.” Okay, that just knocked me flat.
I long to know God so deeply that my own name (and all that goes along with it) doesn’t even matter. (and those whopping Scrabble letters at the top of my blog are taunting me right now)
I loved the description of the God-confident, fully-alive-in-Christ person on the last page of the chapter. I want to be that person–“so full of life that I give energy to others,” “marked by a quiet confidence that allows me to heal the world.”
I’ve caught glimpses of that potential, times when I’m so focused on Christ–his word, his plan, HIM–that I’m able to bring his hope and healing and joy to others. God, may this characterize me more and more!
Zondervan is giving away a book this week! To be entered ONCE in the drawing, leave a comment answering one of the questions below. To be entered FIVE times, link to your own post about your thoughts on Chapters 1-2 (by Thursday). (Winner will be chosen Friday at noon.)
Choose a Question:
1. Share about a time you reached the end of yourself and were finally ready to experience the beginning of him. (p.11)
2. What are some inaccurate views you hold of God that might be yielding an inaccurate view of yourself? (p. 21)
3. How would your life look different if you were to embrace your Secret Name and “come alive?” (p.35)
This week’s book give-away… oh, I’m excited about this one!! … One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp! If you haven’t read Ann’s blog, A Holy Experience, it is just that. Amazing. And I’ve heard incredible things about this book already (it actually doesn’t release until January 16).
The Mr. Linky explains itself when you click below, but I’m more than willing to help if you get stuck. E-mail me here. And any other questions, let me know!
Happy Reading and Posting and Discovering and Healing!!