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Thursday, February 15, 2007
Name change.
Who does God say you are?
Or, what do you feel God says about You?

I remember a time when God was stirring my heart and speaking to me about what He thinks of me. He was teaching me that He knew me before I was born, that I was chosen, apointed, that I had a purpose and a plan. He was also teaching me about the meaning of my name. I've decided I want to start using my first name on this. So here it is, my first name is Samantha and my middle name is Louise.

Anyways, God was teaching me how He chose my names for me, that there was a reason behind it. Samantha means "hearer of God's voice" and Louise means "Glory at War" or "Famous Warrior". I was so excited to learn all of this! My whole life I had such a bad image on myself, I always thought myself to be 'different' or a bit 'weird'. But as God began to reveal His thoughts of me, my self-image changed and I began to walk different and talk different. No longer would I make fun of myself but I would walk with my head held high knowing that God was my daddy, I was His princess, and heck... I was a famous warrior who heard God's voice.

As these revelations began to unfold I remember one day receiving a package in the mail. I never receive packages in the mail! Ofcourse I was excited. I grabbed the package, ran into my room, closed the door behind me and tore the package wrapping apart. My eyes were delighted to be admiring a new book in my hand, The Heavenly Man by Brother Yun. I had been wanting this book for months and finally I received it! Opening the front cover I notice that inscripted in beautiful black fountain ink was a letter from a good friend of mine. He wrote that he felt to send me this book, that he wanted to bless me and encourage me, that he loved me as a sister and it was just beautiful. But I could not help but stare at how he greeted me. Rather than use my first name, Hearer of God's Voice, he addressed me with my old internet alias as a joke. It was along the lines of Weird Girl. You see, when I chose this name I did not think highly of myself, my thoughts of myself were not God thoughts. It was ironic because the book arrived in my hands the very week that God was teaching me who I was.

Before I knew it tears were stinging my eyes. They began to stream down my face as I was once again reminded I'm a weird girl. I cried and cried and I was also embarrassed that I once called myself that. Because I knew, only now, that that wasn't who I am, that isn't who God says I am.

Two days later I was having lunch with a friend and we were talking about the book The Heavenly Man. With great excitement I exclaimed that I received this book in the mail! I pulled it out of my bag to show him but was then reminded of being labled "weird girl". Hesitantly I took the book, not wanting my friend to see what was in the front cover. Opening the front cover I peered once again to see the words that were written. I read the words with a mixture of confusion, horror, excitement, and overwhelming praise.

My eyes were opened wide.

I was shocked.

I choked on my food.

I even fell off my chair in the surprise.

The letter that was written in beautiful black fountain ink had been changed. "Weird girl" greeting no longer existed. There were no smudge marks. It just, disappeared. And in replacement to "weird girl" it now had the words...

"Dear Sam!"

Large cursive writing. Black fountain ink. Sam. Hearer of God's voice. With an exclaimation mark to highlight the love that God has for me, to highlight the thoughts that God has for me. Tears once again stung my eyes, not out of embarrassment, but out of love for My Saviour.

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posted by Samantha Louise 9:40 AM  
 
12 Comments:
  • At February 15, 2007 at 1:06:00 PM GMT+11, Blogger Mike Messerli said…

    Sam,

    great post...and God has a lot more to say about you! Check out Paul's words to the church. He tells us some amazing things that God says about us. There's much more than you have even shared in this post! Get into the Bible...there's more!

     
  • At February 15, 2007 at 1:24:00 PM GMT+11, Anonymous Paul said…

    Pleased to meet you Sam. I'm glad you are not embarassed about who you are. I promise to call you Sam every time and not some other name that misrepresents you.

     
  • At February 15, 2007 at 1:29:00 PM GMT+11, Blogger samantha louise said…

    Dear Mike,
    Just want to say thanks for what you said. You're right, there is so much more that God says about us! Thanks for stirring my heart to read the Word even more so :)
    Also, i'm curious... how did you come across my little blog? I checked your blog out and I like what I see.. you're a pastor heh? You seem pretty cool. Definitly not old in my books :)



    Dear Paul,
    shuddup man you already knew my real name!
    :p

     
  • At February 15, 2007 at 3:17:00 PM GMT+11, Blogger Mike Messerli said…

    Sam, found you just doing "next blog". there are times that's not a good idea, but I do find some good sites....like yours.

     
  • At February 15, 2007 at 6:43:00 PM GMT+11, Blogger Robyn said…

    Sam that's beautiful! :) Now I don't have to worry about slipping ;)

    You're definitely not the girl I first met! :)

    It's like you have ALWAYS been that warrior, you just had to realise that, and shake off the dust to see how awesome you truly are! Like Aladdin's lamp... it was always there, hidden in the dust, but one day it is discovered, and the rest is history ;) Not that its a good comparison to you though :p

    Luv ya warrior!

     
  • At February 15, 2007 at 7:39:00 PM GMT+11, Blogger ¿johnman¿ said…

    Hey Sam
    Thanks for visiting my photoblog
    Thats fantastic you can now see yourself more in God's eyes, self image is a big deal and can really effect the way you live. Knowing that you are God's precious is important, may your life reflect your new revelation.

     
  • At February 15, 2007 at 7:41:00 PM GMT+11, Blogger ¿johnman¿ said…

    Oh and do you know Christop or just his blog?

     
  • At February 15, 2007 at 9:17:00 PM GMT+11, Anonymous Christina said…

    Great story Sam, and thanks for sharing it. Did you like Heavenly Man? I found it a disturbing read - in the way that I need to be disturbed and challenged. I won't forget it.

     
  • At February 15, 2007 at 10:06:00 PM GMT+11, Anonymous virtuallypaul said…

    Samantha Louise,

    Another wonderful post on a wonderful blog. I've been reading your blog in bursts for a few months now and I'm continually surprised by the passionate, emotion-charged way that you write.

    Keep it up. It's nice.

    -Paul.

     
  • At February 16, 2007 at 10:17:00 AM GMT+11, Blogger samantha louise said…

    Robyn- Thanks love. You have always been a massive encouragement in my life. We must do coffee soon!

    Johnman- you are also very encouraging :) And no, I don't know Cristoph... just stumbled across his blog :)

    Christina- I loved the Heavenly Man. It put so much things in my life into perspective! It was incredible. And I know what you mean. It wasn't exactly a 'light' read. More challenging than anything.

    virtuallypaul- What you wrote, you have no idea how much that means. Thank you so much. I hope you keep coming back and reading :) i read your blog too!

     
  • At February 16, 2007 at 5:26:00 PM GMT+11, Blogger Robyn said…

    coffee would be awesome! :)

     
  • At February 22, 2007 at 1:20:00 AM GMT+11, Blogger Littlesteph said…

    You should never be afraid to be who God has called YOU to be! Its amazing, this is something I have been over-thinking these past few weeks also! Thankyou Samantha Louise, for being the woman that God made you!

     

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