My New Name

In 8 days I will have a new name:

Mrs. Renee Fisher.

All those years ago, God knew.

He prepared me.

Changed me.

And now, He wants to give me a new name.

When Jesus asked his soon to be disciples to follow Him they were FISHER-men. They simply worked to make money and provide for their families.

Nothing more.

Nothing less.

In this next year of marriage, I want to be a living example. No matter who you are or what job you have–I want you to know without a doubt that Jesus loves you and wants to have a relationship with you.

I look forward to revamping my entire website and blog once my new name change is complete. It is my hope that I will be able to bring even more glory to Him through my writing than I could as a single person.

Imagine that.

One of my values this year is GLORY. It surprises me with joy to know God had me pick glory–knowing just a few days later I’d meet Marc.

Recently, I stumbled upon a verse in Numbers 6. Normally, I just read verses 24-26. I’m quite familiar with the priestly blessing. It’s a common saying among Christians. I’ve heard it numerous times by pastors and other leaders in the church.

The LORD said to Moses, “Tell Aaron and his sons, ‘This is how you are to bless the Israelites. Say to them:
‘The LORD bless you
and keep you;
the LORD make his face shine on you
and be gracious to you;
the LORD turn his face toward you
and give you peace.’

But then verse 27 caught my attention: “So they will put my name on the Israelites, and I will bless them.”

I anxiously shared the verses with Marc. I wondered, “Is that the same thing as taking someone’s name–as in I’m going to be Mrs. Fisher soon?” Yes. Then Marc pointed me to Genesis 48.

Then he blessed Joseph and said,
“May the God before whom my fathers
Abraham and Isaac walked faithfully,
the God who has been my shepherd
all my life to this day,
the Angel who has delivered me from all harm
—may he bless these boys.
May they be called by my name
and the names of my fathers Abraham and Isaac,
and may they increase greatly
on the earth.” (Genesis 48:15-16, NIV).

Did you notice that both verses proclaim blessing on the person BEFORE changing their name?

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you” (1 Peter 1:3-4, NIV).

I am blessed.

2 comments on “My New Name”

  1. Christy says:

    Great post, Renee! I just wrote about name changes too–names are so important and significant in the Bible. I hope you enjoy growing into your new identity!

    Oh and as a side note…men are so lucky they don’t have to go through all that’s involved with changing your name. I never realized how complicated it could be! I’m still holding off on a couple name changes b/c they’re very pricey (*ahem* passport & car registration). But I don’t think I can hold off on that car one for much longer.:) So excited for you!!

  2. renee says:

    Christy – Thanks. Let me know the link as I’d love to check it out too 🙂 AND YES, I agree with you….as I have PLENTY of things to change my name on so it’s going to get ridiculous pretty fast!! Thanks and you too Mrs. Newlywed!

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