Hey there ladies!

When I was in 7th grade, I changed my name. Now, I should mention that my family also moved that year, and I was not AT ALL happy about it. Because of job changes, we had moved 2 times in my life so far, and my pre-teen self, wanted nothing to do with a 3rd! However, this was not to be, and so, as my parents were trying to convince me about moving again, I decided to negotiate with them some conditions of this move. I said, that when we moved, I wanted to change my name from ANNA (which is my first name), to BRETT (which is my middle name).  And they agreed. So, when we moved, I simply introduced myself to this new city, and to new friends as “Brett”, and I never went back!

Now, you may be asking yourself, Why? Why did it matter so much? Well, to be honest, I had never quite felt like an “Anna.” Anna, although a good name, never fit…and inside, I knew that, that name never described who I really was. And so, as we were making a move to something new as a family, I, too, wanted to change to something new.

See, names mean something don’t they? In fact, if I sat with you, I am sure you have some opinions about your name, and what it means. Names matter! And the same is true with God, because like our own, the names He gave himself through scripture, reveal to us who He really is. They give us a window into his character, into his nature, and into why we can trust Him. In fact, I believe, by understanding His names, we can more accurately and fully understand Him. One of my favorite verses, says just this:

Those who know your name trust in you,

for you, O Lord, do not abandon those who search for you.

Psalm 9:10 (NLT)

Names matter! And the same is true with God, because like our own, the names He gave himself through scripture, reveal to us who He really is. They give us a window into his character, into his nature, and into why we can trust Him.

The more we understand His name(s), the more we can trust that He is good, and just, and will give mercy to all who call on Him. In fact, here are two, of His many names, that have spoken to me recently.

Elohenu Olam

Meaning: Our Everlasting God

Often, I feel so overwhelmed by what I am focusing on right in front of me, that I forget that the God I serve is our everlasting God. He exists outside of time, and so can see all of what has been and what will be. What a comfort it is to know that He knows how it began, and He knows how it all will end!

El Roi

Meaning: The Lord who sees me!

How often do we feel invisible? When trouble comes, or pain, it is so easy for us to feel that we have been forgotten by the world, and by God. However, by trusting in El roi, we can trust that no matter what is happening, our God Sees me. He really SEES me. Not what I do, but He sees me, and loves me just as I am.

As much as changing my name mattered to me at 12, no other name is as powerful, as important, and as meaningful as the name of the Lord our God! It is through this name that we can find all we are looking for!

 

Consider this: What name do you need to be calling God by to help you through the season you find yourself in now? Leave us a comment and let us know!

 


For over 20 years, Brett Detken has been a leader in the local church. For much of that time, she led as Creative Director, over the weekend Experience, at a church in

brett-detkenSouthern California, and now, is a leads in the area of Group Life, and Ownership at Central Christian in Henderson, NV.

Brett received her Masters of Leadership and Ethics, and has taught in the Business Department an adjunct capacity at Vanguard University in Southern California. Recently, Brett stepped into a new role of developing Central’s Leadership Institute for Ministry and currently teaches the Leadership track for the Institute.

At her core, Brett longs to develop leaders who point people back to God’s power, promises, and provision, so that we can bring the hope of Jesus to our world. She has been married to Patrick for 17 years and has two kids Jackson who is 14, and Mia who is 11!

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