You changed my name!

Do you ever get that one song stuck in your head?  You know how it goes.  You hum it, sing it, play it over and over again.  You just can’t get it out of your mind.  Sometimes it’s frustrating.  You just can’t stop singing it!  What happens when that song is a message placed in your mind by God?  What happens when He uses music as a mighty way to minister to the challenges you are facing in your life?

You Changed My NameToday I was working on one of the March devotions for our friends at His Kingdom Come when God placed a song in my heart.  Suddenly, I found myself singing the song, and along with it memories came flooding back.  That song is Travis Cottrell’s “You Changed My Name”.  I’ve shared the lyrics for you, because you may be in the same place I was.  I was feeling like I needed to hide my pain.  Y’all, I live every day in physical pain due to autoimmune disease. I frequently try to hide that pain, but physical pain isn’t the secret I was hiding.  It was the emotional pain.  

I’ve been watching my son struggle with depression, a dear friend battle hurts, my mother facing brokenness, and I found myself aching…in pain because I couldn’t help.  There I was, in pain…hiding all that made me hurt, just hoping I could continue to wear my mask of a smile and no one would know the difference.  All the while, I began to hide more than my pain.  I began to hide myself.  

A dear Sister was put on my heart and mind the other day.  I reached out to her, and she pointed out to me that she had tried to reach me several times, but alas…I must have been too busy.  Y’all, I was too busy wallowing in whatever pity party I had decided to throw for myself.  So busy hiding my pain that I was hiding my person from the very people who care for me.  I could hide from everyone…except God.  

Daddy holding child's handGod knows the very depths of our hearts, the mysteries of who we are…and why we are who we are.  He was walking beside me, as I was trying to hide myself.  I was heaping busyness upon myself, heaping reason upon reason for being inaccessible upon myself…making excuses for my need to hide.  Then, God said…”enough my child.”  It was then that His “mercy fell upon me like healing rain.”  His mercy washed away the makeup, the hiding places, the disguises that I was hiding behind.  He washed away “all my hidden pain” and His amazing grace “…has broken every chain, and set me free at last.”  Never again would I be the person who was in that hiding place.  I was made over…free from guilt, shame, fear, and the weight of the world.  Free because God changed my name.

He changed me from hurt, fearful, worthless, helpless, and called me forgiven.  My God calls me redeemed.  He gave me a new life, with no intention of me every being the same.  Oh dear Sister, He desires to do the same for you!  I realized today that sometimes, it’s easy to fall back into old patterns…old behaviors.  When I accepted Christ as my Savior, He changed my name and “wrote a new beginning” for me.  I accepted that merciful grace that He poured upon me.  I embraced it!  Free at last dear Sisters!  

Jesus Loves MeThe problem with that excitement and freedom is simple.  The enemy doesn’t like to see you and me living in that kind of joy.  He doesn’t want us to live the new beginning God has created, and he certainly doesn’t want us to embrace our changed name.  No.  That evil one…that thief, as John 10:10 calls him, comes only to steal kill and destroy.  That thief came to steal my new beginning.  

Oh but here is where the joy comes from.  None of that old me…that old you, matters to God any longer.  Because we have accepted Him as Savior, He sees who we can be. He has a plan for my life, and for yours!  He desires for us to “live in the light of Your [His] redeeming love”.  Our Father claims us as His own…because once adopted into His family, God changed our names.


Dear Sister, are you hurting tonight?  Are you fearful, confused or lost?  I pray that you will see that in Christ, your pain will be healed by God’s great mercy.  That His mighty grace will break each and every chain that holds you in bondage.  That His amazing love will set you free!  Oh Dear One…will you allow God to change your name?  Believe me when I say…you will NEVER be the same.  

 

“You Changed My Name” by Travis Cottrell

Verse 1

Who I am is a mystery I can’t explain

‘Cause Your mercy fell like healing rain

And washed away my past

Who I was all my secrets

All my hidden pain

Now Your grace has broken eYou Changed My Namevery chain

And set me free at last

And who I was before

Doesn’t matter anymore

 

Chorus 1

You changed my name when

You called me forgiven

You changed my name when

You called me redeemed

You took my shame and

Wrote a new beginning

To the story I was living

And I’ll never be the same

You saw what I could be

And reaching out for me

You changed my name

You changed my name

Verse 2

Now I live in the light of Your redeeming love

And I bear the marks Your healing touch

Has written on my heart

With each step I take

I’m reminded of the price You paid

And the living sacrifice You made

To set my soul apart

My life is Yours alone

You have marked me as Your own

Chorus 1

You changed my name when

You called me forgiven

You changed my name when

You called me redeemed

You took my shame and

Wrote a new beginning

To the story I was living

And I’ll never be the same

You saw what I could be

And reaching out for me

You changed my name

You changed my name

2 thoughts on “You changed my name!

  1. Mary says:

    Tonya,

    Once again you have hit me with truth that I need to not only hear but really believe in my heart, not just my head. I know all these things are true in my mind, but the enemy loves to keep me from really believing them to the point where I allow them to change me more than just temporarily, when things are going well. “Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” He devours me with fear and discouragement.

    I identify so much with the things you write about — thank you for allowing God to give you the freedom and courage to be so transparent. Know that it really touches my heart and convicts and encourages me. Thank you.

    Mary

    • Tonya Andrews says:

      Thank you Mary. Praise God that He provides us with such amazing love. I continue to be blessed and encouraged by other women who share my journey and in turn seek Him with greater zeal. We serve an awesome God.

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