"The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion — to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair." ~ from ISAIAH 61 Bible verse for this Blog

Showing posts with label What's in a Name. Show all posts
Showing posts with label What's in a Name. Show all posts

Monday, May 4, 2015

"FLASH" as his NAME

As you hopefully have found out by now

I'm dedicating this first week of May to

a special 
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Flash the donkey

for indeed I have fallen in love
with this beloved burro
Rachel Anne Ridge
as his storyteller

The first thing most people would want to know about someone, especially if they're entering into a "love" relationship, would be their name or how that name came to be theirs ... so it was no different for me with this sweet donkey. Most have a reason for why one is called a particular name or a story about how their name came to be. Even when I started out my blog, I wrote one of my initial blog posts about  "What's in a Name?" because it's important and so does Rachel Anne Ridge in her second chapter of this book after introducing us to their "Unexpected Guest" in chapter one, she continues with a beautiful lesson that applies for us after explaining how Flash came to be "Flash" and not the name given by their landlords and neighbors either {of course, you really didn't think I'd tell you "What's in a Name" for Flash, did 'ya? Naw, you're just gonna have to get their book and read chapter 2, but you can find some nuggets at Home Sanctuary by following the carrot link

The part I do want to share is the spiritual application to us from Rachel and ...

... LESSONS from FLASH ...
{in the back of their book}

Being hugged is my favorite.

it came to Rachel as

...a whisper...

OK, maybe it was

...a nudge...

more than likely, it was

...a thought...

"a tickle on my skin"

... " snippets from a verse dropped into her head " ...

That's how God speaks to us sometimes, and here is where God led Rachel in His Word 
{shared on page 41- 44 in her book}

Isaiah 43:1

... "The One whose I am. The One who named me. "...

"...that still small voice...
that people talk about

..."He was using a donkey to lead me to a simple truth"...

... "My identity really starts and ends with the One who created me." ...

Psalm 139

... "I had been operating from the wrong owner's manual. ... As my own master, 
the names I called myself. Names I responded to as soon as I heard them.
Names that weren't actually mine." ...

How often we beat ourselves up with negative "self talk" and/or the lies we believe of ourselves that others have spoken or we ourselves speak over our selves and label us as these names imply

..."And I suddenly realized that I'd let my very identity be formed
by the names I called myself
because I had confused
what I do with who I am"...
page 43

Just like Rachel, as I read these words, 

"...it hit me. As I child of God, I belong to Him. He made me. He owns me.  I am His."

He loves me and even calls me by name!


I couldn't agree more!

Had I not gained any more truths from reading
than these words
it would have been worth 
all the carrots (karats) in gold

so much so
that I could not help but recall a precious song that's become like an anthem
this year between me and another
so I will sing the chorus again and again as
it echoes in my mind and heart

"... And I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine

Your grace abounds in deepest waters
Your sovereign hand
Will be my guide
Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me
You've never failed and You won't start now..."

And this is just 
Chapter 2

Rachel continues to journal in her notebook
then returns out to the pasture
the back woods
to call
as she shares with him

God is revealing to her and is "far from finished" 
God can and will
... "use anything, at any time, in any way to speak to ..."

to get our attention and reminds 


of these great truths and insights from Rachel








{or fail to do}



"What I do comes from who I am
not the other way around.
My value is inherent, not earned."
~Rachel Ridge~

as regards to

"... perhaps ownership had changed him as well ..."

just the knowledge that we belong to


a special Someone

who will care for us and does

because we are of great

worth and value

to Him



calls us by name

* and since often this is (M.O.M.) Moore On Monday spot on my blog, I have to share that even Beth Moore loves Flash (via a tweet she left on Twitter in Jan. this year) Living Proof below from FLASH's blog


what more of a recommendation does "Flash" need to find himself at home
in everyone's book collection and heart

Friday, April 23, 2010

aMazing GRACE...

BE SURE to see the original post "MOVING FORWARD" about "Letters to God" and consider adding your letter to God (even in the comments there).

God's Grace

What is Grace?
The voice of Wintley Phipps, both in song and message, illustrates this more profoundly than we could ever define.
He paints an awe-inspiring picture of the simple faith of taking pen to paper; a commitment to prayer that in "Letters to God," translates to the hearts of many. I shared this movie here

Since my blog was entitled "aMazing Grace ~ Mazes, Messes, Miracles", I felt that this devotional and this song were the best way for me to close for now... it just seems the most appropriate way for me to give God ALL THE GLORY and HONOR for ALL HE has shown me and given me. Nothing expresses this better than this song and this wonderful voice of this gifted musician: Wintley Phipps & his dream & this prophetic sermon

I had no plan as I chose this title, but God did as I sat down that April 3rd, 2008 I had no idea what I needed to know and certainly did not have a title to start with or the knowledge, but this is what He gave me. From Beginning to End, God has a plan for me, for you... (this is the Name in the study of Jesus Names this week, "Alpha & Omega"). For you see, in His infinite wisdom, He knows every detail, right down to each letter of the alpha bet...alpha (1st letter in the Greek alphabet, beta-2nd letter to Omega, final letter) covered in His Word, by His Word, for Jesus is the Word. The Beginning and the End...the beginning of each of our lives and hopefully He is with us to the End... and the in between, is just "The Dash" - - - and how you fill it in, is what makes the difference. You have the choice, He has the Plan, Purpose and Path.

I remain aMazed by His Grace, as He led me and showed me, inspite of many MAZES(running & searching in one direction, then turning back, then off again on my own trying to run the course without Him leading) and so many MESSES throughout my life (the same old cycle(maze) repeating once more until I get it, learn it, allow God to change me enough to see more clearly my need for a Savior each day, making my mess, a way for God to bless). God has remained faithful with MIRACLES of His aMazing Grace. Thank you for being part of this experience with me! His aMazing journey called life. God is so aMazing!

~ posting this at the exact same time that I did my first one, which means from morning until that time I was working on putting together my first blog and post:

2 years and 20 days later... 
I remain...

daughter and servant of Jesus Christ,
sister and friend to YOU
and I am STILL

Keep me in your prayers please

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Thursday, April 3, 2008

What's in a NAME?

"What's in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet."
Shakespeare ~ Romeo and Juliet

April 3rd, 2008
Why MazMagi.blogspot.com?
... and Mazes, Messes & Miracles?...
... aMazing Grace[added later]

Today is my first day of entering the BLOGGING world officially! Up until now, I have just been enjoying reading inspirational blogs of others, mostly Christian women. Today, I launch mine:

Mazes, Messes, Miracles ... aMazing Grace
aMazing Grace... Mazes, Messes, Miracles

But instead of giving a purpose for my blog,
or rationale of what I hope to accomplish or post,
I will explain the NAME.

First MazMagi and then aMazing Grace ... Mazes, Messes, Miracles!

MazMagi comes from
Maz for Mazatlan
the place I call home in Mexico
away from home in Minnesota
Magi a nickname for my real name.

In Spanish, my real name is a drink or a flower:margarita. I never used my real name in English, except for legal matters or when my father was upset with me, then I heard the whole name!!! Margaret Mary Teresa Anderson... but especially "Margaret Mary" from my dad. It was not a name of endearment but it came to be somewhat more precious when I studied the life of the saint, for which I was named
(a French nun devoted to the Sacred Heart of Jesus)

Since I can remember, I have gone by "Peggy". Most people don't even understand how it derives from my real name, but it does. My dad would say that there is no "saint" Peggy, so I pray that I'm the first. (Although I believe when I was young, I read a pamphlet on Saint Peggy.) Anyways, my real name Margaret means "pearl" and from there, and other derivatives, comes Peggy.

In Mexico, many with my real name go by "Maggie" which in Spanish is pronounced and spelled Magui. I chose to go by that at first, but I wrote it "Magi" on purpose. The reason was because of Jesus and The Magi at Christmas! The Three Kings, who brought gifts to the baby Jesus were known as The Magi. I added the background from "The Cutest Blog on the Block" for Christmas in honor of this.

2010 and 2011

When I come to Mexico, each trip, I usually try to bring gifts, because the needs of the people are so many! I don't have enough financially, as I found out on my first trip here, to meet so many needs, but my heart just broke with wanting to leave something, whatever I had to those who had less. I quickly decided that the reason I would come back every year was because I had a gift to give: me. Whatever I am, I would give, in the name of Jesus. Be it teacher or friend, I must stir up whatever gift or gifts lie within me to serve the people here in Mexico.

Of course, having a teaching degree, I thought it would be with CHILDREN, because children have held such an important place in my heart and God's, but I was soon to learn that God would use me, mold me, and minister through me with whomever He chooses.

The spiritual gifts that He has enabled me with, He will stir up, exactly what I need in the moment He needs it. If we are open to His Holy Spirit and willing to be used, He will speak to you and through you. His Word will be made real in your daily living!

So I am Magi...His gift...and my gift to Him is wherever He calls me to serve. That is the reason I live! That is the reason for MazMagi...

I really wanted to have my Blog have an inspirational name that reflects God's work in me and my life. I have found such beautiful and meaningful names that others have chosen. Than there are others that are comical and creative! So I wanted one, that one day I would be able to use as a ministry with what I post. I don't know if and when that will happen, so I chose:

...aMazing Grace

Mazes, Messes and Miracles 
because I guess that pretty much capsulizes
MazMagi's life.

I have MESSED up many times. I have gone through many trials, tribulations and temptations that have led me through this MAZE, called life or journey and I am aMAZED how God has seen me through the good and the bad.

But, I must admit I want to see many MIRACLES still in my life! I feel that the greatest miracle is the one God does each day in my life...because JESUS, His Son, not only did miracles in His 3 years of ministry, He still CAN do miracles today, through you and me by the power of His Holy Spirit. He is the greatest MIRACLE that came into my life and has had His hand upon me daily still, even when I may not have acknowledged Him or have strayed, HE was THERE & HE IS HERE reaching out, forgiving me, holding me, carrying me, filling me, leading me, completing my journey through this life by and through His Holy Spirit alive in me. The greatest miracle is how Jesus gave His life in exchange for mine, and Rose from the dead, conquered death and sin for me, or YOU-or anyone & everyone who puts their faith in HIM.

"For God so loved YOU and me, that He gave His only begotten Son, that WHOSOEVER believes in Him, shall not perish but have LIFE EVERLASTING! "John 3:16

The additional phrase aMazing Grace was added soon after I began, because I am saved by
...but for the grace of God, go I...

I am who I am
HE is who HE IS!
and by
I am being changed
to reflect JESUS!

I added this as my THEME SONG: Amazing Grace: My Chains are Gone by Chris Tomlin and now His aMazing Grace is my main focus, not the mazes, messes or miracles. It is through His Grace that I am free.

I love the original *Amazing Grace but this one by Chris Tomlin tells more of the Freedom I have found in Christ Jesus, which is available through HIS GRACE! Not because I earned it, not because I fought the battle alone to gain this freedom, but because Jesus fights the battle along side me daily, as I put on the FULL ARMOR of CHRIST, HE goes before me and HE already won the victory so that I may have it: aMazing Grace! How sweet the sound!

Isaiah 61 is the one from which I have chosen parts as my Mission verse on top of my page
"...to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor!"

You need to click on Isaiah 61 to read the full 11 verses & have a context to understand better to whom I pray that I will minister or touch with some of God's Grace as He pours through me and my words on each post. I pray that they will be anointed!

..."I delight greatly in the LORD; my soul rejoices in my God. 
For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness, 
as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

For as the soil makes the sprout come up and a garden causes seeds to grow, 
so the Sovereign LORD will make righteousness and praise spring up before all nations."
(verse 10-11)

* this version of Amazing Grace is beautifully sung by this 8 yr. old phenomena Rhema Marvanne

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this is why I am

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all of you who spend your valuable time here with me
I do appreciate you so much!

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