I just finished reading One Thousand Gifts. It was by far the most life-changing book (other than the Bible) I have read in quite some time. Each chapter challenged and encouraged me in such a beautiful and specific way. What has been such a wonderful treat is the opportunity to watch the book club videos that are posted each week so that I can go back to what I have already read and remember the ways in which the Lord was speaking to my heart as I read.
In the very first chapter, Ann talks about her name and its meaning. Ann means "full of grace," and she vulnerably admits that she does not always live up to her name. Upon finishing the last chapter a few moments ago, I decided to look up my name. In my room back home in Georgia, I have a picture frame that has my name and its meaning. It says that "Jessica" is Hebrew for wealthy. I did a little more research on babynames.com (obviously the most reliable source for these inquiries) and found that "Jessica" means "God beholds."
God beholds. Wow. I had always thought that my name meant "wealthy," and I was contented with that. To think of oneself as wealthy is to realize what grand blessings the Lord has given. But to bear a name that means God beholds is pretty special. At least to me. To behold is "to observe, look at, see" (according to dictionary.com). So how does that meaning have significance for me in my everyday life?
Well, for one thing, I know that I am never forgotten by God. He made me, chose me, and loves me. He beholds me, which means that I am precious in His sight and He knows me. How wonderfully powerful yet intimate is that?
Last week, I went to the ladies' meeting after school
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.