I wrestled with what to re-title this blog. The one before about being a night owl is still mostly true, but that’s no longer the biggest difference in our lives from that of others. Though we’ve always been set apart and belonging to Christ Jesus, He has done great and mighty things with us – and me personally included in that – time and time again these past few years. These last two especially have been a testimony to His greatness, mercy, and love, and the last 9 months have brought about some fantastic manifestations of His power in our lives! We are jumping and leaping and praising Him, and will continue to give HIM all the glory!
So, what to title this blog? The title before was about me, and who I am, so those were the lines of thought. But who I am is no longer so easily defined. I am a Christian woman, wife, and mother – and that is important to me, and in that order, because my transformation began when I dedicated myself to making sure I was as a person who God intended me to be. But that’s kind of long, and a little boring, as a blog title.
Several years ago, before I was married, the Lord talked to me in some times of trouble. During that time, when I sought His face, He promised me that He would clothe me in splendor. I wasn’t entirely sure what that meant, but I grabbed hold of that promise and have held onto it. He has continued to remind me of it through my life, and through the last several years. The last couple of weeks it’s really been on my mind often. So tonight, as I sought Him for a title and theme for my blog – which I intend to use to His glory, bearing witness to what He is doing in our lives so that He may use me in the lives of others – He brought me back to the promise of clothing me with splendor.
And back to my Bible, where I marked as a promise for my husband in Isaiah 61 back on April 9, 2004. I marked for him verses 1-3, but continued underlining through the rest of the chapter. I’ve seen in the last couple of years how this was in the process of being fulfilled in our lives, but tonight it makes me smile to realize that a lot of this, if not most of it, has already come to pass and what has not yet is actually physically manifesting RIGHT NOW. Not, it’s coming to pass or not I can see that it’s near – it IS HAPPENING, and it is SO exciting!
I realize this passage means a lot to many, but I know that the Lord intends it for us personally also. Because I see it as perfect for what I want to do with this blog, because the Lord led me here tonight, and because I know it means so much to so many others, I’m going to post Isaiah 61 (NIV) here for you to read. Thank you Lord for your Word!
The Spirit of the 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.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.
They will rebuild the ancient ruins
and restore the places long devastated;
they will renew the ruined cities
that have been devastated for generations.
Aliens will shepherd your flocks;
foreigners will work your fields and vineyards.
And you will be called priests of the Lord,
you will be named ministers of our God.
You will feed on the wealth of nations,
and in their riches you will boast.
Instead of their shame
my people will receive a double portion,
and instead of disgrace
they will rejoice in their inheritance;
and so they will inherit a double portion in their land,
and everlasting joy will be theirs.
For I, the Lord, love justice;
I hate robbery and iniquity.
In my faithfulness I will reward them
and make an everlasting covenant with them.
Their descendants will be known among the nations
and their offspring among the peoples.
All who see them will acknowledge
that they are a people the Lord has blessed.
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 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.