Often the difference between some responders and the posting author herself is that the author feels FREE to share her NAME, most of the time. Even some bloggers, for a variety of reasons, write incognito.
Just the sound of the word sounds so lonely to me, so vacant and so damaged.
The dictionary defines the word Anonymous this way:
1. without any name acknowledged, as that of author, contributor, or the like: an anonymous letter to the editor; an anonymous donation.
2. of unknown name; whose name is withheld: an anonymous author.
3. lacking individuality, unique character, or distinction: an endless row of drab, anonymous houses
I have had the awesome privilege of speaking to women around the nation who are either in some form of “crisis” or are ministering to women who are in crisis.
It is my humble experience and belief that those women who are FREE to attach their names, their identity to their stories of pain and restoration are the women who truly enjoy the best part of being healed and FREE!!
God’s Word says in Psalms 96:1-3
Sing to the Lord a new song;
sing to the Lord all the earth.
Sing to the Lord, praise His NAME;
Proclaim His salvation day after day.
DECLARE His Glory among the Nations,
His marvelous deeds among the peoples.
The scriptures that use the word “Name” are many! Far to many to list here, all claiming the power of the NAME–ours and His!
John 10:3 says He calls His sheep by NAME! He does not call us Anonymous!!
Proverbs 3:3 says
Let Love and faithfulness never leave you,
bind them around your neck,
write them on the tablet of your heart,
Then you will have favor and a good NAME!
Revelation 2:17 says
(She) who has an ear, let (her) hear what the Spirit says to the churches,
To (She) who overcomes, I will give some of the hidden manna.
I will also give (her) a white stone with a NEW NAME written on it!
When God comes into our hearts and we surrender our past, our pain, our shame to Him, He replaces all that old stuff, our old bad name, with a new name! a new heart, a new life!!
We are not Anonymous, we are His daughters, known by Name!!
As I read those comments I have questions on so many levels.
First of all….
What causes women who believe that they are “healed”, “forgiven” and “free to shield themselves from someone or something that causes them to cover their identity?
The second question that stirs my heart is this…
If we are truly FREE. If God has done what we say He has done, isn’t it our Responsibility and our Opportunity to shout it from the rooftops, to allow other women to hear our voices and our proclamation of restoration and forgiveness??
At the risk of making this post to long, I want to point out a story in the Bible where a certain woman, who was oh so special to Christ, was not able to recognize His presence until she heard her NAME…..read about her in John 20:10-16.
Can we be FREE, if we are we still hiding anything whatsoever? I just wonder?
Some might claim that it is to protect others.
My question is, to protect them from what?
The truth that we are all sinners saved by grace? That ALL have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God?
The opportunity to understand that God has the same healing available for each particular pain?
My experience is that when someone shares a story of Gods’ Redemptive Healing….chains of shame and defeat break all around her.
Enemy strongholds are destroyed by “The Word of our Testimony”? Rev 12:11
I do not believe that from the NanoSecond of our Salvation that “Anonymous” is a NAME that God has for His Girls! Anytime, Anyplace.
It just gets me riled up to fight harder for the FREEDOM that God desires.
My thought is let’s claim it Sisters! Let’s tell the whole world the GREAT things that God has rescued us from and the MIGHTY blessings of His love!!
It seems to me that we are not to be ANONYMOUS!!
We are to be Redeemed, Restored, Renewed, SET FREE!!!
I would love to know your thoughts!!
***This Post has been rewritten in attempt to embrace my more sensitive side..
How did I do??