A New Name

            For years, I have prayed Isaiah 61 over my family, asking the Lord to give beauty for ashes, asking Him to indeed grow these daughters of mine into oaks of righteousness, a planting for the display of His splendor. I have cried tears straight into the words “freedom for captives” as I begged this promise for a certain few of my little ladies specifically. I have rested in the promise of the oil of joy instead of mourning and I have rejoiced with the prophet Isaiah as each one has come to her own understanding that He has clothed her with garments of salvation and a robe of righteousness. My eyes stuck right there on Isaiah 61 praying in hope those words of verse 11, that the Lord would cause righteousness and praise to spring up before all nations.
            Only on Saturday morning, the morning after I married the very most Christ-like man I have ever met, did my eyes wander down past verse 11, down the page to Isaiah, Chapter 62. As if, now that I was beginning this new chapter of life, maybe God would give me a new chapter to pray over my family. My breath caught in my throat as I read these words that I somehow had never read before.
            “The nations will see your vindication, and all kings your glory. You will be called by a new name that the mouth of the Lord will bestow. You will be a crown of splendor in the Lord’s hand, a royal diadem in the hand of your God. No longer will they call you Deserted, or your name Desolate. But you will be called Hephzibah (my delight is in her) and your land will be Beulah (married). For the Lord will take delight in you and your land will be married. As a young man marries a young woman, so will your Builder marry you; as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so will your God rejoice over you.”
            Right there on the thin, gilded page, was his heart for me, for Benji, for each of my girls, for our family – that we would know His delight in us, the way He rejoices over us.
            The last two years have been a different season. A season of quiet, of dark and sadness, of joys that felt too personal to share with anyone other than my Heavenly Father. I have tried to write many times, but I have been learning the beauty of the secret place, just Him and me. The Lord who knows my heart has been whispering to me of a new season for a long time, and my flesh has worried that this new season might take me out of my secret hiding place with Him, that somehow a physical, tangible relationship with another might take away from my relationship with my Builder, My Lover, My Life-Giver.
            Little did I know that this new relationship would only enhance the other.
            I became Mrs. Majors on January 2nd of this year. Benji is a discipler of men and a faithful maker of breakfast. Long before we shared a home we shared a hometown with only a few hilltops to keep our adolescent lives from ever intersecting.  As the Lord would have it, we would only meet on the other side of an ocean after He had captured our hearts with a love for the Ugandan people and a desire for The Word to go forth in this place. At first I was hesitant, but while Benji was patient, God was faithfully working on my heart. I watched him teach Bible studies and disciple men and fix my kids’ bikes. We laughed over coffee and all the crazy things that are life here. He taught me more and more about the love of Jesus, in his words, and in his example. He captured my heart. And on the night he washed my feet and asked me to be his forever, the yes jumped off my lips as if it had always been waiting there just for him.
I imagined marriage would be good. Wonderful even. But I did not even begin to understand that it would be this holy. I didn’t know that I would melt under this man’s gaze that is so full of the love of the Father for me. I didn’t imagine the way his delight in me would be my daily reminder of the way my Father delights in me. My husband’s love is just another way God has chosen to pour our His extravagant love on me, another constant reminder that He rejoices over me, and over each one of our daughters.
            I watch them come alive under the loving gaze of their new father, I hear the delight and the certainty in their voices as they call “Dad.” And without me even having to ask, God who knows my heart has given me my new prayer over them: that in knowing the delight of their earthly father, they would begin to grasp the delight of their Heavenly Father all the more. That they would be a crown of splendor in His hand, that they would embrace this new name: “my delight is in her.”

God gives good gifts. His delight is in me, in us, in them. May our delight be evermore in Him.

 

351 thoughts on “A New Name

  1. May The Lord Bless you as you serve him together. Lovely story, amazing God, He has lavished such blessing over you both! Excited to hear all that He has planned for you!

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  2. Congratulations on your marriage! May God bless your lives. I am reading your book , and I am enjoying hearing about your experiences in Uganda. Your book will continue to bring awareness and connect needs with those who can meet them. Thank you for your bold unselfish nature. I pray that The Lord will keep you and your family safe and well.

    Kate N. McNeel

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  3. Congratulations on your new life together! What a wonderful blessing, and a story in time for Valentine's Day to refresh my hope that a Christ-like man with a servant heart might be in my future as well. Thank you, Katie

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  4. Katie! You're married! Oh my goodness. You guys are a stunning pair, and you made such a beautiful bride.
    I've followed your journey for a long time now, and Kisses From Katie has been one of the best books I've ever read.
    I hope you find complete and utter JOY in being married, and in this new, exciting journey God has planned for you. You are a role model to many people, and a good example of what love should look like. Thank you.

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  5. Katie….oh what a beautiful provision from the Lord for you and your girls! God always knows best and you are a wonderful example to all young girls to do the Lords work and the Looking to the left and to the right as to who is working along side you in your ministry and that is who the Lord has for you! So excited for you…what a wonderful blessing!

    Praying for your family, your ministry and your walk with God'

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  6. How very wonderful! I have been checking back faithfully every week or so, and I had no idea the Lord had this for you in your life. I too have learned so much of the love of God through my marriage (me who grew up without a daddy). I pray your home will literally overflow with love and your girls will be crowned with God's glory.

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  7. Kate, congratulations!I'm so happy for you and your family be more complete now. You deserve and God has given you one more time. I pray for you and all Uganda. One day I hope to visit and help the Amazima project with my hands. Kisses from Dani

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  8. Wow! I am crying tears of joy for you right now. He who has promised is faithful. I am so very happy that you found a God fearing, Christ worshiping, lover of Jesus walk beside you and share all of lifes ups and downs. Your girls will be even more blessed than they already are. They get to see what the love of a real man looks like. Oh goodness, the tears. Rejoicing with you both.

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  9. Katie,

    we have been waiting to hear from you…so hoping to hear of updates on the little ones…(we like pics 🙂 )

    It is wonderful and so exciting to see your smile and share in your moments of joy as well as be reminded of the beauty of marriage.

    So much to do in this world of Ebola, poverty, war and moral deterioration…glad you and your Amazima team are doing well.

    Watching from afar…trying to do my part to help with our fellow man here in little Memphis TN.

    Forever touched…

    An a

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  10. Katie, this is so incredible! How wonderful to have a God-given companion to love alongside you and your girls.

    Katie, I can't express the way God has used you and your story in my life. I long to follow Him to the inth degree… but I'm scared. I hope you'll find time to respond, but could you help me through advice? At what point did you know God had called you to Uganda? I'm in college and part of me longs to give everything away and give my entire being to Christ, but then I don't know if that's the wisest thing to do… I don't even have a particular place I'm feeling led. If there is any advice you have for me, please tell me. I do so want to follow in Christ's steps, but I lack the courage and confidence to know if He's telling me to drop everything right now.

    Thank you so much, Katie. You've given me a model of what following Christ looks like, and for that I'll always be grateful. To God be the glory.

    Sienna

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  11. So incredibly beautiful, Katie!!! SO very happy for you!! Praise God for His faithfulness to you both! After I read your story this summer I prayed God would bring a Husband to be your support and a Father to your girls- love how he provides!! He grew you and had you wait awhile- and then, what a surprise!!! Congrats to you both!!

    With Love,
    Amanda from St. Louis
    (My husband & I were in Uganda 8 years ago with eMi! I read your book after talking to Jeff Austin this summer and hearing how God partnered eMi with you all! Love how God is at work!!!!)

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  12. May God bless you and Benji and you girls and your entire community with His greatest intentions, may God greatest desires be fulfilled in and through your lives. Thank you so much for being faithful to the call our Lord a Jesus has on you. It is an example to our family.

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  13. Katie,
    Thank you so much for sharing! I am touched by your blog for a number of reasons… What you wrote about your husband and the way he looks at you made my heart ache for my husband. We were married for only 3 1/2 years and he went to Heaven to be with Jesus a year ago, but he had a gaze for me that could melt my heart, as you said, and I miss that so much. That's a beautiful gift. Enjoy it. The Isaiah 61 verses you pray for your girls are some verses that God led me to after my husband's death and I pray them often too. I will be going to Masese in June with H.E.L.P. Uganda and hope to help in an orphanage while I'm there. God has had orphans on my heart for at least ten years and I am excited to go and see what He has for me as I walk out this new life. Thank you again for sharing!

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  14. I am so very happy for you Katie! I have been reading your blog for several years now and have so often been encouraged by your words of wisdom and encouragement from God's word. Felt led to look at your blog this afternoon for a little encouragement. How very excited I was to see this post! I will be praying for you and Benji. What a wonderful way God has shown you His love for you. I will continue my prayers for you as you begin this new season of life with Benji by your side. From another friend you've never met! Thanks for being a good friend from afar.

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  15. I am overly rejoicing on how God reward is the best thing in the world. I am very happy for you. The best is yet to come. The Lord gives only good gifts. Your faith life story inspires me a lot. You have touched millions around the world, more than you may think. I keep thinking about your courage and obedience and I get inspired. Truly, the love of God radiate through you.

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  16. Oh Katie, you are indeed a beautiful, beaming bride! So so happy for you and your beloved in this next chapter. This grants hope to a weary, hurting world. Many thanks for sharing your beautiful story. Yes, marriage does bring you closer, and it brings a new understanding of the intimacy God desires. More wedding pictures, please.

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  17. God indeed writes fairytale stories–better than fairytales–the real thing. I keep hoping you'll post a whole album of pictures, but I'm trying to be content with this one new one. 🙂 I couldn't be happier for you my sweet friend. The lows have been lower than anyone thought possible, but who knew the highs could be this high? His blessing poured out on you is absolutely delightful. ❤

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  18. Congratulations and God's blessings Katie. I gave my 15yo daughter Lydia your book/devotional 3 years ago, shortly after she lost her earthly father. I was a widow at age 49 with 3 teenagers, two boys in wheelchairs with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. God was so gracious to bring a godly man into my life. He was volunteering at a Joni Family Retreat and I was there with my 3 kiddos. We are now married and I am so grateful. Lydia and I will be coming to Uganda on a Wheels for the World Missions trip to bring wheelchairs. We will be partnering with Father's Heart Mobility Ministry. May God use us there and change us forever. God Bless your holy union with Benji and your precious family!

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  19. Congratulations!! Jesus shines through you so richly. I am thankful you were obedient to the gospel, it has encouraged and pushed me out of my comfort zone. Great is your reward in heaven. God bless you and keep you, shine his face on you and give you peace.

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  20. PRAISE GOD! Your book and this post has not only inspired, but encouraged and uplifted my spirit time and time again. Your story of God's perfect plan is evident more and more. I really do hope that you can one day (if not already) publish your love story with Benji for others to be encouraged that God's plan is perfect even when we are not. That his plan for us is to prosper us and not harm us. I am so happy for you that God has given you a man after His heart and someone that you can build the kingdom with together, helping each other. What a blessing! Man, this is so incredible. God bless you and your family. I hope and pray that I and my future family could serve and love the way you and your family do together for the Lord.

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  21. PRAISE GOD! Your book and this post has not only inspired, but encouraged and uplifted my spirit time and time again. Your story of God's perfect plan is evident more and more. I really do hope that you can one day (if not already) publish your love story with Benji for others to be encouraged that God's plan is perfect even when we are not. That his plan for us is to prosper us and not harm us. I am so happy for you that God has given you a man after His heart and someone that you can build the kingdom with together, helping each other. What a blessing! Man, this is so incredible. God bless you and your family. I hope and pray that I and my future family could serve and love the way you and your family do together for the Lord.

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  22. ~Katie,
    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!
    I am sooooo happy for you!!!!!!!
    You are such an adorable couple!!!!!!!
    You and your family are in my prayers!!!!!!!
    Love you guys!!!!!!!

    ~God Bless,
    Brooklyn

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  23. Thank you for sharing your heart. I treasure your insight when you said: your husband's love is just another way for God to pour out His extravagant love over you.

    He loves us SO much.

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  24. Thanks for sharing Katie! God has given you and Benji such an amazing love story and it is so encouraging to me, as one who also has been called to missions. I know that God doesn't give the gift of marriage to everyone, but it's so great to be reminded of His loving Father's heart and that His plans for us are best. It's so awesome to see how you have sacrificed in leaving your home and the possibility of marriage in the US and He has blessed you for it!

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  25. I am just finishing Kisses From Katie & so pleased to know you've found your Forever and are happy in God's blessing of a husband!
    I wish you many more years of togetherness and love.

    Peace Be With You,
    Manya Vartdal
    Florida

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  26. First, congratulations! May your marriage be a glimpse of heaven for you and for everyone who encounters you and your husband!

    Second, I wanted to let you know how much I appreciate you sharing your life through this blog. For me it's very real. I can't even find words to describe it. I feel like I really see God through your words and experience, and it's more real than most what I hear elsewhere. It gives me hope to not give up on Him and keep searching Him.

    Thank you, from all my heart.

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  27. Katie, I have recently prayed, laughed and cried my way through your book. Thank you for all you do for the least of these in Uganda and for adopting all those precious little girls, what a beautiful family! God is so glorified through you, praying for stength, wisdom and a heart for you to hear God in all he calls you and your new husbnad Benji to do. Many hugs and Many prayers, Sandy from Canada

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  28. I loved your book and have read many, many of your blog posts. I am in awe of every thing you have done!
    I am 17 and graduate in 3 months. You life is an inspiration and very much what I feel called to do! I going to go to college for Early education so that I can teach but I really want to care for children who do not have someone to care for them! I have no idea how to get in that situation but I am sure God will open the door when I get to that point
    My heart is overwhelmed with joy as I read your blogs and look at the pictures!!
    -cj.dogs@yahoo.com

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