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. Katie,
    I rejoice for you and Benji. You do not know me but I have followed you as your life has parralleled my daughter's Mary-Kate Martin. She has a similar story to yours as she serves the young girls/women in Swaziland, Africa. Her non profit is called Hosea's Heart. Her blog spot is africa-katesheart.blogspot.com
    Praise God for his continued flooding of blessings on your life.
    Peg martin

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  2. Congratulations Katie! What a beautiful love story!! A friend told me I had to ready your book, so I just started and very excited to see you are blogging! Please keep that going so we can continue to be a part of what you are doing. Thank you for letting the world know how we can be a part of your ministry in Uganda with a donation! God Bless you, Benji and your family!!

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  3. Wow! I am so excited for you and the girls and all that the Lord has brought you through Benji.

    I closed my old blog 15 months ago, and have not looked at a blog in all that time. As with you, it has been a deep, hard, dark season for me . . . but as with you, the Lord has brought me through and I look forward to all that He has for me in this new season.

    Many blessings and prayers to you!

    Laurel (aka: Mama D. or Mama of 13)

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  4. You, and your faithful, serving love for Christ inspire and bless me in immeasurable ways! This post brings tears of joy as you share so eloquently how the Father has worked in your life to bring you your precious life partner. God bless you both as you carry on Kingdom work in the most beautiful fashion!!

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  5. Hi Katie, I was so surprised and overjoyed to read on your blog of your marriage to Benji! I started crying because I was just so happy for you both. God is so good! Your book has inspired me so much-it is Jesus working in you and how you allow Him to do so that just blows me away and makes me want that same relationship-though as you said, the joys also come with sufferings/loss as you open your heart to others. Your story points people to Jesus, not to yourself, and I love that. Benji is a blessed man! And you are a blessed wife, because he must be pretty awesome to have snagged you for his bride! God bless you both and your huge beautiful family, and Amazima and the people you serve. -Heidi (a sister in Christ, though we've never met. See you in heaven one day!)

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  6. That really encouraged me Katie, I have been feeling a call to go to the mission field and have a fear that I will be giving up that precious gift from The Lord, I am only a junior in high school, your story really inspires me to follow The Lord even when it means giving up a nice home and a great relationship, God has blessed you for you faithfulness and I hope to follow that example!! Thanks you for your encouragement and congratulations!

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  7. Oh my goodness. First of all, I've been following your blog for several years now, so impressed and amazed at how you've followed the Lord's calling on your life and how well you love others. I felt like I knew you (even though I don't) since we share a hometown and probably several friends and connections because of that. My mom sent me a link a while back that you got married and I thought, “That's awesome! he must be an amazing man of God.” And then today I read this and I got chills when I read the name Benji and my eyes scrolled down and I saw the last name — Majors. God is amazing. I've known Benji since he was in jr high and I was a few years older in college. I was one of his youth leaders and he was always one of my favorites. A servant even as a teenager, a love for other and with an amazing sense of humor as well. SO SO COOL! I love that you are now a couple. I love seeing how God brings people together who fit so well and can further His kingdom with His gifts and talents. Please give your new hubby a hug and tell his that Alexis (Goodman) Ward says hello. 🙂

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  8. So beautiful! A big congratulations and His blessings upon your marriage and sweet family! And thank you for sharing your heart and your story. Your book touched my heart immensely. To God be the glory! Amen

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  9. I'm just beginning to read your blog. I first heard of you through Jennie Allen's book “Anything” and her messages speaking about your blog's impact on her life. After reading only two blogs, I have 2 words that come to mind about you: “Pure heart.” Thank you, Katie.

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  10. God is so good and as we do His will He delights to give us good things. Finding such a wonderful husband and father for your girls is a great thing! I cried when I read about his love for you and for your girls. I am so happy for you! You are in my prayers. My son Matt and his wife Jessica visited Uganda last year and stopped by your place as well. This year they had our first grandchild and he still went back by himself for 10 days to dig a well for an orphanage. Thanks for all you are doing for His kingdom! We live in China but hope to visit Uganda someday. Sue Brown

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  11. Congratulations on your marriage! My husband and I are listening to “Kisses From Katie” on cd as we drive to a Bible conference. We're so enjoying listening to your journey in grace. Thank you for sharing and God be praised. It's a blessing to see Him bless you so. God be glorified! -Josh and Erica White

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  12. Congratulations on your marriage!
    I hope to write shortly, but I just wanted you to know that you are a blessing to me. Your marriage, also, came as a relief to me too. I've been reading your book and just completed it today, although I've had it for almost a year. I put off reading because I cried every time I turned the pages. There's so much your book has taught me about Jesus, and especially because God has called me to be a missionary in the Philippines in the future, although I want to go now :D. I have only visited an orphanage there once, but I hope to go back when God says it's time. The reason your marriage was a relief to me is because I thought you would end up single, and in ways, I thought I would too. I am 19 and have never had a bf. I've waited and waited for God to send The One, but it has not been time yet. In your book when I read that God has asked you to break up with your bf, I was honestly devastated. How can I expect to have a future husband one day when someone like Katie doesn't. But oh does God love to bring surprises. I'm so happy for your marriage, and I hope to marry someone one day that shows me deeper the love of the Father, so I can show love to others as well. I hope all of your kids are doing well! Btw I loved at the end of book about the interview, and the interviewer asked what you did during droughts. Your answer was perfect… there are no droughts when we drink from the well that never runs dries. Such a great statement and reminder of Jesus who gives us life and love daily. God bless!

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  13. While reading your book recently I cried at your breakup with your boyfriend, but knew that God would have another. I rejoice in God finding the perfect match for your work. Being married and having a husband I was a missionary with is a true blessing from God.

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  14. Katie! My names is Kaitlyn and the story of what the Lord did in your life changed my life forever. I am 18 years old and I have a heart for missions, but I am also a young girl who wants to be in love. I have to constantly remind myself to wait on the Lord's timing and you waiting has been such an encouragement. Thank you for being such a devoted follower of Christ and showing me what it looks like to have a deep relationship with the Lord!! So happy for you!!

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  15. Hi Katie! The story of what the Lord did in your life changed my heart and life forever. After reading your book and following your blog, the Lord has given me a heart for missions. I am 18 years old and eager to see what the Lord will do in my heart and life! I am also a young girl who wants to fall in love. You waiting and letting the Lord write your love story is such an encouragement! I can't thank you enough for being a devoted follower of Christ because it has taught me a lot. I am praying for you, Benjii and your girls!

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  16. I just finished reading your book. Thank you for writing about Uganda but most of all for your including the scriptures and lessons God taught you. They are so in line with what God has been speaking to me. Really is awe of God's incredible love.i was praying g throughout the book God would bring you a special husband, so glad to see these pictures of your wedding. Thank you for sharing your life.

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  17. I just finished reading your book. Thank you for writing about Uganda but most of all for your including the scriptures and lessons God taught you. They are so in line with what God has been speaking to me. Really is awe of God's incredible love.i was praying g throughout the book God would bring you a special husband, so glad to see these pictures of your wedding. Thank you for sharing your life.

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  18. Hi my name is Mya Briggs. I'm 13 and I have 35 brothers and sisters. I love all the posts you put up. I also love your dress:) Happy for you. God bless you and your family.

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  19. ohh Katie, am so happy that you are now married, it has been a long time without reading your blog and today i opened it and i was to jump of joy but just know that you inspire me. all the best in this new chapter of your life with Benji. i love you much

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  20. Congratulations, Katie! Thank you so much for teaching me that I need to seek God first, and he will care for me and guide me after. This is amazing!

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  21. Congratulations, Katie and Benji!! I had been praying for Katie to find a husband but I guess God had already answered my pray! lol God bless you and keep you as you as you serve Him together.

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  22. Congratulations, Katie and Benji!! I had been praying for Katie to find a husband but I guess God had already answered my pray! lol God bless you and keep you as you as you serve Him together.

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  23. Hi Katie, I wanted to let you know that about 50 women from my church just read your book together for a small group study. We met last night and we are all so challenged. Thank you for writing, “Kisses from Katie.” I searched out your blog to see if you ever got married and I see you did! When I shared this with the ladies they squealed with delight! I would love another book written by you to hear how your ministry exploded and how more lives are being changed! We are all challenged to walk in greater intimacy and obedience with the Lord. Thank you for sharing your life.
    Love-
    Life Church Fergus Falls, MN ladies
    Danielle Elliott
    Danielle_elliott27@yahoo.com

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  24. I just finished your book last night and had been praying that you would have a helpmate over the last few weeks, not knowing this great news from earlier in the year! He hears our prayers outside of time and space. He is our Eternal Father. I am awaiting my helpmate and I am so ecouraged by the faithfulness of our Father both here and in His Kingdom to come-constantly being reminded that my great Helpmate has already come.

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  25. This is literally the most amazing encouraging beautiful romantic godly thing I have heard in a long time. This is beautiful. It just is. I'm jealous with a godly jealous. This is all I want to do in my life, literally. This is beautiful!!!!

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  26. Katie, you crossed my mind tonight and I looked for you and Amazima on Instagram, didn't find you there. But I'm happy to have seen pins of you on Pinterest and found out about this beautiful day of yours! Though late, I'd like to congratulate you, your husband, and your girls! I was delighted to read the great news. God bless. PS: I'm now following Amazima on Pinterest. Glad to have found you there. 🙂

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  27. Congrats!!!!!! Im so happy for you!!!!! I just started reading your book. i love it so much!!!!!!!! My name is Amelia. Im 13 and currently living in the middle east for 4 months away from my home (america), my father, and my 2 older, recently married, sisters. I miss them so much!!!!!! My mom is here helping out at a women's sewing center where they share about THE SON and about OUR FATHER. Please pr@y for me that I would be bold, not stressed out, that i will learn the language,i will lean on the FATHER and not on myself, and i won't miss my friends and family to badly.

    With Love,
    Amelia

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  28. How fun to “stumble” on this post of yours on the very day that my husband and I are celebrating our “26th Anniversary of Meeting.” He had to ask me to marry him 3 times before I said yes (even though I KNEW he was the man God had for me) and we had a long, two-year engagement before we officially said “I do.” Reading your post today has brought such a sweet smile to my face and reminded me of things I needed to remember. Thank you for your words and the life you and your family live as one in Him!

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  29. So late to read this – September now. The Lord's mercies are (indeed) new every morning. His gifts are always perfect – in time and substance. Just thrilled for you!

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  30. Katie…I just finished reading “Kisses from Katie” and have been so inspired and touched by your book. I came to the website and saw that God had brought a special young man into your heart and life. I CAN'T WAIT to see what God has in store for you both and wish you all of God's blessing as you minister in Uganda. Thank you for opening up your life to the world. I am a Children's Director and recently had 2 of my 6th grade girls express that they feel God wants them to be missionaries. So I purchased 2 of your books for them to read. I know they will be educated as well as inspired by your book.

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  31. Hi, congratulation Katie! I've read your book;KISSES FROM KATIE
    It was quite impressive and very radical.
    I mean, you are really the person who do God's work.
    I read your book with glory.
    God bless you and congratulation your wedding.
    I think your fiance looks the person who do the same work you are doing in Uganda.
    Take care!

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  32. Katie- I read your book several years ago and was inspired by your story. You and I are near the same so it was just amazing to read about someone so young so passionate for Christ. For some reason, after reading your book I felt very strongly that I was to pray the Lord would bring you a husband. To be honest, I haven't read your blog or kept up with your doing's since that time, though occasionally I would still pray. Today is the first time I have visited your site since I read your book, and what wonderful news, you are married! I will not take sole credit for that 🙂 but how wonderful is the body of Christ that Jesus can move the hearts of His people to move to Africa or pray for someone they have never met. I wish you a long and blessed life together!

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