Warren Peace – Nice Carr – Paige Turner
These are just a tiny example of names creative parents have given to their children.
In the past, the name given to a child held tremendous meaning and was given with much forethought. Many times in scripture, you see passages like
and she named him Reuben for she said, “It is because the Lord has seen my misery. Surely my husband will love me now.”
There are also times when God changed names. Abram’s name was changed from “exalted father” to Abraham, “father of many nations”. Jacob, “usurper”, became Israel, “wrestles with God”. Simon, whose name means “he has heard” or “to listen” was named Peter by Jesus, which means “stone” or “rock”.
A less known instance of God giving a new name comes in a beautiful promise in Isaiah 62:4-5 as He speaks of the glorious future He has in store for Zion (Jerusalem).
No longer will they call you Deserted,
or name your land Desolate.
But you will be called Hephzibah,
and your land Beulah;
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.
Whatever Happens Next
Series: Everyday Love #4
Published by Sandia Sky Press
Publication Date May 12, 2020
Genres: Christian Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: New Mexico, Oklahoma Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 24-35
Written for: Adults
Growing up in nowhere Oklahoma gave US Air Force vehicle maintainer TSgt Dyson what his momma calls itchy feet. His wanderlust has kept him from romantic entanglements for years, until the day an over-dramatic, strawberry-scented chatterbox slams into him and turns his world upside down.
Jenna Davis was a quintessential good girl, deeply rooted in her family and faith until one mistake three years ago changed everything. Unable to admit her failure, she goes through the motions watching everyone else live their dreams. But it’s hard to find her purpose when opening up to anyone—even God—feels impossible. Then she meets Dyson, who personifies the strong, silent type.
Dyson gets her to open up and begin dreaming again, rebuilding the trust she’s lost in men and especially in herself. But Dyson has something important to tell Jenna, and he knows it’ll be the end of everything they’ve built. After all, how can he ask her to leave everything and everyone behind when he can never stay?
The Everyday Love Series is a contemporary romance series set in Albuquerque, featuring ordinary people in lifelike stories that inspire, uplift, and share hope. Stories in which a very real God shows Himself in everyday ways to carry His people through any circumstance.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Also in this series: What Makes a Home (Everyday Love #3)
I had only just started reading Whatever Happens Next when my husband walked by.
“Good book, huh?”
Apparently, I had a huge smile on my face. And why not?
From the meet-cute where Dyson and Jenna literally run into each other, to the end, my emotions were running riot on my face. Smiles and laughter. Empathy and exasperation. All the way to the happy tears at the end. Jaycee Weaver has written a deeply moving, emotionally compelling story that reflects the love of Christ for His children and the forgiveness He offers for our sin.
Jenna was adorable! Dyson had nicknamed her Shortcake because of her diminutive size and the fact she always smelled like strawberries. He thought of her as a sprite, a pixie, and when she couldn’t stop talking due to her nerves, a chipmunk!
Jenna struggled with her relationship with Jesus. She loved Him and knew it but felt that she couldn’t hear His voice or experience His presence as she had before. The sins of her past had her steeped in guilt that influenced her in ways she didn’t even comprehend. I loved the way she continued to seek Him and how she realized that He never stopped speaking to her; she simply was listening to the wrong voices!
Dyson was great! Single and happy to be. He loved his life and the way he was able to move from place to place. He was a man of few words and struggled to make conversation. I especially loved the first time he went to church with Jenna, though he didn’t have much of a relationship with the Lord he truly heard the words of the message and let them go deep into his heart. He returned home and found the passage which was shared. Read it. And owned it. And changed his life.
He wasn’t perfect, though. In fact, his fear of getting hurt and of hurting Jenna resulted in more pain than he had expected. His tendency was to run. And yet, to his credit, he was so in love with her, he just couldn’t stay away!
One of the fun themes running through the story was Dyson’s first name. He hated it and wouldn’t reveal it to Jenna for quite some time. Some of her guesses were quite humorous! (And honestly, the first name wasn’t nearly as terrible as his middle name!)
Each of the stories in the Everyday Love series stands alone and yet they are interconnected. Jenna first appeared in What Could Be, about her brother Josh. She is also in What Makes a Home, which is about her roommate. I recommend you read the entire series.