My Name in Stone
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Monday, August 01, 2016
By PBJ Studio
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Last night, I signed 13 works of photographic art for a show next Saturday, August 6th,  at the Lawrence Public Library to celebrate Breastfeeding Week.  My hand shook as I practiced what my artistic signature would be.  This mattered.  I could destroy what I’d invested weeks making in one clumsy stroke.

My name.  Such a struggle.

In the past 3 years, my last name has changed 4 times.  What was once considered a permanent part of my identity became fluid through the tragedy of broken marriages. 

I had to laugh when someone once joked,

“Hello Janene Snyder-Rothwell-Sipple-Rothwell!”

The local post office workers in our small town just shrug their shoulders and act like they’ve seen it all.  I really need to bake them some cookies.

So I dreaded putting my name anywhere because I felt its lack of permanence.  Several times I considered following Cher’s footsteps and just being Janene.

My photography mentor told me earlier this year that I needed to start signing all of my printed photographs that were bigger than 11x14.  He said that they were my artistic creations and needed to be recognized as such.

I wish I had listened to him sooner.

Last night, I permanently owned 13 works of art that I’d birthed in my heart, planned in my mind, sweated to create and then lost sleep over.  My name written 13 times with a finalizing flourish and it felt amazing.

There’s a place in the Bible where it says that God will give us a new name etched on a white stone.  I can’t wait to see it.  Without a doubt, it’ll be absolutely perfect.

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4 Comments
DeiDra - Beautiful!
Janene Rothwell - It is Revelation 2:17

I also found this interesting article while looking it up...
http://www.gotquestions.org/white-stone-new-name.html
Sara Brunsvold - This is beautiful! I am so thankful for this message and the reminder that our name is etched in white stone. What a comfort to hear! Do you remember where in Scripture that is? I'd love to memorize it.
Ange - Own who you are- you are precious regardless of circumstances that cause you to question this fact. No person can or should change this.