Last month I gave up something.

Oh, it was so, so hard.

I just knew that a season had ended. I’m not sure I did it in the right way, or if there was an easy way to do it.

I wish it had been something like exercise. That would be easy to give up. Right? It didn’t make sense, because I thought it was something I needed to fight for, to hang on tightly.

And it was a heart thing. Tied to a heart friend.

Have you ever been there?

I know some of you have, for just this past week one of you told me how you opened your heart to a dream, one you felt God spoke into your heart, and how the doors closed before you were ready.

Others of you have shared losses. Or hard places.

This morning a friend sent me a link to the song above by Julie Meyer. My friend said:

Suzie, I listened to this song yesterday and fell in love with it. I love the “Write Your name, Write Your name….Sign Your name, Sign Your name” part the best. It’s just so beautiful, and I think of you.

The recent events in your life totally show that for God to paint His picture in your life is your longing. You had to give something up, which was painful, but you did it. And I’m certain that’s not even the hardest thing you’ve ever done. You know the joy and the pain that sometimes comes with following God.

First, can we just say that having a godly, awesome friend is a gift?

I’m so grateful she took time pray and to share this beautiful song. I sat on my couch and closed my eyes and soaked in this truth.

But then, because it’s just the way I am, I wanted to know more.

You see, I know that God writes our names on the palms of His hands. (Isaiah 49:16). . . but what does it mean to let Him write His name on our lives? Even in the harder choices and places of our faith, or in those places we are unsure.

Perhaps, Paul shared it best.

Watch what God does, and then you do it, like children who learn proper behavior from their parents. Mostly what God does is love you. Keep company with him and learn a life of love. Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn’t love in order to get something from us but to give everything of himself to us. Love like that. Ephesians 5:1-2 (The Message)

He writes His name on my life as I trust Him.

As I turn to Him for guidance.

As I truly listen.

As I soak in His presence, even when my feelings and situation desire to lead me to a very different place.

We keep company with Him.

Isn’t that a cool way of looking at it? And the more we are with Him, the more that we learn to live like Him. The more we start to pick up His mannerisms. His name becomes evident over our lives.

So, friends, that’s my prayer today. Is it yours?

Write your name. Write your name. Sign your name. Sign your name.

On me.