Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give that person a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to the one who receives it. ~Revelation 2:17
Mom's rehab hospital is located in the quaint and quiet town of Monticello (the "c" is pronounced like an "s"), Georgia. Before we embark on our first journey to visit with Mom, my husband, Danny, researches the various eateries located there. Yes! There is, amazingly, a restaurant called Martha Jane's! With a name like that, you know we have to try it out.
Good ol' Southern cooking, downhome and unpretentious.
The meals are so delicious, we make several repeat visits, and aren't disappointed once. I even introduce myself to the manager and staff, who can't get over the fact that my name is the same as the establishment's. It's also a great opportunity for me to hand out bookmarks, with my name on them, of course, to anyone interested in ordering books from The Glade Series and Adventures in The Glade.*
Truth be told, it's taken many years for me to actually warm up to and actually like my given name. My parents and relatives always call me by both names, though I insist my friends call me either Martha or Marty. Seems a bit foolish now. Does it really matter what earthly name we bear?
One day, when we are reunited with the Lord, we will be given the name by which He has always known us. Do you ever wonder what that name might be? Whatever it is, I'm convinced it will bring a closeness to God that we have never before imagined, or could have possibly realized on this earth.
What could be better than that?
*If you are not familiar with my novels, you can email me through my website with your mailing address. I will be happy to send you the first two books for free!
Update on Mom: She has been fluctuating between feeling/doing well and sliding backwards. As of Monday, she is doing remarkably well, having walked, with assistance, down the ward hall and back to her room. If Mom can continue on this path, she should be able to come home sooner than later, with constant help, of course. A lot also depends on if she can stay hydrated without the aid of an IV; her recent bout with that infusion caused the pneumonia to make a comeback, as her lungs began to fill up. We are also facing some insurance issues, so your continued prayers are truly appreciated!