Say My Name – Part 3
So, after landing two 5-letter ‘A’ names for our boys, we decided we were committed to the trend. And when Ashly surprised me with a literal bun in the oven to tell me she was pregnant one day upon arriving at home, we knew we had to get started right away on picking names or this kid would be going to school without one.
Being locked into the 5-letter ‘A’ name for a boy, we thought, let’s make it a 5-letter ‘B’ for a girl. Then everyone in our family will have 5 letters and all with A’s and B’s. Perfect.
The only problem was that there were not very many options left that we liked for boys. No offense to any Allen’s, Aldon’s, Avery’s, Amare’s, or Avril’s. After months of searching, we came to Axton.
This name was not picked for its meaning, for obvious reasons, but we have found meaning in the name. and it is rather fitting for our third child. Axton means stone. So, now we have on our hands a large, very hard, and not easily moved object! I think stubborn and hard-headed are often terms used to describe such individuals.
The ways in which this has rang true are countless as our little boulder has fully embraced his identity. From picking fights with brothers (just for fun) to peeing on the floor (because he had to go) to bathing himself in the sink (because he was dehydrated), this kid is one of a kind.
But it’s not all bad and I am reminded of another stone-dome that was a pillar in the early church. His name was changed to ROCK, or Peter, and Jesus said on him would the church be built (Matt 16:18).
We know that Peter was one of the inner three of the twelve disciples. Peter was the one who got out of the boat and walked on water. Peter was a fisherman by trade, a rough, rugged, man among men. He cut off a man’s ear in defense of Jesus. He was the one who denied he even knew Jesus. And he was the first one to go into the tomb after the stone was rolled away. He preached to many and healed lots of sick. He wrote a couple letters published in scripture and he was crucified because of his faith, but upside down per his request.
Peter was a stubborn and hard-headed as they come. He was bold and brave. He did not back down from a fight but was still human and had his share of struggles. His resilience, however, led him to overcome his failures and find eternal peace.
Paul writes that we should all be a little more ‘hard.’ We should “run with perseverance the race marked out for us” and not just half-hat it but “run to win” (Hebrews 12:1, I Corinthians 9:24).
We are teaching Axton how to be HARDCORE, showing him when to be TOUGH, and guiding him to the appropriate places in which he should NEVER BACK DOWN. He must learn to be rock solid so that he gives life and holds others up instead of crushing them. He isn’t always applying this toughness in the right ways. Peter didn’t either, but Jesus worked with him so that he became a force to be reckoned with and something in which the kingdom of God could be built upon!
How tough are you? Do you get tossed by life like a wave in the wind?
What’s your capacity to withstand pressure? Are you crushed easily under the weight of life?
Rocks were ancient day concrete – strong, sturdy, extremely hard stones were used in massive building projects. God is looking to build his kingdom here on earth, as it is in heaven. Are you tough enough to be part of the project? Will you join the project team and be part of the system?
HEALTHY SNACK RECIPE
Sweet Potato Toast
This is a great twist on a breakfast standard
· 1 large sweet potato, washed and dried
TOPPINGS: (select your preferences)
· Smoked salmon (Vital Choice is made without sugar)
· Red Onion
· ‘Everything But the Bagel’ Seasoning (optional but awesome!)
· Cashew Butter
· Almond Butter
· Banana Slices
· Crumbled Bacon
· Ground cinnamon
1. Preheat oven to 350℉.
2. Place a wire rack on a large rimmed baking sheet.
3. Trim both ends from the sweet potato using a knife.
4. Slice sweet potato lengthwise into 1/4-inch thick slabs using a knife or mandolin slicer.
5. Arrange slabs in a single layer on the wire rack.
6. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until potatoes are tender but not fully cooked (watch to be sure they don’t burn!)
7. Remove pan from oven and allow potatoes to cool on wire rack completely before transferring to a lidded container storage container. Store in the fridge for up to 4 days.
1. Place desired number of sweet potato slices into a toaster or toaster oven. Toast until hot and edges are crispy. Amount of time required will depend on your toaster.
2. Top as desired.