What’s In A Name?

“She will bear a son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭1:21‬ ‭ESV‬‬

“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call His name Immanuel (which means, God with us).”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭1:23‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Let’s face it, when betrayal trauma hits, it completely rocks our world & most often steals our joy. But there is hope. There is healing. There is joy to be found, even still. And yes, there are even priceless treasures in the rubble of devastation sexual addiction leaves in its wake.

Christmas can be a very painful and triggering time for those grieving losses, including those who have been impacted by betrayal trauma and sexual addiction. If this is you, today, please know that our thoughts and prayers are especially with you this season. We’ve certainly been there, and our heart grieves with yours for the pain that too often couples this time of year.

I love the two verses above. Read them, again.

Do you see the treasures?

Two stick out to me that fill me with joy. And they are both in the names. The first is that Jesus saves us from our sins. The name “Jesus” is the Greek form of “Joshua”, meaning “The Lord saves.” The burden of sexual sin and every other sin Jesus takes freely if only we loosen our grip to hand over our gift-wrapped burden. Can you get a more beautiful Christmas gift than that?

The second treasure I find is in the second name: Immanuel. Oh, how this journey can feel so lonely at times as we fight the tendencies to isolate. One thing we can be sure, we are never truly alone.

Immanuel…“God with us.”

We find this reminder over and over in Scripture. One of my favorites is Psalm 34:18, which tells us “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted, and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”

What’s in a name? What names have been spoken over you? What labels do you carry? What names have you given yourself?

Jesus. The Lord saves.

Immanuel. God with us.

The most beautiful name I know. It holds new life. A fresh start. And the promise that we don’t have to go this journey alone.

May this new life, this fresh start, be more real to you now than ever before. He makes ALL things new. You are no exception. You are not alone.

Merriest Christmas from all of us at A Circle of Joy Ministries. It is truly an honor to walk this road with you, perhaps not always hand in hand, but heart in heart. ❤️


With your healing at heart, now and always,

Marsha, Brittany, Carin, Jodi, Katherine, Kristie, Steve, & Tricia