Sep 7, 2015

Blog-tember day 7 // story behind my blog name


Today I am joining Blog-tember again to answer today's prompt:

Monday, Sept. 7: Tell us about your blog name. Where did it come from?

Beautiful Hope Blog was born out of a desire to experience and reflect on the hope that comes from Jesus. Originally, I started blogging in 2011 as Beautiful Feet of Hope, which was inspired by Isaiah 52:7 (and cross-referenced in Romans 10:5)   . . .

"How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion:
 “Your God reigns.”

As a Christian that has been redeemed by Jesus -- given hope when I was hopeless, peace when there was restlessness, good news when I only saw bad news of shame and guilt -- I desire to have beautiful feet that walk in the valleys as well as the mountains "publishing" the good news found in Jesus. I desire to show the beauty of hope throughout my everyday, be it while I am typing a blog post in the wee hours of the night, talking with a friend who is experiencing fear and anxiety, or teaching sunday school kiddos about the gospel. I want to spread hope. I want to show that there is a hope that is true and worthy. A hope that is more beautiful than can be explained with mere words. And, I believe that hope is found in Jesus. 

"I pray that more would be burdened to have beautiful feet  . . . 
Go, go, go. Run with those beautiful feet"

Around the time I started thinking about blogging, I  came across a song by LeCrae named "Beautiful Feet". To this day, I cannot listen to that song without tearing up. Above are a few lines in the song that gripped my heart as the Holy Spirit impressed that we are called to walk where others would rather avoid; for our feet to step towards the hopeless and forgotten, showing them that they are loved, cherished, and forgiven by the God who came down to earth to give us abundant hope and redemption through Him. 

The idea of "Beautiful Feet" is not about perfectly manicured toes or a pair of strappy Jimmy Choo heels. Instead, our willingness and obedience to walk towards where God is calling us, bringing the Gospel message (and the peace, hope, joy, and salvation that springs out of the Gospel) gives us beautiful feet

I chose to shorten the blog name from Beautiful Feet of Hope to Beautiful Hope for the logistical reason that some people were confused by the "feet" part . At times, I miss the original name since it reminds me of the original reason for starting the blog, but I do feel Beautiful Hope still encapsulates the original meaning and my desire is that it brings curiosity to the reader as to know more about how hope can be truly beautiful. 

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15 comments:

  1. I adore your blog name and even more so now after learning the meaning. This is such a beautiful post! I'm off to listen to that song right now! I have never heard it before :)

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    1. You're too sweet, Jessica! Let me know what you think about the song!

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  2. I too adore this post and love getting to know the purpose and meaning behind the name of blogs. I believe that your name, although not the original idea but shortened, offers a little mystery and kind of mirrors that of the relationship with Jesus. I leaves your audience wanting to know more and as you delve deeper you come to an understanding of it’s purpose. I love it! I love names that don’t immediately give themselves away :)

    Kelly
    theprimarilyinspired.com

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    1. Thanks, Kelly! I love how you explained that! Yes, a little mystery is a good thing and will hopefully leave my readers to want to know more about what the 'beautiful hope' I am referring to is all about.

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  3. I love this and the story behind it. LeCrae! Yes. Such a wonderful song and your words on the Scripture in Isaiah are beautiful!

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    1. Thanks, Morgan!! I have been enjoying keeping up with your beautiful blog during blog-tember!

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  4. Oh man...I love the meaning behind your name. I think the words by themselves are captivating but when accompanied with the meaning, it is truly beautiful. I've got to say, I love that verse too! I've read the Bible completely through, but this verse never stood out to me, which is why community is SO important. I love reading the verses that stand out to other people and learning why!! I think I need to reread the book of Isaiah. There are a lot of wonderful verses from it!

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    1. Thank you, Jessica! I agree, it is awesome to hear about how certain verses pop out to certain people. That's the beauty of fellowship and community with Christians. We can learn so much from each other since we all come from different backgrounds and experiences, so certain things that others say may be a whole new and exciting way to look at a verse. I love that!!

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  5. The name Beautiful Hope definitely still encapsulates the full meaning and purpose behind your blog. It's a lovely name and I love your heart behind it!

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    1. Thank you so much for the sweet words, Annie!!

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  6. I love learning the back story! I want to remember beautiful feet from now on and go listen to the song because I can't decide if I have or haven't heard it before

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    1. Thanks so much, Veronica Lee! It's a great song and stirs my heart every time I listen to it.

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  7. I adore your blog name and the meaning behind it! :)

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  8. love this and all your words ... you are a beautiful writer :)

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Elle Alice