Herman Melville opens the novel, Moby Dick, with three famous words: Call me Ishmael. I’ll use four:
Call me Constance Ann.
It’s the name my parents gave me, but rarely used. I’m “Connie” to husband and friends, “Mom” to three grown children, and “Grandma” to two.
I’m a homemaker, occasional helper on our farm (corn, soybeans, and hay—no sunflowers), and former church secretary. For many years I nurtured kids and a large garden. I cooked, I sewed, I wrote. I did not conquer—there are no degrees or awards framed on my walls.
I am setting sail, again, on the seas of the written word on this minnow of a ship (this blog). I am on a quest: not a revenge-soaked mission of pursuing a white whale, but seeking to see God’s character displayed in the world around us and in our everyday lives. Ahab hunted the white whale, convinced of its malevolence, but I’m searching for glimpses of God, convinced of His benevolence. Some Native American tribes believed that to sight a white bison is to discover something sacred or spiritually significant. I have already found the sacred: God’s Son, Jesus, sent to save us from our sins. The name “Jesus” is the Greek form of “Joshua,” which means “the Lord saves.”
My names (Constance, from Latin, meaning “constancy” and Ann, from the Hebrew word for “grace”) are names that speak little about my character, but a great deal about the nature of the One who made me, knows me, and still loves me. God is constant and full of grace.
Join me on a voyage to discover the “spiritually significant,” (perhaps a great, white sunflower?) and we will constantly find examples of God’s grace.
It’s a good name. Call me Constance Ann.
I feel like I’m meeting an old friend and a new friend at the same time, someone I have known for decades and someone about whom I have a lot to discover, my old friend Connie and my new friend Constance Ann.
Your encouragement is invaluable.
Constance Ann – Thank you for inviting me on your voyage. May it be a blessed journey for all who seek Him.
Thanks so much, Debi! I pray we will all have eyes to see the many blessings along the way.
Thank you for sharing about your name. Love it!
Constance Ann, even your about page is beautifully written. I love your writing.
Blessings ~ Wendy ❀
Thanks so much for your encouraging words, Wendy!
I love this picture you are painting for us! And the great words you use, pulling in stories and quotes! I am looking forward to joining you on this voyage! Looking forward to reading more words!
Most people don’t read this page, so thank you for taking the time, Rachel. Bon voyage!
Constance, it’s so lovely to “meet you” through Thought-Provoking Thursday. 🙂
Thanks, Lyli, for the opportunity. May the Lord bless your words and work today.
This is a marvelous About–the whole earth is filled with HIS Glory, and you’ve given us a beautiful radiant sunflower. Names are so interesting–I always loved the name Constance, it has a special “bearing” to it. Thanks for visiting at my summer place–God bless you from His unending Abundance.
Thanks for visiting and leaving such kind words. The first part of the Isaiah quote is “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty.”
Indeed, He is thrice Holy, our LORD Almighty.