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What’s in a name?
Stukkies & Stokkies
What’s in a name? We bought our venue with its name. Just after COVID I was praying about the venue and asking for direction. We bought our venue in 2010 and the name was Stukkies & Stokkies. I was not sure how I felt about the name but decided to keep it as everyone in town seemed to know the name. So, our venue was called Stukkies & Stokkies.
COVID made business difficult for everyone and I was unsure of what to do. During that time a prayer friend of mine said that she had a word from God for my venue. She said that it was time to change the name of the venue, as I was entering into a new season.
I had no idea what name to use. I prayed with my cell group and the pastor asked God to not let me sleep until I have the name and a verse to confirm it. Sure enough, that evening I was up until 3, praying and thinking and praying some more. Then suddenly I got the name, clearly. I checked whether it was still available for a website and registration, and it was.
I asked God for a confirmation verse and when I opened my Bible I read: Psalm 133: “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is; For brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious oil upon the head, Running down on the beard, The beard of Aaron, Running down on the edge of his garments. It is like the dew of Hermon, Descending upon the mountains of Zion; For there the Lord commanded the blessing— Life forevermore.”
How absolutely amazing! I have never really paid attention to that verse. It never made much sense to me. I read up on it a bit and it is about the abundant blessings that comes when God’s people stand in unity.
For the Jewish people in ancient times, that high place was the Temple in the city of Jerusalem. One literally “goes up” to Jerusalem. The city crowns the hill and its Temple stood on a “mount.” In this exalted place, the highest act was to worship God.
The Jewish people sang Psalm 133 to express their joy in coming together for worship at the Temple, where God promised to meet them. The Psalm imparts blessing and life to God’s people. And it proclaims oneness in faith. These themes–abundance and unity–flow from Psalm 133.
Unity was the one thing lacking in my marriage and the one thing I desired the most.
My husband and I have been through a rollercoaster ride of traumas since we got married in 2016. We started out in unity, but somehow lost it and we were living separate lives. I longed for unity with him. It seemed completely impossible. I prayed for unity for 5 years prior to the new name for the venue and the promise from God.
My miracle finally happened. My husband was attacked by our Boerboel and got a viral infection. He was fatally ill, and I thought we would lose him.
God showed me a vision of a fire that burned away all the black impurities and from the fire my husband, dressed in warrior attire and a sword in hand, arose on his knees worshipping the Lion of Judah who stood behind him.
Incidentally my husband had extreme fever attacks and he said it felt like he was in a fire for 2 weeks. He had lots of dreams during that time, and he said that God spoke to him in his dreams. He let go of his anger towards God for what had happened.
After the two weeks, my new husband emerged, the one God promised He would restore to his rightful place in our family. I can never thank God enough for giving me the sweet unity I longed and prayed for.
I do weddings at my venue prayerfully. I understand that marriage is God’s idea. It is a safe place of love covenant where unity brings blessing. Marriages are under attack from the enemy all the time. I always pray for all the couples who come to our venue all through the journey we undertake together to get to the wedding day. I pray that God will bless them with unity and life forevermore.