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~My Name~ July 30, 2013

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Today is my birthday! If you have been reading my blog for any length of time, then you know that I have recently looked up the name meanings of my children and when their birthdays roll around, I share it with you. So I thought for fun, that I would look up my name too. My name is Valerie Deaune (pronounced Dion…like the football player). Valerie means to be strong and Deaune means divine.
When I first read ‘to be strong’ I thought, “that is so not me.” First of all I don’t look strong physically. Secondly, I am usually the girl that can’t hold it together when she hears something sad. I am a cry baby.
Then I got to thinking about some of the things that I’ve been through in my 32 years and realized that I’m probably a lot stronger than I think. Strength doesn’t necessarily mean that you can handle whatever life throws at you without batting an eye. To me it means you get through the struggles and pains, complete with battle scars & war stories because strength means to endure and I have certainly done that. I have endured an absentee parent, emotionally abusive relationships, the loss of a child, the debilitating sickness of yet another child, fighting for my children when their BM broke their hearts…not to mention the daily battles that women face every. single. day. So, yeah, maybe I am kinda strong.

Divine was what really threw me for a loop because it means to be “of, from or like God.” All I could see was the word ‘like’ and it was tripping me up! Zoom in on the middle word though…from. Now THAT I am! I am from God.  That put a smile on my face!

vals fam

I am one blessed woman 🙂


10 Responses to “~My Name~”

  1. You have been through a lot in your young years but as you said you have endured, God was walking by your side, holding your hand and he even carried you when needed that is always our strength even if we don’t know He is there and yes it is true you are a child of God and could not ask for a better father! So Happy Birthday and may the next 60-70 years be just the best they can be with our precious savior.

  2. Steve Rebus Says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY VALERIE!!! Hope you have a blessd day with your family and friends!
    Thanks also for the meaning of your name, Valerie was my mums name and i never knew it meant ‘to be strong’. She battled with MS for 12 years, and the memory of her through that was how she never complained once and was so strong!
    You’re such an inspiration to me and i enjoy every post! God bless. 🙂

  3. Happy Birthday Valerie! May your day be as special as you are! I truly appreciate you and your blog. May the LORD continue to bless you richly!

  4. letsenjoynow Says:

    Happy birthday! Blessing’s to you! You have a beautiful family. Truly blessed!

  5. Terra Says:

    I am soooo late! Happy belated but BLESSED birthday Valerie! “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart…..” (Jeremiah 1:5 NIV)

    For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them! (Psalm 139:13-17 NIV)

    You are blessed indeed! Hugs…


  6. Happy, happy birthday (although I’m late).

    Strong – Divine

    The joy of the Lord is my strength!


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