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Why a New Name?

Are your ears awake? Listen. Listen to the Wind Words, the Spirit blowing through the churches. I’ll give the sacred manna to every conqueror; I’ll also give a clear, smooth stone inscribed with your new name, your secret new name. (Revelation 2:17 The Message)


I am enjoying the luxury of a morning at home. As I ponder thoughts in my journal, and define words and dialogue with the Creator, a new name for the blog emerges.

Why now? I can’t really answer that completely, but I have known for awhile that I’d like to somehow connect Nourishment for the Soul blog with souldare, and little by little the lines between them are blurring.

souldare encompasses art adventures and experiences that I offer here in the St. Louis area, and I mostly post about my art experiments over there.

This place has always been a “place to feed on words,” but also a place to build community with other word lovers, journal keepers and kindred spirits who love all things created. The content will probably look similar, but I do want to share more words, more ideas and more journal prompts. So the name, “soulPantry” fits this intention.

A pantry is a small room or closet where food is stored, as provisions for the table. I would like to set a table of rich and savory words (main post) with a side of inspiration (images and links) and a few leftovers (journal prompts, aka questions to ponder) to box up and take “home” to enjoy later.

I hope you will share the “pantry” with friends. I would love to bring some of your words here as appetizers, desserts or main dishes on a regular basis, if you’d like to guest post. (Any writer or artist who wants to share here is welcome, no need to have a blog, you can share my “table.” Email me at, if this invitation interests you.)

Let me know what you think of the new name in the comment box.

Here’s a prompt to think about until the next post.

Have you ever wondered what your new name will be? How will you understand it? Why does God even intend to give us new names?

…And I will give to each one a white stone, and on the stone will be engraved a new name that no one understands except the one who receives it. (Revelation 2:17b NLT)


8 responses to “Why a New Name?”

  1. Oh, Kel, I think ‘Soul Pantry’ is perfect and encompasses your passions clearly. I look forward to seeing what you serve up!

    1. Thanks Jody! It makes me feel more focused and intentional somehow

  2. You made a great choice for a new name. I look forward to reading your thoughts,

    1. Thanks Cecelia…I feel like it’s a space where we can swap “recipes” for living
      and share savory portions of grace

  3. I LOVE this!! I am especially inspired by the bible verse from revelation. I had to put that in my notes for the next novel. I find it interesting how the more we become what God intended us to be the more the lines blur together. You just can’t keep these things separate!

    1. Amanda- I love how words inspire words and the Word of God never fails to inspire and feed us! Yes, a creative life really cannot be separated from the spiritual life…but for some reason I tend to compartmentalize…

  4. Not long ago that verse in Revelation about our new names came to my attention, too. I copied it down in my “seed ideas” as a possibility to explore further. If I discover anything worthwhile, Kel, I’ll let you know! Meanwhile, soulPantry is a great name with lots of possibilities, too. Love the idea of swapping recipes for life! — Nancy (another Glory Writer)

    1. Nancy-one of my favorite parts of the journey is sharing ideas and sparking each other’s love for God and his word and how He delights in our discoveries and communion

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Hi! My name is Kel Rohlf. I am an intuitive mixed-media artist, creative writer and performer. Life is a performance. I often attend.


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