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August 13, 2014

Hey, I’m Christa Black Gifford. Nice To Meet You.

I looked down at my little Goldie's birth and death certificate, running my finger over her beautiful name—Luca Gold Gifford.

 

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And all I wanted was to be Luca Gold Gifford's mommy in front of the entire world.

I sat in my parents living room days after Luca died with my best friend Kelly, talking about this new, deep desire that began emerging the day she went to be with Jesus.   All I wanted was to have the same last name as my daughter–to be an official Gifford in front of the world.

These things, however, take more time than I imagined.

Legally, to the United States government, my passport, bank account, and drivers license, I've always been Christa Black Gifford from the moment I said ‘I do' seven years ago.  But after being ‘Christa Black' for so many years while doing the music/blog/writer thing, when I got married, it seemed natural to just say a ‘Black' in my public life, and a ‘Gifford' in private.  Plus, it was kind of Carmen Sandiego mysterious, which wasn't initially my goal, but definitely a fun perk.  The work that goes behind switching a website link, website design, a twitter handle, Facebook pages, Instagram—it just all felt a bit too overwhelming to navigate grief, write a book, travel the world, be a mom and a wife, and figure out how to officially switch my name.

Last month at Worship U at Bethel, I was listed in the program as Christa Black Gifford and introduced to speak as Christa Black…..then heading down to Jesus Culture where I was on their website as Christa Black, but introduced as Christa Black Gifford.

And I knew….it was just time to make the switch.  Officially.

So with help from my sister-in-law Libby Gifford and my forever brother Darren Lau, here I am, friends, in all my glory—displaying my real name for all to see.  I've always been proud to be a Gifford, but never as proud as the day I got to be Luca Gold Gifford's mommy.

Hey, everyone.  I'm Christa Black Gifford.  It's really nice to meet you.

xx,

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PS.  Be patient with me as my team figures out how to switch everything!  We want to do it in a way where it doesn't require any extra work from you guys!  xx

 

22 Responses to “Hey, I’m Christa Black Gifford. Nice To Meet You.”

  1. Charlene Freeman

    Hi Christa – I am Charlene Woolley – Freeman nice to meet you. Actually, I met you via Bethel’s WorshipU school last year when you were one of my teachers. You are an amazing Atmosphere Changer from God and I speak blessings over your life in Jesus name. Thank you for your honesty and authenticity – you give me hope and inspiration. Love you!

  2. Charlene Freeman

    Hi Christa – I am Charlene Woolley – Freeman nice to meet you. Actually, I met you via Bethel’s WorshipU school last year when you were one of my teachers. You are an amazing Atmosphere Changer from God and I speak blessings over your life in Jesus name. Thank you for your honesty and authenticity – you give me hope and inspiration. Love you!

  3. Christine Taylor

    I just missed you at the Bethel Worship U, we arrived the day afterwards. Amazing place. I love how you share from your heart in your blog. I love that you are loved so well by Jesus, that it gives you the freedom to able to share openly about some of those hard places, and tragic times. Despite those tragedies, your love and trust in His stills shows. It shines through.That love and hope is a gift that inspires and offers us hope as well. As hard as it can be to do, I know that the impact you make on our hearts will be felt for many years, ripple upon ripple. Blessings to you Christa Black Gifford, for who you are and for how you let the Lord use you. Your words sing, even when you heart may stumble to remember the melody. May you feel His joy and delight in you today and every day as He dances and sings over you.

  4. Christine Taylor

    I just missed you at the Bethel Worship U, we arrived the day afterwards. Amazing place. I love how you share from your heart in your blog. I love that you are loved so well by Jesus, that it gives you the freedom to able to share openly about some of those hard places, and tragic times. Despite those tragedies, your love and trust in His stills shows. It shines through.That love and hope is a gift that inspires and offers us hope as well. As hard as it can be to do, I know that the impact you make on our hearts will be felt for many years, ripple upon ripple. Blessings to you Christa Black Gifford, for who you are and for how you let the Lord use you. Your words sing, even when you heart may stumble to remember the melody. May you feel His joy and delight in you today and every day as He dances and sings over you.

  5. Hi Christa, I’ve been reading your blogs and love what you have stood for. I am wrapping my head around some theology and wanted to hear your perspective on some verses. Job 1:21. 1 Samuel 2:6. I am not trying to argue with your theology I’m just trying to get answers and your perspective on these verses.

    • Hi,
      I was actually wondering the same thing, actually all of chapter 1 in Job is a big question. I was reading about your beliefs as well and want to believe that God doesn’t want these horrific things to happen but then Job trips everything up. Would love to hear your views on this very much so.

    • Cynthia Harper Haggerton

      Christa,
      I’d love to hear your thoughts on these verses too. Our Evans Driscoll was born on 6/14/14 and we had to say goodbye to now to him a few hours after. http://www.family-wellness.com/my-unintended-fathers-day-journey/ (There’s my husband’s account of our story). Your blog has ministered so deeply to me, as I found it at just the right time. Thank you, Holy Spirit! However, I’ve really wrestled after Evans’ death, particularly w/ the verses mentioned above. Your Mother’s Day sermon was amazing, but like Mark said, I’d love your throughs on those 2 verses. Bless you for all you do, and thanks especially for allowing us a window into your journey. Luca’s life has deeply touched our family.
      Cindy

      • Christa Black

        Oh dear, Jesus…..Cynthia I am so so so sorry. ): My mamas heart breaks for you guys in this time…..and it does get easier. Not easy….but easier.

        I will absolutely teach on this subject.

        In the meantime, an INCREDIBLE book that helped so much as I grieved was a book called ‘Visions of Heaven’ by Wendy Alec. You’ll bawl your way through, but she teaches on my viewpoint on Job and I’ll definitely be taking excerpts from her book when I write my blog!

        Praying as you let the Comforter hold you close. xx

        • Cynthia Harper Haggerton

          Ahhh! My hubby has read it and is re-reading it. He keeps saying he needs more people to read so they can discuss. I guess I’ll take that as my confirmation to go read. We have a lot of patients who have come from and some who have left to go to Bethel. I graduated chiropractic school w/ a girl who went to high school w/ you. After I posted one of your blogs, a former patient who is now at Bethel commented, “I’m glad you found her!” I was cracking up that no one shared you w/ me before. It was a total God thing when I found you, after crying out and searching the internet one night. Your blogs are ones I read over and over and pray through. So again- THANKS! I’ll start the book and look forward to your post. Bless you!
          Cindy

    • Christa Black

      I absolutely will do a blog post about my viewpoint on good ole Job! He is the first thing people bring up (that or Ananias & Sapphira). Need a good hunk of time to craft my words well, and I promise to do this very soon!

      One of my favorite phrases by my pastor Bill Johnson is this: “Jesus is perfect theology.” He loves teaching how to filter the old covenant through the new covenant we have in Jesus! Do we discard what Job and Samuel teach us? Absolutely not! But the biggest difference between Job and me is the atonement….and poor Job didn’t have the power of the resurrection living inside of him! Can’t wait to get into this….I LOVE LOVE LOVE the book of Job….and love the end of Job…..how God shows His character when He restores everything the enemy stole sevenfold!! YIPEE!!!!

      xx

  6. Hi Christa, I’ve been reading your blogs and love what you have stood for. I am wrapping my head around some theology and wanted to hear your perspective on some verses. Job 1:21. 1 Samuel 2:6. I am not trying to argue with your theology I’m just trying to get answers and your perspective on these verses.

    • Hi,
      I was actually wondering the same thing, actually all of chapter 1 in Job is a big question. I was reading about your beliefs as well and want to believe that God doesn’t want these horrific things to happen but then Job trips everything up. Would love to hear your views on this very much so.

    • Cynthia Harper Haggerton

      Christa,
      I’d love to hear your thoughts on these verses too. Our Evans Driscoll was born on 6/14/14 and we had to say goodbye to now to him a few hours after. http://www.family-wellness.com/my-unintended-fathers-day-journey/ (There’s my husband’s account of our story). Your blog has ministered so deeply to me, as I found it at just the right time. Thank you, Holy Spirit! However, I’ve really wrestled after Evans’ death, particularly w/ the verses mentioned above. Your Mother’s Day sermon was amazing, but like Mark said, I’d love your throughs on those 2 verses. Bless you for all you do, and thanks especially for allowing us a window into your journey. Luca’s life has deeply touched our family.
      Cindy

      • Christa Black

        Oh dear, Jesus…..Cynthia I am so so so sorry. ): My mamas heart breaks for you guys in this time…..and it does get easier. Not easy….but easier.

        I will absolutely teach on this subject.

        In the meantime, an INCREDIBLE book that helped so much as I grieved was a book called ‘Visions of Heaven’ by Wendy Alec. You’ll bawl your way through, but she teaches on my viewpoint on Job and I’ll definitely be taking excerpts from her book when I write my blog!

        Praying as you let the Comforter hold you close. xx

        • Cynthia Harper Haggerton

          Ahhh! My hubby has read it and is re-reading it. He keeps saying he needs more people to read so they can discuss. I guess I’ll take that as my confirmation to go read. We have a lot of patients who have come from and some who have left to go to Bethel. I graduated chiropractic school w/ a girl who went to high school w/ you. After I posted one of your blogs, a former patient who is now at Bethel commented, “I’m glad you found her!” I was cracking up that no one shared you w/ me before. It was a total God thing when I found you, after crying out and searching the internet one night. Your blogs are ones I read over and over and pray through. So again- THANKS! I’ll start the book and look forward to your post. Bless you!
          Cindy

    • Christa Black

      I absolutely will do a blog post about my viewpoint on good ole Job! He is the first thing people bring up (that or Ananias & Sapphira). Need a good hunk of time to craft my words well, and I promise to do this very soon!

      One of my favorite phrases by my pastor Bill Johnson is this: “Jesus is perfect theology.” He loves teaching how to filter the old covenant through the new covenant we have in Jesus! Do we discard what Job and Samuel teach us? Absolutely not! But the biggest difference between Job and me is the atonement….and poor Job didn’t have the power of the resurrection living inside of him! Can’t wait to get into this….I LOVE LOVE LOVE the book of Job….and love the end of Job…..how God shows His character when He restores everything the enemy stole sevenfold!! YIPEE!!!!

      xx

  7. Rhino2882

    From an earlier post:
    “Through the ministry of Undivided Hearts Inc and Heartsync ministries.” How do I get more information (the internet has nothing), or what’s the status on your parents’ ministry?

  8. Rhino2882

    From an earlier post:
    “Through the ministry of Undivided Hearts Inc and Heartsync ministries.” How do I get more information (the internet has nothing), or what’s the status on your parents’ ministry?

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