by Judy Goodridge

cartoon girl with flowers

In the small town of Lawrenceville, on a warm, April afternoon, Maryann proclaimed, "It's time to go! This is it!"

The quiet little house on Kurt Street became some what disordered. Dennis was scurrying to get his shoes on. Denny was spilling cat food, in his frenzy to feed the cats. It seemed even the cat knew something grand was about to take place. Bert, the family pet, did a flip and skid almost into the side of the recliner chair when she saw that Denny had the cat food out before her evening meal.

Catherine was sneaking a phone call to her best friend, Kristy, to let her know this was it!

Finally, after all the efforts to get ready and to be in the car in five minutes were over, Maryann came sprawling to the car. Everyone was smiling, except Maryann. Maryann was blinking back tears!

"What is wrong Mom?" remarked Denny from the back seat, "Aren't you glad you are having the baby today?"

Maryann laughed out loud and wiped the tears away. "Oh Denny, yes I am happy I am going to have the baby today, but we still haven't picked a name for your new little sister," cried Maryann. She looked over to her husband; Dennis's big smile caused her to cry even more, "Oh honey, what will we name this baby?"

Dennis's round cheeks made his smile even larger. He said, "Well Maryann it is the first day of April, let's name our baby girl April!"

"Wrong!" squealed Denny from the back seat, "I don't want to call my sister April!"

For months the family had tried to pick a name for their new arrival. When the doctor told them it would be a girl, everyone went crazy buying little girl things. The whole neighborhood got involved in trying to pick a name. The Goody family even took requests from their church family. Everyone thought they had picked the special name. Some said it should be Helen; others thought Lisa, while yet others thought it should be Carol. Pastor Dave thought it should be Judy. His sister's name was Judy. He said he always liked the name Judy, because he had such a special sister. None of the names were what the Goody family thought would suit their baby girl.

Just as Dennis was parking the car at the hospital, and Maryann was giving last minute instructions to Catherine and Denny not to eat too much candy in the waiting room, she felt a sharp pain in her side. "Think we better hurry Den!" she bellowed.

At the elevator Catherine and Denny gave their Mom a hug and kiss and said, "You can do it Mom!"

Catherine pulled her Mother away gently and said, "Here Mom these are for the baby and you."

"Oh! How pretty," Maryann said as she took the Bouquet of Daisies from Catherine's hands. "They are beautiful! I know!" cried Maryann. "We can name the baby Daisy!"

Before long the whole community knew the Goody family had a new baby and her name was Daisy. Friends from church and the neighborhood came by to see the new bundle of joy. However she did not appear to be that joyful. It was quite an unusual thing to be around Daisy. She seemed to have a mind of her own and didn't particularly like it when someone would mention her name. Lying in her bassinet cooing and smiling and doing all of those cute baby things would bring smiles to on-lookers. However, when someone would start to sing, "Daisy, Daisy," Daisy would wrinkle her nose and scream.

"Oh, it's only colic!" cried Grandma Edna, as she would always give her updated medical report. "She will be alright after some of Grandma's special tea." Grandma Edna thought her chamomile tea would fix anything that ails you.

Daisy was a happy baby and seemed to only protest at the sound of her name. However, Grandma declared it was colic and held Daisy gently coaching her to drink all of Grandma's special tea.

Eventually Daisy adapted to her name and decided it was best not to cry at the sound of it, or Grandma would run quickly for her specially brewed tea.

Daisy did not like the taste of Grandma's Chamomile tea. So with only a slight wrinkle of the nose and a cringe at the sound of her name, Daisy endured.

As Daisy got older, she learned it did little good to protest at the DAISY quotes everyone seemed to have. For instance the one she hated most was, "She loves me, she loves me not."

However, Denny's favorite for her was, "Hey Daisy cow. MOOO MOOOO!" Denny loved to hear the stories Grandma Marge and Grandpa Mark told about Nan and her cow named Daisy. Grandma loved to tell how while she and Nan were milking the cow her sister, Ann-Marie, got too close and the cow gave her a good kick.

This would always send Denny into his tail spend with "Moo moo here and moo moo there." This always infuriated Daisy and sent her to her room crying.

Daisy's Uncle Rich was famous for singing, "Daisy, Daisy give me your answer true. I'm half crazy over the love of you. It won't be a stylish marriage, I can't afford a carriage, but you'll look sweet, upon the seat of a bicycle built for two."

If only Daisy could tell Uncle Rich how badly she hated songs with her name. Daisy learned it only got worse if she protested so Daisy would just smile and not say a word. Deep inside Daisy would get very angry. She would say to herself, "Oh, if only I could have been named Rose. They would never make fun of a rose."

After several years of being called Daisy and listening to daisy jokes and remarks, Daisy decided to protest again. So on the first day of kindergarten when Daisy's teacher took roll all of the students excitedly raised their hand when they heard their name called.

Miss Kaylyn called, "Craig" Craig giggled and raised his hand, "Scott, Eric, Layne, Lewis." Miss Kaylyn waited for Lewis to raise his hand to identify himself. Miss Kaylyn said again, "Lewis." Lewis was so busy playing with his new crayon box that he did not hear Miss Kaylyn say his name.

Cody felt impelled to help Miss Kaylyn and screamed, "Lewis, raise your hand."

That got Lewis's attention. He looked up and said, "What?"

Miss Kaylyn continued taking roll, "Melanie, Joshua, Bryan."

All of the children had raised their hand excitedly. However, when she came to the name Daisy Goody, Daisy refused to raise her hand. Unfortunately this only caused more attention to be brought to Daisy with the whole class looking around for this Daisy Goody.

Bradley the five-year-old sitting behind Daisy tapped her on the shoulder and said, "Hey she is calling your name, raise your hand."

The children snickered as children do at most any situation. However, Daisy took this personally and withdrew even further. Tears came to her eyes, and her face became red. Daisy was even more determined she would not raise her hand and admit to her name.

Daisy's withdrawal from the class concerned Miss Kaylyn. She sent reports home that Daisy did not take part in classroom activities.

This really concerned Daisy's parents. They could not imagine why Daisy would be so shy and reserved. They wanted Daisy to play with the other children and participate in the classroom activities. At home they could not keep Daisy quiet. What could this be? They wondered.

Maryann thought she had the answer when she gave Daisy a daisy birthday party for her sixth birthday.

"How clever," remarked Aunt Janna, when she saw Maryann had decorated the entire room with daisies. By this time Daisy hated the thought of a daisy and hated seeing them. To her dismay all her friends had bought presents made of daisies.

"Oh look how cute," chirped Daisy's mother, as she held up the short set made with daisy material by Daisy's cousin, McKaela. McKaela was just a teenager herself, yet she could design and fashion clothes better than most seamstresses. She told Daisy how much fun she had designing her cute little short set. She couldn't wait for Daisy to try it on to see if it fit.

Grandma blamed it on excitement when Daisy didn't show much enthusiasm and said Daisy would need some special tea to calm her nerves.

That brought a cringe to Daisy's face. She decided to cheer up to prevent drinking that horrible tea. With a fake smile Daisy pretended to be excited and opened her next gift. It was more daisy items. Aunt Janna had been creative enough to make daisy hair barrettes and a daisy wall hanger for her room.

"How creative," thought Daisy sarcastically. She was miserable, and by now she just hated daisies. Her temper was on the edge and she was about to cry. Her face was bright red and her eyes were swelling with tears. Daisy's parents always said when Daisy got angry her face would turn red to match her red hair. Some said Daisy had an Irish temper to match her Irish red hair. At this point Daisy did not care if her face was red or not. She wanted to scream, "I hate Daisies, throw them all away!"

Daisy knew she could not hurt her family and friend's feelings, so she thanked each one for their gifts.

The big birthday surprise came when her parents revealed the newly decorated room. You guessed it! Every thing was daisies. "Look Daisy," Daisy's dad exclaimed with delight, "Everything is popping up daisies."

There was another one of those daisy quotes. Daisy cringed if I hear another daisy quote I will scream she thought.

Catherine seemed to be the most excited about Daisy's new room. "Look Daisy, Mom found this daisy bedspread and curtains to match," Catherine said excitedly.

"I bet you didn't know Dad was wallpapering your room with daisy wallpaper while you stayed at Aunt Janna's, did you?" chuckled Denny. Then with his annoying, "MOO COW Daisy" he left the room to play with his cousin Shawn.

"What is wrong Daisy you don't seem pleased with your room, don't you like it?" said Jeffrey, Daisy's cousin who was exactly her age.

Daisy's face turned red. Her heart was beating faster and faster, she thought, "Should I tell them now I hate daisies, no I can't. I can't hurt their feelings. Oh if only they would have named me Rose. I love roses." With one quick look at Grandma, Daisy knew she had to think and react quickly, or grandma would be brewing tea. With the thought of Grandma's tea Daisy decided this isn't the time to tell them. So Daisy mustered up a smile and said, "Yes, Jeffrey it is nice, it is very nice!" Daisy was thinking, at least they all think it is nice.

With that everyone cheered and all of Daisy's friends told her how lucky she was to have such a pretty room.

From then on Daisy decided she would just accept the daisy quotes and not let them bother her and when her brother called her Moo Daisy Cow she would just ignore him.

Because Daisy no longer protested everyone believed she loved Daisy quotes and daisy flowers. So for every occasion she received daisy gifts. She got daisy stationary, daisy stickers, daisy dresses, and every year on her birthday just as she had the day she was born; Catherine gave Daisy a bouquet of daisies. Daisy knew everyone meant well, and it was all acts of love, but she still hated daisies, she hated the name, she hated the flower. However, she loved roses. She loved the name Rose. "Oh why couldn't they have named me Rose," she whined to herself.

While Daisy was in the fourth grade Sunday school Class, a new teacher arrived. She was a bubbly sweet lady with long red hair. Everyone loved the new teacher, Miss Lori. Miss Lori always told the children interesting stories from the Bible.

Daisy couldn't wait each Sunday to hear more of what Miss Lori had to say. Daisy would always try to arrive early and sit with her best friend Natalie. Natalie was younger than Daisy but the two of them always had such fun. Daisy loved to spend Sunday afternoons at Natalie's house. Natalie's Mom, Mrs. Kellie, would let the girls make fresh homemade bread. Daisy enjoyed playing with Natalie's baby brother Conner. Daisy wished for a baby brother, but when Conner cried Daisy was grateful she did not have to hear that daily. Daisy thought it was so neat when Natalie would walk into the room and baby Conner would smile so big and reach for his big sister. Natalie and Daisy loved playing with Conner and Mrs. Kellie was grateful for the help.

One Sunday, the girls sat attentively listening to Miss Lori in Sunday School. Miss Lori made an interesting statement to the class that really aroused Daisy's interest. Miss Lori said, "Boys and girls God's word tell us we can ask any thing in His name and if it is God's will, He will give it to us, I John 5:14 & 15." "And this is the confidence that we have in him, that if we ask any thing according to His will, He hears us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of Him."

Daisy could hardly wait until class was over to question Miss Lori about this statement. On many occasions Daisy would stay after class to talk to Miss Lori.

"How are you Daisy?" asked Miss Lori, "And how is your family?"

"Oh, I am fine thank you, and so is my family," Daisy remarked hurriedly. "Miss Lori, what did you mean about asking God for anything and He will give it to you?"

"Daisy, God's word tells us here in I John 5: 14 & 15 'And this is the confidence that we have in him, that if we ask any thing according to His will, He hears us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of Him,?'" Miss Lori replied, as she closed her Bible. "It tells us, that if we are in God's will, we can ask Him for things, and if God thinks it is good we should have it, He will give it to us."

Daisy was excited. She blurted, "Does that mean anything?"

"Well Daisy you will have to get your answer from God for that. Just pray for what ever it is you want, keep in mind you must always be in God's plans and ask for his approval. We must hurry now Daisy or we will be late for Church Service."

"Thanks Miss Lori," said Daisy and took off for children's church.

Daisy thought about what Miss Lori said all that day. That night in her daisy bedroom, kneeling by her bed, Daisy said her prayers. She said, "Dear God, first I want to thank you again for being my Savior. Plus, I want to say thanks for my neat family I really do love them. By the way God have I thanked you for sending us the new Sunday school teacher, Miss Lori I really like her. So thanks for Miss Lori, and please bless her family and watch over them. Oh yea, and our preacher, Pastor Dave and his family. Now God Miss Lori said we should pray for your will and your plan for our life. So I want to do that. God you know how much I hate my name Daisy Goody. I wish I could have another name. Maybe Rose, or anything but Daisy. Do what you can do, okay God? Thanks, I am really sleepy now so good night."

The next morning Daisy woke to a big surprise! The ground was covered with snow! Daisy ran downstairs yelling, "Mom, Mom, can we play in the snow?"

Daisy's mother knew that would be her first question of the day. She gave Daisy a big hug and told her, "Yes, Daisy there is no school today because of the snow. After breakfast and devotions you and Denny may go play with your cousins. Jeff and Lewis have already called to see if you and Denny would like to make a snowman! Catherine and I are going to make banana nut bread."

This was great Daisy thought. She loved to play in the snow! Daisy dressed warmly and thought about all the fun they would have today. She ran to the kitchen and gobbled up her breakfast, she was in such a hurry she almost spilled her juice. Dad reminded Daisy to slow down and said it would be great if each had their devotions quietly in their rooms today.

Daisy always loved the songs the family sang together at devotion time. Daisy thought her Dad always had something interesting to say when he read God's Word. However, this morning Daisy was glad to have her devotions on her own. She wanted to look up the verses Miss Lori had given her. First she read all of I John 5: 14 & 15. "And this is the confidence which we have in HIM; that if we ask anything according to His will, He listens to and hears us. And if we know that He listens to us in whatever we ask, we also know that we have the requests made of Him." Daisy was sure she had heard the other verses somewhere, but could not remember where. "Let's see where are those verses?" she blurted out loud. "Oh yes Psalms." Daisy turned right to it, yes it was Psalms 37: 4, "Delight thyself also in the Lord; and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart." "Ok, God," Daisy prayed out loud, "My heart's desire is to have a new name, do what you can do, thanks and amen."

Finally the whole neighborhood was in the front yard playing. They were not getting very far building their snowman, yet Daisy was having the best time. She loved the snow and did not mind the cold weather at all. Daisy was quite surprised again when she saw Miss. Lori and her two children come down the street with their sleds. Daisy made her way through the snow to greet them.

"Well hello Daisy," Miss Lori said, "I did not know you lived so close to my in-laws. We went to their house late last night and because of the snow we could not drive home."

Daisy was so excited she was smiling from ear to ear. "Oh Miss Lori, can Shawn and Cade play with us for a while? You can visit with my mother if you would like to."

Miss Lori liked the idea and agreed to go where it was warm and visit Mrs. Goody. Miss Lori smiled at Daisy and said, "Good idea Daisy, however; by the looks of your red face you need to warm up a little also! Your face is bright red! Your cheeks are as rosy as a rose!" They all laughed and walked toward the house. "As a matter of fact," Miss Lori said, "I think we should change your name to Rose, because you always have rosy cheeks."

Daisy could not believe her ears! Change my name to Rose! She had just prayed for that. Wow! This was great!

Daisy's mother served hot chocolate and homemade banana bread to everyone. They all talked about the sudden snowstorm and how no one had planned for it. To Daisy's delight everyone caught on quickly to calling her Rose. Daisy's mother noticed how each time Daisy was called Rose, her face lit up! She noticed it seemed to make her so happy and cheerful. Denny however, thought it was just another way he could annoy his sister so through out the day he called her Rosy or Rose bug instead of rose bud. Denny loved his younger sister; still, he always found it entertaining to tease her.

Later in the day after Miss Lori had gone back to her in-laws, Denny's best friend Jason and his younger sister Ciara had made there way over to encourage a snow ball fight between the guys and girls in the neighborhood. Ciara was one of Daisy's best friends also. They also noticed Daisy's rosy cheeks.

When Denny started to tease Daisy by calling her rosy-posy, Luke chimed in with "Yea Rosy where is your posy?"

They all laughed but this time Daisy giggled with delight she loved the teasing and the new name. Daisy was still in awe over the instant name change. Daisy suggested that she and Ciara go to her room for girl talk.

Daisy happily lay across her bed and shared for the first time in her life how she hated the name Daisy and hoped that everyone would continue calling her Rose. Daisy told Ciara about Miss Lori saying if it is God's will you could ask Him for things and He would give it to you. Ciara was not sure she understood Daisy, so Daisy showed her the verses in the Bible.

"Daisy," Ciara said, "I don't understand the Bible very well."

Daisy could tell by the blank look on Ciara's face this was not registering with her. Daisy asked, "Ciara do you know Jesus as your personal Savior?"

Ciara looked down at the floor and timidly said, "I am not sure."

"Well," said Daisy, "That is easy to fix! I will just show you how you can know Jesus as your own Savior."

Ciara thought Daisy made it sound so easy so she agreed to look at the scripture with Daisy.

"Ciara do you know what a sin is?" asked Daisy.

Ciara said, "Yes isn't that what Pastor Dave was talking about in church last week? It is when you do things God doesn't like!"

Daisy said, "That is right! You have to know you are a sinner." She read out loud, "Romans 3: 23 'For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God. For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.'" Daisy pointed to these verses in her Bible. "You see Ciara we cannot pay for our sins alone. That is why God sent His Son Jesus to come to this earth. Have you ever read John 3:16?"

Ciara said, "Oh yes, I know that verse. I learned that verse in Bible School last year. 'For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.'"

"That is right Ciara; now look here at John 6:47 where it says 'Verily, verily I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.' Do you understand that?"

Ciara shook her head in agreement that she understood.

When Daisy had shown Ciara all the scriptures how to know Jesus as Savior and friend, she asked, "Ciara would you like to pray now and become a Christian?"

"Yes, yes I would," was Ciara's reply. "Can I do that now?"

"Sure Ciara just pray with me, Dear Jesus, I understand that I am a sinner. You said you came to save the sinners of this world. Would you please forgive me and save me? I want to accept you and know as my personal friend and Savior. I thank you for dying for me. Thank you that you made it so easy to be saved. Amen."

"Wow that was easy," said Ciara, "I am really glad we had this talk. Thanks Daisy or I mean Rose." They laughed together and hugged.

Right at that time Ciara's older sister, Kate, rang the doorbell to let Ciara know it was time to come home. Ciara gave Daisy one last hug and whispered in her ear, "Daisy I can't wait to tell Travis and Cody they will be so happy for me." Travis and Cody were Ciara's cousins. Travis and Cody had just gotten saved and joined the church. "Travis has asked me the past two Sundays to go to church with him and Cody. He will be so surprised."

This day had turned out perfectly Daisy thought. That night at dinner she could hardly wait to tell her dad about Ciara asking Jesus to be her Savior. Dad was just as happy about Ciara's decision as Daisy.

The following Sunday before Daisy went to Sunday school her mother told her to get her room cleaned up since they were expecting guests for lunch. It seemed some missionaries were in town and as Mrs. Goody always did, she had invited them to have lunch at their home.

Daisy was happy to have company but had her mind on other things that morning. Daisy seemed to glide into her class and waited excitedly for Miss. Lori to come in. Daisy couldn't wait to tell Miss. Lori about her friend, Ciara, who had just asked Jesus to be her Savior. Since Daisy was so early, no one else was in the classroom. Daisy sat daydreaming and was startled when the new girl came in. Daisy jumped a little and squeaked, "Oh, hi, you frightened me, sorry, my name is Daisy what is yours?"

The new girl smiled great big and said, "My name is Daisy also."

Both girls giggled and started talking about how they were named Daisy. Daisy Goody explained how she hated the name Daisy and thinks that maybe she will have her named changed to Rose. She said, "Some of my friends have already started calling me Rose."

Daisy the new girl explained how she loved being named Daisy and would love to share why after church with Daisy Goody. Daisy couldn't wait to hear why the new girl loved being called Daisy.

They were both surprised when their parents came out from the church to introduce them.

"Daisy this is Mr. and Mrs. Justin and I see you have met their daughter Daisy," said Daisy Goody's father. It was then Daisy heard the Justin's would be their afternoon guest.

The girls went straight to Daisy's room. Daisy Justin was in awe over all of the daisy things. She rushed to get her mother to show her Daisy's beautiful daisy room. For the first time ever, Daisy Goody seemed to enjoy all of the attention. The two girls talked and giggled all afternoon. Daisy had a terrific time with her new friend.

As soon as the Justin's went home Daisy quickly got the list of Bible verses that Daisy Justin had given her and quickly read each of them. She tried to remember all the things Daisy Justin had said. First Daisy looked up Isaiah 43:1 it said, "I have called you by your name; you are mine." Wow, Daisy thought, Wow, I belong to God and He knows my name. The next verse said, "You are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you." That one was also in Isaiah 43, verse four. She read on to verse seven, "I have formed him, yes, I have made him. . ." "Now I can understand a little better," Daisy said out loud.

However, the verse that really excited Daisy was Isaiah 45:4 "I have even called you by your name; I have named you, though you have not known me." Daisy could not believe her eyes. She had never thought of God naming her, or even knowing her name before she was born. But these verses seemed to tell her how God had a plan for her name. She read on to Isaiah 49: 1 and 49:16, "The Lord has called me from the womb; from the matrix of my mother he has made mention of my name."

The other verse said, "See, I have inscribed you on the palms of my hands."

Daisy was so excited she could not sleep that night. Over and over she kept thinking, "God has given me my name, He gave it to me before I was born and used my sister to present it to my mother. This is awesome!"

The next morning at devotions Daisy shared all this with her family.

Even Denny seemed excited to think God had actually picked Daisy's name for her. He didn't tease with any of his daisy jokes. He just casually asked, "But Daisy I thought your name was Rose now?"

Daisy replied, "Well it is funny I wanted to be called Rose, until I found out God had named me Daisy by His choice. The Bible even says God has our name in the palm of His hand and Denny He must have named you Denny also."

The whole family laughed and talked about the verses Daisy had to share.

Several days had gone by since Daisy first met her new friend. Daisy thought about the things she had said and about the verses in the Bible and how God had named her Daisy for a reason. Daisy thought it was very strange how she had suddenly started liking her name.

Weeks passed and Daisy continued to like her name, she no longer wanted to be named Rose.

Daisy talked to Miss Lori and told her about suddenly liking her name.

Miss Lori said, "See Daisy God does not always give us everything we want, instead He allows us to delight in what we have. That is what He meant when He said, 'Delight thyself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.' See Daisy God didn't have to change your name like you thought He would, instead He changed your heart's desire."

Daisy beamed! She was so happy. She said, "Miss. Lori."

"Yes Daisy," replied Miss. Lori.

Daisy then squealed, "Miss Lori . . . God loves me . . . He really loves me."

"Yes Daisy, God really does love you," said Miss Lori, and gave her a big hug.


copyright 2005 Gentle Hands Caring Hearts

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