change of name

NOTE FROM THE EDITOR: I met Hadassah when she emailed me after reading my name change story, on my blog Ashes to Beauty. I was so happy for her and I felt honored when she told me that I played an important role in her name change journey. Praise God for giving both Hadassah and me the gift of a new name to go along with our new identities in Christ! Here is her story.



Ever since I can remember, I have never felt a real connection to my first name Julia. When I was in primary school as a child, I used to get teased a lot about the name, so much that I eventually decided never to mention it. Many years later, after I received Jesus Christ as my Lord and Saviour, I asked God for a new name. I saw change in my character and I wanted a name fitting for the new person I had become in Christ.

In Biblical times, God changed Abram’s name to Abraham and gave Jacob a new name; Israel. Therefore, I strongly believe that there is an existent connection between a person’s name and God’s purpose for their lives.

A few days later He honoured my request and gave me the name: “Hadassah.” I still remember the day when this name dropped in to my Spirit, there was this crisp sense of joy and peace that I couldn’t explain and I knew in my heart that it was Him. I kept speaking the name out loud over and over in excitement but also a little nervous to find out what it meant! I knew Queen Esther’s Jewish name was Hadassah, but I never really knew what it meant – so finally, I did some research.

So it was no surprise to me when I found out what my new name meant because it explained me.
I discovered that Hadassah is a name of a tree called Myrtle. That was another confirmation to me personally because I’ve always loved trees madly. I find them fascinating and am the kind to stop the car and take pictures of beautiful ones. I think they are grandly designed and there are distinct characters about each and every one of them – they are like human beings in a way; like me. You can tell a lot about a tree by observing its fruits. So it was no surprise to me when I found out what my new name meant because it explained me.

I then began a journey of prayer in preparation towards informing my family. I was troubled that my father would feel betrayed as my first name belonged to his late aunt. It was also during this 6 months period of prayer that God led me to the website of Ashes to Beauty where I read about Lily’s journey to finally changing her name. I was so surprised that she and I almost had a similar experience, and that this was the same God! I sent Lily an email asking for some advice and prayer and she emailed me back!

Finally after 6 months, I approached my father and explained my intentions and reasons to change my name. My father is a very strict man and I was really fearful he would not understand. After listening to my story, he gave me his blessing, thank Jesus! I was so overwhelmed with joy because I realised that God had already spoken to his heart.

change of nameEarly in the beginning of the year 2016, I visited my country’s department of home affairs to officially remove the first name and include my new name. I can’t explain how awesome that felt. On the actual day, a lot of God-moments happened, I was shown favour in many ways, by almost every official who had to assist me. Everything flowed so effortlessly like He was there right next to me. The process that could have taken the entire day; took just below few hours because God had prepared everything for me.

It felt like my name had been waiting for me since I got born again and we were finally reuniting. I felt brand new; fresh and really loved by this God, My heavenly Father adopted me into His family by Grace and has given me a new name. He also gave me a scripture to stand on; Isaiah 55:13, which was in response to my previous life that was full of thorns and nettles. God is good. He is a loving Father who yearns to have a meaningful relationship with us.

Every time someone calls me Hadassah, I am reminded that I belong to God, I am reminded of my purpose – which is to sing about His son Jesus Christ and I know that my “petals” smell of fine perfume of the Holy Spirit, my fruits are edible and nourish lost souls and my leaves are evergreen of the Word of God from January to December.

That’s how God sees me.

Hadassah Mosedame
Hadassah Mosedame is a Contemporary Christian worshiper from Pretoria, South Africa. She released her debut album: “Eternal Lifestyle” in September 2015 under her independent record label “Myrtle Music”. She is the author of the book: “When God tells you to build an ark”, she is a wife and a mother of two. For more information please visit her band page:
  • Rashel

    Visiting through Women with Intention. This was such a beautiful post and I really enjoyed reading it. Thank you for sharing!

    • Hadassah At Myrtle

      Thanks Rashel! God is such a good God! All glory to His name.

  • Deborah Will

    Great lesson. I enjoyed it.

    • Hadassah At Myrtle

      Hi Deborah, thanks for your comment. God makes good stories doesn’t He?

  • Greetings Hadassah! What a beautiful name!! =) God is awesome and how great to be reminded of your purpose every time someone says your name! ; )

    • Hadassah At Myrtle

      Hi there Ciara! Greetings all the way from South Africa! Thanks for your comment and yes yes yes God is awesome! He makes all things brand new. I love the name and I still get butterflies in my tummy when someone calls me Hadassah! Our God is a living God!

  • Rebekah Jamieson

    Hello, currently my name is Rebekah, and I was named after my mother’s sister. In prayer, I was told my new name is Hadassah. I too love trees, and have just found so many ways that the name Hadassah suits me, as well as, my relationship with God perfectly. However, my mother is upset with my new name and sees it as an attack on her. Is there any advice that you could possible give that I could use to explain to her that I am not forsaking my name, but coming into the woman that God wants me to be? I would really appreciate your insight. Thank you so much from one Hadassah to another. 🙂