What does your name mean? Do you know? When I was younger, I loved going into stores and searching for anything that had my name on it and those Name cards that told you the meaning. I rarely found my name, but when I did it was an exciting time.
Do you have a life verse? A verse of Scripture that you come back to time and time again? One that reminds you Whose you are and what your life should be about?
Proverbs 3:5-6 was one given to me by the sweet sister who led me to the Lord. She had me write it down in my Bible that night with the date so when times of doubt would arise, I was reminded of the truth. Not long after that we had a youth retreat and the worship leader had put those verses to music. I still sing that song. It’s one that my children hear almost every night at bedtime.
Isaiah 6:8 is my response to God. “Here am I, send me.” So simple and yet so hard. Are we willing to go wherever God wants, when He wants? What is holding us back? Finances? People? Fear?
If you read our story here, then you know we waited and prayed for a long time before we were blessed with children. In our reading of Scripture, we noticed a common theme. Names meant something. For example, 1 Samuel 25:25 tells us, “Let not my lord regard this worthless fellow, Nabal, for his name is, so is he. Nabal is his name, and folly is with him.” Guess what Nabal means. Fool! God even renamed people, like Abraham. Genesis 17:5 tells us that God changes his name from Abram, which means “exalted Father”, to Abraham, which means “father of a multitude”. How awesome is that? Names mean something in the Bible.
Because of this, we haven’t taken naming our children lightly. We thought long and hard about names, praying that God would direct us to the names He wanted for our children. Ultimately they are His anyway. He already knew them and what they would become. Our middle child didn’t even have a name after he was born. It wasn’t until we had to fill out the Birth Certificate Form that we nailed down his name.
Are you curious about their names? I’ll post what they mean and you guess the name. Sound like fun?
Our oldest is named “Wisdom” “a state of sanctification enjoyed through divine grace”. We pray that she will embody these characteristics as she gets older. That she would grow in her knowledge of God. That she would be a wise woman in her words and actions.
Then we have “Yahweh is salvation” “The Lord is my God”. How awesome is that? We pray that the Lord would be his God. That even during times of doubt he would remember that Yahweh is salvation. And we pray that he would boldly proclaim to the nations the truth that Jesus is the only way to salvation.
And finally, for now anyway, “Praise, thanks” “Gift of God”. We are so very thankful for the blessing God has given us through our children. We pray that he would be an encourager to everyone he comes into connect with but especially those on the front lines, sharing the Gospel.
We pray that God’s light would shine through each of our children, even at a young age. All of our children have been dedicated to the Lord. At each dedication we chose a verse for them. Maybe it’s their life verse. Maybe it’s one of many that the Lord will use in their life to encourage their hearts or to bring them back to Him. But I do know that God promises that His Word will not return void (Isaiah 55:11).
What are their verses?
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding.
His praise endures forever! ~ Psalm 111:10
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. ~ Joshua 1:8-9
But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life. And have mercy on those who doubt; save others by snatching them out of the fire; to others show mercy with fear, hating even the garment stained by the flesh. ~ Jude 20-22
We have also started praying Scripture over our children. This is so important. Like I said, God’s Word will not return void. By praying the same Scriptures over our children each night, they are able to hide these words in their heart. They can then recall these verses when they are faced with a crisis of belief, will they chose to obey or disobey? Or when they are in bed and see scary shadows on the wall. They can recall God’s Word and know that He is with them.
Do you pray Scripture over your children? If so, what verses?