There was a rather overwhelming response to many of you who were interested in your names. I’ve done some research and hope to follow up. But I wanted to see what God put on my heart.
My mom and I have a pretty firm belief in prophetic names, mainly because of my two sisters and the names they carry. I believe my sisters are excellent examples of why names might be a reflection of hope. My mom told me yesterday after reading Wednesday’s blog that she’s always prayed that my sisters would be reminded of God’s best for them every time they hear their names.
Joy Marie McCarty Youell
Joy – This name doesn’t need much explanation. I’ve heard joy described as differentiated from happiness. Happiness depends on your circumstances and is an emotion. Joy is a worldview and preemptive state of mind. I’ve watched this incredibly strong woman of God confront depression in her life and live as a woman of joy regardless of emotion or environment.
Marie – Marie is a rather common middle name. It’s a derivative of Mary and Miriam in Scripture both of which mean “bitter waters.” Scholars and theologians have debated for centuries why God chose a mother of the Messiah to carry the name “bitter waters.” Mara is another derivative and is taken from Exodus 15 where the Israelites encountered the bitter waters of Marah. I’ve heard spins and twists put on this to try and make it sound different or more noble than what it is, but “bitter waters” is what it means. Moses was given a remedy for the bitter waters in Exodus, he was directed to a piece of wood which he threw into the waters and it became fit to drink. There are bitter waters all around us. Look at the hurt, offended, abused, violated people around us. The healthiest might be able to live in hope of God’s redemption, the sickest tend to go into bitterness. This name may be less about what it is and more about the unique ability to notice it, negotiate it and guide through it. The bitter waters may be a choice both personally and in ministry. Our family has been hurt deeply in our lives and may have many justifiable reasons to be bitter…do we choose Joy instead?
Faith Christine McCarty Cedela
Faith – What a beautiful name. It’s such a powerful statement. It’s the foundation of who we are as Christians. Hebrews says faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. We have a shield of faith with which we can extinguish all flaming arrows of the enemy. My sister has used faith in her life to overcome fear and anxiety. Our family has had a long battle with fear and anxiety. Faith is a strong woman who has faced many fears and will face many to come.
Christine – Many names with the word “Christ” in them are rightly assumed to have some connection to Jesus. Christine is no exception. It means “Christ-bearer”. I think of it in terms of wearing the most awesome name tag ever. A Christ-bearer wears the name of Christ, is secure in that identity, isn’t afraid or ashamed to be associated and has even chosen their side. When the chips have fallen and the line has been drawn in the sand, there’s a quiet security and visible understanding that the side of Christ has been chosen.
I said in my last post in describing my own name that McCarty means “loving”. Joy and Chris have an insatiable love of the mission field. They’ve both traveled the world and are currently investing in a community in Haiti. Some of their favorite pictures are holding children in Africa, Cambodia, and Haiti. Faith and Mark are about half way through a pregnancy that will deliver them a whole new precious person into their lives. Faith has been working for the last several years with children and on getting her certification in preschool management. To watch her look at a child or watch the gentleness she uses in caring for them is the most beautiful thing you can imagine. I believe my sisters understand love in ways I’m still learning. They’ve taught me more just by living their lives than they’ll ever know.
Many of you submitted your names in the comments but didn’t give your e-mail. I plan on posting some of my findings on the blog, but I have some basic research into many of your names completed. Shoot me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll e-mail you what I find if I don’t end up posting here on the blog. If you didn’t submit your name the first time around and still want me to pray into it, leave your name and e-mail in a comment.