Prophetic Names: Joy and Faith

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 whatistheverdict@hotmail.com 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.

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Prophetic Names – My Name

I’ve been on this kick lately of being obsessed with people’s names.  There’s something deeply prophetic about names.  I don’t know how much spiritually gets transacted when someone is given a name, but I’ve been given too much evidence that your name says something about you.

Either names make the person or the person becomes the name, but I believe even in the garden, it was important for things to have names.  Adam’s first assignment was to name the animals.  Every time God created something in Genesis 1-2 he “called” it something.  And at the end of it all he said this: it was good.

I have an obsession with naming things.  I recently got a fish tank and even though several fish have died, my first agenda upon purchasing my first eight fish was to promptly name them.  It’s been a fun task and my roommates and I have agreed to name our fish after our mutually favorite sit-com characters.  I like things having names.

I’ve recently done some research into the meaning of my name and several others around me and I’ve been astounded at how accurate and insightful they have been.  For example, here’s my name and what I’ve found:

James  – I’ve always liked the name Jesus gave the brothers James and John (his disciples) which was “Boanerges” which meant “sons of thunder”.  I’ll take it!  That sounds awesome!  But James is traditionally understood as a derivative of Jacob which means…get ready… “supplanter.”  I can’t tell you how disappointing that has been every time I’ve looked it up because really, I’ve had no idea what its meant…until recently.  “Supplanter” means to overthrow and take the place of another.  Think back to the story of Jacob and him taking his brother’s birthright.  I always saw this as an undesirable namesake, who wants to be that guy?!  But recently I had someone explain a different perspective: what if you were supplanting something that was supposed to be supplanted?  For example, if in Matthew 4 Satan was correct when he said that all the kingdoms on earth had been given to him, then wouldn’t he be worth supplanting or dethroning?  ABSOLUTELY!  I want to be THAT GUY!  Now, while that might be one interpretation, I believe at the very least that “supplanting” is my choice.  If there’s a prophetic edge to this, it’s my choice to determine what I’ll do with it.  I don’t have to be this person, but it might be that I’m supposed to be.

Patrick – I got some strong family heritage in this name.  There’s a whole wing of the family with the last name Patrick.  Simply put, it means “nobility.”  This is getting better and better, dethrone the enemy and take that throne for the kingdom of Christ!

McCarty – The “Mc” is an Irish thing.  When the Irish immigrated over to the states, many of them added the “O'” or “Mc” to the front of their name so they could hold on to some heritage (I’m okay knowing where I came from…that’s good stuff).  But McCarty is basically “loving.”  There it is.  I knew there was some pastoral truth tied up in there.

It’s possible that my name (especially given that I’m a “Junior” as well…carrying on my father’s legacy) could be part of my destiny.  Usurp the enemy’s entitlement to spaces and hearts.  Take the throne of those spaces and living like royalty (which comes with its expectation of leadership, governance and oversight).  And above all else: love.

Wow…that’s powerful (and I wrote it… LOL).

I’m convinced that names are either going to be highly reflective of what is obvious, or are going to prophetically speak what is most challenging to overcome.  Living up to a name is an admirable endeavor.

I’d like to do a couple of blogs where I pray into the meaning behind some of your names.  If you’re interested, leave me a comment or e-mail me and I’ll see what I can do.  Be sure it’s your legal name and include your middle/first name (depending on what you go by).  Don’t give me any commentary, I want to pray into it and see how the Lord speaks.  I’d like to post what I find here so be sure to let me know if that’s okay with you.