Prophetic Families: The Hindes

Four years ago Michael Hindes and I sat across a table from one another and sized each other up.  Four years later, I’m proud to call him one of the most significant voices in my life and one of the most inspiring leaders I’ve ever had the privilege to follow.  When I thought about featuring families, I wanted to dive into the Hindes family and see what I would find.  I was originally only going to do Michael and Kathy but their three sons were too good to pass up.

Hindes

I loved this surname when I looked into it because of the contrast with the family’s first names (especially the men).  Hindes means “one who was a domestic servant.”  With the incredible leadership anointing on this family, their name is a beautiful note of humility.  I’m reminded of Matthew 23:11 that says he who is greatest among you should be the servant of all.  What an incredibly apropos reminder for those called into leadership.  The humility and sobriety wrapped up in this meaning is a challenge to the rest of us.

Michael Roy

Michael is one of my favorite names I’ve researched.  It’s the only name I’ve come across whose meaning is in the form of a question.  Micheal means “who is like God?”  I’m reminded of Isaiah 6 where the Lord asks “whom shall I send?” and Isaiah replies “here am I, send me!”  When hearing the name Michael, you should hear the heartbeat of the question “who is like God?”  and be compelled to answer “ME!  I AM!”  Michael has his own prophetic story of his name.  For years Michael went by the nickname “Mickey.”  To make a long story short, through a process of deliverance and healing, Michael received this word: “‘Mickey’ is a mouse in Orlando, ‘Michael’ is captain of the Lord’s angelic army!”

Roy is interesting and has the basic meaning “red-headed.”  But an alternate definition is “king.”  I think the mantle of leadership is clear here as is the accompanying charge.  What a wonderful balance to have “king” and “servant” wrapped up in the same namesake.

Kathleen Ann Barthel

Kathleen is a variant of the name “Catherine” which means “pure.”  The innocence and holiness that comes with this name is one that Kathy has lived up well.  Those that know Kathy well would agree that there’s a regal quality to her persona and identity.  It’s a reputation all would stand and applaud.

Ann is a fairly common middle name, probably the most popular I’ve researched to date.  The name means “gracious” and “favor.”  It’s not a bad name to be so popular!  If Kathy is anything other than “pure” is that she is “gracious.”  My personal interactions with Kathy are marked by her consistently one-upping herself in her graciousness.  “Favor” isn’t too far from the truth either.

Barthel is Kathy’s maiden name.  It took me a little while but I eventually came across an etymological description.  Barthel means “son of the one who owns many furrows.”  Basically, “one who owns many plots of land.”  There’s a wealth, prosperity and abundance wrapped up in this surname.

Nicholas Barthel

Nicholas is a good name as I have a brother with this name as well.  Nicholas means “victorious” (as do its many variations: Nichole, Nick, Nicolette, etc.).  I believe “victorious” is a wonderfully redemptive meaning.  In Nick’s story, I’ve heard and seen a road traveled of questions, fears, and struggles.  The constant reminder of “victory” and victory that’s already been won is not only a testament to Nick’s character, but to the work of the spirit of God in his life.  Those who have had to fight for victory understand it with a sobriety some of us will never understand.  The charge associated with this name is this: lead others to victory and claim it alongside them.  There’s a clear picture of why Nick has been called to the ministry wrapped up in his name.

Jason Michael

Jason means “healer.”  The work of restoration is a noble endeavor but one that takes time.  Sometimes healing has to be chosen.  Have you ever noticed the relationship between morale and health?  Stress can kill you, joy can save you.  I say this not from a “be happy” standpoint, but for the battle that sometimes wholeness requires.  Jason as a mythological figure is best known for being the leader of the Argonauts.  He was a mighty warrior (and Jason’s middle name “Michael” as reflective of the captain of the angelic army supports this).

Wade Michael

Wade as a word means what you think it means: “to go knee deep through water.”  However, as a first name, Wade means “to cross water.”  Think of the parting of the Red (Reed) Sea or the parting of the Jordan in scripture.  It was a magnificent act of God and books have been written on the process.  Parting the waters, and “crossing” them denotes a journey.  Just like all the names of the Hindes’ sons, there’s a road to walk written within their names.

You can read more about Michael, his ministry and his family at: Michael Hindes’ Blog and The Gathering.

I’m going to begin to land the plane on this series of blogs.  Next week I want to focus on names I’ve found particularly inspiring that you’ve sent me and names I’ve researched that I really like.

This will be the last blog I’ll advertise to accept names into the pool.  I’ve been steadily going through the names you’ve sent me and I’m down to about 40 to go.  Don’t think that I won’t get to it because I’m making good time and it’s no bother to me to add your name to the list!

Leave a comment if you want me to pray into it: full legal name, no commentary.

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Prophetic Families: The Helsers

A couple years ago, I had the incredible privilege of starting a journey with people I call friends: Jonathan David and Melissa Helser.  Jonathan and Melissa run a school of worship in North Carolina and are anointed, talented, gifted and passionate worshippers.  If you have never heard their music, you should look up Jonathan David Helser’s material, it’s literally changed my life.

The Helser family inspires me in another way, however.  They understand the idea of prophetic names incredibly well and have proven it through the names they’ve given their children.  I literally laughed out loud as I researched their names because of how appropriate and well given they are.

Helser

Let’s start with the Helser surname.  It took me a while to track this down, but I finally found a reference through some alternate spellings for the name “Helser.”  If you read my “Trees” blog, you’ll know I’m particularly intrigued by names that reference nature.  Helser means “from the hazel tree.”  So of course I did some research into the hazel tree.  For you coffee buffs who like “a shot of hazelnut” into your beverage of choice, this is where it comes from.  The hazel tree is beautiful and colorful and produces desirable fruit.  Mythology has played a big role in the hazeltree/hazelnut’s fame.  The hazelnut was believed to bestow incredible wisdom.  In Grimm’s fairy tales, the hazel tree’s branches were protection against snakes.

Jonathan David

Jonathan means “Jehovah has given.”  David means “beloved.”

How can you not see the identity of a man, a worshipper, who has taken a peek behind the curtain and knows himself to be given of “Jehovah” and beloved above all.  It’s a life changing epiphany.   As with many names we’ve researched, there is a charge that can come with names.  I dare you to listen to one of Jonathan and Melissa’s songs and not hear a rhythmic undertone of “you are a gift” and “you are loved.”  Jonathan, you are using your voice to promote important things.  Consider too the beauty of the names together.  Jonathan and David understood relationship in a way rarely seen in scripture.  It wasn’t about romance, it was about intimacy.  Maybe this is a good time to recommend the Helser song “Intimacy.”

Melissa Francine Phillips

Mel, your name literally made me laugh out loud.  It’s so wonderfully appropriate! 

Melissa actually means “bee.”  I can’t tell you how many prophetic analogies I could give on that alone.  Bees propagate life.  They create honey by processing the pieces of life they collect and turn it into something useful, sweet and digestible.  They live in community and protect those important to themselves.  They have a language that requires MOVEMENT and SOUND!  

Francine means “free.”  Can you believe it?!  Out of everything you could have been named, you, the preeminent advocate for freedom (except maybe for Allison Johnston LOL) have a namesake that you’ve cherished and turned into your destiny.

Phillips is your maiden name.  It means “lover of horses.”  Philip of Macedon was the most famous bearer of the name, he was the father of Alexander the great.  Horses are majestic animals.  Some are unbreakable, some are tamable for our practical use some are for our enjoyment, and some are precious to our hearts.  I see this as the ability to see and enjoy a magnificent gift through a prism of perspectives and layers of depth.

Cadence Zion

Ok folks, here’s where we get into some good stuff.  Johnny and Mel have embraced the idea of prophetic names in an extreme sense.  Their firstborn son has some juice on his life for sure.  Cadence means “a rhythm, a strong, regular, repeated pattern of movement or sound.”  In several dictionaries I researched, a cadence is the rhythm that signals the close of a passage of music.  Cadence is something drummers set in a marching band, the pace which is set that others follow.  Talk about an anointing!

Zion means “a sign” and I loved the poetic etymological breakdown in once place that said: “the world to come.” Zion is used throughout Scripture as the place we all want to be.  Zion is the place where God’s spirit rests; it’s the place of promise and the place we hope for.  Zion is a symbol of days both now and then when the presence of God moves.

Haven Jerusalem

Haven means “a safe refuge.”  I love this name.  It’s a place of retreat but not of forgetfulness.  You don’t escape into a haven, you find it when you need it.  In fact, Scripture often refers to havens as provided of the Lord.  God Himself is a “safe refuge” for us.  I find this name both descriptive and destiny-related.  What a beautiful charge to be a haven for others and to help God’s children find in their Father, a haven unfounded on earth.

Jerusalem means “a place of peace” and by other translations: “vision of peace.”  Jerusalem is the holy promise.  There’s a physical Jerusalem but there’s also a figurative Jerusalem.  Knowing the Helser family as I do, this name is not a longing of better days to come, but an invitation of the spirit and kingdom of God into the present.  It’s a beautiful name and a prophetic charge to us all.

If you want to learn more about the ministry of the Helsers, you can read more about their ministry and worship at A Place for the Heart.

My next post will feature another important family to my heart and the way they are living out their prophetic names.  I know many of you will be interested to hear more about these special people.

If you want me to pray into your name, leave a comment (full legal name, no commentary) and I’ll get back to you.  Be sure to “LIKE” the post if you did!

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.

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.