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 Names: Ethnic Backgrounds

Up until now, many of the names I’ve posted are strongly European in origin and ancestry. Honestly, they’re pretty easy to find and research online. Smith, Johnson, Cook, all those simple names that aren’t too obscure (although some of you have me stumped, still looking into a few).

But some names aren’t European. Some of you come from families and places that aren’t European in ancestry and European’s don’t have the edge on strong namesakes. I wanted to dive into some names from other cultures to give you a comparison. These required me to go to some different web sites to say the least, but I’ve found some beautiful, powerful meanings that were inspiring to look into.

Adora Pei Yee Soon

Soon – Pei Yee was born and raised in Malaysia, however her namesake it Chinese in origin. Chinese names begin, unlike European names, with the surname first. It actually makes much more sense organizationally. You identify the family the individual is associated with before you determine which member in the family you refer to. In China, (correct me if I’m wrong), you’d actually be addressed as “Soon Pei Yee” yes? “Soon” has a variety of pinyin (English characters put to Mandarin pronunciations) spellings. When I finally found the etymology, however, “Soon” means “those who don’t yield to power.” Wow. This was one of my absolute favorite findings. This is the name of a revolutionary. For any of you who know Pei Yee, she’s one of the fiercest intercessors I’ve ever met. It’s your legacy and destiny to stand strong and firm. It’s a beautiful, powerful name!

Adora – It’s not uncommon for Malay people to have a European or “Christian” name. Adora means “beloved” in the same way that “David” means “beloved.” Adora comes from the word “adore.” Pei Yee, you are loved and adored by your heavenly Father. When you hear your name, you should be hearing “I love you” direct from the heartbeat of God.

Pei Yee – This name means “upholding friendship” or “loyal.” It’s a strong trait and a highly prized virtue. This can be a description of who you are or can be a reminder of how to prioritize and value your relationships. Be known as a woman who is loyal and “upholds friendships.”

Cinthia Flores

Cinthia – I loved this name! Cinthia is from a family of names that mean “the moon.” As I prayed into this, the word “reflection” came to mind. The moon reflects the light of the sun from a different angle and perspective every single night. It doesn’t generate the light; it reflects it. The moon doesn’t draw attention to itself, it’s only seen because of its willingness to reflect. In a prophetic sense, when you hear your name, you should hear the reminder: “Cindy, reflect ME.” Consider that you’re a mirror. To reflect accurately, you have to know intimately.

Flores – The Spanish word “Flores” means “flowers” in English. What I love most is your full name put together: the moon and the flowers. Both are incredibly beautiful. Flowers are beautiful and draw attention to themselves because they are the conduits of life. Think about bees who come to flowers to collect pollen only to go to other flowers to give it away. Without flowers, we’d need another way to propagate life. I see an incredibly artistic prophetic word here, a colorful, beautiful, expression.

Sara Jane Choe

Sara – I love the name Sara because of its connection to royalty. Sara means “princess” which is not only a position of authority, but it’s a common term of endearment from a father to a daughter. When you hear your name, do you hear “princess”?

Jane – This name means “gracious,” “merciful,” and “gift from God.” There are a host of good solid truths wrapped up in this name. I believe that there’s a reminder here of the character of God. When names like this are given, I believe they’re given as the charge to advocate for this perspective of God. Are you the proclaimer that God is “gracious?” Do you recognize the need for God’s “mercy” and our willingness to accept it? Are you sensitive when people don’t realize that they are a “gift” from the Father?

Choe – This Korean name has a variety of English spellings. It means “governor who oversees the land and mountain.” I can’t tell you how many analogies I got from looking into this. First, the responsibility of leadership. There’s a strong stewardship charge wrapped up in this name. Second, the mountain is an interesting place. You don’t often build a metropolis on the mountain. People come to the mountain to get symbolically closer to God. I believe, especially for you Sara, that there’s a charge to usher people into the places where God is close.

I’m still researching slowly but surely into your names and hope to respond to you if you’ve left a comment. If you want to add your name, just leave a comment (full, legal name, no commentary) and your e-mail!

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Prophetic Names: Trees

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I’m loving the themes that come out of this research.  There are some pretty common names and some pretty common meanings, but prophetically two names can have different connotations depending on the individual.  That’s what makes names so beautiful.  They’re uniquely and perfectly: YOU.

I’ve noticed a trend that I wanted to dig a little deeper into.  Some names that I’ve come across have references to trees.  I might do a series on all the names that mean “person who lives near” or “dweller by” because those show up a lot too.  But some names are actually taken from not just trees, but very specific trees.  These are ones you’d notice, that people would study, and that have particularly defining traits.

So I did some research into the botanical descriptors of some of these trees and prayed into what I found and…whoa…it’s some rich stuff.  As we study names, we can’t just take “from the Ash tree” at face value.  There’s some prophetic purpose for that tree.  Let me show you what I mean.

Ashley Nicole Musick

Ashley is somewhat simple: “from the Ash Tree”.  (Thought you’d like to hear that “ash” could also be translated from its etymology as “spear”).  Many names have something to do with locations and strategic landmarks.  The “Ash Tree” was probably a place that people recognized and knew that a certain family or individual lived there. The wood of the Ash tree is both strong and elastic.  People choose to use Ash on purpose for a variety of things.  In fact, they specifically noted in some articles I read that Ash is used to make musical instruments.  It was interesting to hear this comment though: you don’t use Ash wood on outdoor furniture because being left outside will corrode away and rot the wood.  The Ash is used on the inside, for precious things, useful things, in the places where people live and under a rooftop and covering.  You are a woman who thrive under covering, who finds life by being included and valued…and you are.

Lindsey Meghan Heston

Lindsey comes from “the linden tree near the water.”  It’s a beautiful picture and may be just that, but I wanted to look into why the linden tree is important.  The linden has a strong (yet flexible) trunk, heart-shaped leaves, it grows rapidly in rich soil and can grow incredibly old.  Where do I even begin!? Strong, secure foundation, the “heart” and passion are visible and keep reproducing, the environment has a lot to do with its health, and it’s meant for longevity.  The wood of the linden was used in making Viking shields but also for sculptures.  Here’s the part I liked best though: linden is used medicinally against restlessness, headaches and hysteria.  It’s soothing, at its DNA it’s meant to bring peace (it’s the tree “near the water”…kind of like Psalms 23, “He leads me beside quiet waters”).  Quite the charge eh?  There’s a vulnerability to the linden, it’s actually incredibly susceptible to insect attacks but at the same time, makes excellent honey when near beehives.  It’s resilient and makes the best of its weaknesses.  It’s an unabashed, beautiful tree.

Lauren Anne Williamson

Lauren means “from the place of the laurel trees.”  Laurels have been used throughout history in a variety of ways, but some of the most notable include the Greeks and Romans who used them as crowns to victors of various games (like the Olympics).  There are sayings that use “laurel” as way to talk proverbially about patience or a reflection on the past.  The laurel itself however, is a beautiful tree.  Its flowers are pretty but are highly defensive.  The laurel has a protection mechanism in its beauty; the flowers are poisonous.  But get this: the flowers are poisonous so as to prevent inbreeding.  The flowers force the insects and pollen to go out instead of re-pollinating familiar areas or even itself.  It’s healthier when this happens.  The laurel thrives in humid environments, which I found intriguing.  If you’ve ever been in places of high humidity, you can’t help but notice the presence of the water in the air.  Think of this spiritually, are you one who thrives when the spirit is thick?

Robert Ellery Riggs Jr

Ellery was surprisingly easy to find (I’d never heard the name before).  It comes from the “Elder tree” where we get “elderberries” (and for your Harry Potter buffs, the “elder wand”).  I did some research into the elder tree and came out with some interesting notes.  The berries and flowers are used in a variety of ways.  Elderberries are used in jams and syrups.  They’re incredibly sweet and nutritious.  The stalks, however, are poisonous and are used in the manufacture of cyanide.  The stalks protect the plant and the fruit it produces so the plant can produce more fruit.  The fruit is freely given and taken away but the foundation is firm, strong and guarded.  The nutritious and poisonous live side by side.  It takes maturity to know the uses and best management of both.

I’m in the process of trying to reply to all of your comments.  This has been so rewarding, thank you for sharing your names with me.  If you still want to throw your name in for prophetic consideration, just leave a comment (full legal name, no commentary).

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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.