What’s in a Name?

 

When we are born we are given a name.  I know from experience that parents tend to put a lot of care into naming their children. Sometimes the name is a family name, or sometimes the parent likes the meaning of the name, or sometimes parents have thought of what the name would sound like when their child becomes an adult. Whatever the reason you are named it becomes your name, yet we do not become our name until we are older.

I have many memories of being a teacher where I would associate a name with a student in my mind and even to this day based on the behavior of the student; I still hear their names and smile, because their 5th grade student image pops into my head.

Do you have anyone that has ‘become’ their name, and every time you think of their name you think of them?

I have been thinking a lot about names lately, specifically names from the Bible.  It is not just the name that has me thinking but it is the people whose names were changed when major life events happen. Some for example include:

  • Abram changed to Abraham when he was to be the father of many generations. (Genesis 17:5)
  • Sarai became Sarah when she was to become the mother of many generations. (Genesis 17:15)
  • Jacob switched to Israel after wrestling with God and changed from a deceiver to a man who will prevail. (Genesis 32:28)
  • Saul during his conversion was changed to Paul. He was filled with the Holy Spirit and set his eyes on Jesus (Acts 13:9)

In fact if you want to geek out with me for a moment I created a list from my research of the names changed in the Bible (see below):

NAME CHANGE TO BY WHOM BIBLE REF.
Abram Renamed Abraham God Genesis 17:5
Azariah Renamed Abednego Ashpenaz Daniel 1:7
Barnabas Also Known As Joseph The Apostles Acts 4:36-37
Barsabbas Also Known As Judas   Acts 15:22
Bartholomew Believed to be Nathanael    
Ben-Oni Also Known As Benjamin His Father Jacob Genesis 35:18
Boanerges Also Known As James and John Jesus Mark 3:17
Cephas (or Peter) Also Known As Simon   John 1:42
Daniel Renamed Belteshazzar Ashpenaz Daniel 1:7
Daniel Also Known As Kileab   1 Chron. 3:1
Didymus Also Known As Thomas   John 11:16
Dorcas Also Known As Tabitha   Acts 9:36
Edom Also Known As Esau   Genesis 25:30
Eliakim Renamed Jehoiakim Pharoah Neco 2 Kings 23:34
Esther Also Known As Hadassah Persian – Hebrew Esther 2:7
Gideon Renamed Jerb-Baal The men of Ophrah Judges 6:32
Hananiah Renamed Shadrach Ashpenaz Daniel 1:7
Hoshea Renamed Joshua Moses Numbers 13:16
Jacob Renamed Israel God Genesis 32:28
Jedediah Also Known As Solomon God 2 Sam 12:24-25
Jethro Also Known As Reuel   Exodus 3:1
John Also Known As Mark   Acts 15:37
Joseph Renamed Zaphenath-Paneah Pharoah Genesis 41:45
Levi Also Known As Matthew Hebrew – Greek Matthew 9:9
Lo-Ammi Renamed Ammi God Hosea 2:23
Lo-Ruhamah Renamed Ruhamah God Hosea 2:23
Mattaniah Renamed Zedekiah Nebuchadnezzar 2 King 24:17
Merub-Baal Also Known As Mephibosheth   2 Sam 19:12
Mishael Renamed Meshach Ashpenaz Daniel 1:7
Naomi Renamed Mara Herself Ruth 1:20
Paul Also Known As Saul Latin – Hebrew Acts 13:9
Sarai Renamed Sarah God Genesis 17:15
Silas Also Known As Silvanus   1 Peter 5:12

 

 

As I have been thinking and processing these name changes in the Bible, some to be have stuck out more then others – the ones what come with a big event.

In my own life I have had THREE MAJOR name changes:

  1. On July 24th 2010 I got to marry my BEST FRIEND! I was honored and excited to take his last name. I went from Marissa Brown to Marissa Rice. Yes, those of you who are quick in your humor may see that hyphening my last name would have been pretty funny (Mrs. Brown-Rice) but that was not the reason I wanted to take my husbands name. I was excited to enter into a convent promise and union with Him, and to represent that with a name change. I am an adored, beloved and cherished WIFE.

  1. The second MAJOR name change I got to experience was when I became a: MOM! The name of Mom, Mommy, Mother, is a honored and joyful name change! When I think of all the things I have been called in the past Mom is near the TOP! I am a MOTHER to five of the most beautiful creations I have ever seen (I know I am biased).

  1. My last name change tops them all, and I know that is hard to believe that there is something better then wife and mother. I am a chosen Child of God, I am a Christian, and I have submitted my life and am following Him. My new name is written in the Lambs Book of Life and I will never be the same!

What is in a name? Everything!

What is your name?

Daily Prayer – August 22nd

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During the Month of August we are taking time to Pray for WIVES!!! Either you are a wife and praying for yourself or praying for when you become a wife, praying for a wife you know, OR a husband praying for his wife. 

Focus: 

Good Fruit

Verse:

Proverbs 31:31

Honor her for all that her hands have done,
    and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.

Prayer: 

Dear Lord, I pray that the fruits of my actions would Glorify You! May good fruits be produced and shared with my family and those around me. 

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Daily Prayer – August 21st

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During the Month of August we are taking time to Pray for WIVES!!! Either you are a wife and praying for yourself or praying for when you become a wife, praying for a wife you know, OR a husband praying for his wife. 

Focus: 

Fear the Lord

Verse:

Proverbs 31:30

Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
    but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

Prayer: 

Dear Lord, I pray I would be a wife who Fears the Lord! Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting but respect and fear for the LORD what I desire the most! 

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Daily Prayer – August 20th

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During the Month of August we are taking time to Pray for WIVES!!! Either you are a wife and praying for yourself or praying for when you become a wife, praying for a wife you know, OR a husband praying for his wife. 

Focus: 

Commendable

Verse:

Proverbs 31:29

“Many women do noble things,
    but you surpass them all.”

Prayer: 

Dear Lord, I pray that by my actions it would set me apart from the rest. May my actions show Your goodness and grace. Let all that I do and all that I say be a blessing to You LORD!

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Daily Prayer – August 19th

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During the Month of August we are taking time to Pray for WIVES!!! Either you are a wife and praying for yourself or praying for when you become a wife, praying for a wife you know, OR a husband praying for his wife. 

Focus: 

Praiseworthy

Verse:

Proverbs 31:28

Her children arise and call her blessed;
    her husband also, and he praises her:

Prayer: 

Dear Lord, I pray that my actions will be praiseworthy. May all I do be glorifying to You LORD! I pray through my prayerful and thoughtful action that my children and husband will call me blessed.

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Daily Prayer – August 18th

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During the Month of August we are taking time to Pray for WIVES!!! Either you are a wife and praying for yourself or praying for when you become a wife, praying for a wife you know, OR a husband praying for his wife. 

Focus: 

Hard-working

Verse:

Proverbs 31:27

She watches over the affairs of her household
    and does not eat the bread of idleness.

Prayer: 

Dear Lord, I pray that you would encourage me to be a hard-worker. May I remember you have created us to be workers of your plan and purpose. Help me have a heart not of idleness but of a hard worker!

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Daily Prayer – August 17th

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During the Month of August we are taking time to Pray for WIVES!!! Either you are a wife and praying for yourself or praying for when you become a wife, praying for a wife you know, OR a husband praying for his wife. 

Focus: 

Wise and Kind

Verse:

Proverbs 31:26

She speaks with wisdom,
    and faithful instruction is on her tongue.

Prayer: 

Dear Lord, I pray I will be wise and kind to my husband and those around me. May I be faithful to instruction and speak out wisdom and kindness to all. 

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Daily Prayer – August 16th

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During the Month of August we are taking time to Pray for WIVES!!! Either you are a wife and praying for yourself or praying for when you become a wife, praying for a wife you know, OR a husband praying for his wife. 

Focus: 

Honorable

Verse:

Proverbs 31:25

She is clothed with strength and dignity;
    she can laugh at the days to come.

Prayer: 

Dear Lord, I pray to be an honorable wife, full of strength and dignity. May I approach everyday with seeking your wisdom and truth, which will support me to live every day in your purpose and plan. 

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Daily Prayer – August 15th

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During the Month of August we are taking time to Pray for WIVES!!! Either you are a wife and praying for yourself or praying for when you become a wife, praying for a wife you know, OR a husband praying for his wife. 

Focus: 

Industrious

Verse:

Proverbs 31:24

She makes linen garments and sells them,
    and supplies the merchants with sashes.

Prayer: 

Dear Lord, I pray I would be a wife who continues to dream and work hard in all situations. May I be industrious in my actions, as well as resourceful. You Lord, have given so many talents to wives, I pray I will use them for the Glory of You and the betterment of my family!

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Daily Prayer – August 14th

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During the Month of August we are taking time to Pray for WIVES!!! Either you are a wife and praying for yourself or praying for when you become a wife, praying for a wife you know, OR a husband praying for his wife. 

Focus: 

Reputable

Verse:

Proverbs 31:23

Her husband is respected at the city gate,
    where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.

Prayer: 

Dear Lord, I pray I would be a reputable woman, and glorify God in my actions. May I use my reputation to help others, as well as represent my family and husband. To God be the Glory!

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