What Does Your Name Mean?

What’s in a name?  What does your name mean?  Why were you named what your were?

During the online Bible study, What Happens When Woman Walk in FaithI am currently doing with Proverbs 31, there was a question to look up your name and find out what it means.  I have never done this for me or anyone in my family.  I found this very intriguing.

In the bible in Genesis, naming things was a duty Adam had in the garden.

Genesis 2:20 (NIV).  So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals. But for Adam no suitable helper was found.

In many books of the Bible, the writers start off or list the lineage of certain people.

Exodus 1:1-3 (NIV).  These are the names of the sons of Israel who went to Egypt with Jacob, each with his family: Reuben, Simeon, Levi and Judah; Issachar, Zebulun and Benjamin;

Sometimes God would change someone’s name.

Geneisis 17:5 (NIV).  No longer will you be called Abram[a]; your name will be Abraham,[b] for I have made you a father of many nations.

And then there were times when God would come to someone in a dream or somewhere and tell them what to name their child.

 Matthew 1:20-25 (NIV).  But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus,[a] because he will save his people from their sins.”  22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet:23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”[b] (which means “God with us”). 24 When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. 25 But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.

Now your parents may not have received your name from a dream from God or they may have but either way your name has meaning.  I found the meaning of my name on a website called Our Baby Namer (you can click on the website for the link).

I never knew what my name meant until yesterday.  Jeanie means “God is Gracious.”  Uh, What?  I know that.  But do I really know that!! I’m sure God has a reason for allowing me to find this out now.   

Well then I decided to dive into scripture – I’m sure there was a scripture that said this.  If so, I want to study, memorize, and share what it means to me.

Psalm 116:6 (MSG).  God is gracious—it is he who makes things right, our most compassionate God.
Psalm 116:6 (KJV).  Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; yea, our God is merciful.

Psalm 116 author is anonymous, however, any of us could have wrote it.  It starts with how much they love God and He heard their cry.  It goes on to talk about being close to death, overcome by trouble and sorrow.  But they called upon the Lord to save them.  The Lord God is gracious and full of compassion.  The Psalmist goes on to talk about how he believed and how God delivered Him. The Psalmist does not know how to repay except for lifting up the Lord’s name and worshiping Him.  The Psalmist is not trying to repay for what God has done, but to be thankful and rejoice.  He will Praise the Lord for His Graciousness.

Gracious means to favor, to show kindness.  The Greek word for grace is charis.  I actually learned this when I was reading One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp.  She explains about Charis, Eucharisteo, and Chara mean which is grace, thanksgiving and joy respectfully.

We all have been overcome by trouble or sorrow.  We may be facing health issues, loss of family, loss of friends, infidelity or many other thousands of problems.  But if we call out to the Lord He is Gracious.  In the Bible, many of the believers, prophets, and disciples called upon Him.

Job called out to God after all his despair and anguish.  Daniel called out from the Lion’s den and was saved.  David was saved when up against Goliath.  Jesus calmed the storm when the disciples were scared.

Pain, anguish, sickness, and defeat have always been here and always will be, but we also have a God is gracious if we call on Him.  He will answer us.  Sometimes we have to remember that His answer may not be what we want but what HE wants. We may want to be healed here on earth, but HE may want to heal us in death.

Ecclesiastes 3:3 (NIV).  a time to kill and a time to heal,
    a time to tear down and a time to build,

The Lord is the only one who knows the time for healing, for everything.

Matthew 24:35 (NLT).  “However, no one knows the day or hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself.[a] Only the Father knows.

Our Lord is gracious and when we call out to Him we need to remember He is Gracious!!!

2 Chronicles 30:9 (NIV).  If you return to the Lord, then your fellow Israelites and your children will be shown compassion by their captors and will return to this land, for the Lord your God is gracious and compassionate. He will not turn his face from you if you return to him.”
 2 Chronicles 30:9 (KJV).  For if ye turn again unto the Lord, your brethren and your children shall find compassion before them that lead them captive, so that they shall come again into this land: for theLord your God is gracious and merciful, and will not turn away his face from you, if ye return unto him.

What if you say, “Well I have been so bad?”  Guess what, the Lord is Gracious.  Jesus came to this earth as a human from a virgin.  He spoke of God, He performed miracles and He told of the second coming.

BUT HE did the most GRACIOUS thing of all.

HE DIED FOR YOU, YOUR SINS, mine and everyone else!!!  

It’s okay if you have been bad.  Confess your sins to God and accept Him as your Savior and He is gracious to forgive.  Now, are you going to be perfect.  NO! No one is or will be but Jesus.  But you can try to live to the best of your ability.

It takes prayer.  It takes studying.  It takes more prayer.  It takes praising.  It takes even more prayer.  It takes love.  It takes a whole lot more prayer.  It takes you asking for forgiveness and living a life for Him.  It takes the Lord God living in you because He is gracious!  If you have not accepted Him, please do so now.  If you have, PRAISE HIM for being so GRACIOUS for you!!!!

Now I know my parents did not know what my name meant when they named me.  My dad just named me after my mom (Jean).  But now that I am older I am so happy my name is Jeanie. Every time I say it or every time someone else says it I can think – GOD IS GRACIOUS!!!  I also need to remember this when I am low, hurting, or in a bad place.  I may even decide to start saying when someone ask me how I am, “God is Gracious!”

Are you going to begin living knowing God is Gracious?  Are you going to tell everyone God is Gracious? 

Jeanie God is gracious

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