This Week’s #Devotingmothers Devotional: Named

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Named

“I read in a book once that a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, but I’ve never been able to believe it. I don’t believe a rose WOULD be as nice if it was called a thistle or a skunk cabbage.”

L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

Of all the things that need to be done when expecting a child, none is as anticipated and celebrated as choosing baby’s name. This is a big decision. Your kid will have this name for as long as they live, so you better think long and hard before inking the birth certificate!

Whether you spend hours on Baby Name Wizard trying out all kinds of names for Junior, or have known The Name for as long as you can remember, your baby’s name says a lot about you, your traditions, and the culture within we live.

What have you named your child? What names are on your list of possibilities?

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Reflection

“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have summoned you by name; you are mine,” says the Lord  Isaiah 43:1b

Regardless of the thought process and negotiations behind what you name your little one, Our Heavenly Father knows her name. Scripture says God knows everything about each of us. God calls us by name.

Do we listen and answer the call? Will we teach our children to hear God’s voice and follow Him? In your household, is God’s name called upon?

Reflection II

Throughout the world there are many different baby naming traditions and practices. In China, it is considered bad luck to name a child before they are born, while in Ireland there is a very specific formula for a child receiving grandparents’ names. Native Hawaiians believe names are passed down in dreams from God, while some African cultures give babies two names, one at birth and one given later.

When naming our babies, we gave our children family names for their middle name, but selected names that we just liked for the first name. My only caveat – they couldn’t be names easily shortened. Like Jennifer to Jenny or Michael to Mike.

I’ll admit it, I am a control freak. I didn’t like the idea of anyone besides me getting to chose what to call my child. But I do want my Holy Father to call them. My prayer is that God will call them by name and they will listen and come running!

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Heavenly Father,

Thank you for knowing me so well. I’m not just a nameless face in the crowd. Because of what Jesus Christ has done for me by dying on the cross for my sins, my name is written in the Book of Life for eternity. I am grateful and humbled.

Lord, I commit to teaching my children your Holy Name. To introduce them to You and shepherd them into a relationship with You. God, I ask that You call them by name to be a part of your family. I pray that they won’t turn their back, but will want to follow You.

Amen

Remember

reeders-july2013-26God knows me by name. Of all the people in the world, in all of time since creation, the Lord our God knows me. I am not just one of many; a face in the crowd without context or relationship.

God’s word says…
I am KNOWN by name. (John 10:14-15)
I am a daughter of the King. (2 Corinthians 6:18)
I am loved. (John 3:16, Romans 5:8, Ephesians 2:4-5)
I rejoice that my name is written in heaven! (Luke 10:20)

 

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