I think the meanings of names are really interesting.  We gave our oldest daughter her name because it was unique. Different. We didn’t know any Kaitlyn’s at the time. And our younger daughter we named after one of my best friends, Alyssa.  I think they are wonderful names.

Have you ever looked up the meaning of your name?  When Kaitlyn was dedicated in church the pastor asked me to find out what her first and middle names mean. It turns out she is “Pure Friend”. And Alyssa is “Floral Beauty”.  Isn’t that cool?  We put two names together and they go together so well!  (And just for giggles…I’m a “Beautiful Brave Bridge” ).

When I was pregnant with each of the girls we of course came up with a boys name before finding out for sure we would be giving birth to girls. We had chosen Zachariah as his name. And even though we didn’t have a boy, the meaning of his name has always warmed my heart. “Jehovah has remembered”.

God has many, many names. And each name in the Bible has a unique meaning.

JEHOVAH – ADON(AI) : Lord of lords
JEHOVAH – JIRAH:  Lord our Provider
EL – ELYON:  Most high God
EL – SHADDAI:  God Almighty

The list goes on… God, Father, Emmanuel, Savior, Redeemer, Shepherd, Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace, etc…

But the one we know the most, the one name that captures us more than any is:


THE name above all names, beautiful Savior, glorious Lord. JESUS. THE ONE who bore our sorrows, suffered our pain, took on our sins and died and was buried in a tomb. JESUS. THE ONE who rose from the dead and now sits at the right hand of His Father in Heaven. JESUS. THE ONE whose name whispers…peace!

Oftentimes it feels like He has gone to Heaven and forgotten us. We feel so alone and abandoned. But we’re not. Because JESUS IS EMMANUEL: GOD WITH US.

Sometimes when I’m feeling really down and I don’t know where to read in my Bible, I begin to think of His names. I saw this video at a Beth Moore conference a few years ago. It is a 5 minute countdown of the names of God and they played it right before we would start a session. It gave me goosebumbs as I watched each name come onto the screen and it still does every time I watch it. How big is our God? Here’s a glimpse….

For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9:6
Isn’t it time you let the King of kings, the Lord of lords, Jesus, the Messiah, the Prince of Peace invade your life?
 (And if that video doesn’t give you enough chills)

© Marcie Bridges, Heart Thoughts, 2013

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