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Monday, August 4, 2008


I really believe that there is a lot of significance to our names... The Bible is very clear on this. We can look back through history and see circumstances when God even changed the name of some, in order to "kick off" a new season in their life.

Not only do our names give some meaning and insight into who we are or who we may become, but often times they offer some prophetic insight into our own spiritual destiny. Ever since I was a child my father has told me that the Lord specifically gave him my name - Sharon Michelle. Now I've looked allllllllllllllllllll over the internet to find the literal meaning of my name, hoping to find out that it means something STRONG like Lioness of God... or anything along those lines. You can imagine my excitement to find out that my name meant "a flat plain". Great. Real cool. A FLAT PLAIN!

Well last night I had the desire to look into this a bit more and search out the verses that mentioned "Sharon". I found that 7 out of 8 times my name was used to describe a location (i'm assuming "a flat plain") in the middle east. Okay so at least now I have a bit of background on where this wonderful flat plain is located. While reading through these scriptures, I found that I was drawn to one particular verse in Isaiah (no shocker to those who know me - as this happens to be one of my favorite books in the Bible!).

Isaiah 65:10~
Sharon will become a pasture for flocks,
and the Valley of Achor a resting place for herds,
for my people who seek me.

FINALLY my search yields some depth! :)

Of course my next step is to expand the chapter and read it in it's entirety... and the more I read, the more my spirit is stirred. The beginning of the chapter focuses on God's grace to His people. How he had revealed Himself even to those who had not searched for Him... How he continued to hold His hands out those who have turned their hearts away from him - a people who shamelessly mock Him. He goes on to speak of another group... those who will "possess His mountains". These people make up a remnant of faithful servants to the Lord.... and NOW is where Sharon comes in! During this time that Sharon will become a pasture for flocks. I LOVE THAT!!!! So this plain, that once was thought of as flat and desolate will bloom into a pasture... a place where flocks will come and receive nourishment and food in order to sustain themselves.

All this to say that after reading that passage I felt like the Lord gave me an even more targeted mission. THAT is how I want my life... my music... to be:

-a pasture
-a resting place
-nourishment to others

And I know it's only through God's grace that I can accomplish this.

So what does your name mean? :)


Judah Himango said...

Judah Gabriel - Judah means praise, Gabriel is "My strength is El (God)".

I never was much of a praiser until about 4 years ago, when God put it in me to learn guitar. I'm now doing some guitar and singing for a small shabbat Bible study. Now I'm living out the name! :-)

My wife is pregnant with our 2nd child. We're thinking of naming her Kess Ezriel. Kess doesn't really have a meaning, we just really liked the sound of it. Ezriel means "My help is El (God)".

sharon wilbur said...

wow that's beautiful! Gabriel is one of my favorite names and i love the sound of Kess as well.

Cristina Irizarry Santiago said...

I don`t have a middle name so it`s just Cristina. I also believe names tell a lot about us so I`ve looked into mine quite a bit. It`s greek and it means, "The annointed/chosen." I really like the hebrew version of it though, it`s Yiska. ;)

I don`t know what God has chosen me for or where He is exacly taking me. All I know is that He is good and He has plans for my life. For now I just seek to be open and flexible to His will for me. Wherever He wants me to be there I will be, you know. :)

Cristina Irizarry Santiago said...

I meant "The annointed/chosen one." oops lol

Anya said...

"Anna"- yes this is my full legal name, however I prefer Anya- softer sounding, somewhat unique- in the states :) Well here is the meaning of mine...
Grace "Hebrew"- from Hannah
Peaceful, poised and understanding you do not let anyone or anything disturb your innate calm. You are tolerant of others no matter how their behaviours or beliefs differ from your own. Not attached to material or worldly affairs you are free to express your true self. Displaying great wisdom and serenity people are naturally drawn to you for guidance and counsel. Your courage and presence of mind see you through any adversity.
So... I guess I kind of have some big shoes sort of speak to fill...
I am not sure about the first part, but I do believe that Lord has made me courageous in some respects and gave me presence of mind... Well, I got long ways to go it's a good thing I got the whole life ahead of me :)

Laurab said...

My name is Laura Michelle and it means "Laurel flower" in Latin, but can be translated to "the crown of flowers given to the victor", or "lady of victory" . Michelle is French and means "who is like God?"
It's funny that you mentioned that you wanted your name to mean "lioness of The lord", because the Hebrew name Ariel means "lion of God". I'm currently writing a story with a character named Ariela (it has the same meaning).
I love looking up the meanings of names. :)

sharon wilbur said...

yes, Arielle is one of my favorite names :)

Tovah Rose said...

couldn't be more fitting...

Carol said...

my name isn't given to babies anymore.."Carol"..which means "Song of Joy", which I love, because music has surrounded my days on earth..and my 3 daughters have musical names..Ariella Machiah, Arianne Mattea, & Abigail Yohanna...yes, something about those A's...