Have you ever stopped to think of what is in a name? Parents find out they are expecting a little one and they begin planning his or her future. But do we take time to stop and think about naming our children? Did you ever stop to think that your child's name will be the most common proper noun they hear in their lifetime. They will probably hear the name you choose for them an average of two to four million times. Even after they die their name will still be used.
In the Redman home choosing a name is a major thought process. Dad and mom pray and ask the Lord's wisdom in choosing a name that will glorify the Lord. The children offer input as well. Some of our children have gone a week or more without a name, much to the chagrin of the grandmas.
But consider what God's Word says about a name. Proverbs 22:1 tells us, " A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold."
Doug Phillips, of Vision Forum Ministries, puts it very clearly when he states," The naming of a child is one of the most important decisions you will make on behalf of your son or daughter, so be deliberate. Be biblical."
Is it your goal to name your little bundle of joy by the most popular name, a name to give him the competitive edge, to be different than everyone else, or to name your sons and daughters by names that will challenge them to live Godly lives for their Creator?
Here are the names of our children so far...
Rachel Anne - Little lamb, grace
Jonathan David - Gift from God, beloved
Jordan Daniel - The descender, God is my judge
Josiah Stephen - Supported by God, Crown
Rebekah Lynn - Captivating, beautiful
James Levi - To follow, united/joined
Noah Michael - Rest, like God
Gideon Eli - Warrior, Ascension
Abigail Grace - Father's joy, grace
And now our three little ones from Liberia....
Hannah Faith - Grace, faith
Hosanna Joy - Salvation, joy
Solomon John - Peaceful, gracious gift of God
And one more due in March...stay tuned for an update in the naming of the next generation of Redman arrows.