People love my girls names
I do too
Anastasia Zoe (is in heaven – she was born at 22 weeks and her heart had stopped beating)
They all have meaning and when they were born and introduced into the world, I sent an announcement card to everyone in our life with the meanings of their names. And sometimes when Eden is not being “delightful”:... I remind her that her name means delightful land :)
Our main text for this journey is the story of the ‘Daughters of Z’ which tells of a man named Zelophehad, who dies without having a son to continue his name. As a result, his daughters are not able to receive their father’s portion of the Promised Land. (Having had no son, the continuation of his family name depended on his heirs receiving land in his name.) Numbers 27.
In a day and age when having a son was paramount, can you imagine what Zelophehad thought each time his wife gave birth to another girl? I know my husband Andrew gets the whole ‘daughters-and-no-son’ dynamic. The difference is that we don’t live in a society where that is humiliating. In fact it is not only humiliating – it meant disaster for the legacy of this man, Zelophehad.
So naming them was quite a powerful statement that he was making, Look at what their names mean!
And maybe you find yourself living the reality of one of these names right now.
The first daughter was named Mahlah, which means SICKNESS - ‘to become sick or faint, weakness due to being wounded’
The second daughter was named Noah meaning TIMID - ‘to shake, rattle, stagger, wander (shaky girl or lady wanderer)’
The third daughter was named Hoglah, which means PARTRIDGE (or a bird that can not fly) .. it indicates to hobble or hop
The fourth daughter is named Milcah, which means QUEEN or loved one
The last daughter was named Tirzah, meaning BELOVED or favored one – ‘to be pleased with’
It looks like as he went on having daughters he reconciled himself to this destiny and actually accepted it. Today please let me encourage y…
Whether you feel loved and favored OR weak and shaky; or like a bird that cannot fly – each one of these girls made claim to their rightful inheritance!
It wasn’t only the ‘favored one’ who got her inheritance. It was all of them!
It is time to realize that your inheritance, your portion, your destiny is not accessible based on your name, or your works, or your family but completely because of the grace of God.
Quite possibly you could locate yourself in one of those names, but as you do that begin to visualize yourself receiving your inheritance standing in the body of one of those girls.
You need to know today that it is ok to name your situation and be honest about which girls you identify with today. Each of them showed up and received their inheritance.
As you name your situation or circumstance, or name an emotion or a part of who you are…. Don’t ever let it disqualify you!
With you in the new terrain
Love Vanessa x