Day Six - Why we live limited by our name

People love my girls names

I do too

Indianna Hope

Avalon Jade

Eden Cleopatra

Anastasia Zoe

Sahara Justice

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? We have four girls - actually if you ask my daughters they will emphatically remind me that we have five daughters (which is why I wrote her name in the beginning paragraph), because Anastasia Zoe is in heaven – she was born at 22 weeks and her heart had stopped beating. She is named and known and part of our family.

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, At our gathering of girls we spoke about their names and here is what they mean:

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