Over the last few weeks I’ve been doing a series of the names of each of our children and the meanings behind them.
Names obviously are important for your children and as a new parent it is one of the biggest and most important decisions you face. Hands down.
But have you ever researched your own name and pondered what God might have to say to you about YOU?
You see, several years ago I was in sort of an identity crisis. At war with myself and who I was at my core verses what I felt certain voices in books and teachings I had been reading and listening to were telling me was the proper role for a woman. Until one day…
I sat down to do my quiet time one morning. I had been doing a study on the names of several Old Testament saints…all female…
And a thought occurred to me…what does my name mean?
I remembered a beautiful young Jewish girl I went to school with named Liat. Everyone used to always confuse our names! So I went about tying to find the meaning of Liat. Interestingly, the Hebrew language words and even its letters are often accompanied by pictures to help decode the meanings. The photo next to Liat was one of a father holding his little girl in his arms and looking lovingly into her eyes. The meaning was “you are mine.”
My middle name is Carla, which I learned that morning meant “strong woman.”
My full name is Lyette Carla Reback. Which apparently means that God created me to be a strong minded woman and He loves me just they way I am…just the way He created me.
Sounds simplified but quite honestly it was a discovery that freed me to be the person I had been trying to hide. Trying to keep under wraps. Trying to fit into someone else’s mold.
My hope in writing this to you is that if you are facing some sort of inside questioning, some sort of confusion as to who you are or who God created you to be, then maybe with a little research and some digging you can get some clarity. I know that morning I came downstairs ready to rumble. That discovery gave me courage I had previously lost because I had believed a lie. And maybe sometimes we don’t have to look any further than what we’ve been called our whole lives. Because something as simple and as important as a name simply can’t be a mistake.