What’s In A Name?

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In my last post I briefly wrote about my son’s name.  Today I’d like to explain the meaning and reasoning behind my baby’s name.

My husband and I have been married for almost 10 years and in that time we have discussed possible names of our child(ren).  When we conceived we had a few lengthy discussions about names…and that was before we found out the gender.  Lol.  We decided we would wait until we found out the gender to continue the discussion and solidify a name.  When our baby revealed himself, it limited our name selections, which was good, and we settled on Samuel.

Before I continue I’d like to clear up a myth about my son.  He is not a junior.  Yes, he and my husband have the same first name.  A junior is defined as the younger of 2 men bearing the same full name.  My husband and son share the same first and last name only.  I hope that’s clear enough, lol.

We chose the name Samuel from the King James version of the Bible.  There are a few verses that stood out to me then and continue to serve as reminders to me of the blessings that come through prayer and fasting.

In Samuel 1:5-6, it says, “But unto Hannah he gave a worthy portion; for he loved Hannah: but the Lord has shut up her womb.  And her adversary also provoked her sore, for to make her fret, because the Lord has shut up her womb.”  I can relate to this because I truly feel the Lord blesses me each day and when it came to trying to have a baby, I felt as though I may not be able to conceive.  The other part to this is that Satan/the adversary didn’t and doesn’t help.  He contributed to my feelings of frustration, anger, and thoughts of giving up.

In Samuel 1:10-11, it explains, “And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the Lord, and wept sore.  And she vowed a vow, and said, O Lord of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thing handmaid, but wilt give unto thing handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the Lord all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head.”

There were many times I felt bitter and as though the Lord had forsaken me.  In this scripture, Hannah covenants with the Lord, that if He will open her womb so that she can have a baby, she will offer the child to the Lord to serve Him.  That is quite a covenant and task.  When my husband and I fasted and prayed for a miracle, I did not make this same covenant.  I promised to teach my baby what is right and true according to the Lord and with his help.  The Lord’s ways are not man’s ways.

In Samuel 1:19-20, it states at the end of verse 19 “and the Lord remembered her.” And in verse 20, “Wherefore it came to pass, when the time was come about after Hannah had conceived, that she bare a son, and called his name Samuel, saying, Because I have asked him of the Lord.”  This scripture is the reason and meaning behind the naming of our son…because I have asked him of the Lord.  We didn’t ask for a son; that is what the Lord gave to us.  We fasted and prayed for a baby or in other words, we asked the Lord for a baby and He gave us a son.  And just like Hannah, the Lord answered our prayers.

I mentioned above that my son is not a junior.  His middle names are taken from his Papas, my father and father-in-law.  I was just thinking back whether we asked permission from them or not.  I don’t think we did.  I think we just told them, lol.  I remember when I told my dad the middle name of his we’re using, he said, “I thought name was going to die.”  Lol.  We all just laughed.  He thought that name wouldn’t be carried on.  I also remember my husband and father-in-law having a conversation on the phone about the whole name thing.  When my husband hung up he told me my father-in-law wanted us to use or pick a different name.  We just laughed and before he could finish explaining, my father-in-law immediately called back and changed his mind.  He told my husband they were fine with whatever name.  Too funny.

If you’ve watched the movie, “The Blind Side” the little boy in the film is named Sean.  He is a junior and he’s called SJ.  Initially we thought about calling our baby SJ as a nickname.  He can be called SJ as his first middle name begins with a J.  I changed my mind and call him Samuel.  I want him to know his name.  If later on as he gets old he may want to be called SJ but that’s not a guarantee.  We’ll see what he’s comfortable with. 🙂

Thanks for reading!

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