Hello, My Name is……
We have loads of names that we call our children. Straight out of the gates we called them by their given name, then added in a couple nicknames, mixed with a few playful-funny names. Just to add to the choas, there is also the reality that the different “people groups” in their lives, refer to them by different names! C’mon, admit it—you do the same for your children! Be sure to share them below. In the meantime, here’s the rundown on some of the ‘handles’ we’ve verbalized over the years…
- Sophia: Her given name, we tend to personally call her this most of the time.
- Soph: Gaining traction as her most-used nickname.
- Sophie: Natural nickname. A lot of friends and family call her this.
- Head: No lie, she had a big head when she was born. Just like her daddy! (FYI: Pronounced like Mike Myers’ dad in So I Married An Axe Murderer.)
- Tofy (toe-fee): Silly one that we used when she was a newborn.
- Até (ah-tay): Tagalog for ‘sister’. This is what Olivia calls Soph right now.
- Olivia: Her given name, and one we use for her majority of the time.
- Ibia (ih-bee-ah): Think this was how Sophia pronounced her name when she was first born, and it stuck!
- Ibs (like ‘cribs’, without the ‘cr’): A few people call her this. Cute. Not to be confused with I.B.S. (Irritable Bowel Syndrome).
- Ebby (eh-bee): Flows easy. We’ve used this one a lot!
- Chonky (chawn-kee): Kind of an immediate family thing. Not so much now, but she definitely was a chunky baby!
We laugh about some of these names from time to time. The thing is, despite the names that are given to us as children, by our families, friends, teachers, coaches, etc., at the end of the day, they fail to even scratch the surface of who we really are. The truth is, God’s names for us are inconceivably more meaningful, creative, and lasting, than anything we could have ever imagined on our own. He names us: cherished (Ex 19:5), redeemed (1 John 4:10), beloved (Rom 8:38-39), chosen (Eph 1:11-12), protected (Prov 18:10), and righteous (2 Cor 5:21). Regardless of our past or future, our Father will always call us by name (Isaiah 43:1). How cool is that?! The God of the universe personally and thoroughly knows you by name!
Today, God has reminded me of these names… and I’m grateful:
- Child (John 1:12): God is BIG, yet He chooses to know me intimately.
- New Creation (2 Cor 5:17): My old nature is gone, I don’t have to dwell on past mistakes.
- Sealed (Eph 1:13): No matter the circumstance, the bond between myself and God cannot not be broken.
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