Was Your Name by Accident?



Each of us has been given a name by our parents; some before birth, some after. I have often wondered why a certain name was given. Was it chosen because of an ancestor, an entertainer Mama liked, or just something that popped into Mama and Daddy’s head?

As it turns out each name has a a hidden meaning, a deeper Biblical meaning. Here are some of the more common names we have been given according to the book, “What’s in a Name?” by Linda Francis, John Hartzel, and Al Palmquist.

Name                                                     Literal Meaning                          Godly Characteristic

Adam                                                   A man of the earth                       God’s creation

Adeline                                                Nobleness                                      Woman of Esteem

Adrian                                                 “Black earth” – Latin                    Creative Heart

Al                                                          Cheerful                                         Cheerful one

Alice                                                     Truthful one                                  Truth

Amanda                                               Worthy of Love                             Beloved

Anne                                                     Gracious one                                 Gracious one

April                                                     Opening; Born in April                New in Faith

Arthur                                                  Noble one or Bear man                Man of Integrity

Benjamin                                             Son of the right hand                   Favored son

Carol                                                     Womanly; Song                             Song of joy

Charlotte                                              Little womanly one                      Full of Grace

Cheryl                                                   The epitome of femininity          Womanly

Daniel                                                   God is my judge                             God is Judge

David                                                     Beloved one                                    Beloved

Debra                                                    The bee                                            Seeking one

Diane                                                     Divine one                                     In God’s glory

Elizabeth                                              Consecrated to God                      Consecrated one

Ellen                                                      Bright one                                      Bright one

Frank                                                     Free man                                       Living in freedom

Gregory                                                 Watchman; watchful one          Watchful one

Jack                                                        The supplanter                            Truthful

John                                                       God is gracious                            God’s gracious gift

Judy                                                        Praised of God                             Praised of God

Kay                                                          Pure one                                        Pure one

Kristi                                                      Christian                                        Follower of Christ

Linda                                                      Pretty one                                      Beauty

Margaret                                                A pearl                                           A pearl

Martha                                                   A lady                                             Woman of discretion

Mary                                                       Myrrh                                             Living fragrance

Mia                                                         Mine                                               Belonging to God

Nancy                                                     Grace                                              Gracious one

Paul                                                        Little                                              Dependent on God

Peter                                                       Rock                                              Strong in Spirit

Robert                                                   Shining with fame                       Excellent worth

Ruth                                                       Compassionate. Beautiful         Compassionate

Sharon                                                   A princess                                    A princess

Stan                                                        Dweller at the Rocky Meadow   Sturdy spirit

Steve                                                       Crowned one                               Crowned one

Sue & Susan                                         Lily or graceful Lily                     Full of grace

Teresa                                                   Reaper                                            Industrious

Thomas                                                 A twin                                             Seeker of truth

Vanessa                                              No literal meaning                         Walks with God

Wanda                                                 Wanderer                                         Walks with God

Wayne                                                  Wagoner or wagonmaker             Lifter of cares

William                                                 Resolute protector                        Great protector

Zachary                                                 Jehovah has remembered           The Lord remembers


I’m sorry if your name isn’t here. Too many to list. Just put it in the comment section and I’ll look it up.




Blessings to you.


Time is Running Out

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 “O’ children of God Almighty the time is near that He who is the Most Holy shall gather His flock together in the heavenlies. Be prepared for the Lamb of God shall return in the clouds with trumpets blowing and His heavenly angels about Him.

Ye of little faith stand up for Christ for His judgment day is coming. Those who walk in darkness shall remain in darkness unless your hearts are changed.

Events of today are warnings of a time yet to come. God has spoken and His will shall be done. Do not fear children of God for your Savior is near. He who loves all will show His magnificent mercy.

But ye children of God speak out, stand up, and if need be, be a martyr for the Lord your God. Time is running out. Be in prayer for those who are lost. Be in prayer for…

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The MOST IMPORTANT Presidential Election in American History: What Kind of American Will You Vote For?

The MOST IMPORTANT Presidential Election in American History: What Kind of America Will You Vote for?


For those who have read my previous articles, you will know that this writer is no fan of Donald Trump. Yet I will say it again, anyone who votes for Hillary Clinton to be president of the United States may as well be standing in the streets of America shouting, “death to the US!”

Trump wants to put a stop to Muslim immigration and stop immigration from countries that have terrorism issues as well. Hillary on the other hand desires to up immigration levels by well over 100%. Can the U.S. really afford to have so many more un-vetted immigrants coming here especially from the Middle East? The bottom line here is that immigration should benefit the host nation, not place said nation at serious risk.

Donald Trump speaks of building a wall on the border between Mexico and the U.S. Hillary on the other hand wants to open the borders even further. Hillary Clinton has naively stated that our Southern border is secure! – even going so far as to say this according to The Washington Times:

Improvements under President George W. Bush and President Obama, including several hundred miles of fencing, have cut net illegal immigration from Mexico to zero.

Here is the reality: The FBI further documented gangs in Southwestern border regions consisting of up to 80 percent illegal aliens were committing a multitude of crimes in America, “including drug-related crimes, weapons trafficking, alien smuggling, human trafficking, prostitution, extortion, robbery, auto theft, assault, homicide, racketeering, and money laundering.”

A Mexican cartel cut a hole through the fence in Arizona and drove into the U.S.

How about severed human heads being delivered to police stations in Southern border-states to “get the message” across not to mess with the Mexican cartels? If you really want to know what goes on at our Southern border, watch this video – be warned it is graphic and unpleasant.

Does this strike you as a secure Southern U.S. border?

Open U.S. borders lead the way to the possibility of the North American Union; a plan to turn Mexico, Canada, and the U.S. into one big happy family. It’s not a conspiracy when there is plenty of evidence to support the possibility of this happening. Hillary Clinton supports this – do you? Trump on the other hand is firmly against this kind of idiocy.

Can America really afford to have such a blatant liar like Hillary Clinton installed in the highest office in the land? Read this story by WND on the Clintons, it’s an eye opener if you are not familiar with all the scandals and criminal activity the Clintons have gotten away with.

Donald Trump may be brash, un-presidential in some respects, and need some work on some of his ideas – but do we really want, or more the point, can the U.S. really afford to have a lying criminal as president? Yes all politicians tell lies or half-truths, but if Satan is the Father of lies, then Hillary is most definitely the offspring of lies.

Anyone who thinks that this country has deteriorated markedly since Obama took office is correct – but if Hillary wins the election things will get even worse. Hillary supports Obama’s failed and dangerous policies and will seek to broaden them even more. The Clintons are all about lining their pockets and amassing power, while at the same time pushing the U.S. towards a One World Government, which begins, with the North American Union mentioned above.

This writer believes that Donald Trump’s heart is in the right place, desiring the good of this country. There is a bit of tarnish on the brass I admit, but the brass can be cleaned and polished. On the other side of the isle, well, late blight cannot be cured – it is always deadly.

Call it what you will – a vote for anyone other than Donald Trump is a vote for Hillary Clinton. Not voting whatever the reason will only serve to give the win to Hillary.

The voter’s choices this election year are pretty cut and dried:

If you desire to see the status quo maintained, the political corruption, if you are in favor of Americans NOT having guns, if you like open U.S. borders, approve of unfair trade deals, are ok with the Iran nuke deal, if you think the degradation of the U.S. military is fine, are ok with the U.S. not being respected on the international stage, and like Obama-care – then vote for Hillary Clinton.

If on the other hand you: want the U.S. military restored to it’s fighting best, want to see the U.S. Southern border made secure, trade deals that are fair to the U.S., the Iran nuke deal revised or eliminated, the economy strengthened, Obama-care repealed, Americans able to KEEP their guns, Christians protected instead of thrown to the wolves, immigration problems addressed, political corruption addressed instead of swept under the table – then vote for Donald Trump.

Originally published on Eagle Rising

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Presidential elections are always important, yet this one is the most important election America has ever seen. America is at a crossroads, a choice between two contenders – one that promises to restore America to her former greatness, and one who will continue the blatant criminality that is the legacy of the Clintons.

Does all Creation Observe the Sabbath? Hmmmm

So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation. Gen. 2:3

Getting up early and watching a couple of my favorite T.V. preachers while waking up and eating a bowl of my favorite cereal I start my usual Sunday morning routine. Yawning a final yawn I throw off the nightie and don some clothes for church. It’s hot outside already so a comfortable sundress will do. Don’t forget to take a sweater, the church is always cold is my thought as I grab my Bible and head out the door.

The praise songs are rocking and the worship songs bring tears to my eyes. Pastor has given another sermon that is uplifting and filled with Biblical information that I can chew on in more depth when I get home.

We Christians, as soon as the service is over, there’s a stampede out the double doors for the nearest fast food place or a local restaurant. Like bees to honey we fast track out of the parking lot and let nothing get in our way. Our focus has shifted from the eternal to the present growling within the confines of our stomach. Gluttony is non-existent, at least until we hold our full stomach and groan.

After a good meal some go home and take naps, some turn on a ball game, and some just sit out on their deck with the overhead fan whipping the hot air around and watching other creations of God enjoying the Sabbath. Like me!

God said we should rest and reflect on Him on the Sabbath. Sitting on my deck I realize as my furry friends show up for their daily dinner of corn kernels that God must not have been talking about just humans when He said it is a day of rest.

I’m sure “Daisy Mae,” “Bonnie,” and the others have had a busy week dodging traffic, staying clear of snakes and out-of-season hunters, foraging for food, and just staying clear of the general population of humans.

Like Christians after church rushing to beat the crowd at the local eatery, my furry friends seem to enjoy Sue’s place. It’s peaceful, the food is good, she’s non-threatening, and unless the neighbor let’s his dogs out, they seem quite comfortable enjoying their Sabbath.

Breakfast for Daisy

A fine lunch of fresh corn kernels

Part of Daisy Mae's family 7-24-16

A  quick nap after lunch

2 of my furry friends

and time to head home and get ready for the hustle and bustle of a new week.

Maybe they aren’t that much different from us,  or……………..wow………… maybe these are Christian deer! 



Blessings to you.

Every Knee Shall Bow

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“Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil, for Thou art with me.”

Heads up children of God for stormy seas are on the horizon. Many will perish, much will be laid to waste. Families torn from rooted homes, devastation wide spread. God’s wrath shall come to all who do not believe. Quakes will split the earth, mountains shall fall. Those who think they are above the Almighty will fall as toothpicks in the wind.

Every, every knee shall bow and the glory of the Lord shall reign forever more.”

Given by the Holy Spirit 5-10-06

Scripture ref’s: Is. 45:23 -Ro.14:11 – Phil. 2:10







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A Harvest Reeped

There’s an old fairy tale story of Jack and the Bean Stalk. Something about a giant and a huge bean stalk that grew up from a seed he planted. I’m not good with fairy tales so let’s get to the point.

Last year I hung a bird feeder in my yard and thoroughly enjoyed watching the various types of birds enjoying it and I was constantly chasing the squirrels away from it to no avail. Then suddenly I noticed the five pounds of seed that filled the feeder would mysteriously disappear over night. Now squirrels don’t eat that much in a short time! They will enjoy tipping up the feeder and scampering away to bury some of the seeds. The mystery deepened until one day….

Tipping the feeder 8-11-15

The mystery was solved!

Breakfast for Daisy

I named the deer “Daisy.” She continued to return for her fill of bird seed,  so I decided to make her a “dinner plate” after learning she likes corn kernels…


and so do the squirrels.


“Sparky” (I name all my friends) made haste and with great pleasure upon discovering Daisy’s dinner he would have his fill and then carry some off to bury for a later snack.

Luke 8:11 says,  “…The seed is the word of God.” Watching the squirrel dig a small hole and bury a corn kernel made me think of how we are to plant seeds of faith. I know for me it is sometimes discouraging when I don’t see any results from the seeds I plant in non-believers. “They just don’t get it” is often my thought but on the other hand we just never know what that planted seed might produce.

Of course we have to be careful of the type of seed we are planting. If it is a seed of discouragement the fruit will be “rotten.” If we plant seeds of hope and love the harvest could bring a sweet aroma glorifying the Lord. Sometimes we just have no idea what that seed will or will not produce.


While Daisy and her fawns enjoy their free meal and the squirrel is busy planting his seeds for future nourishment…


I shall enjoy the harvest from Sparky’s faithful endeavor.



Blessings to you.

LBGT Agenda -Shut Down Bible Believing Churches

 Students rally outside Santee Education Complex in South Los Angeles on Wednesday, April 20, 2016. The principal of the Los Angeles high school where a scuffle broke out with adult protesters over a new gender-neutral bathroom praised his students Wednesday as "trailblazers" for campaigning to install the restroom. Bathrooms for transgender students have become a focal point in the national debate over anti-discrimination laws. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

LBGT Agenda Has Always Been a Means to Jail Christians and Shut Down Bible Believing Churches



“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”  (Ephesians 6:12)

As you read this piece, keep that Scripture in your mind. We tend to vent our anger at our government; at Islam, and at all people and groups who scheme to silence us.    Always remember that the god of this world HATES us and HATES Israel!

In eight years, BHO has done more to destroy our values and what we hold dear; our faith in Christ and our patriotism for our country, than any other president in the history of America.  But remember – we are not wrestling against flesh and blood (Obama) but weare wrestling against the powers of darkness – Satan and his demons.

BHO is simply a tool for them.

Oh, he IS evil; there is no doubt about it. But he is owned by the devil and does his bidding at his every beck and call. I believe that Obama has been given over to his lusts and a reprobate mind.  I find it hard to pray for him because I truly believe that he will not be saved.  I used to feel bad about this attitude, but I believe that Scripture backs up my conclusion about him:

2 Thessalonians: 10-12

“And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:  That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”

*I think that this passage of Scripture truly defines BHO.

Homosexuals think that those in power really care about them

This is a farce.  BHO, Hillary Clinton and all of the left wingers who have fought for Gay marriage and Transgender rights, could not care less about these people!  This push for everything that goes against the Christians’ convictions, has happened primarily for two reasons. One is for votes.  The second and in my opinion the end game – the eventual jailing of true Christians and the closing of Bible believing churches.

There are many denominations who are not only fighting for the rights of gays, but they ordain gays for their pulpits.  These people will be safe from our government. These are the ones who will be left behind when the Rapture of the Church happens. They are in the world AND of the world as well.

Jesus said in John 17:14 “I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.”

James 4:4 “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.”

From theblaze.com

Popular Pastor Leaves School Board Over Policy Teaching Students Safe Homosexual Sex, Abortion

A popular Southern California pastor resigned from his position on the state’s largest high school board after his peers voted in favor of a mandate that would require pro-LGBTQ sexual ethics education in public schools.

In an email published in a First Things article last Thursday, Pastor Chad Vegas noted that after 12 years of serving on the board he faced a potential lawsuit for his decision to vote against the policy.

Vegas wrote:

CA has mandated this [school transgender policy] for the whole state. I have served on the largest high school board in CA, and the nation, for 12 years. I basically lead that board. Our board voted to adopt the new law into policy. I voted against it. I was breaking the law for doing so. I could be personally sued and our attorney tells me the board insurance won’t cover me because I am breaking the law and I am a bigot.

The California law requires that the state’s middle and high schools offer instruction to students on how to have safe homosexual sex and how to get an abortion. It also requires schools to teach that gender does not correspond to biological sex.

Vegas announced last month in a letter to his Sovereign Grace Church congregation that he would not run for re-election, despite the community’s pleas for him to remain.

“My time as a public school board member has come to an end. I am very much at peace with this decision,” the June 2 post read. “While I am not optimistic about the future of our country, I am deeply optimistic about the future of Christ’s church. Jesus will build his church and the gates of Hell will not prevail against it.”

The Bakersfield Californian reported at the time that Board President Mike Williams “decried the decision on social media,” begging for somebody to “talk him out of it,” and later revising his post to say, “No, pray him out of it.”

Vegas posted an update on his decision to his blog Thursday, including his original letter to his congregation:

“It is legally required to teach your children the LGBTQ sexual mores while simultaneously illegal to mention God,” he wrote. “I can’t and won’t enforce that foolishness.”

“I am a Christian pastor above all else,” he continued. “I could not vote for these policies. I can not remain on a board to enforce these policies. I spoke out against the board voting for this. I called on them to realize that they will answer to God on this vote, and they should fear Him more than the state. I did not prevail.”

Westminster Theological Seminary professor Carl Trueman, a friend of Vegas who penned the First Things article that includes the pastor’s email, asserted that a cultural shift “has been taking shape for some time.” Trueman noted that Christian values and beliefs are no longer respected or even tolerated as they are seen as a threat to an increasingly pluralistic society.

He added that Christians should let go of the idea that “the world is run by people who respect difference and diversity, and that all we need to do is behave decently in order to win their respect and earn their favor.” Instead, he argued, they must actively defend their beliefs, even if that means removing oneself from a position on power to avoid being forced to comply with policies that threaten those beliefs.

In his July 7 post, Vegas urged readers to pray for Christians serving in the public school system.

“I do not know how long Christian teachers and administrators can ethically continue,” Vegas wrote. “They will certainly need to increase in their wisdom as they navigate this new legal reality in our state.” He also suggested that soon Christian parents in California will need to explore alternative educational options for their children. – source

Brethren, this pastor is a godly man.  He knows that he must obey God rather than man. He also knows that because of his convictions and that he is acting upon them – he will most likely wind up in prison.

I believe that in the next few years, if the Lord tarries, that this story will be so commonplace. I believe that many of us who speak out against sin will be incarcerated.

I don’t want to be in jail, but I am ready to be – for my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. These days are so evil.  I truly believe that our time hear on earth is short. I don’t claim to know when He is coming to get us, but I think it’s soon. I HOPE it’s soon.

We must be strong in Him

“Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:  Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.  Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:  Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen” (1 Peter 5: 6-11).

Shalom b’Yeshua


Republished with permission Absolute Truth from the Word of God

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  1. Sue Cass

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    You really nailed this one! We are witnessing things, evil things, that in my 72 years I never dreamed would ever be a reality. To me it is the kids that are going to suffer the most because they have no say in what is being crammed down their innocent throats and for many parents that has to be devastating. Standing up against these demon influenced school boards has left many parents trapped in an evil system because their Christian beliefs are being rejected and trampled on. Satan may think he is winning but as we know Christ on the Cross took care of that but Satan won’t give up until he’s thrown into the firey pit. May God through His Son Jesus Christ have mercy on His children and take us all home to be with Him forever – SOON!

His Truth Shall set you Free

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“The moon shall rise, the sun shall set, there are few consistencies that are set. The Lord in heaven does not waver. His truth shall set you free.

Take up your swords O’ warriors of God for the enemy prowls about like a hungry lion. His teeth are bared, his eyes aglow, for the time is short for his hunt for food. He lives on lies and deceit and those who are not on guard will be devoured like a gourmet meal.

Take up your swords O’ children of God for the enemy wants your children. Teach them in the ways of the Lord so they will not be devoured. The time has come when many shall perish. Pestilence and famine are in the wind. Fear not O’ children for your destiny is secure.

Many shall perish in the future of mankind for they know not the eternal consequences of…

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Hypocritical Resolution

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I don’t usually post anything on Fridays other than the New Angle game, but in light of last night’s tragedy, my heart is heavy today, and my pen longs to bleed…

They scream that their lives matter and demand justice for the death of their brothers; yet, they react in hypocrisy as they steal the lives of the very men sworn to protect them. Your life doesn’t carry significance simply because of its tone or contrast. The value of your life is just that: because you are a living, breathing humanbeing. The lives that were slaughtered near the midnight hour on July 7 were not lives of value because of their skin color, and they were not wielding swords to kill their assassins. They did not throw fiery darts just before the bullets pierced their skin.

No, these men and women were standing watch on a wall. Sworn…

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