🎶Hi! My name is….what?…Slim Shady🎶 Yesss yesss, we’re gonna have a lot of these random song intros, so brace yourselves lol
When we meet someone for the first time or are in a new environment we’re inclined to utter these 4 words “Hi, my name is…” Considering the world in which we currently live, many intently assess the manner in which we speak those words. Some assess the body language to determine whether or not the speaker possesses confidence, others simply assess the words themselves to gain information that was previously unknown.
In the past week I was reminded of the power in a name. I am grateful for and proud of my Nigerian Heritage, and one thing I appreciate is the fact that parents always give their children names with meaning. In most cases, names are influenced by the emotions and feelings of parents at the moment they welcome their precious blessings.
SIDE NOTE: If you don’t know what your name means, research or ask your parents because names carry substantial weight on our destinies. Think about why God changed Abram’s name to Abraham, or Sarai’s name to Sarah, or Jacob’s name to Israel, or Jabez’s name… their name change transformed the trajectory of their lives; it was the turning point that initiated the fulfillment of their God ordained destinies. You could be functioning outside of who God calls you and as a result everything is out of order in your life. By now you get the point, you need to know what your name means.
Back to the main note…
I recently got a name plaque for my desk at work. I hadn’t thought that it would be a conversation starter or catch my coworkers’ attention, but it turns out it was and it did. Person after person came:
“oOh, that’s your name? “
In my head: Here we go 🙄
“Could you pronounce it pls?”
In my head: Don’t patronize me 🙄
“wow that’s a beautiful name. What does it mean?” And I light up because I love love telling the story behind it.
Yup, that’s an eye full, ear full, mouth full and whatever else. Say it with me:
*****Moh Yaw So Ray*****
now say it faster! My full first name is Moyosoreoluwa. In fact, starting now I’m going to make everyone call me that…Sike! Moyo’s just fine lol. So what does my name mean? I’ll tell you the story; grab a cup of Jo (🤣insider) or Tea, a blanky, and read up.
On a lovely Thursday evening in November, my lovely Mother was almost exhausted after enduring 24 hours of labor all by herself in the delivery room, because back then men weren’t allowed into the room. While she wailed in the delivery room, my Father was kept outside of the room- robbed of the opportunity to experience labor and delivery (Naija we gotta do betta!). Prancing to and fro outside, my Father was eager to meet his precious gift. You see, while my Parents were expecting, several people asked my Father “You want a boy right?” “Don’t you want a boy? a Junior?” On that beautiful Thursday evening, while my Mother mustered all the energy she could in preparation for the Princess’ arrival 😊, my Father wrote my Mother a note.
Funmi Dear, Be rest assured that I’m with you and will always be with you during these hours and afterwards. Be prayerful while you await the arrival of God’s gift.
All my Father cared about was having a healthy gift from God, boy or girl. “Soooo, what’s the the meaning of your name?” You ask…
✨✨I rejoice of God’s gift ✨✨
YUP! I’m a gift and must be treated as such😁. I imagine I was a very happy child, full of life, character, and energy. I reckon I awarded my family and friends some major entertainment as a kid. I had so much spunk that our family friends coined a nickname for me “energetic woman.” I mean I was that HYPE! You could say I embodied that name. And then plot twist….
Somewhere along the lines, life threw a curve ball that would dent my spirit and halt my joy. I became angry, quiet, and defiant, I clearly remember my Mother asking me one day “what’s wrong? You used to be a happy child.” I got disappointed that life wasn’t at all as I had fantasized. For several years I was comfortably buried under disappointment, anger, and unforgiveness (#MeToo). I knew I had become an angry little human and I didn’t care, yet deep down, my spirit yearned to be free! Throwback pictures don’t lie-we’ll see if they surface. LOL
At some point I got tired and freedom found me. A few weeks before my 24th Birthday; in the living room of our #HouseOnTheHill, I received my deliverance and released forgiveness, while my 3 Besties sat and pleaded in prayer with me (I’m sure they remember it clear as day). I am forever grateful for God’s mercy and unending love. He is truly the mender of broken hearts. Since then, I’ve been on a journey of rediscovery: transforming from a caterpillar to a butterfly, finding the me who God had in mind when He sent me into the world.
4 years later, here we are weeks before my 28th Birthday, and I sit reflecting on life. I now realize that I am truly living and embodying the God inspired name that my Father gave me. I realize that my energy has been restored, my heart has been mended, my joy has been revived, my smile has been renewed. God has unearthed that young, happy, adventurous, energetic, vivacious kid, and I LOVE HER! Every bit of her. So, as I prepare to enter into a new season of my life, allow me to reintroduce myself:
Hi! My name is Moyo and I REJOICE!!😃
For the first time in a long time, I am my name and it feels incredible! I see it manifesting throughout every area of my life. Remember, each time a person calls you by your name, or when you say your name, it’s a prophecy that’s being spoken into your life. Wouldn’t it be beneficial to know what has been spoken into your life all these years?
Beloved let me tell you, to become the you that God intended, you need to be willing to go into the place of rediscovery. If you feel like you’ve lost yourself along the way through life, or were involuntarily stripped of YOU, don’t be afraid to stop and assess. Be real with you, connect to God, and GET RAW. God called and chose us before the world was even conceived (Ephesians 1:4), and He knew us while we were still in our Mothers’ wombs (Jeremiah 1:5). Ask Him to renew and reinstate you into your destiny despite the turbulent journey you’ve had in the past.
The worst thing anyone can do is to go through life living out the dream of others, or living half the life God designed for you. If you do discover that your name doesn’t have a positive translation, you can change it. (I’ll share the story behind my last name in another post). Let the hope of discovery propel you beyond the fear of vulnerability. Get back to that place of recognizing you, living you, BEING YOU. Claim you back! Be Free!
Here’s God’s promise to you:
On that day I will gather you together and bring you home again. I will give you a good name, a name of distinction, among all the nations of the earth, as I restore your fortunes before their very eyes. I, the Lord, have spoken!” Zephaniah 3:20
With that, I ask you: What is your name? Who are you?
Let’s begin a movement- as you embark on your journey to discovery or rediscovery, feel free to document/share your experiences, smiles, and victories. Use hashtags #IAmmMyName #BecomingMoi on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
I’d like to provide an opportunity to those who are yet to meet with Jesus. If you have a deep desire to know Jesus and enter into the kingdom of God you are in great company. I did at some point in my life, and it was the greatest desire that God ever met!
I invite you to pray the sinner’s prayer: Dear Jesus, I accept that I am a sinner and I confess my sins before you. I believe that you died for my sins and rose again to give me new life. I ask that you forgive me of my sins; cleanse me with your precious blood which you shed on the cross of Calvary. I accept you as my personal Lord and Savior. Fill me up with your Holy Spirit and strengthen me. I profess that I am a new creature; old things have passed away and I have become new in You. Thank You Lord! In Jesus name, AMEN!
If you prayed the prayer, WELCOME TO THE KINGDOM FAMILY!! You are a new creature, the old has passed and the new is here! Be sure to find a bible believing, Spirit led church in your city and purchase a bible in a version that you understand. I use the New Living Translation, Message, or the New International Version. Enjoy the journey!