Monday, April 6, 2015

The List

Making- a third child
Cooking- chicken thighs, brown rice, and roasted carrot sticks
Drinking- water, black coffee, and dark chocolate almond milk
Wanting- ENERGY
Looking- at Honda Odysseys and wishing and believing and hoping
Playing- in Yahweh's awesome creation called nature
Wishing- I spoke softer and kinder to my poor girls right now. Sometimes the pregnancy hormones and their neediness just equals explosion. I've had to repent to them twice today. And one time was on the kitchen floor cleaning up a huge egg yolk mess the 5 year old made while I was teaching her to cook something. On the floor, cleaning with a rag, crying and apologizing for snapping and losing it. It's crazy, folks. I WILL CONQUER HORMONES!! If you know me, I never cry and I can handle my emotions well and I'm a very positive person, this short-fuse is not cool with me! As I said, I'm walking it out relying on Yahweh heavier than ever and through Him I'll be stronger than these hormones!



Enjoying- lime green grass and the blooming trees and flowers EVERYWHERE!
Waiting- Not really waiting on anything! (obvs the baby but I'm in no rush)
Liking- being married to Kevin.
Wondering- how I'm going to make 3 kids clothes and equipment and beds fit in that one small room...
Loving- this stage of life I'm in. It's seriously the sweetest. My days are filled with getting to do WHATEVER I want and getting to do it with two of my biggest fans. I get to be the one to teach and nurture and love my children. I get to stay home and teach Ruby sight words and how butter is made. I get to tell Nora how she was born in the living room and looked just like Daddy when we first saw her. I'm so thankful my days are set at whatever pace I choose to set it at. I LOVE my life and for that I'm sincerely and so deeply grateful to my King.
Hoping- Kevin's little brother heals completely from his knee surgery this morning and for peace for another family member of mine that very much needs it right now.
Marveling- at the Father's goodness. Kevin and I have been talking about how thankful we are that we just click. We go through hard stuff together but never have we been each other's problem, and I'm so thankful that Yahweh chose us to get each other. 
Needing- a house keeper!




Smelling- the great outdoors on my kid's skin
Wearing- workout clothes for the first time in forever because I actually ran some hills and did lunges today. (here's where you can say a quick prayer for my legs tomorrow!)
Noticing- how dirty our house it. it's picked up several times a day and a major pick up at night but CLEANED? Never. I wish. I have no energy for all that. 
Knowing- That Yahweh is who He says He is and HE IS GOOD. He is steady, unwavering, unchanging. He teaches me when I need teaching, comforts me when I need comforting, and kicks my hiney when I need it. He is everything I need and I adore Him.
Thinking- of getting up and making dinner
Bookmarking- if this means what I'm reading then it's 1 Kings about King Soloman
Opening- Reese's Peanut Butter cup miniatures. I will never buy them anymore BUT someone gave me a bag of them and to reject a gift is to reject the giver... (I've had a thousand)
Feeling- not my greatest but not my worst. I'm tired and HAPPY. Thankful and humbled to be doing this for a third time. To get to be His daughter, his wife and their mama. I'm just so, so thankful.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Spring Has Sprung! 12-13 weeks


It's been absolutely gorgeous outside and we've been spending our days in the backyard, at parks, eating out of food trucks, and meeting up with friends. These are the days I live for!



Ruby gasped when I put this dress on and said "I'm SO happy you're in pregnant clothes now Mom!" and also "you're gonna need bigger socks now that you're pregnant" :)


I just love this child. She's pure and wonderful.


Rubes snapped this pic of me - the day I turned 13 weeks along!

I've been feeling so good since I turned 13 weeks. Like something flipped on (or off!) and I'm starting to get more energy back and feeling so much better. Hallelujah! I am so thankful to have had a somewhat decent first trimester and SO THANKFUL TO BE PAST IT!

My keys for this pregnancy first trim are:
Stay fed and must eat PROTEIN.
Get a good night's rest.
HAVE A GOOD ATTITUDE! This has changed everything for me this time around. I did my darndest not to pity myself and be THANKFUL and embrace it all and it's made everything so much better. 


 We had a storm knock down an already dead tree in the back yard and things have been SO BUSY we haven't gotten around to any yard work this spring.
Kevin is amazing. He's completely picked up all the slack that I haven't been able to do around the house and kept up with laundry, cooking dinners, and cleaning every night.
He's got a big event/project coming up at work that he's heading up and I know his hands are so full but he's just doing amazing. I'm so thankful for him. All his hard work doesn't go unnoticed - the other day I overheard Ruby tell Nora in the back seat:

"No Nora, Mommy doesn't do EVERYTHING, she does some things and Daddy does everything."

That about sums up my first trimester! GO KEVIN!



Dinner outside with these babes while daddy had after-work praise and worship practice. Playing outside all day - coming inside for naps - then back outside for dinner and evening play just DOES NOT GET ANY BETTER!

Onward to the next trimester!!



Tuesday, March 10, 2015

first trimester - third baby



Soooooooooo HERE WE GO! Third baby!! We are truly ecstatic. We've been "ready" and trying since October, got pregnant in November, and miscarried that baby. This is our second miscarriage and it was so very early on and to be honest I never really even "felt" pregnant. So that helped bring a closure and peace. Also, with this being the second one we've walked out I had so much more peace and knowing. I'll have to write sometime about our first and what all I learned from it.

So, praise Yahweh, we had to skip a cycle and then try again in January and we got pregnant again and here we are! Gooooood and pregnant - hallelujah!

I am always wrong with guessing my baby's genders, BUT I think this is a boy because the pregnancy has been pretty different so far than with my first two. (Then again...Nora's seemed different than Ruby's.) With the girls I was soooo so sick and wanted sugar sugar sugar and with this baby, I certainly have had several BLAH and EXHAUSTED days but as long as I stay fed with protein I don't feel SICK. Speaking of protein- I crave MEAT and salty/spices. I WANT healthy, good foods this time vs. all the sugar and junk.
I haven't worked out in, sheesh, months. I mean, a quick little HIIT here and 25 squats there but not really working out and I MISS IT. I'm going to get my butt in action this week and just do it. Did a little fun workout with Ruby today and I was so out of shape and I realized "ok Jess, back to taking care of yourself - and now baby!" The resting time of first sicky weeks was necessary but I'm feeling like it's time to get out there and start LIVING again.

This is also because it's finally finally finally finally almost SPRING. Like....there are no words.
Every year I want to run away from home during the winter months. It's the worst. But ooooooh when the sun comes back out and the temperatures start rising. It's like we're all a little closer to heaven and that makes this marm HAPPY.

STATS:
-10 weeks along
-no weight gain. haha I'm just saying that - I don't even own a scale so I don't know. When I buy one I'll -probably be like "uhhhh YES weight gain."
- been absolutely exhausted and blah and queasy here and there. But in general feel pretty darn good.



Here I am in some first trimester glory. This is my anthem right now if I wake up feeling awful and the kids need their mama I shake myself and wear my

CONSIDER THIS DIEM CARPED
tshirt.

 I actually look nice and alive here but don't be fooled. 
I've looked like this most of these past 6 weeks:

really truly if you look into her eyes you can see me at my worst first trimester moments.

See? 2-3 day old make up, feeling awful, remaining as upbeat as possible:)

the sweet iphone6 is so forgiving on my skin. it looks like it automatically edited it like WOAH  smooth this image OUT.

And that, ladies and gents, is the most boring pregnancy update. But I LOVE reading about how I felt during pregnancies to compare each time I get pregnant/what to expect, etc. 

Monday, March 2, 2015

Baby Is On The Way!

Ruby's Gift from Kevin Kiehn on Vimeo.

We are thrilled, elated, and squealing about Baby #3 joining our little tribe. I'll write soon about how this pregnancy has been (really good!) and keep updating regularly. Thank you, Yahweh, for entrusting us with another son or daughter of Yours on the earth!!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Why I Use the Names Yahweh and Yashua instead of God and Jesus

That's a long title!

It's been in my spirit lately to teach something that is very near and dear to my heart, and that is the true names of the Christian God Yahweh and His Holy Son Yahshua.

The more I've grown to know Him, the more and more real this has become to me and I sincerely want to share from my heart.

First- let's talk about the facts. God's NAME is "Yahweh". It's not God. God is a noun, not a name. Just as you could call me woman - and you'd be right, I am a woman, but that's
#1, not my name-
and #2, so generic - there are billions of women. Which woman would you mean when talking to me?  Would capitalizing the W in woman make it more specific that you're talking to or about me? Why?

In Exodus, Moses is met by a burning bush while attending his Father-in-law Jethro's sheep. I suppose I shouldn't call it a burning bush because that's the miracle - it was consumed by fire but not burnt up at all. (A perfect picture of what the Holy Spirit can do and will do to us as we allow Him. Burn off what is not of Him yet still leave you perfect in His sight and image.)
Anyway- you know the story. God said (paraphrasing) "I've heard My people's cries, they are enslaved to the Egyptians, and I'm sending you to deliver them from Pharaoh's evil hand..."
after Moses argues and says he's not worthy and not good with words, he finally says "ok, I'll go. Who should I say sent me?"
and the Lord responds "I AM THAT I AM"
Of course - Moses didn't speak English, He spoke Hebrew, so Yahweh spoke to him in Hebrew. And Yahweh is the God of the Hebrews. So "I AM THAT I AM" is the English translation of the name that is written for us in our Bibles. But in Hebrew He actually spoke "אֶהְיֶה אֲשֶׁר אֶהְיֶהehyeh ašer ehyeh " The tetragrammaton for that name is YHWH. The english vowels "a" and "e" are put in there to make it into a name we can actually say (and use!)

Also, do you notice that in your Bible in that story of Moses in Exodus 3 where Yahweh tells Moses His name that "I AM THAT I AM" is in all caps?  Have you also noticed in your Bible that where it says LORD as it refers to Yahweh that it's always in all caps? This is because originally those weren't exact script. Originally Yahweh said His real name YAHWEH, in Hebrew, to Moses. But the translation is I AM THAT I AM in English. Every single time you see LORD in your Bible, it was originally written and said Yahweh. His awesome, mighty, original name. The name He gave Himself. Yahweh.

Ask your pastor, do some research yourself. There is no doubt it is His name. I don't have to argue that point because it's 100% proven and true. My question is - if this is known by everyone is the church/religious/spiritual ranks - WHY is everyone calling Him this generic, bland, noun "God"? Which god? What's his name?! Identify whom it is you're praising!

Secondly- Let's talk about the name Jesus. His name is Yeshua, or Yahshua (the second spelling has His Father's name YAHweh in it. YAHweh / YAHshua). Now this one for some reason really irks people. I think it's because Yahweh seems so Holy and almost afar off and "Jesus" feels so personal and close to us so to hear that's not really his name for some reason causes us to get defensive. 
But who doesn't want to know the TRUTH, considering it sets us free?
So - it boils down to this.
Again - Mary and Joseph. HEBREW people in a HEBREW culture. They spoke Hebrew. When the angel Gabriel came to Mary and told her she would have a son and his name shall be __________ let me just clue you in on something - it's going to be a Hebrew name. (and there are no J's in Hebrew) 

Christianity.about.com describes it perfectly:

"...[your friend] is correct in saying Yeshua is the Hebrew name for the Lord. It means "Yahweh [the Lord] is Salvation." The English spelling of Yeshua is “Joshua.” However, when translated from Hebrew into the Greek language, the name Yeshua becomes Iēsous. The English spelling for Iēsous is “Jesus.”

And this is how we've arrived to the name "Jesus". Translation from Hebrew (what the angel originally told Mary His name would be), to Greek, to English. I have NO IDEA why this passed in the first place because you don't translate NAMES! Names stay the same, in their own language and dialect. They are not translated! If you are listening to the news report in China and they mention President Obama, they speak Chinese the entire time until they say "Obama". They say "Obama" EXACTLY how it's pronounced originally. They don't say the Chinese word or translation of Obama. 

I don't really like going against the norm and always being different than everybody but this is a revelation to me that is very very deep and worth changing my mind for. It used to be that you were a flat out WEIRDO if you used the names Yahweh and Yahshua, (why are people so afraid of something out of the 'norm'? So often the 'norm' is completely wrong!) but fortunately more and more attention is being drawn to this truth and the names are being used much more often. 

Do I think you're wrong or bad if you use "God" and "Jesus"? Of course not! But I think, once you know the truth - you have the responsibility to make a choice. When I found this out I couldn't believe that all this time I had been led to believe by spiritual authorities my whole life that I was worshiping and praying to a Holy being whose name I didn't even know! I laugh to myself and think how patient and graceful Yahshua is and how He chooses to look past our confused, sheep-like selves as we sing out and worship His "Holy name" that we have no idea what it really is. 
I smile at what it must be like for Him. People singing their guts out to Him, but using the wrong name. Might as well just call him "Craig" 
"There is power in Your HOLY NAME CRAAAAAAAAIG!!!!" with their hands lifted high. 
And He's just seated on His holy throne like "um. It's Yahshua. My very name means Yahweh is Salvation. There's power in THAT name, but...I love ya anyway and I guess you can call me Jesus (or Craig)."

I actually have a lot more to say on this subject, like WHY names are so important and some other really cool facts of Hebrew names and meanings but I think I've exhausted you, the reader, today. Hopefully this gives you insight and gets you thinking. Ask Yahweh yourself, talk to Him - do not be afraid to open your mind and think differently than you always have. Grow! Move forward! Be willing to change - it's a beautiful journey. I pray that I never ever stop learning and digging deeper and knowing Him more and more intimately. 

May you be blessed on this Thursday afternoon!





Monday, April 6, 2015

The List

Making- a third child
Cooking- chicken thighs, brown rice, and roasted carrot sticks
Drinking- water, black coffee, and dark chocolate almond milk
Wanting- ENERGY
Looking- at Honda Odysseys and wishing and believing and hoping
Playing- in Yahweh's awesome creation called nature
Wishing- I spoke softer and kinder to my poor girls right now. Sometimes the pregnancy hormones and their neediness just equals explosion. I've had to repent to them twice today. And one time was on the kitchen floor cleaning up a huge egg yolk mess the 5 year old made while I was teaching her to cook something. On the floor, cleaning with a rag, crying and apologizing for snapping and losing it. It's crazy, folks. I WILL CONQUER HORMONES!! If you know me, I never cry and I can handle my emotions well and I'm a very positive person, this short-fuse is not cool with me! As I said, I'm walking it out relying on Yahweh heavier than ever and through Him I'll be stronger than these hormones!



Enjoying- lime green grass and the blooming trees and flowers EVERYWHERE!
Waiting- Not really waiting on anything! (obvs the baby but I'm in no rush)
Liking- being married to Kevin.
Wondering- how I'm going to make 3 kids clothes and equipment and beds fit in that one small room...
Loving- this stage of life I'm in. It's seriously the sweetest. My days are filled with getting to do WHATEVER I want and getting to do it with two of my biggest fans. I get to be the one to teach and nurture and love my children. I get to stay home and teach Ruby sight words and how butter is made. I get to tell Nora how she was born in the living room and looked just like Daddy when we first saw her. I'm so thankful my days are set at whatever pace I choose to set it at. I LOVE my life and for that I'm sincerely and so deeply grateful to my King.
Hoping- Kevin's little brother heals completely from his knee surgery this morning and for peace for another family member of mine that very much needs it right now.
Marveling- at the Father's goodness. Kevin and I have been talking about how thankful we are that we just click. We go through hard stuff together but never have we been each other's problem, and I'm so thankful that Yahweh chose us to get each other. 
Needing- a house keeper!




Smelling- the great outdoors on my kid's skin
Wearing- workout clothes for the first time in forever because I actually ran some hills and did lunges today. (here's where you can say a quick prayer for my legs tomorrow!)
Noticing- how dirty our house it. it's picked up several times a day and a major pick up at night but CLEANED? Never. I wish. I have no energy for all that. 
Knowing- That Yahweh is who He says He is and HE IS GOOD. He is steady, unwavering, unchanging. He teaches me when I need teaching, comforts me when I need comforting, and kicks my hiney when I need it. He is everything I need and I adore Him.
Thinking- of getting up and making dinner
Bookmarking- if this means what I'm reading then it's 1 Kings about King Soloman
Opening- Reese's Peanut Butter cup miniatures. I will never buy them anymore BUT someone gave me a bag of them and to reject a gift is to reject the giver... (I've had a thousand)
Feeling- not my greatest but not my worst. I'm tired and HAPPY. Thankful and humbled to be doing this for a third time. To get to be His daughter, his wife and their mama. I'm just so, so thankful.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Spring Has Sprung! 12-13 weeks


It's been absolutely gorgeous outside and we've been spending our days in the backyard, at parks, eating out of food trucks, and meeting up with friends. These are the days I live for!



Ruby gasped when I put this dress on and said "I'm SO happy you're in pregnant clothes now Mom!" and also "you're gonna need bigger socks now that you're pregnant" :)


I just love this child. She's pure and wonderful.


Rubes snapped this pic of me - the day I turned 13 weeks along!

I've been feeling so good since I turned 13 weeks. Like something flipped on (or off!) and I'm starting to get more energy back and feeling so much better. Hallelujah! I am so thankful to have had a somewhat decent first trimester and SO THANKFUL TO BE PAST IT!

My keys for this pregnancy first trim are:
Stay fed and must eat PROTEIN.
Get a good night's rest.
HAVE A GOOD ATTITUDE! This has changed everything for me this time around. I did my darndest not to pity myself and be THANKFUL and embrace it all and it's made everything so much better. 


 We had a storm knock down an already dead tree in the back yard and things have been SO BUSY we haven't gotten around to any yard work this spring.
Kevin is amazing. He's completely picked up all the slack that I haven't been able to do around the house and kept up with laundry, cooking dinners, and cleaning every night.
He's got a big event/project coming up at work that he's heading up and I know his hands are so full but he's just doing amazing. I'm so thankful for him. All his hard work doesn't go unnoticed - the other day I overheard Ruby tell Nora in the back seat:

"No Nora, Mommy doesn't do EVERYTHING, she does some things and Daddy does everything."

That about sums up my first trimester! GO KEVIN!



Dinner outside with these babes while daddy had after-work praise and worship practice. Playing outside all day - coming inside for naps - then back outside for dinner and evening play just DOES NOT GET ANY BETTER!

Onward to the next trimester!!



Tuesday, March 10, 2015

first trimester - third baby



Soooooooooo HERE WE GO! Third baby!! We are truly ecstatic. We've been "ready" and trying since October, got pregnant in November, and miscarried that baby. This is our second miscarriage and it was so very early on and to be honest I never really even "felt" pregnant. So that helped bring a closure and peace. Also, with this being the second one we've walked out I had so much more peace and knowing. I'll have to write sometime about our first and what all I learned from it.

So, praise Yahweh, we had to skip a cycle and then try again in January and we got pregnant again and here we are! Gooooood and pregnant - hallelujah!

I am always wrong with guessing my baby's genders, BUT I think this is a boy because the pregnancy has been pretty different so far than with my first two. (Then again...Nora's seemed different than Ruby's.) With the girls I was soooo so sick and wanted sugar sugar sugar and with this baby, I certainly have had several BLAH and EXHAUSTED days but as long as I stay fed with protein I don't feel SICK. Speaking of protein- I crave MEAT and salty/spices. I WANT healthy, good foods this time vs. all the sugar and junk.
I haven't worked out in, sheesh, months. I mean, a quick little HIIT here and 25 squats there but not really working out and I MISS IT. I'm going to get my butt in action this week and just do it. Did a little fun workout with Ruby today and I was so out of shape and I realized "ok Jess, back to taking care of yourself - and now baby!" The resting time of first sicky weeks was necessary but I'm feeling like it's time to get out there and start LIVING again.

This is also because it's finally finally finally finally almost SPRING. Like....there are no words.
Every year I want to run away from home during the winter months. It's the worst. But ooooooh when the sun comes back out and the temperatures start rising. It's like we're all a little closer to heaven and that makes this marm HAPPY.

STATS:
-10 weeks along
-no weight gain. haha I'm just saying that - I don't even own a scale so I don't know. When I buy one I'll -probably be like "uhhhh YES weight gain."
- been absolutely exhausted and blah and queasy here and there. But in general feel pretty darn good.



Here I am in some first trimester glory. This is my anthem right now if I wake up feeling awful and the kids need their mama I shake myself and wear my

CONSIDER THIS DIEM CARPED
tshirt.

 I actually look nice and alive here but don't be fooled. 
I've looked like this most of these past 6 weeks:

really truly if you look into her eyes you can see me at my worst first trimester moments.

See? 2-3 day old make up, feeling awful, remaining as upbeat as possible:)

the sweet iphone6 is so forgiving on my skin. it looks like it automatically edited it like WOAH  smooth this image OUT.

And that, ladies and gents, is the most boring pregnancy update. But I LOVE reading about how I felt during pregnancies to compare each time I get pregnant/what to expect, etc. 

Monday, March 2, 2015

Baby Is On The Way!

Ruby's Gift from Kevin Kiehn on Vimeo.

We are thrilled, elated, and squealing about Baby #3 joining our little tribe. I'll write soon about how this pregnancy has been (really good!) and keep updating regularly. Thank you, Yahweh, for entrusting us with another son or daughter of Yours on the earth!!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Why I Use the Names Yahweh and Yashua instead of God and Jesus

That's a long title!

It's been in my spirit lately to teach something that is very near and dear to my heart, and that is the true names of the Christian God Yahweh and His Holy Son Yahshua.

The more I've grown to know Him, the more and more real this has become to me and I sincerely want to share from my heart.

First- let's talk about the facts. God's NAME is "Yahweh". It's not God. God is a noun, not a name. Just as you could call me woman - and you'd be right, I am a woman, but that's
#1, not my name-
and #2, so generic - there are billions of women. Which woman would you mean when talking to me?  Would capitalizing the W in woman make it more specific that you're talking to or about me? Why?

In Exodus, Moses is met by a burning bush while attending his Father-in-law Jethro's sheep. I suppose I shouldn't call it a burning bush because that's the miracle - it was consumed by fire but not burnt up at all. (A perfect picture of what the Holy Spirit can do and will do to us as we allow Him. Burn off what is not of Him yet still leave you perfect in His sight and image.)
Anyway- you know the story. God said (paraphrasing) "I've heard My people's cries, they are enslaved to the Egyptians, and I'm sending you to deliver them from Pharaoh's evil hand..."
after Moses argues and says he's not worthy and not good with words, he finally says "ok, I'll go. Who should I say sent me?"
and the Lord responds "I AM THAT I AM"
Of course - Moses didn't speak English, He spoke Hebrew, so Yahweh spoke to him in Hebrew. And Yahweh is the God of the Hebrews. So "I AM THAT I AM" is the English translation of the name that is written for us in our Bibles. But in Hebrew He actually spoke "אֶהְיֶה אֲשֶׁר אֶהְיֶהehyeh ašer ehyeh " The tetragrammaton for that name is YHWH. The english vowels "a" and "e" are put in there to make it into a name we can actually say (and use!)

Also, do you notice that in your Bible in that story of Moses in Exodus 3 where Yahweh tells Moses His name that "I AM THAT I AM" is in all caps?  Have you also noticed in your Bible that where it says LORD as it refers to Yahweh that it's always in all caps? This is because originally those weren't exact script. Originally Yahweh said His real name YAHWEH, in Hebrew, to Moses. But the translation is I AM THAT I AM in English. Every single time you see LORD in your Bible, it was originally written and said Yahweh. His awesome, mighty, original name. The name He gave Himself. Yahweh.

Ask your pastor, do some research yourself. There is no doubt it is His name. I don't have to argue that point because it's 100% proven and true. My question is - if this is known by everyone is the church/religious/spiritual ranks - WHY is everyone calling Him this generic, bland, noun "God"? Which god? What's his name?! Identify whom it is you're praising!

Secondly- Let's talk about the name Jesus. His name is Yeshua, or Yahshua (the second spelling has His Father's name YAHweh in it. YAHweh / YAHshua). Now this one for some reason really irks people. I think it's because Yahweh seems so Holy and almost afar off and "Jesus" feels so personal and close to us so to hear that's not really his name for some reason causes us to get defensive. 
But who doesn't want to know the TRUTH, considering it sets us free?
So - it boils down to this.
Again - Mary and Joseph. HEBREW people in a HEBREW culture. They spoke Hebrew. When the angel Gabriel came to Mary and told her she would have a son and his name shall be __________ let me just clue you in on something - it's going to be a Hebrew name. (and there are no J's in Hebrew) 

Christianity.about.com describes it perfectly:

"...[your friend] is correct in saying Yeshua is the Hebrew name for the Lord. It means "Yahweh [the Lord] is Salvation." The English spelling of Yeshua is “Joshua.” However, when translated from Hebrew into the Greek language, the name Yeshua becomes Iēsous. The English spelling for Iēsous is “Jesus.”

And this is how we've arrived to the name "Jesus". Translation from Hebrew (what the angel originally told Mary His name would be), to Greek, to English. I have NO IDEA why this passed in the first place because you don't translate NAMES! Names stay the same, in their own language and dialect. They are not translated! If you are listening to the news report in China and they mention President Obama, they speak Chinese the entire time until they say "Obama". They say "Obama" EXACTLY how it's pronounced originally. They don't say the Chinese word or translation of Obama. 

I don't really like going against the norm and always being different than everybody but this is a revelation to me that is very very deep and worth changing my mind for. It used to be that you were a flat out WEIRDO if you used the names Yahweh and Yahshua, (why are people so afraid of something out of the 'norm'? So often the 'norm' is completely wrong!) but fortunately more and more attention is being drawn to this truth and the names are being used much more often. 

Do I think you're wrong or bad if you use "God" and "Jesus"? Of course not! But I think, once you know the truth - you have the responsibility to make a choice. When I found this out I couldn't believe that all this time I had been led to believe by spiritual authorities my whole life that I was worshiping and praying to a Holy being whose name I didn't even know! I laugh to myself and think how patient and graceful Yahshua is and how He chooses to look past our confused, sheep-like selves as we sing out and worship His "Holy name" that we have no idea what it really is. 
I smile at what it must be like for Him. People singing their guts out to Him, but using the wrong name. Might as well just call him "Craig" 
"There is power in Your HOLY NAME CRAAAAAAAAIG!!!!" with their hands lifted high. 
And He's just seated on His holy throne like "um. It's Yahshua. My very name means Yahweh is Salvation. There's power in THAT name, but...I love ya anyway and I guess you can call me Jesus (or Craig)."

I actually have a lot more to say on this subject, like WHY names are so important and some other really cool facts of Hebrew names and meanings but I think I've exhausted you, the reader, today. Hopefully this gives you insight and gets you thinking. Ask Yahweh yourself, talk to Him - do not be afraid to open your mind and think differently than you always have. Grow! Move forward! Be willing to change - it's a beautiful journey. I pray that I never ever stop learning and digging deeper and knowing Him more and more intimately. 

May you be blessed on this Thursday afternoon!