We have had the most beautiful experience for our family recently! We were selected to review CrossTimber for the Homeschool Review Crew, and received their Personalized Framed Plaque with Name Meaning and Bible Verse, with the option to choose any name for personalization that we wished. (I’ll share more on that below!)
Everyone’s name is special to him or her. And important. You know how good it feels when someone you admire or just met got your name right. We feel seen, and connected, when people use our names and use them well!
But, there is so much more to a name than that. It is part of our identities and becomes part of our makeup. It is so very personal and really connects to our hearts.
John Dehnart and his family know this. In fact, John has spent years, all the way back to his high school driver’s ed class, noticing the meaning of others’ names, investigating them, and blessing the owners of those names with the special meanings of their names. What a ministry! This grew out of John’s own printing business and personal interactions with other students, and over the years since then (during which he married, and he and his wife are raising a family) it has blossomed into a wonderful business, CrossTimber. All focused around sharing the special meanings of individuals’ names from a Christian perspective, and inspiring verses of Scripture to go with them. How encouraging!
What does CrossTimber do?
CrossTimber researches the meaning of individuals’ names. They really look deep for what God would say about a name, based on its original meaning in its original language. They also look at history, for others who bore that name and what can be inferred from that. Then, they connect it with Scripture verses (or a verse) which embodies that.
From there, CrossTimber offers beautiful and encouraging products which can display these names, their meanings, and the Scripture verses. These gifts can range anywhere from framed prints, to coffee mugs, to bookmarks, and much more! All of the gifts can be personalized with particular backgrounds (and CrossTimber has a LOT that you can choose from) which include landscapes, animals, musical instruments, castles and lighthouses….hundreds of choices!
When a person wishes to order one of these gifts, he can use the Chat Box at CrossTimber to ask John about his name. After some research, John will respond with that name’s meaning and verses. Then, the person can place his order using that information. He’ll select backgrounds, frames (if he’s ordering one of the framed prints of a name and its meaning), and anything additional he’d like. Then—the ball is in CrossTimber’s court! They print and prepare the gift and then ship it to the purchaser.
CrossTimber very generously offered Homeschool Review Crew members a beautiful, personalized gift: a Personalized Framed Plaque with Name Meaning and Bible Verse. I was particularly interested in what John might have discovered about my name. I really love my name; but do you know what it means? “Dark.” I have to say that since I’m not a Star Wars Sith Lord and really try to stay away from the Dark Side….I never really liked that! Of course, I was named after a great character in a movie; and I’ve always liked everything else about my name. Just not its original definition.
Well, I was not the first person to feel that way! When I contacted John about the meaning of “Melanie,” he responded with the most incredible and amazing account of my name and what it meant. There were some amazing Christian women in the 5th century with my name. The meaning John sent to me and to others with my name? “Hidden and Protected. One who is a Child of God.” Oh! How beautiful. And how special to me.
He also included a Bible verse which fits that meaning seamlessly. So I couldn’t have been happier with the results!
Our family’s experiences
I was so happy with my own name that I emailed John back and asked him about the meanings of my husband’s and son’s names. CrossTimber had given me a Personalized Framed Plaque with Name Meaning and Bible Verse free of charge for myself. I had had such an amazing experience myself that I ordered (and paid for) the same framed names and meanings for my husband and son. John gave me a discount for that order and included free bookmarks with our names and meanings which matched the framed prints.
So what would I say about CrossTimber?
Occasionally you meet people who are in the jobs that seem to be the absolute perfect fit for them; vocations where they are able to use all of their giftings, their temperaments, and their abilities. This is truly John Dehnart and CrossTimber! It is so obvious that he finds incredible joy in connecting people with the true and life-giving meanings and Scriptures of their names. And not only that; he does it well, and he does it right! Serious investigation truly goes into each name. It’s not in any way random or careless. And for me? My experience with John and with CrossTimber couldn’t have been more positive or encouraging. I loved what I learned about my name and its meaning and history. And now I have a lovely framed gift to remind me of that on a daily basis!
Check out CrossTimber for lovely and inspiring gifts for people you’d like to bless or encourage. You can purchase truly wonderful and encouraging gifts that others will treasure for a lifetime. You’ll be glad you did! You can also click on the banner below to see what other Crew members’ experiences with CrossTimber were like. Lots of names out there—and lots of neat experiences! You can visit CrossTimber’s social media pages at:
And, you can enter to win your own beautiful name meaning gift!
CrossTimber is hosting a giveaway where you can enter to win your own name meaning gift! Through Dec 4th, CrossTimber is sponsoring a Name Gift Giveaway. Enter the giveaway for a chance to win another free Name Gift or $10 gift certificate! Winner of the Grand Prize may select either a Personalized Mug OR a Name Plaque or 8×10 Plaque! 9 others win $10 Gift Certificates.
Just click on www.Meaning.Name/giveaway.html to enter. Remember, the giveaway closes Dec 4th, 2016. Or you may enter via the Rafflecopter form below!
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