Hephzibah is a 40-year-old English woman, recently converted from bi-polar to mixed personality disorder and is determined to get better. I have recently started having dialectical behaviour therapy thanks to the generosity of friends. This blog is about recording that journey and a chance to see what may develop.

Some have asked about the name Hepzibah. About 6 years ago I attend a Christian Healing Prayer conference. One of the speakers, gave each of us a pebble and told us to ask God for a new name. I wanted a new name and I asked God. I waited approximately 3 years before I felt I had heard God tell me my new name. This name is Hepzibah.

This is an explanation of this name from the website http://www.gotquestions.org/Hephzibah.html (bold font mine)

In Old Testament times, the Israelites understood the power behind a name. Whether there was actual spiritual blessing or power imparted through a God-given name, or whether the names given simply powerfully influenced the thoughts and beliefs of persons about themselves, the names of the Old Testament characters in many ways predicted or foreshadowed important characteristics or the roles that they would play. “Hephzibah” is found twice in the Old Testament, 2 Kings 21:1 and Isaiah 62:4. Translated from the original Hebrew, Hephzibah literally means, “My delight is in her.” In 2 Kings 21:1, Hephzibah is the name of King Hezekiah’s wife. The name Hephzibah or Hafzbah expresses a very clear idea. Since the same root hafz means “guarding” or “taking care of,” all words from this root suggest the idea of “safeguarding,” and therefore the name Hephzibah means not only someone who evokes delight, but also “one who is guarded,” a “protected one.”

I find it hugely comforting to know that in this painful process of DBT, God delights in me and I am guarded and protected.

I hope you enjoy and that it may even help.

Thanks for listening.

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2 responses »

  1. Hey presently I’m in McLean’s Hospital in the US which is pretty widely known for it’s use of DBT as treatment. I would love to compare notes with you at sometime, if that seems reasonable. I suffer from depression so my case is a little different but you seem pretty cool 🙂

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