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August 23, 2011

What’s in a Name?

An interview with the woman who named Kyria.com

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Kyria.com is two years old! We’re celebrating our two year anniversary on August 26. We have often received questions about our name: how to pronounce it (we prefer Keer-eea instead of Ki-reea), why we chose it, what does it mean. To give you some insight into some of these questions, we interviewed the woman who gave Kyria its name. Meet Carolyn Stonehocker: wife, mother, grandmother. Here’s what she shared about being a woman of influence.

Tell us a little about your background.
CAROLYN:
I grew up on a farm in Kansas and studied music education at Kansas State University. I taught music for several years before going to graduate school for an M.A. in New Testament Studies. At graduate school I met and married my husband, Keith. After multiple miscarriages, the Lord gave us a gift in our son, Tim. I enjoyed homeschooling him and was pleased when he entered Stanford, where he met his wife. Keith and I are now the proud grandparents of two-year-old Toby. Plus for the past four and a half years I was a fulltime caregiver to my aging mother.

How did you come to name Kyria.com?
My husband (who is Christianity Today’s Chief Strategy Officer) mentioned at dinner one evening that they were looking for a name for a new women’s website and digital magazine. I immediately thought of Kyria and got out my Greek New Testament to show Keith where it was used in 2 John to refer to the “chosen lady .” Keith submitted it to Ginger Kolbaba (Kyria’s editor) the next day, and I was pleased to find out that they liked it.

I knew a couple in college who’d named their daughter Kyria, and the name stuck with me. If we would have had a little girl, I would have liked to use this special name.

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At Kyria we believe that women are chosen in Christ and called to influence. What does being a woman of influence mean to you? A woman of influence has an impact on how others live their lives through what she says and does. And we have to remember that there can be women of influence for good or for bad.

Being a Christian woman of influence is being so yielded to the Lord that others are attracted not just to her but also to God through her life. She motivates others to seek the Lord and live in obedience to him through his enabling power. An influential woman seeks to bring glory to God, not to herself.

How do you live out being a woman of influence?
First and foremost I seek to have a deep, intimate relationship with Jesus Christ. My prayer for many years has been, “Lord, I want to know you intimately and accurately.” The Lord has been answering that prayer in ways I never expected.

Second, living out your influence means that you accept and rejoice in what the Lord has for you. Until recently, for me it’s been through caring for my aging mother in our home until her death this past March. I considered caring for her an assignment from the Lord, and my greatest desire was to be obedient to him in every aspect of carrying out this task. Now I’m in a season of restructuring my life to pursue work and ministry opportunities that God has placed on my heart.

Being a woman of influence means trusting and delighting in God’s goodness no matter what season of life you’re in. He calls us to influence others through seasons of studies or work or ministry or motherhood or caregiving. Each period is a time to love God and love others, which is what living out your influence is ultimately about.

What insight about being an influential woman do you want to pass on to others?
I want women to know that understanding and believing in God’s goodness is the key to unswerving faith and trust in him. I love this quote from A. W. Tozer’s The Knowledge of the Holy : “With the goodness of God to desire our highest welfare, the wisdom of God to plan it, and the power of God to achieve it, what do we lack? Surely we are the most favored of all creatures.”

Trusting God’s goodness helps us to seek his kingdom above all else and to influence those around us to do the same.

How about you? How do you live out being a woman of influence?

Comments

Love your magazine! I just discovered you- and praise God it's about time. Happy 2 year anniversary- I'm looking forward to reading from beginning to end.

HI Kathleen, thanks for your kind words! We'd love it if you you'd tell others about us.

I am a wife, mom and grand-mom and a Woman's Bible Study teacher for seniors. I love this site and love the name.

Happy Anniversary

Happy Anniversary Kyria! I love the site and I'm so grateful to be a part of what you are doing. My greatest goal in life is to live by TRUTH. I am proud of the way Kyria is leading the way to the path of real TRUTH.

I love reading your magazine, and your name has a special place in my heart. Shortly after I discovered you in 2009, I found out that I was miscarrying - our second loss in 6 months. We named our baby Kyria Hope, believing that we were chosen to be her parents and that God chose to give her to us, even for a short time. As your magazine says, too, we prayed her short life would influence others, and it has, as we began two ministries a short time later to honor her and our first loss, her sister Naomi. Thank you for your articles of inspiration and encouragement.

Happy birthday Kyria! I love the name and the magazine. It keeps me encouraged and provides biblical resources. I enjoy the light and quick to read articles too.
Keep writing we are reading !!!!

Happy Anniversary Kyria! I really love your site. It is so inspiring and I find it very encouraging. God Bless You all!

Thank you so much ladies! We love what we do and we're thankful and humbled that we can encourage you as you live out being women of influence.

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