The reason we chose the name Faith is simply because our child is a direct result of our faith in God, and our faith in each other.
When I was a teenager I gave little thought to what God wanted for me. I partied, and I had sex with my boyfriend with little to no thought on how God would feel about this. It wasn’t until I went through a significant amount of pain and heartache that I realized, “This isn’t want I want. What am I doing?” In my early 20’s I began seeking God for my own personal reasons. I wanted to learn about Him for myself, and not through my parents or the Church. I read books on various religions, but I needed to find the truth in Christ. As I grew in my relationship with Him, I started wanting what God wanted for me. I decided to wait on Him for the man He had planned for me. If it was God’s will for me to marry someday, I decided I would settle for nothing less than a marriage that would glorify Him, and a husband that would share the same desire to love God as I do. I was waiting on God’s promise. “Trust in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart. He will do this.” Psalm 37:3-5
When Aaron and I met, we had great spiritual differences. Although we liked each other very much, we had doubts about a future together. Aaron had an agnostic view of God. My own faith in God was beginning to waver with the passing of years, and I started believing it may not even be God’s will for me to marry. I remember asking God many questions as to why I would develop feelings for someone so spiritually different than me. I only felt silence from Him. I bought myself a ring as a reminder that no matter what happens in my life I will try my hardest to keep faith in God that He knows best and I would follow His plans for me. The inscription on the ring is a Bible verse that says, “When you have faith… anything is possible.” Matthew 17:20.
I wore it every day.
The months rolled on. We had some bumps in the road, and spent some time apart. We both used this time to gather our thoughts and reevaluate our lives. I prayed for understanding, and Aaron bought a Bible in hopes to find answers for himself. These bumps turned into blessings. Our relationship started taking an unexpected turn. It felt like our hearts were softening, and we both began taking a fresh look at God, what He really means to us, and what He really wants for each of us.
On October 21, 2010, I was at work, and Aaron was at my house. When I got home I was so excited to see that the samples of Christmas tree branches finally came in the mail. I sat on the living room floor grinning from ear to ear, and started looking through the samples to decide on which type of Christmas tree I would order. I noticed on the coffee table was one of those familiar Bible pamphlets that my Dad carries around. I have seen those little pamphlets all my life so I knew that Dad had stopped by while I was at work. He frequently pops over just to talk, and we usually hear the same old stories over and over lol! When I saw that pamphlet I laughed, and asked, “What did my dad try and save you?” He said yes. He said he prayed, and decided to follow Christ. He wasn’t laughing. He looked serious. This was so out of the blue. Aaron took a leap of faith that I wasn’t expecting. I forgot all about my Christmas tree branches. I sat next to him on the couch and tried to hold back tears.
On February 18, 2011, Aaron proposed, and I said yes!
I even saved the paper he used to trace my ring size.
On St. Patrick’s day 2011 we were baptized.
On July 2, 2011 we were married.
On October 21, 2011 (the 1st anniversary of the day Aaron took that leap of faith and decided to follow Christ) we found out I was pregnant!
I bought Aaron a card on this special day. I picked out this card right before I took the pregnancy test…
He gave us the the fruit of our faith! “Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from Him.” Psalm 127:3
How can we not name our baby girl the one word that means the world to us? The one word that has held so much power in our lives. Without our faith, she would not be here. She is a living, breathing reminder of what faith can do in your life. One day I hope to give her my ring, as her very own reminder.
Our hearts are filled with so much excitement and joy in anticipation for this wonderful blessing about to arrive in only a few more months! I thank God EVERY SINGLE DAY for His love and grace ♥
My first lullaby I sing to Faith will be this …