I am thrilled to announce the arrival of our third child, Keziah Zoe Margaret Warren!
She was born one week ago on April 1st (1/4/14) at 4:44am, weighing 7lbs 14oz and measuring just over 21 inches long. She is healthy and beautiful and we are all over-the-moon thankful to have her here.
For my husband and I, our children’s names are incredibly meaningful and significant. We spend a lot of time praying, reading and discussing each name because we feel that it speaks to the kind of calling the Lord may place on their lives. What’s more, every time someone utters that name, they are (perhaps without even knowing it) speaking its meaning. That’s powerful. So, every time I hear someone call my name, I can be reminded and challenged to be a “follower of Christ”(meaning of Christie).
Okay, all that to say, here’s a little insight into the meaning of her names.
Keziah – the 2nd daughter given to Job after he endures hardship and strife. Beauty after a time of trial. We see her as a symbol of God’s restoration and love and we pray that our Keziah is an ambassador of that incredible truth. The name itself comes from the cassia tree (where we get cinnamon).
We chose Isaiah 61:3 as her life text.
“To console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.”
This verse so beautifully brought together for us some of the highlights of Keziah’s meaning–the concept of God giving us beauty out of the ashes (Job mourned in ashes and was then given daughters who were the most beautiful in the land), the tree of righteousness(the cassia tree) and the sense of her glorifying God with her life.
Zoe- New Testament Greek for life (abundant, God-given life)
Margaret- after my nana, (Margaret Winifred) a beautiful, God-glorifying, spunky woman who is a blessing to so many.
As I lie here next to this precious gift, breathing in her newborn smell and trying to memorize each delicate feature, I am once again overwhelmed by the miracle of life and the privilege of being a mama. May I have the grace to show my Kez her place in this world and the courage to leave her in God’s hands every day.
Thank you for celebrating with us!