A year and a half ago Adam and I began praying about adding another child to our family. We definitely desired it…but we were unsure of how to go about it or if it would even happen.
We have always wanted to adopt and so we initially assumed that adoption would be the route we would take. But as we prayed and researched and questioned and discussed, we never felt a peace about it for this season of our lives…which, honestly, was really frustrating for me. Because adoption was something we really wanted, my heart went back and forth and and up and down and round and round over it.
We had started the process of learning about and pursuing foster care years ago, even before Toby was born, so we wondered if that might be the path God would take us down next. Yet still we wrestled.
In fact, I still have the notes I typed on the computer one evening last spring – trying to spill out all of my desires and fears and true motivations for pursuing adoption, foster care, or trying to get pregnant.
In May we decided that we would give it a few months that summer to leave it in God’s hands to see what would happen and go from there. Toward the end of that month we went away for a beautiful week to celebrate our 10th anniversary…and came home with a tiny, growing, living souvenir. God quickly and graciously answered our prayers and our questions. And even though we didn’t know what road we should take or even IF and HOW we should grow our family, God did.
And He added.
Thus we’ve chosen a name for the baby girl growing in my womb.
Josie Elizabeth Johnson
Josie = “God will add” or “God will increase”
To our Isaiah (“God is salvation“), our Tobias (“God is good“), and our Jack (“God is gracious“)…
God will add.
We liked the sweet and playful spunk of the name (and we figured she’ll need it growing up with 3 big brothers!), but were sold on it when Adam remembered that his dad’s grandmother’s name was Josephine, from which the name Josie is derived.
And to that Johnson family tree, God will add.
Our Josie Elizabeth.
Elizabeth = “God is satisfaction” and “Consecrated to God”
By God’s grace, we are still learning what it looks like to find our satisfaction in Him. We have tasted and seen that HE is the only thing that truly does satisfy. Therefore, we want to continue to claim the Truth that HE is enough regardless of the outcome of this pregnancy or the circumstances of her life.
We pray that she would be a woman who is, indeed, consecrated (“dedicated or devoted for a divine purpose“) to God – dedicated to Him by her parents, sanctified by His Spirit, and devoted to glorifying Him in her life and purpose.
God has added to our family and also increased our joy and our satisfaction in Him. We pray that our family is a testimony to who He is and what He’s done…
He has rescued us by His merciful salvation,
Satisfied us by His goodness,
Given to us by His grace,
And added to the glory of HIS great name.
And for that (and more!), we give thanks.
“I will give thanks to Your name for Your steadfast love and Your faithfulness, for You have exalted above all things YOUR name and Your Word.
On the day I called, you answered me; my strength of soul you INCREASED…
The Lord will fulfill his PURPOSE for me; Your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands.”