I’d like to begin by asking for your prayers. We now, officially, have a teenager in the house!
Dear Lord, please give me grace to survive this difficult time. Help me not to strangle him when he rolls his eyes at me. And if it’s not asking too much, could you please not turn my hair gray all at once. Thank you, Jesus and amen.
Now that we have that out of the way, HAPPY 13th BIRTHDAY, James Isaiah!!
Name meaning time!
James is my husband’s name as well as his father’s. Knowing it was a biblical name, I was expecting it to mean something godly. Substitute. James means substitute. I was a bit confused by this until I thought about the job of a substitute teacher. They fill in for another, doing all the duties that one is unable to perform. In other words, they stand in the gap for someone who needs assistance, for whatever reason. While this may not always be the case with my son, (he is a teenager and they’re not always known for being the most helpful), he is wonderful with small children. I’ll give you a perfect example. Even though today is his birthday, a little league football coach has asked him to help run his practice after Isaiah attends his own hour and half football practice, and he willingly agreed. This coach sought his help because the younger boys look up to him and it inspires them to play harder. I’d say that sums up what a substitute does rather well.
Isaiah is probably one of my husband’s favorite books in the bible. He chose this name for his son. It is the name that he answers to, unless he’s in trouble in which case he gets the 3 name holler. It is one of my favorite name meanings for my children. Isaiah means God’s helper. Yes and Amen. That is exactly what I desire for my young man. He already shows a willingness to help with church activities and I pray that as he grows physically, his desire to serve the Lord will develop as well. There is nothing that matters to me more in his life than raising him to be a godly man.
I love you, muchos, Izzy! I am so proud of the young man that you already are and beyond excited that I have the privilege of watching you continue to grow and mature.
“…for you are a chosen people. You are (a) royal priest, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.”
(1 Peter 2:9 NLT)