I keep a journal for each of my kids…how strange it is to say, “kids.” I thought I’d share a bit about why the name Samuel is so special to me. It’s a family name from Kirk’s dad’s side of the family which I think is awesome but that’s a different story that maybe Kirk will tell sometime. I’m going to talk about the other reason I love the name Samuel. Actually, I’m just going to copy out what I wrote in Samuel’s journal b/c I’m in a rush and need to straighten up my house before my in-laws arrive. 🙂
Samuel means more to me than just following family tradition. I had a pretty hard pregnancy with you. I was really nauseous at the beginning, and a little nauseous the rest of the time. I also struggled a lot emotionally. During my pregnancy I was in a women’s Bible study. Some of what we studied was about how God provided for the Israelites on a day-by-day basis (while in the desert). And in the “Lord’s Prayer,” Jesus taught us to pray and ask God for our “daily bread.” God taught me, through your hard pregnancy, to rely on Him for what I needed one day at a time. And that God promised to always give me what I needed for each day…and He was/is faithful. I learned to pray so much more. This is why I love the name Samuel because it means “heard by God.” God hears our prayers – what a privilege to be reminded of that by my son’s name!
So my grammar is not perfect and the flow is non-existent…that’s how journals are supposed to be. But you get the point, God is so amazing that He listens to the prayers of these tiny, insignificant, selfish people.