Tuesday, September 20, 2011

An answer to Noah's prayers

An answer to Noah's prayers

The book of James tells us that, "The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much" and I believe this applies to believing children as well.

From the first day that Noah, our soon-to-be 7-year old professed faith in Jesus, he has been praying nightly for a baby brother or baby sister.

Our Father does, indeed, seem pleased to answer the prayers of his people (Matthew 7:7-11;18:19; 21:22; Luke 11:9; John 14:13; 15:7,16; 16:23-24; Philippians 4:6; Philippians 4:19; James 1:5; 4:2;1 John 3:22;5:14) especially the unpretentious prayers of those who follow him as little children, fully trusting in His promises.

When Perpetua was finally born, Noah literally jumped up and down ("YIPPEE! We have a baby!!") and now he always wants to hold and cradle the baby and thanks God every night for her in prayer.

Alethea wants to comb the Baby's hair and fix it up when she gets more hair in, but for now Alethea is content to make togas out of garbage bags.

Monday, September 19, 2011




Perpetua, born on 16 September at 0820, weighed in at 3.9kg (8.6 lbs...yes, a big baby) and has very good lungs and doesn't look overly much like an alien.
Why the weird name?
Okay, here's the reasoning behind the arcane naming:
Not only because our last name Johnson is a very common name, but chiefly because we feel that names should matter, we have chosen the names of two early Christian martyrs, Vibia Perpetua and her handmaiden Felicitas, who, at a time when it was illegal to profess faith in Christ, chose not to deny their Lord. Upon the pain of death, they chose their Savior over any of the comforts of this world and suffered martyrdom in the Roman arena.

The Puritans often named their children after the cardinal virtues such as Patience, Constance, Charity, and so we, too, have chosen a name which will constantly remind our daughter of the meaning of true nobility.

Our first son we gave the name Noah, a preacher of righteousness who followed God despite the whole world going astray. Our daughter we named Alethea, the Greek word for "truth" found in the New Testament. Noah and Alethea both gave the names "Rainbow" and "Sunshine" to the two miscarriages that did not see the light of earthly day but woke up only to the light of heaven. Now. we welcome Perpetua Felicitas Johnson.

In an age where honor matters little and many will sell their good name for material comfort, the noble example of these dignified women, who sacrificed all for the glory of God, is a needed reminder to us. Whereas the record of human history is a history of human cruelty and violence, men killing others for mere material gain, may the noble example of Perpetua and Felicitas provide a constant reminder to our daughter concerning the ideals of true dignity and Christian sacrifice.

'In this trial what God determines will take place. We are not in our own keeping, but in God's.'
- Perpetua's diary

Hebrews 11
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen...

For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country...they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.

... By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.

...Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection: And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment: They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.
And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise: God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.