Before my first son was born God put the name Nehemiah on my heart.
I studied the whole book of Nehemiah to find out what this man was all about. He was a faithful leader and great example of a prayer warrior. I knew that I would one day have a son and this would be his name and he would grow to be faithful in these things too.
In 2013 I became pregnant with a little boy whom I thought would be named Nehemiah… But a tragedy had hit our church and our city which the name Nehemiah was strongly involved in, we couldn’t bring ourselves to give our son this tainted name. And so, Elias was born, meaning Jehovah is God.
Fast forward to 2015, My family started going through the hardest and most painful time of our lives.. In the midst of this I became pregnant and went through the most emotionally painful and lonely pregnancy of my life. But this child kept me living.
Now that a couple years had passed and the memory and stigma of the name Nehemiah had faded, I knew that God still intended for me to have a son named Nehemiah. Named after the faithful leader and prayer warrior of the Bible. Because of this, I knew he was a boy before I ever found out. And so, Nehemiah was born.
What really gets me is that I had completely forgotten the meaning of his name, so I looked it up again. Nehemiah: Comforted by YAHWEH… Wow… Through one of the most painful times of my life, that’s exactly what God did, he comforted me.
And God knew about this child and this trial LONG before I even fathomed it! AMAZING…