I just wanted to write a short post about why we chose the name we did for our daughter.
Johanna- We chose Johanna because years ago I fell in love with the name. The meaning behind it was also so fitting for our situation. Johanna means, "God is gracious" and as much as we prayed for her and to have God answer that prayer showed us that He is indeed gracious! Always giving, when we don't deserve.
Liberty- We chose Liberty for her middle name just days before she was born. My husband had asked to be able to choose and we went back and forth on many names. We prayed that God would give us the perfect name for her. We began to consider Liberty because we thought it would be a great reminder to us of the freedom we had found in Christ. A reminder that He does not hold us in bondage but allows us to live freely. Soon after we decided on Liberty I found this verse that affirmed our choice:
The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
Because He has anointed Me
To preach the gospel to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set at liberty those who are oppressed
Her name will always remind us of not only our liberty in Christ but also of this verse, our call from Christ to do His work.
Until next time, may Christ's love and blessings be upon you and yours.