Ahem. That is, the last three newbies. It seems that although we did choose verses to go with Niko’s and Delia’s names (as we did for our other children here and here), I never actually shared them, and somehow, that makes them seem a little less official. So, let’s officialize!
Nikolai (along with all its Nicholas kin) means “Victory of the people.” We’ve had fun using swords and knights and battles as his name theme because, well, he loves that stuff, but his verse is extra meaningful:
But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 15:57 (ESV)
This little man is experiencing victory in his life! It has been a joy to watch him blossom in our home. He has come such a long way in two years and learned so much. His academic progress has been good, but more importantly, he is learning to be gentle and kind, to share, to put others first. These are such tough lessons for a little guy who came from a world where survival meant grabbing whatever you can get and manipulating to get as much as you can. He came to us very good at those skills. But, by God’s grace, Niko is slowly learning a better way, and it is a joy to watch God give him that victory!
The meaning of Delia’s name has so many layers. She is named Delphinia for the Delphinium flower, which was named for its resemblance to the dolphin, which itself derives its name from delphus, the Greek word for “womb.”
We have chosen this verse for her:
For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.
Psalm 139:13-14 (ESV)
Again, I love this verse for her for so many reasons. I love that even though it wasn’t my womb our precious daughter was knitted together in, these words are every bit as true for her. God had a plan and a purpose for her life, and we are privileged to be a part of it.
I also love the reminder that she is wonderfully made. Our Delia is an unusual little girl, but God made her! He did not make a mistake in making her as He did. Although she has, no doubt, been shaped in part by her circumstances, God’s works are wonderful (my soul does know it well!), and He is not finished with this little lady yet!
I was spoiled for choice with Annis’s verse. Annis, like Agnes, means “pure” or “chaste”, and there are so many good verses about purity! In the end, we chose an old favorite.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
Philippians 4:8 (ESV)
This would be our prayer for our tiny, precious new girl. We want her her to know and love the Lord and to train her mind to dwell on Him and that which pleases Him. We want her to look for the pure, the lovely, the excellent and then pursue those things with all her heart.