In June, our Women’s bible study started a book called True Happiness by Martin Lloyd Jones. This book was transformative for my walk, learning whole-hearted surrender, and my second pregnancy. The first half of the book is a study of Psalm 1.
1 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
2 but his delight is in the law of the Lord,
and on his law he meditates day and night.
3 He is like a tree
planted by streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season,
and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers.
4 The wicked are not so,
but are like chaff that the wind drives away.
5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;
6 for the Lord knows the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked will perish.
The main emphasis being the importance of being a "tree" planted in the gospel; not "chaff" the wind can blow away. At this point I started praying about what we should name our baby. Eli and I talked several times over the summer about names and even talked about waiting to name the baby until she was born and we met her. Fast forward several weeks and we went on our hospital tour. On the way home we talked about names again. When I woke up the next morning I told Eli I thought in my heart I had already named the baby. He said “Me too”. And that’s how we picked Chloe, which means planted, blooming, or green herb.
I soon after made the decision to form a prayer team around my delivery.