Friday, July 22, 2016

Her Painted Name

Lily Katherine's name was beautifully painted in shades of pink by Jessica as a part of The Painted Name Project <--- follow link to make your request. 💕

She honors precious babies who are in Heaven by painting their names and praying for their mothers while she paints, sharing their stories, and sending the painted names via snail mail. It is such a beautiful ministry and I love her heart behind it... Acknowledging and celebrating life and that our children are seen, known, and loved by God. You can see the names Jessica has painted on her Instagram account.

This is what I shared about Lily's name for the project:

Since this project is about acknowledging our children by name and celebrating their lives, I want to share a bit of my daughter's story and the significance of her name... When I was 19/20, I had an unplanned pregnancy. In the first several weeks, the Lord connected my heart to my baby and revealed to me she was a little girl named Lily. There was never any question in my mind what her gender and name were. Lily means "pure and innocent." She was a symbol of my renewed purity and redemption in Christ. Her new life growing in my womb was a symbol and reflection of the new life God was cultivating within me. Her life was the instrument used to bring me new life. When I was selecting her middle name, I had no idea at the time that Katherine also means "pure and innocent." I knew that God was with me and had a beautiful purpose for the sweet baby girl He was knitting together in my womb, with her own unique name that He chose to reveal to me. Two days past my due date, on March 16, 2010, after a healthy pregnancy, I arrived at the hospital in labor. It was there I was told the life-altering words, "her heart is no longer beating." Lily's name took on an even deeper meaning... She will forever remain pure and innocent. I struggled with why God would let me walk that road, let me carry and love Lily so much, only to take her from me. But I rest in knowing it is all in His hands. I trusted Him with her life and now I trust Him with her legacy. She is an eternal flower, given as an eternal gift from an eternal God. And her legacy continues to blossom on this Earth.


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