“… and you are to give him the name John. He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth, for he will be great in the sight of the Lord….and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even from birth. Many of the people of Israel will he bring back to the Lord their God. And he will go on before the Lord in the spirit and the power of Elijah to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.” Luke 1:13-17
This is the verse that the Lord spoke to me the fall of 2006, as I stood as I stood in the Prayer Room, awaiting the birth of the daughter we knew would come to us through adoption. What I didn’t know is that very summer our daughter had been conceived, and at the point of her conception, we had made the decision to move forward with preparing for adoption.
I had previously written down the name “Elia Jane” in my search for possible names for our daughter. But as the Lord spoke this verse over our daughter, my heart leaped for joy knowing that “Elia Jane” was not just a beautiful name, but the name that HE had chosen for her. Elia, is the feminine of “Elijah”, and Jane is the feminine of “John.” She was to be a forerunner, and she would turn our hearts.
Elia Jane- our joy and our delight. Born March 7, 2007 (photo by Shelley Paulson)
And she has filled our lives with more pleasure than we can every convey. She is a gift, and her birth did indeed turn our hearts to children in way that is deep and lasting. Her adoption thrust our family forward into receiving a true revelation of “the spirit of adoption.”
She is soft and tender.
Mischievous and Funny.
Silly and Playful.
Carefree and Wild.
Full of life, joy and passion.
She is Elia Jane.
Our sweet sweet girl has set our hearts in motion for a journey that is still unfolding.