Saturday, February 28, 2009


Today is my little girl's birthday. Areyna Joy turns 4-years-old today. I can't believe it. She was only 1-and-a-half when we moved to Charlotte, and that means that she's spent more than half of her life on the road with us. She's incredible. Alot of people ask us what her name means. In Greek, erene means "peace." We modified the ending just a bit so that it also carries some of the meaning of the Spanish word raina, meaning "queen." Our prayer for her from the beginning is that the Lord would mold her into a woman after His heart. A woman characterized by the peace of God ruling and dwelling in her heart. That the Lord would fill her with all joy and peace as she trusts in Him, so that she may overflow with hope by the power of the Spirit (Rom. 15:13).

Areyna, your mom and I love you more than you'll ever know. Let God's peace rule your heart...always. Happy Birthday. (Also, check out my wife's post about Rainy. It's much better!)