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Meet Our Baby Cuatro: Poema Alizay

Posted Nov 22 2012 12:00am
Picture taken at 2 weeks old

Poema Alizay Beard
Born October 21st, 2012 3:05 AM 8 lbs 3 oz  •  18 inches
Family-assisted home-birth & full water birth (It only took four tries to see it happen... PTL!) Britt, Iowa in the home of my parents, Wayne & Brooke Goranson.
Why Such A Funky Name?
While in Britt, I was attending a women's Bible study, lead by my mother, through the book of Ephesians. Each week we went through a chapter and the week we read through Ephesians 2... verse 10 really stuck out to me:
"For we are His workmanship,  created in Christ Jesus for good works,  which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them." (NKJV)
The Greek word for workmanship is poiema, where we English speakers derive the word "poem". We took the Spanish twist on the word and have named our daughter "Poema" (po-ay-mah)
We didn't decide on the middle name until day of the birth! We were really struggling for inspiration, so my dad sent us a long list of cool Biblical names with meaning.
No, Alizay isn't found in the Bible, so it wasn't on the list, but it prompted some research to find a name with the following significance. Alizay (ah - lee - zay) is a female name with Hebrew origin that means "full of joy."
So, with the secret parent decoder, Poema Alizay means:
God's workmanship/poem is full of joy. 
This idea really became concrete as Jon, my husband, was doing our daily family Bible devotionals the morning before Poema was born and the verses just "happened" to land in Psalm 139:13-16
"You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body     and knit me together in my mother’s womb.   Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!     Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.   You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion,     as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.   You saw me before I was born.     Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out     before a single day had passed." (NLT)

Jesus, we thank you for another wonderful birth experience and our new baby girl. Thank you for all of our friends, family and supporters who can share in this joyous occasion. Help us to walk in obedience and accomplish the good works that you have prepared for us, including raising our kids to know and marvel in your presence. Bring unity in our family and rest to our bodies. Amen!
Bendiciones todos!

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