Pursuing Academic Wood, Hay and Stubble (and our naming pattern explained)

We have a serious problem in America; Christians are not wise. Christians do not know or love the Word of God, and they are not committed to obeying His law.

Let’s use a simple example: the purposeful taking of innocent human life. The sixth commandment is “Thou shalt not commit murder,” and God tells us why in Genesis 9:

Whoever sheds the blood of man,
by man shall his blood be shed,
for God made man in his own image.

Human life is precious because we reflect the image of God, however, 76% of American Christians plan to cast a vote in 2012 that will support a candidate who publicly supports abortion.

Read the rest of Pursuing Academic Wood, Hay and Stubble today over at Visionary Womanhood.

On a completely different topic:

In my last pregnancy update I challenged you to find our subtle naming pattern. Many of you patient souls figured it out, although as one reader pointed out it’s more of a rule than a pattern.

Each person in our family (including Mark and me) has a ‘letter buddy’, someone whose first name begins with the same letter as their first name. Many of you all also noticed that up to this point all ‘letter buddies’ are also the same gender.

  • Kimberly and Kaitlin
  • Mark and Matthew
  • Amber and Alyssa
  • Carter and Colby
  • Sadie and Savannah

Isabella and Nicholas don’t yet have a ‘letter buddy’.

It’s kind of fun having a little pattern going on, but bottom line we want to name all of our children the BEST possible name that we can think of, so we’re not sure it the pattern will survive or ever be complete.

Some of you mentioned that perhaps we’re indecisive about this baby’s name because the baby is a girl. This makes me laugh (a bit nervously because I’ve made a quilt, diaper bag, changing pad, burp cloths, hats, sleep sack, etc. all specifically BOY).

There has not been a boy born in our current church for the past 8 years. There are 15 or 16 ladies currently expecting (it’s not a huge church, God is just currently pouring out His wonderful blessings of children) and everyone who has found out the gender is having a girl.  Pregnant friends outside of our church, 5 of us due within a week of each other, are also trending girls, so this baby is certainly bucking the girl pattern.

Thanks for your well wishes and prayers!


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17 Responses to Pursuing Academic Wood, Hay and Stubble (and our naming pattern explained)
  1. Tristan
    July 27, 2012 | 9:35 am

    Nathanial for N or Ivy for I. Those are the first two that come to mind for me. I love waiting to see your family grow!


    Janet Reply:

    Funy I was gong to suggest the same. Before seeing your comment. I love both of these names I think they are great names. I personally think Ivy is a girl though. So I would pick Nathan for the boy now.


  2. Dianne
    July 27, 2012 | 10:31 am

    I told you the easiest way to determine the gender was what the majority of your friends were having…it’s something in the water. Why go against sound scientific principles? ;D


  3. Chrissie
    July 27, 2012 | 12:04 pm

    When I was pregnant with my daughter all of my friends at my church where pregnant with boys… there were at least 7 other ladies pregnant at the same time (all in our same small group) one of them had twin boys and I had one of the only 2 girls born to all those boys! I had convinced myself I was having a boy, so we were surely bucking the boy pattern that was going on in our church too. Hope you find a suitable name for your son. Blessings!


  4. Cassie
    July 27, 2012 | 12:05 pm

    Hi Kimberly, Before I make my next comment, I am sure of who the candidate is that 76% of Christians are voting for, but I want to clarify as I haven’t kept up with statistics to verify my thoughts. I have strong opinions about it and would love to share, but just be certain of my statement first before assuming 🙂


    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    Hi Cassie,

    Both the Republican and Democratic candidates clearly state that they are pro-abortion to one degree or another.


  5. Amber
    July 27, 2012 | 12:07 pm

    I like Isaac or Nathan, but I’m sure you’ve already thought of those.


  6. Joy
    July 27, 2012 | 12:13 pm

    What about Iona for a girl? Isolde is pretty, too! Lots of pretty “I” names for Isabella to have a letter buddy.


  7. Miranda
    July 27, 2012 | 1:21 pm

    Not that your asking for name help, but i have Uganda, they spell Esau “Isa”. I wanted to name our baby that, but that baby became Miriam when we met ;).


  8. Sharon
    July 27, 2012 | 1:37 pm

    How about Ivan or Natalie?


  9. rachel q
    July 27, 2012 | 4:13 pm

    Well, if it IS a girl I would suggest Iryna. That’s what I wanted…at least for a middle name, but I have been sorely outvoted (my grandma’s middle name is Irene, but I still couldn’t convince them!)I also like Nelson for a boy if you go the N route, but Isaiah is still my favorite…It’s our number 5 middle name.


  10. jenny
    July 28, 2012 | 2:37 am

    I love checking in with you from time to time! I’m not sure I knew you had another baby on the way…congratulations!!!


  11. Danielle
    July 29, 2012 | 3:15 pm

    Isaiah or Nolan are two that I like.
    Our children are Logan(12), Evan(almost 9), Owen(7), Olivia(4), Mason(2.5), Elaina(2) and Simon(6 mos.) (Olivia and Mason are adopted from foster care.) I really enjoy reading your blog. We live in Indiana. We start school tomorrow because I want to take Fridays off this year.


  12. sandra
    July 29, 2012 | 3:44 pm

    First let me say that I love ready all your wisdom and insight. My question is in regard to voting. I know neither candidate is to my expectations, but do we just not vote. It seems like almost all voting has got to where one must choose ‘the lesser of the evils’. Are we not responsible to vote? So what is one to do? Any comments or suggestions would be welcome.


    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    Hi Sandra,

    This is an excellent question. First, remember that your standard and mine is the Word of God. We are not our own, but have been bought with a price. Praise Him!

    You say it seems like almost all voting has got to where one must choose ‘the lesser of the evils’ and I would agree with you. The question then is, does the Bible allow or encourage Christians to vote for (or support) ‘evil’?

    Does the Bible require Christians to vote?

    Has God given us a standard against which to measure those men for whom we would vote to be in authority over us?

    Moreover you shall select from all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them to be rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens. Ex 18:21

    An overseer, then, must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, prudent, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not addicted to wine or pugnacious, but gentle, peaceable, free from the love of money. He must be one who manages his own household well, keeping his children under control with all dignity (but if a man does not know how to manage his own household, how will he take care of the church of God?), and not a new convert, so that he will not become conceited and fall into the condemnation incurred by the devil. And he must have a good reputation with those outside the church, so that he will not fall into reproach and the snare of the devil. 1 Tim. 3:2-7

    Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment….For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer. Rom. 13:1-2,4

    Clearly, God says that those in authority are appointed by Him to carry out His wrath on the wrongdoer and He does give us a standard that our rulers should meet.

    Does the Bible require Christians to support or do ‘evil’ in order to achieve a desired outcome or does God require Christians to obey Him have faith that He will work all things together for our good and His glory?

    I think that if you are familiar with Scriptures you will immediately know the answer to this. The Scriptures are rife with examples of men and women who obeyed God, even when it went against all human logic (and the ‘obvious’ outcome was failure and even death).

    1 Samuel 13 beginning in verse 8 gives us the story of Saul who, for very good reason decided to disobey God.

    Gideon kept sending men in his army home until he went up against the innumerable Midianite hoard with 300 men.

    The Israelites walked out of Egypt (the most powerful Empire at the time) with all of the Egyptian gold, silver and bronze by the power of God.

    I don’t see a single instance in Scripture where God condones disobedience or the support of evil. I see frequently in Scripture where God condemns the use of human logic to figure out what we should do.

    Whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool Prov. 28:26

    Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path.

    Last, you asked if Christians are responsible to vote. Again, I would encourage you to look to Scripture for His standard.

    Personally, although Mark and I did not vote for either George W. Bush nor McCain (because we didn’t believe that either met the biblical requirements for leadership), we have voted in every presidential election. We have voted for men who we believe do meet the requirements of God’s Word. Men who by their lives and actions proclaim a love for God. Men who did not stand up and proudly make campaign promises that would force them to violate their oath of office to uphold the Constitution. (see Ex.18 “men of truth”)

    To this point presidential elections have been ‘easy’ because there has always been a candidate running who, we believe, meets the biblical standards. Local elections have been more difficult.

    Our personal standard is that we will NOT vote for someone who does not meet God’s standard for a ruler. We believe that this is our God-given obligation. When/if there is no one to vote for, we are reminded that our nation is under judgement and we take some time to fall on our knees and ask God for forgiveness for ourselves and for our nation.

    May God bless as you search the Scriptures and commit your ways to the Lord.


  13. Liz
    July 29, 2012 | 6:38 pm

    In the UK, spoiling your ballot is a method of protest voting – they do count the spoiled ballots in the total vote tally. So if a party needed 50% of votes cast to win, the spoiled ballots would be included in that tally, so it would be possible to express dislike of both candidates by scribbling on your ballot paper or writing “you all suck!” or something. But I’m not sure if that’s the case in the US.


  14. Blair @ The Straightened Path
    July 31, 2012 | 10:34 am

    I really enjoyed reading the rest of this post over at Visionary Womanhood. I am thankful to bloggers like you that have encouraged me to think outside the box when it comes to voting. (Inside the Biblical box!)

    This is only the 3rd or 4th presidential election that I have been old enough to vote in. My parent’s instructions were: Vote Republican. Well, what’s a Christian to do when the Republican candidate doesn’t line up with Biblical views? That’s where your input has really helped me. Those who know how I will be voting have criticized me for “wasting a vote” but I don’t answer to them. I answer to God and I know that if everyone followed that same conviction what seems like a “miracle” would actually be an easy-peasy thing for God!

    And on your names…. DUH! I feel dumb now. lol We have sort of a similar trend but with the ending of our names. Although this baby may throw a wrench in that and it’s only baby #5! 🙂 Can’t wait to hear what yall decide on!


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