Tomorrow is going to be a big day for our family. We find out the sex of our baby. I feel like it’s going to be a girl. I don’t know…. I always thought I would have a little girl first. If it is a girl, we will name her Amelia Hope. If it’s a boy, we’ll name him Harold Luke. It’s still kind of hard to believe we’re having a baby. This year has been a whirlwind for Tracy and me.
Around this week two years ago I moved back to Jacksonville, leaving an amazing career, friends, and church behind in Louisiana. I had no idea what to expect moving back, but Jesus has enriched my life in ways I never thought. It’s been the most amazing adventure .Who knew I would have a gorgeous wife, an amazing ministry, be a professor, and have a little baby on the way in less than two years. God is good!
I was at Starbucks this morning reading the word and thinking about the baby. We can feel the little one moving now. Words can’t describe what it’s like to feel the baby kick. I was just thanking God for all that he has blessed me with. My family is doing better, my baby brother David just gave his heart to Jesus a couple of months ago and is moving to Jacksonville for college. My little sister is going to be a freshman at Spellman College this fall. Mom is doing great. She just got a job promotion at the University of Illinois. There have been casualties and hard times in these past two years, but the Lord stands beside me like a mighty warrior. I know in the depths of my soul that the Holy Spirit is with me every step of the way.
The baby is due on November 21st. Pretty soon the house will be filled with strollers, baby clothes, cribs, pacifiers, etc. I can’t wait to hold him/her; to look into those eyes and see Tracy and me in that little face. Aaron Austin says that your understanding of the love of God grows when you have a child. I can see that happening. I can’t wait to tell our child that he/she has another father, a heavenly father, who sent us here for a reason. I hope that our child grows up to be strong in spirit; that he/she learns to seek Jesus from an early age and continues to do so throughout their life. My hope for our baby is the same as Zechariah’s prophetic word about his son, John the Baptist.
And you, my little son, will be called the prophet of the Most High, because you will prepare the way for the Lord. You will tell his people how to find salvation through forgiveness of their sins.
I pray that little Amelia or Luke will be bold in telling people how to find salvation. I want our child to be a blessing and a beacon of hope to this lost and dying world. I pray that God gives Tracy and me wisdom on training up our child in the ways of the Lord. Amen.
I’m Harold Dorrell Briscoe. Thanks for reading.