Cory here, and I thought I would take some time to share with you about our baby’s new name. For those of you not in the know, we have decided our baby’s name will be
Rylie Jean Schibler
Now I’m sure that if you know us at all, you know that I am very happy about my ability to write and think creatively, but I have no shame in sharing with you this was nowhere near a creative endeavor on our part. As we were driving home one day, I glanced to my left and saw an O’Reilly auto parts sign, and I spoke up to Crystal and said “what about Rylie?”
Sidebar: the last few months have been pretty difficult for us. I stepped away from my job in February, at the prompting of the Spirit and wise counsel from those we most trust spiritually. We didn’t have any other job lined up, but we knew it was time to move on. This was an easy decision to make from a spiritual aspect, but from an economic standpoint it was terrifying. That has only been amplified by the last few months as I’ve received email after email explaining to me how they had gone with someone “more qualified.”
However, God has been so good to us. I have never felt more provided for and loved than I have during this time. I might not always show it, but it’s true. The longer I am without a job, the longer Crystal and I get to see how God provides for us. Some weeks it’s been through mowing a lawn. One week it was through helping shape reclaimed fence wood into picture frames. And in small little increments from week to week it’s from teaching some dear friends’ son how to play the drums.
I hate not having a job. It’s ridiculously frustrating and I am more than qualified to do 90% of the jobs I’ve been rejected from, but for us in this moment life is so good. I have a wife that I love dearly, and I have a beautiful baby girl who is going to be here before we know it. And the reason that life is so good is because we constantly remind ourselves that God is sufficient for us. Because of him, we need not fear the unknown, or the unexpected.
The name Rylie means courageous. The name Jean, which we have chosen as a tribute to Crystal’s mom, means God is gracious. I had no idea when I mentioned the name Rylie that we were choosing a name which speaks directly to our circumstances. Our new daughter’s name literally means “be courageous for God is gracious.”
It is my prayer that we will display that to our daughter. That the meaning of her name will be lived out in her home. I pray if you are reading this and facing a situation which is very painful and fear-inducing to you, that you would be comforted by these words. And for those of you in that place, I’ll leave you with the words that God gave to Joshua in a time of great fear for Israel.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9 ESV)
May The Lord bless and keep you, and remind you of His goodness, and His sufficiency for you.