The name, Laynee, means “bright light”. When we were making our list of names, we narrowed it down to 4 or 5 names that we liked, and then we looked up the meaning of those names. We both gravitated toward Laynee, and then knew that it was perfect once we learned what it meant. We wanted to use the name “Sue” in honor of both of our Moms, whose first names are “Susan”! There was a little girl on our team in Pre-K last year with this spelling of the more often seen “Laney”, and I really like the “ee”, just like I always thought it was neat how a great friend in college, Mrs.Tracee Beard Elrod, spelled her name!
Psalm 27:1 says: “The LORD is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid?”
John 8:12, Jesus says: "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."
Ephesians 5:8 says: “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light.”
1 Peter 2:9 says: “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”
We have decided on a name for our baby girl, and our prayer now is that she will be a light in this world as Jesus Christ was, and as we are all called to be!
We have always been drawn toward the theme of “light” in the Bible. It is such an incredibly powerful concept. Over the last couple of years, we have hung a giant white paper lantern in our front window at Christmastime. We wrote down all of our favorite scriptures about “light” on notecards and hung them from the lantern in an attempt to make Christmas more about Jesus and less about presents. It was a great reminder of the power of light around us!
I am so excited to tell Laynee about why we chose this name for her, and I pray that someday soon, she will desire to BE light to everyone around her!