Lily is our first daughter.
She is a girl.
So, she became our Lilygirl.
I know, this is genius material.

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Lily looking unimpressed with my nicknaming skills in 2008!  

But before Lily was born, there was another Lily girl.  

Back in my single days, someone gave me a bracelet with the word “lily” on it.  I would have liked some sort of action word, like “brave”, “dream”, or “believe”.  A lily flower doesn’t do much really, it just is.  Hence, my disappointment.  I wasn’t very comfortable with just being.  So I started to consider the lily.

“Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow:  they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even King Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.   If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will He not much more clothe you—you of little faith?”   (Matthew 6:28-30)

To enjoy life without toiling or striving.
To be arrayed with glory.
To know that your being is something pure, delicate, and of a heavenly scent.
This is what I wanted to be.
And slowly I started to see that this is who I always was: a lilygirl.  

Back in 2003, while wearing that bracelet, my friend named Sean Allen walked by me and noticed it.  Instead of saying, “Hi Rona”, he jokingly said, “Hey Lily!”  This was the first time I heard it spoken as a girl’s name.  In that moment, my daughter Lily was born in my heart.  It was as if she was real, alive, and my heart was suddenly enlarged with the desire to be her mother, all from hearing her name spoken.   Yet my present reality would say otherwise: I was single, not even dating the guy who I liked yet, and still working through my own fears of becoming a mother.  But sometimes God speaks to things that aren’t, as if they were.   And in His creative little way, it just so happened that God used her future dad to be the one to speak it.

Wearing my lily bracelet during my pregnancy with Lily

Wearing my lily bracelet during my pregnancy with Lily

Consider the lilies.
Lilies decorate and dress up the fields as if the grass is throwing a party.
And we just so happen to be the belles of the ball!
We are His lilygirls.

If [lilies] is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will He not much more clothe you—you of little faith?”  ~ (Matthew 6:30)

We are intricate, delicate, and beautiful.
We are bold in our colors.
Our fragrance captivates.
We cause people to stop and take a deeper breath in.

How about clothing yourself in this truth each morning?
How about we help our daughters to?

In our house, we have a daughter named Lily.
But we have many lilygirls, myself included.
How many are in your house?
Be encouraged!
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12 Responses to Who is Lily?

  1. Wendy says:

    Love this Rona! I want to be and raise Lilygirls myself! I’m going to share this with my 2 and my daughter-in-love!

  2. Brittany says:

    I manage to tear up every time I read a post here lol. We have two lilygirls plus myself, and are due in September but it is a surprise gender 🙂

    • Rona says:

      Oh wow, well thank you Brittany. What an amazing mama you are to almost 5 children! Bless you and the upcoming birth of your prince or princess. So happy for you!

  3. Shannon says:

    I’m always so encouraged by your words. You’ve got a pulse on the mama heart and the Holy Spirit. I’m clothed better that the lilies along with my two sweet daughters!

  4. Ashley says:

    Your beautifully kind and wonderful spirit never ceases to amazing me Rona! I loved getting to know you even better through reading this! I am the only lilygirl in my home but I love spoiling all 7 niece lilygirls in my life! Side Note. The first picture of Lily in the green pok-a-dot pajamas were my absolute favorite Duke jammies! They now have a home in his keepsake box to one day be given to his kids…..maybe even a future lilygirl:))) xoxo

    • Rona says:

      Thank you sweet Ashley! YOU are one special lady, friend and neighbor. How blessed I have been by your hospitality and friendship. and now to be able to share in the motherhood journey is wonderful. So happy for you. Love seeing you be a mom to your prince Duke. Love you!

  5. Adrienne says:

    I love reading your posts… that bracelet was so perfect, I remember it! Mine said Joy on it! I have 4 lilygirls in my family. 3 beautiful beauties and me 🙂

    • Rona says:

      That’s right, yours was JOY! I remember now. So grateful for our year spent together back in 2002! What a precious family you have now, Adrienne. I’m so happy for you!

  6. Matt Buchanan says:

    Dear Rona, your words always catch me off guard and again you have shown me such a beautiful picture of all of my “Lilygirls”. I have two daughters with Sandy, two from my marriage to Gloria, five granddaughters from them and a sixth from a grandson that is married. I will soon have our first greatgrand daughter (soon as in any minute). All of them touch my heart like nothing else, they are an explosion of joy and delight every day. Lilygirls do indeed clothe my life in splendor. Thanks, you are indeed a precious Lilygirl.

    • Rona says:

      What a blessed man you are, Matt. And what a blessing you are to all of the lilygirls in your life, the way you cherish them and love them. I so love your whole family! And thanks for your encouraging words to me! Love, Rona

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