Last Sunday was awesome.
For the handful of people that follow my blog and it’s occasional postings, you might remember reading about my daughter’s decision to accept Christ last May.
We knew that she was ready to be baptized, and Mario and I agreed to ask Bro. Steve to baptize her. He is the pastor of the church I grew up in and baptized me, as well as many of my other family members over the years. We later learned that my cousin’s little boy, Bryce, and another little boy, Carter, would also be baptized the same morning! What a special day to share together!
My mom usually fills the baptistery at the church when there are baptisms, so she had the water good and warm! :)
Bro. Steve met with the three kids to give them a few instructions:
( I loved this one with their bare feet)
Jaiden & her cousin, Bryce
Jaiden & Mrs. Judy, one of the sweetest women on earth…
Carter & Bryce…
Mo & Jaiden…
I’ve thought for a week now about how to attempt to describe this special day, but I don’t know that I can! Our hearts were overflowing with joy! That’s something I’ve heard Mario’s mom call “full”…That night in the car Jaiden was singing “Amazing Grace.” I hope I never forget the sound of her sweet little voice coming from the back seat. It was pitch black around us as we drove, but her voice was so soft and sweet as she sang every single word. I looked over at Mario and he looked at me…I could tell by the smile on his face, that his heart was “full” :) We pulled into the driveway at our house just a few moments later. It was the perfect ending to an amazing day.
Tonight as I write this, I think about a song that I love right now. “To Know Your Name” by Hillsong. It prompts me to think about not only her decision to follow Christ, but my own, and anyone else who has made such a decision.
The precious blood of Jesus Christ redeems
Forgiven I’m alive, restored, set free
Your majesty resides inside of me
Forever I believe Forever I believe
Arrested by your truth and righteousness
Your grace has overwhelmed my brokeness
Convicted by your Spirit, led by your Word
Your love will never fail Your love will never fail
And I know you gave
The world your only Son for us
To know your Name, to live within the Savior’s love
And He took my place, knowing He’d be crucified
And you loved, you loved… A people undeserving…
To my sweet Jaiden: As hard as I try for my family, I will never do it all right. In fact, I fail miserably pretty much on a daily basis. But I’m so thankful for a God who does everything right. For a God who has a perfect plan for your life. For a God who knows you by name and knows the number of hairs on your head (Which is a lot by the way!) :)
While raising children is an incredible blessing I’m so grateful to be a recipient of, it comes with great responsibility. As much as I hope every decision I make for you is the right one, as much as I want to be an example, the truth is I don’t always know what’s best and I certainly don’t measure up to the example of Christ. But He loves me anyway, and He will always always always love you.
My prayer for you daily is that your heart will desire the things of God, and that you will serve Him wholeheartedly all the days of your life. I began praying before you were even born for your confidence…for you to know and understand who you are in Christ Jesus above anything. I thank God for answered prayers in your decision at an early age to follow Him. I thank Him that you know whose you are.
And I will continue to pray that you will know and understand what He has done for you in order for you to know His name. I will pray that you know “his majesty resides inside” of you, and that you would “forever believe” no matter what. And although at your young age, you haven’t necessarily known “brokeness” as mentioned above, one day you will feel and understand this. And I pray that in that moment, his “grace would overwhelm you.” I pray that you will always be “convicted by His Spirit” and that your life always “led by the Word…” because “His love will never fail,” Jaiden. Never.
I love you dearly.
(Sorry, you’ll have to scroll down and turn off the playlist to be able to hear this)