Children are a gift from God. I know you have heard that phrase plenty of times, but I don't think I ever really understood it until I held my sweet baby in my arms for the first time, or better yet, the first time she fell asleep on my chest. We attend Zion Baptist Church
, and this past Sunday we had our baby dedication service.
Now I know what many of you are thinking..what is a baby dedication? Some ritual? baptism? what? I honestly did not know what it was until just a few years ago.
A baby dedication is simply a commitment service, where parents promise to raise their child in a God honoring way. We were able to publicly make a commitment to pray for Gracie, love Gracie, and guide her toward a personal relationship wth christ.
Wow. What an incredibly important job we have? Steven and I have the responsibility of not only telling Gracie about God, but SHOWING her about God. That doesn't mean bring her to church. That doesn't mean send her to Sunday school, awanas, bible school, bible camp, or even a christian college one day. Those are all wonderful and great things that we can do for her, but that is not showing her God. In order for us to show her who God is, what he can do, and how important it is to truly know him and have a relationship with him we must lead a Godly life day in and day out, in public, as well as behind closed doors. We have the ultimate responsibility because we have two little eyes on us AT ALL TIMES. We must exuberate God's love in our home.
In order to do this we must first build and keep our personal relationship with God strong. We must constantly strive to do his will and fulfill his plan for our life. I will be the first to admit that this is something I need to work on. I have a relationship with God. I am a christian. I believe in him, and believe every word that the bible says. But, have I been showing that to others around me? Have I been truly living for him EVERY DAY? Sadly, no I haven't. Life catches up with us. We say if we can just finish this or finish that, then I will study my bible daily, pray more often, get involved at church and in the community, and talk to others about God and so on. But when are we ever caught up? I think that answer is when we are dead and gone. It's a little too late then isn't it? NOW is the time. Now is the time to follow God, and lead your family to follow him. I made THE most important decision and promise last Sunday. I want my daughter to know the Lord. I want her to know that joy. I want her to have that forever friend and guide. I want her to join me in Heaven one day. I want all of this for her. And isn't that the most important thing in this life??? YES!
This promise will not be easy to keep. It will be hard. We are not perfect. Nobody is in this world. I won't always put God first. I won't always say or do the right things. However, I promise to do my absolute best to lead and show my daughter the way to Christ. I want her to know by just watching her Dad and I that God is our number ONE priority.
In order for me to keep this promise, things are going to have to change. I am going to have to change. I have to do more and do better. But can't we always do more and do better? YEP.
Gracie Belle I will pray for you everyday. I will do my very best to be a Godly mother and be the best example that I can be for you. I love you so much, and my greatest want for you is that you will come to know God, and that you will have a relationship with him, and that you will follow his plan for your life.
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