“Train up a child in the way he should go and he will not depart from it.”
One of our biggest priorities with our children, and I’ve talked about it on the blog before, is raising them in a Christian home. And, that includes being involved in a Church where they will be able to confidently grow up learning about God, and loving Jesus with all their heart, soul, and mind. We want them to love others like Jesus did, and be a light among their peers. Raising children in the Church takes a village, and we truly believe that. We are so thankful to have settled into a new church home since our big move, and feel blessed that B and A will have so many examples of faith to look up to. Church isn’t optional for our family, and I’ll never shy away from declaring our values. I stand firm in our faith, and I hope no matter what you believe, that you stand firm in it as well. In a day where everyone seems to be offended by one thing or another, we’ve got to hold onto our principles, and remember that WE are raising our children, not the world.
Sunday was Baby Dedication day for our little guy, and it could not have been sweeter. I love this tradition in churches, and think it sets such a positive tone for families. You can see a look back at A’s baby dedication from January 2016, HERE.
The dedication actually kicked off on Saturday with a reception up at church for the 2018 babies and their families. We drank punch, ate way too many cake pops, and were prayed over by the elders. A had a blast running around with the other big siblings, and every time she saw B’s photo pop up in the slideshow she’d yell from across the room, “Mommy, look! It’s my baby brother!”
At the reception, we received a plaque with some special scriptures and B’s name, a small baby Bible, and the sweetest children’s book, “I Prayed For You.” Saturday night I read this book to both kids while they snuggled in my lap in B’s glider and I couldn’t help but end up wiping tears from my face by the time I reached the last page.
Sunday morning, we had the dedication during the service, where all of the babies and their families were brought up on stage. The children’s minister said a few thoughts, read a scripture, prayed over us, then had the church commit to helping us raise our kiddos and be strong, positive examples in their lives.
Short and sweet, and special. The entire weekend we felt extra thankful for our little ones, and spent lots of time together as a family. (Adam actually attended our church’s Men’s Conference Friday night/Saturday morning, so while he was gone I had the kids and we hung out with my SIL and her kids. And, Friday night I put BOTH kids to bed all.by.myself. AH!) We’ve also started implementing a “no tv past 6” rule where we turn off the tv, turn on some music, and spend the evening unwinding together free of distractions. We’re mainly trying to help A calm down a bit more before bedtime, (because holy 3 year old energy!) but so far it’s already become our favorite time of night. It’s amazing how when you turn off the tv, your kid’s imagination suddenly comes to life! IMAGINE THAT! Ha!
All of this to say, I hope you aren’t afraid to boldly proclaim your faith, even in the midst of social media and politics. Don’t be afraid to talk about your values, for fear of losing a few followers. God calls us to be exactly that, bold, and to not shy away from standing up for what we believe. Our preacher said something that struck a chord with me on Sunday morning, “Is your faith promoting movement in the direction of what you say you believe?” As in, you can talk about your faith all day long, but do your actions back it up? Is the way you live your life, and what you show others, reflective of your words? What are you doing to help further God’s kingdom? He also said, “There’s someone out there who needs you to believe for them.” Let that sink in. There’s someone out there, who so desperately needs to see your faith, and your beliefs, in order for them to see Jesus.
I tell this to A every single day before she goes into her preschool class – be sweet, be kind, and a friend to everyone! There’s no better way to show the love of God than by loving on others well.
Annnnd stepping down from my soapbox.