Thursday, December 20, 2012

A Defining Moment

When raising children, there are many defining moments and mile markers along the journey that bring tears of joy, and hearts overflowing with emotion.  

When our babies were born, we stood before God and family and promised to raise each one of our children in the knowledge of the Lord.

The words of Deuteronomy 6:6-7 had deep implications:

"These words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise."
Charged with an overwhelming conviction to live out this verse, we began to pour our lives into our children. For years we have been in the trenches, teaching them about God's Word day in and day out. We've been praying with them and teaching them to pray, and trying to live out our faith as an example to them.

We are imperfect parents relying completely on Christ to help us model his PERFECT love.

God has been so gracious to us through the years and one by one, each of our three children has asked Jesus into their hearts, and made Him Lord of their lives. Those were defining moments when we wept for joy!

As we continued to disciple them,  each one came to us and asked to be baptized.

We were overwhelmed with emotion as our children made a public profession of their faith through baptism on this Sunday morning, December 16, 2012.

It was an honor for our pastor to allow my husband to baptize our children since he is the spiritual head of our family. Yet another defining moment!

It was a beautiful day. Our family and friends drove through freshly fallen snow to gather in the pews and be witnesses to this act of obedience in our children's lives.

God is so good to us! He is so gracious, and I just wanted to share our joy with all of you. We have many miles to go in our parenting journey, but it is important to rejoice over every milestone!

Have a blessed day,



  1. A day that all of you will always remember. I was baptized when I was 5. My parents also waited until I asked to be baptized (and yes, I did know what it meant at that young age). I remember it like it was yesterday. A day that each of you will treasure forever. :) And it sounds to me like you're doing a great job with your kids! They will rise up and call you blessed! And they will be blessed as well in their lives because they lived in a Godly home where they had 2 great examples!

  2. That's awesome. :) Brought tears to my eyes. Your kids are so sweet! XO