In reflecting on our recent experience with Parent-Child Dedication, I immediately thought of Deuteronomy 6, "...Love the Lord your God with all you heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses...” This passage has jumped into my mind several times over the last few weeks, and I began asking myself, "Am I impressing this command FROM GOD on my children? Am I talking about them when we sit on the couch or go to the playground?”
Then my church family watched and heard me vow to raise my children by teaching them to “love God with all their heart, soul, and strength." I vowed to embed these commands into the hearts of my children and 2000+ people will hold me accountable to that for the next 18+ years! I'm a little intimidated and grateful. I've been charged, and my response will always be, "Yes!" There is comfort in knowing I’m walking with hundreds of other men and women in my same situation, and we are experiencing the daily teenager, toddler, baby battles together.
It’s going to be a challenge, and I know it won't always be easy. When holiness and happiness come face to face, what will I choose? Sometimes that involves a test and a responsibility. Sometimes it involves being a parent and not a friend. Through Parent Child Dedication, my husband and I have the opportunity to commit ourselves to diligently applying Scripture to our kids’ lives and praying with them. We will teach them how to pray, how to seek God’s heart and study His word, to understand the importance of repentance and the significance of worship. We were honored to stand in front of our pastor and congregation and hear them say, "We are for you; we will hold you accountable through thick and thin, and when the bones in your back get soft and weak, we will be your strength with God’s help.” I will remember this promise.
As I sit at my dining room table typing away I look up, and for some reason the walls in my house seem bigger than they ever have. I’m about to move out of this house and a new family will come in and make memories in this same room. I wonder what my walls would echo to them? I wonder what they would tell the new family they saw and heard. Love? I hope so. Oh, I really hope so, because I painfully love the people that live inside these walls.
When I look back on Pastor Tom’s Pursuit series it makes me consider the challenges my family will encounter over the years, and I wonder how my husband and I can prepare us all for that battle. God's word commands us “to put on the full armor of God... so that we may be able to stand firm.” Do my children have their belt and breastplate? Is their foundation solid? Where is their shield, and will I remember their helmet?
Take the sword my little ones, hold it tight and remember you are the salt of the earth.
Will you join us in praying for our GFC families who recently dedicated a child? Each family is below, along with the names of their children.
Nick & Lacy Clay (Children: Camp, Addie Grace, Halle Ruth)
Joe & Elizabeth Humston (Child: Hunter)
Pahl & Beth Kelley (Children: Makiya, Adam)
Katie & Matt Murphy (Children: Coen, Lily, Asher)
Preston & Jenifer Price (Child: Cayman)
Josh & Amanda Roark (Children: Beckett, Amaris)
Theresa Harmon & Alben Tillman (Children: Jaden, Janova)
Posted on Wed, December 10, 2014
by Grace Fellowship Church