July 18, 2011

Baby Bibles

Our church famiy is made up of folks who love children... and folks who see children as God intended, "Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward."  Psalm 127:3.  And we are blessed to be surrounded by many other larger families who value each new life as a gift from the Lord.    
We don't Baptize babies in our church, because of our belief that Baptism is to be a choice of the believer to follow the command of Jesus after trusting Him as Lord and Savoir and giving your life over to Him. 
We don't dedicate babies, either.  Our founding Pastor always said instead we dedicate parents to raise their children in the ways of the Lord.  "...but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord."  Ephesians 6:4
But those new precious lives do not go unrecognized.  Our founding Pastor started a tradition of presenting each new baby with a pink or blue Bible at which time another father in the church prays for the parents and new baby.

These Bibles are so special to our kids.  From the time they receive them, I read aloud to them each morning.  They carry them to church each Sunday, long before they can read.  There are so many occassions when I have found our preschoolers curled up somewhere quietly "reading" their Bible.

Last year, when we were on vacation, Samuel lost his.  Everyone was heartbroken because each person knew how special their own little Bible was.  We looked high and low but never did turn it up.  I can not tell you how sad we were or how much we prayed to find it.  We thought about getting him a new one, but everyone knew it wouldn't be the same as the one Pastor Purks gave to him when he was a newborn baby.  He is still hanging onto the box.

Yesterday, Carmella's first time to worship with our church family, Pastor Jonathan presented her with her little pink Bible. 

The inscription reads:  May your life be a respresentation of the meaning of your name as you joyfully bear much fruit for our Lord.  We pray you will constantly abide in Christ that others may see Him through you.  We have seen the power of prayer evidenced through your concepton and delivery and are greatly anticipating all He will do with you.  Keep this book, God's word, at the center of you life.  Treasure it, read it, memorize it and apply it.  God bless your life!  With prayers,  Pastor Jonathan and Vicotry Baptist church.

Allen was able to share a little of the miracle God worked in her birth and Brother Dean prayed for her and us.  I am so thankful that we have the family of God to help us in raising our children.  When we were still a young family, we gained so much wisdom from those around us.  And that knowledge has helped to shape us into the parents and family we are today.  I truly don't understand how (or why they would choose to try) Christians survive without a good strong church family.  We receive so many blessings from that support system.
This morning, while we were having our family Bible time, Elisabeth ran into the nursery and then back to the dining room and dropped something in Winnie's seat. When I looked down, here's what I saw.
Ellie already knows, it's never too soon to develop good habits.  "Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee."  Psalm 119:11

4 comments :

  1. Aww. What a precious post and moment for your family.
    I love dedications..

    Congratulations on all your beautiful blessings.

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  2. So precious! I love that a Bible is given to them. I always love when we get a new baby at church. It's such a blessing being able to have the entire church pray for the family on the baby's first day at church! :D
    Like you, I have no idea how Christians without a strong church family make it either. I've been truly blessed with an amazing church family!

    Thanks for sharing this precious moments!!

    -Many Smiles!

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  3. That really is just the perfect little thing to do for all the new precious babies in your church. Something they will hold dear for the rest of their life too.

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