Mother’s Day was extra special this year. Jay and I dedicated the kids at church. Of course the getting ready for church that morning wasn’t very fun. I was exhausted from a quick trip to the region to attend a baby shower and to visit my new nephew in the NICU the day before. That put me back home around 2:30 a.m., but once we arrived at church, it was much better.
Dedicating our children to the church is a public profession that Jay and I as parents will raise our children to know Jesus. Of course we have been trying to do that since day one with our kids, but it’s always easier when you have a congregation of people that will pray for you and hold you accountable.
We chose verses for both Brayden and Lydia that we feel will be guiding for their lives. For Brayden we chose Romans 12: 6-8.
“We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.”
We chose this particular verse because he is such a sweet, easy-going boy, who always thinks about other people first. And that is a wonderful gift to have!
For Mother’s day he said he made a fort in the living room out of blankets just for me. And then he proceeded to tell me that for Mother’s Day he decided I could sleep with his beloved stuffed dog, Kevin, for the night. Knowing how important that dog is to him, that was one of the best gifts he could give to me. It came straight from his heart. I need to learn a little from my precious five-year-old.
For Lydia we chose the story of Lydia in Acts, which says in part, “She was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul’s message. When she and the members of her household were baptized, she invited us to her home. “If you consider me a believer in the Lord,” she said, “come and stay at my house.” (Acts 16:14-15)
My prayer for our Lydia is that she follows the lead of the Lydia mentioned here in Acts. She was a worshipper of God. She and her family were baptized and she invited people into her home. I try to instill in my children the importance of creating a welcoming environment for others to come into our home. I love playing hostess. The biggest compliment I can get is when others tell me they feel comfortable in my home and that they enjoy coming over. My prayer for Lydia is that she will too worship God and that her and her family will be followers of Jesus. I hope she also sees the importance of fellowshipping with others.
Being able to dedicate the kids on Mother’s Day was a way for me to connect to them as their Mommy. It’s a day for kids to tell their mothers how much they love them. But it also made me remember it is a day for me to remember what being a Mommy is all about. It’s about raising my children in an environment of love. To constantly show them the unending love the Lord gives all of us.
Being a mom makes me appreciate my mom even more. I realize the things she must have had to give up for us. I realize the hard parenting decisions she must have made. And I understand the unending love she gave and continues to give to us. I love you, Mom! Happy Mother’s Day!