Thursday, January 2, 2014

Baptisms: December 1st, 2013

Several months ago in school Pierson and Maylin learned about baptism. After I read a great explanation of what it was and what it means both kids said they wanted to be baptized. 
They wanted Jesus in their lives! 
Of course my heart was happy and was very excited that is was their choice!
Pierson said he wanted to ask Mark, our preacher, to baptize them so we waited patiently until he finally got the nerve to do so. (He kept changing his mind but because he originally said he wanted to do it by himself we waited it out and let him ask in his time...)
 It was a beautiful day and lots of family and friends stood with us as we were called forward.
 Maylin does NOT like to be in front of people. Even though she wanted to be baptized it took some convincing to get her to stand up in front of everyone. She clung to Adam as if her life depended on it.
 When Mark called her over she did well though. She walked over, told him her full name and stood there by herself without running off the stage! I was pleasantly surprised  relieved.
 She wasn't much of a fan of getting water dumped on her head though! lol This face just cracked me up!
 Pierson who is usually cool, calm and collected in front of a crowd forgot his name! He calmly walked over when Mark called him, but when Mark asked for his full name... He face became blank and he turned around and asked us "what's my name?" lol  Bless his heart.
 The rest went smoothly.
 It was an awesome day! We were thrilled that our children made this choice all on their own. I don't think much can make a parents heart happier to know that your children choose to love, accept and serve God on their own. We didn't persuade them. We didn't force them... It was their choice. It was beautiful.
Of course afterwards we had to go out for a celebratory brunch with the family who lovingly made the trek to come witness this milestone in their lives.
Thanks to everyone who came. It truly meant a lot to Adam and I. It meant even more for the kids. They still talk about it and the people who came. (and if I am being honest, the gifts that came...)
I pray they will look back on this day in their lives knowing how important this decision was/is in their life.

For each of you who stood up with us we all cherish your love and support. Being there speaks more than you will ever know! You are ALL a blessing to us as we know you will be there to help us love our kids unconditionally, nurture them through good times and bad times and most importantly you will be examples that guide them in their walk of faith.

Much much love!

God please help my children develop servants hearts, that they may serve wholeheartedly, 'as to the Lord, and not to men.' (Eph. 6:7) And help them to develop a heart for missions, a desire to see your glory (declared) among the nations, Your marvelous deeds among all peoples. (Psalm 96:3)


Jordan Carl said...

This is beautiful! I'm so happy they made this decision. I love the prayer you prayed at the end as well. I can't wait to see the ways your kids are able to love and serve the Father.

I also can't believe how tall they are getting! :) It has been too long since I have seen you all! Miss you guys and love you as well.

Anonymous said...

Wish we could have been there to stand with you guys! Miss you all so much...they have grown! Love you all...what a beautiful family and a beautiful story to share as well!

Bekah Crowell

Grandma Shultz said...

Pierson one day about knocked me over trying to get into the church from the fellowship hall to talk with Mr. Mark. Unfortunately, the 11am service had already started and he couldn't see Mark then. Pierson told me that he wanted Mr. Mark to baptize him so Jesus would live in his heart. My heart about burst for joy!

Both are young but they truly understand that Jesus now lives in their hearts and they are growing more and more in His love.

Marianne Romanat said...

Thrilled for them and praising God with you!
Marianne Romanat

Anonymous said...

What great kids you have raised.
I could feel my heart swell when I read that they asked to be baptized and not because it was expected of them at a certain age.
They are precious.
Donna in Ohio