Monday, June 20, 2011

Claimed



One of our greatest human longings is to be loved and one of the most beautiful expressions of love is baptism. In the waters of baptism, the awesome God who pressed the stars into place, formed the mountains, and set the world spinning on its axis, meets us personally to claim us and say,

“You are treasured all the time for all time.”

Because of the intimate power in those waters, June 12 was a very special day in our home. On that morning, Ava Marie was held over the font and received the promise of new life from her Creator.

This mama shed a few tears.

Wearing the very same white dress that her older two sisters and I wore, Ava unknowingly came before God and a public relationship was born. It wasn’t about her. It was about the One who chooses to love us.

As she grows over the years, I pray that relationship will mature because one day it will be up to her to make a personal profession of her own faith. But, we and all who love her will be encouraging her, presenting Bible Truth to her, and in fun ways inviting her into a closer relationship with God because

the reality is that EVERY earthly relationship we have can fail us or end, but NEVER will a relationship with God.

Godly love finds us, holds us, protects us, leads us, and ultimately, gifts us with an eternal home.

And that is reason to celebrate!

God wants you. In fact, He was excited about you long before you were here. His Word says, “Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ…” (Eph 1:4). So, if you are feeling lost or unloved, spend time with the ONLY ever present, always loving One who can bring true fulfillment.

He’ll put a new skip in your step! :)

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