For this child I prayed; and the LORD hath given me my petition which I asked of him: Therefore also I have lent him to the LORD; as long as he liveth he shall be lent to the LORD. And he worshipped the LORD there. 1 Samuel 1:27-28
About an hour after my 4th baby, Camden, was born, my oldest daughter, Morgan, asked, “Mama, are you going to give him back?” She was only six and I’d just given birth, so I wasn’t expecting such a deep question.
Camden’s conception and dedication were especially significant for me.
After having three children, we decided our family was complete. A few years later, I ached for another baby to Mother, but we found conception wasn’t coming easily.
I knew our family had another child to come, but didn’t know how or when and all I could do was trust His timing and will for our family. I also felt we were dealing with the consequences of taking things into our own hands, trusting our own wisdom. I prayed for forgiveness and knew I would not take conception for granted again.
And a week after submitting a letter of infertility to our adoption agency, I learned we were expecting!
So when we dedicated Camden, my perspective was different compared to our other children's services. While I knew we were publicly declaring that we would raise them in the ways of Truth and not the ways of the world, I had a better appreciation of the service.
|Andrew, Matthias, Sara Elizabeth|
As we dedicated our 5th child, Matthias, yesterday, I was again reminded how blessed we are to have been entrusted with five precious souls: two beautiful girls and three boys who, Lord Willing, will be strong Spiritual leaders of their families. Parenting is a huge responsibility and we don't take this charge lightly.
As our Pastor read, “Children are an heritage of the Lord,” it reaffirmed that we do not “own” our children—they have been entrusted to us to bring up in His ways. Our job as parents is to train them up in the way they should go. (Proverbs 22:6)
While there are moments in which I want to hang on to them and say, “NO! These are mine,” I know that there’s no better place for them to be than in the center of God’s Will.Sharing with Raising Mighty Arrows, Raising Homemakers, Hearts 4 Home, The Time-Warp Wife, Growing Home, Far Above Rubies, Raising Arrows, The Better Mom, These Five of Mine Plus Two, The Modest Mom,