Friday, November 14, 2014

Our Next Covenant

cov-e-nant- is an agreement made with God

The Mr. and I made our first covenant when we got married.  We exchanged vows as a covenant to each other through the help of God.  Our commitment to each other is more than just a contract. 

It is binding.
It is final.
It is deeply spiritual. 

On October 19, 2014, we made our second covenant with God.  We committed to be intentional with how we raise our son.  As we raise Dutch we want to demonstrate what it means to walk in faith, to be in the word, to have a prayerful life, to serve others, and to be in continual conversation with God.  We are dedicated to raising our son to know Him and to look to Him for strength, patience, wisdom, provision, love, and salvation.  Of course we are going to fail at this many times because we are not perfect parents but we are going to try our best to be intentional in our parenting and to rely on God to show us how to be intentional and how to have grace for ourselves when we mess up. 

Various denominations deal with these types of days in different ways (this is not a statement as to who is right and who is wrong).  I was sprinkled as a baby, made my personal public profession of faith in 6th grade, and baptized through immersion later in life….so I’ve been baptized on three different occasions.  If it were possible to be super baptized that would be me.  But just to explain where we are coming from, we are a bible-based faith and believe that one is baptized once they have accepted Christ as their savior.  So Dutch’s dedication Sunday was not his baptism.  Hopefully one day when he is cognitively aware, he will accept Jesus as his personal Lord and Savior and upon that profession of faith in obedience he will be baptized.  This day was instead a commitment ceremony for the parents to make a covenant with God publically to raise our son in the faith.  It was an opportunity to pray for strength for my husband as the spiritual leader of our home, for me to be the nurturer of the home, and for us to be teachers of love.

Our pastor praying over the families of babies born in the last 4 months.DSC_0232

Our pastor officially introducing Dutch to the church and reading our special verse for him (Psalm 91:4).DSC_0308
Daddies kneeling to pray for their wives and children, and mama’s praying for daddies.DSC_0334

xoxo Darby


Jennifer Leible said...

This is wonderful. It's great to see how you share you faith and beliefs on your blog and I'm happy to read about them! I know you two will be wonderful parents to your precious son!

Emily said...

Aw, yay!! :)

Crystal said...

This is so beautiful, Darby! Dutch is so, so handsome! I know I have been a stranger, but I hope you guys are doing well!
Crystal Smith
Homemaker in Heels

Hailey Josephine said...

how sweet! :)

April Lynn | Our Little Loves said...

Aww, beautiful :)

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