Tuesday, March 30, 2010

A special Tuesday of Holy Week

Ephesians 2:8-10
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

So, we talked today, about our conversation the other day.  Bethany didn't have any questions, she just said that she knew it was right.  {Thanks you sweet stalkers and family that offered to pray for her.}  She wanted to ask Jesus into her heart.  I offered to pray with her this afternoon or suggested that we could wait and pray about with Joe when he came home.  She liked that idea, and couldn't wait for him to get home from working out.
I explained to her that after she asked Jesus into her heart she would be born again and that today would be a birthday. 
John 3:3
Jesus replied, "I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God."
2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!
Of course birthday's equal cake at our house, so I baked my second chocolate cake from scratch.  Second time around tasted much better.  Bethany asked if she got presents too and I explain that she got the gift of eternal life, the greatest gift of all. 
John 3:16-17
For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him. 
After supper, Joe and I explained and talked to her about everything again.  We prayed with her, it was the sweetest moment.  She really meant it, I paused and looked at her in the middle of our prayer.  I couldn't go on and tell her what to pray next because I became choked up when I saw her face.  She sincerely had her eyes closed.  After a short pause, I was able to go on.  After she prayed, I explain that her name is written in God's book.  She was thrilled to know that! She was very happy and excited to tell several of our family members that she had asked Jesus into her heart.
Often I feel overwhelmed to think that we are responsible to train and teach our children.  I want to get it right, perfect even.  God is so gracious and faithful, He covers our inadequacies and fills the gaps.  He loves them so much more that we do and I know that I can trust Him.  I'm thankful that we are not raising our children alone.  His grace covers our mistakes and He lovingly guides not only us, but our children.
Isaiah 54:13
And all thy children shall be taught of the LORD; and great shall be the peace of thy children.

Such a special Holy Week, I am looking forward to celebrating Easter.  If you haven't heard of these already, I am including a link to some Easter fun we had last year.  These can be powerful ways to help small children grasp Christ love for them. 


Sweats, Nikes, and No Make-up said...

Yay Bethy!!! We love you and are SO happy for you!! ~Aunt Melissa & Uncle Brandon

Amanda Brady said...

So sweet what a great way to enterrEaster. We encourage families at our church to mark the day their child made that decision and celebrate the anniverary of that day. We actually send a letter to the parents a month before the 1 year anniversary of when their child was baptized with some suggestions of how to celebrate the day. We then send a card to the children on the one year anniversary of that day. If you would like some ideas, let me know and I can send them to you.

Miranda said...

Yes, Amanda. I'd love to see the ideas. Thanks for offering, sounds good.

~Mamma~ said...

So proud of you Bethany and so excited for you! You have just made the best decision of your life. I love Jesus too and I know He is so happy that you have received his free gift of eternal life. He will always love you.
Mamma is praying for you.

{Kimber} said...

love the pics :)

Sweats, Nikes, and No Make-up said...

Ok, so this is off topic, and in no way meant to be a deterrent from the wonderful celebration of Bethy getting saved - but in the background of one of those pictures of Bethany it looks like Jophie is strangling Jenna! LOL.

Miranda said...

I know Melissa, I noticed that too when I was editing the pictures. I started to clarify that he was taking a book from her, but that seemed to take away from the post. I was wondering if anyone would notice! :)

Anonymous said...

Love this! ~Erin

Melissa said...

What a great post! Love to read these stories. Check out my blog when you have a chance, I left you a virtual Easter basket in case you want to participate. They've already changed the donation to more than they originally planned but I still thought it would be neat to do!