Monday, April 22, 2013

Cara's big day - 10/15/2012

Saying one of the sweetest prayers I've ever heard.
Sitting on the couch talking about our Jesus.
October 15th, 2012 started just like any other day in our house.  Kids up, chores started, breakfast, clean up, school started, etc.  We enjoy listening to the bible read aloud at breakfast (from the great app), and then Micah and Cara and I read aloud a few bible verses and work on our Grapevine Studies curriculum, stick-figuring through the bible. It's a great way for the kids to learn the great topics of the old testament.  We were still in Genesis, learning about the patriarchs, but I try to tie the story back to Jesus, our redemption, his sacrifice, etc.  This day, Cara said she was ready to commit her life to Christ.  The spirit was moving in our little school/play room that day.  She had asked before, but we prayed about it, and I asked her questions like 1) are you ready to follow Jesus for the rest of your life? 2) are you committed to obedience at any cost? 3) do you feel the Holy Spirit prompting your heart right now?

I was concerned with her having a faith of her own, not just ours!  Yes, we teach them the bible, and yes, we teach them Jesus is the Son of God, so as children, of course they are going to say that they believe that, because it is what we have taught them.  But we really wanted to know that the Lord was leading her to make this decision.  And this day, 10/15/12, her new spiritual birthday, she felt God moving.  It was a great experience to get to be a part of with her, I am so blessed!
sorry, only iphone photos

We went out to a special lunch (burger king...ick, but what she wanted), and later that day went and talked to our children's minister to make sure Cara really understood key concepts, like sin, sacrifice, baptism, etc.  She was ready to get baptized and make her profession public, but since we are a part of a brand new church plant, we had to wait.  But now, things are lining up and it looks like she will be baptized 5/5!  We are so proud of our big girl!

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