March 18, 2007

Goodbye Spring Break 2007

This is the last day of Spring Break. I am going to feel the early wake up alarm in the morning. I don't think that my body has adjusted to the time change with it being on a holiday, we have stayed up late, and slept in a bit with family in town. The main source of fun at home this week has been the game, Apples to Apples. All the kids love it and so do the adults. My kids are improving their vocabulary and it is Spring Break, that doesn't happen very often. There is a kids version of the game but we have the regular adult one and for the most part the kids have done great with it.

I have taken a ton of pictures this week, several sittings worth. Tomorrow Jana and I head out to Buffalo Gap to take pics. I am so excited. I was there on Friday to shoot some engagement portraits and love that town. For such a small town it has several Art Galleries, the Historical Museum, a couple of business corners with great shops and restaurants, then of course the world famous Perini Steakhouse. I am hoping we can make it to all those locations tomorrow.

Jack and Sophie have been talking alot about being baptized lately. Rob and I are going to study the bible with them about the subject. Derek was wanting to be baptized a year or two ago and I think that we told him he needed to be a bit older first. The night that Jack and Sophie talked with Rob and me about it, I went to sleep praying for guidance, had dreams all night about it, but woke up with no clear direction. I haven't slept well since that night either. I know that they are young, only 8. It seems to me that they both have dealt with so much over the past 2 years that they have matured in a way that I would probably feel good about letting them make the decision without encouraging them to wait. They both have a trust in the Lord and a desire to follow Jesus that brings me to my knees with thankfulness and humility to God. I would love to hear from other parents who have a child that has been baptized, and their points of view on this. If you would have asked me a 2 years ago, I would have never dreamed that I would consider my kids getting baptized at this age, but with all our family has been through and with the maturity that my children have dealt with it, it doesn't seem so ludicrous. If my child tells me they want to follow Jesus for the rest of their life, be baptized, anticipating the indwelling of the Holy Spirit through that baptism, how silly does it sound for me to say, "no, you have to wait." My heart says to rejoice and praise God with them.

6 comments:

Julie said...

One thing we all must learn is age really doesn't have a thing to do with maturity. Life experiences mature us in ways that we cannot even imagine. Jack and Sophie have both seen the Lord in a different light than children their age because of their journeys. I can honestly tell you I was baptized at age seven... I am not sure if I was "mature" enough at the time, but it began a whole new part of my own journey. My dad was baptized young and didn't quite comprehend it... so he got baptized again at age fourteen! It isn't about an age though... Since they are talking to you all about it so much I think it is wise to sit down and talk with them knowing they are truly understanding of baptism. God will show you the true answer... none of us...

Miami Chick said...

Tammy,

My husband was baptized when he was 8. He didn't have any doubt then, nor has he ever questioned his baptism or felt he did not understand what he was doing.

This decision Jack and Sophie have come to is from their heart, they are able to follow through with their committment. You know what to do, just have peace about it and let the Holy Spirit have the control.

jessica said...

Megs was baptized at 8... I was concerned... but our preacher had a long discussion with her and felt like it was the right time and her motives were pure.

Anonymous said...

I think it is (in some ways) like a marriage... it would be silly to say "Well, I didn't know everything about you when we got married, so it didn't count." Even if you date for a long time, you just don't know EVERYTHING!!! Some of our parents got married after what would be considered now, a very short courtship. We didn't know all the good or all the bad .. we didn't know the depths of our own hearts- we just knew that life without one another was not for us. Life without God is not for me. Of course, I am always learning and growing...Praise God for their seeking and their beautiful hearts. YEAH!!! We want to be there on that Sunday (or Wednesday or Tuesday or whenever!!!)
Love & prayers about this,
Karise

Christy said...

Tammy,

I'll never forget August 14, 1982. I was nine years old and felt a weight on my heart that literally made me ill. After spending quite a bit of time in the restroom, my mom was really worried about me. I confessed to her that I was a sinner and I needed to be baptized. It was a Saturday and I insisted that I needed to put on Jesus -- RIGHT THEN. I remember lying on my bed and my father coming in to talk to me. I was experiencing an internal anguish that would not abate with tears. We talked, read Scripture, and prayed. I then convinced my family to drive the ten miles to the church building. It was my mom, my dad, my eleven year-old brother (not yet baptized -- and not until he was in the seventh or eighth grade), my paternal grandparents and my uncle. The water was FREEZING, I wore some white jeans and a light blue shirt, I slid down the steps and was unofficially predunked, the fam. sang "O Happy Day," my Granny brought me a church bulletin, and I was handed a shiny new brown-leather KJV. :) The Holy Spirit blessed my tender heart with a peace that accompanies me today. Trust HIM to lead your children. You've set the example, sown the seed; he'll provide the increase.

Debra said...

Just found your site. It is great to read about fellow Abilenians.