"…And she smiles at the future." ~Proverbs 31:25

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Celebrating the first

Several weeks back, our oldest son came to me with a big smile on his face. Now, this can be a scary thing, as all parents know. I braced myself for whatever I was about to find out, but I was still unprepared for the news he shared: That day marked his first full year as a Christian.

The birthday boy

At first, I felt kind of guilty for not realizing this myself. After all, I would NEVER in a million years forget any of my children’s birthdays, so how could I have forgotten this most important of birthdays?  This was a really big deal! But this is a blog about why I smile, not about the many reasons I find to feel guilty, so let me assure you that I did quickly realize that the important thing was that he remembered. I’m glad it was on his mind, and that it made him so happy to share it.

I am proud of Chandler. I see him growing. I see him struggling. I see him becoming a leader. I know that first year wasn’t an easy one, but I can clearly see the progress he’s making. I love hearing him talk about what he reads in his Bible. I love being reminded of how strongly he believes. I love seeing him take on roles of service. And I love watching the kind of big brother he works on being.

I love that he is serious about being a Christian.

I think back to that wonderful day when I almost missed his baptism. That morning, just as we were leaving for Bible class, the door to our vehicle–our RUNNING vehicle–got shut and locked (with us on the outside, of course). The rest of the family went on in Troy’s car, while I stayed behind to wait for the locksmith.

But Chandler was ready that day. He was ready to become a child of God, and he wasn’t going to wait another moment. Thankfully, I made it to the church building just in time to hear his confession of faith…and to see him immersed into Christ…and to witness that first hug from his dad as he came up out of the water. I was glad I’d made it in time, but I was also glad he hadn’t waited for me. He knew what he needed to do.

Happy first birthday, Chandler. While I may have missed the date on the calendar, I’m definitely celebrating.

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My biggest reason to smile

Yesterday I awoke to a house that’s a wreck and a to-do list at least a mile long. And yet, I woke up smiling. It wasn’t a slight smile, either. It was one of those big, goofy, ear-to-ear grins that you feel silly wearing but can’t seem to take off. (Not that I wanted to.) I smiled that wide grin as I remembered how, the day before, my son had become my brother.

We didn’t know ahead of time that Connor was planning to be baptized into Christ that morning. But he nearly knocked me out of the way the minute the invitation song began, in his rush to make it to the front of the auditorium. My sweet, shy boy couldn’t wait to get up to the front where he would put on Christ in baptism, committing in front of hundreds of people to walk with Him for the rest of his days.

I smiled through my tears as his proud, happy grandfather took his public confession of faith. I cried…and smiled…as Connor’s earthly father immersed him in baptism so that his heavenly Father could save him by grace, through faith, washing away his sins. I smiled when the man who got up to make announcements afterward said, “I do believe that’s the fastest I’ve ever seen someone get from the pew into the water.” (I think I laughed out loud, actually.)

I smiled some more as I watched would-be huggers line up after the service to encourage this new, baby Christian. I thought of all the dear people around the world who have taught him, from the nursery class until now, in Bible classes and through their good examples. (I am so thankful for each of you…You know who you are!)  I smiled as I listened to his new brothers and sisters tell him they were proud and happy for him. And I smiled as HE smiled through it all.

My friend Dana told me afterward that her little boy, Parker, became concerned during the baptism. “Mom, you’re crying!” he said. “What’s wrong?”  “Yes,” she replied, “but I’m crying because I’m happy.” He paused as he looked around. “Oh…..Then Ms. Amy must be really, REALLY happy!”

Parker was right. And now, two days later, I still can’t stop smiling, because the words of 3 John 1:4 are so very true:

“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.”

My favorite shot

Thank you for sharing in our family’s joy. Thank you, Brandy, for thinking to pull out your cell phone and snap some pictures. And thanks to all of you who are praying for Connor in his new life.  Smile with me today!

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