I shared last week about the baby dedication that we were planning for my youngest child, and about some of the family drama that was causing me anxiety and stress.
Thank you so much to those of you who prayed, asking God for His peace and favor for our special day – praying that He would bless the desire of our hearts to dedicate our child to Him. We stood before family and friends and declared our intention to raise our daughter to love and honor her heavenly Father. We committed to teaching her His precepts and showing her His love.
We chose to bless her with the words of Psalm 27:4…
One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple. (NIV)
Our Pastor took our little one in his arms and prayed the words of this verse over her life. He prayed that she would grow up having a deep desire to “dwell” with her heavenly Father in an intimate and loving relationship – drawing close to Him, and relying on Him to give her strength, guidance and wisdom for her life.
I love how the New International Version translates the next part of the verse, “…to gaze on the beauty of the Lord”. Isn’t that wonderful? That with the eyes of our heart, we can gaze into the face of our beautiful Savior – that we can see the love He has for us in the warmth of His gentle eyes.
If you are uncomfortable with where I am in my journey, I truly do understand. At first, I was highly resistant to the idea of picturing my heavenly Father with the eyes of my heart. I certainly did not want to become involved in anything that was mystical, and not of God. But as I searched the scriptures with the help of my Pastor, I came to believe that God truly does bless his children with visions of His loveliness.
The times that I have seen Jesus with the eyes of my heart, I have come to understand His love for me in a way that mere words could not teach. Experiencing His love in this way has transcended theological understanding, and has permeated into the very depths of my being. In this way, I have begun to believe the truth of His great love for me – not just ‘know’ it as intellectual fact.
Finally, from Psalm 27:4, we prayed that our little girl would “seek him in his temple”. Knowing that we are the temple, and that the Holy Spirit dwells within God’s children, the prayer is that she would seek to draw close to God – through reading her bible, praying, and listening for His words of love lavished on her.
My Pastor prayed that my daughter would be blessed with a depth of spiritual sensitivity – that she would come to know Jesus as her Savior at a young age, and would learn to discern His voice, gaze upon His beauty with the eyes of her heart, and follow passionately after her Lord and Savior all the days of her life.
It was a beautiful morning – praising God for all He has done, listening to the truth of His word preached, and committing our child into His loving and capable hands.
Thank you again to those who prayed for peace within my family. Your prayers were answered in a mighty way. God is so faithful!
May God richly bless you, dear one, with a desire to gaze upon His beauty, and listen for His words of love,
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