We had sweet Charlotte’s dedication this weekend and it was such a special time. I love the way Highpoint does dedication now. They host a dedication brunch where the parents get to invite a table of family and friends to gather around you while you make your commitments to your child. It was such a special day!
Matt & I wrote the following words to our precious Charlotte Anne…
You are an incredible blessing to us. When we look at you, we see a beautiful reminder of God’s unending faithfulness. We are so grateful God chose us to be your parents. Knowing that God has entrusted us with the incredible responsibility of training you to be a woman of God, we commit to model for you the kind of person we desire to see you become.
We pray, first and foremost, that you love God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength and with all your mind. (Luke 10:27)
We pray that you love others as Christ loves them. (1 John 4:19) We pray that ministry fills your heart and that you get rich joy from serving God by loving His people.
We pray that you find your identity in Christ alone for in Him we live and move and have our being. (Acts 17:28)
We pray that you fulfill God’s unique purpose for your life and that your life will display God’s splendor. They will called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of His splendor. (Isaiah 61:3)
In addition to modeling these character qualities, we also commit to model for you a godly marriage. We commit to stay married and to continually invest in our marriage for the rest of our lives. We commit to enjoy a date night with just the two of us twice a month so that we can enjoy time alone strengthening our marriage. We commit to each be mentored by someone a little further down the road, someone who can teach us, sharpen us and hold us accountable. We commit to have a daily priority time where we study and apply God’s Word so that we can be transformed. We commit to give and serve joyfully and sacrificially.
We make these commitments knowing we are two imperfect people and that we will certainly make mistakes as parents. We want you to know that we love you deeply on your best day and your worst. We hope that we will be able to show you a reflection of God’s balance of truth and grace in our home. We love you dearly, and we cannot wait to see the plans God has for you.
Lottie, even though you’ve only been in our lives for seven months, I have a hard time remembering what life was like before you. It’s funny how you don’t even realize someone is missing until you’ve known the joy that person brings to every day. Your contagious smile and those big blue eyes get me every. single. time. I love you, Lottie Dot.