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2017 was a year riddled with ups and downs. Sometimes if felt like the downs would never go away and the ups were short lived. There is one memory that stands out from them all……..

Watching my daughter, my youngest child, get baptized!

It was a a bit of a chilly February day but the hotel pool was plenty warm. Forty people gathered around the pool to see 6 children and 3 adults publicly declare their devotion to follow Christ. There were many who shed tears of great joy as their loved ones emerged from the chlorinated water. The man who had been a user for many, many years and was on the path of sobriety was probably one of the most touching for many. For me, though, it was watching my sweet baby girl stand between her daddy and her pastor as she declared her love for her Saviour and willingness to follow him her whole life.

As she went under, I prayed that God would give her the strength to keep that promise as she travels this life.  When she emerged, it was like seeing a young woman, ready to face the world because now she had God on her side. (Not that she didn’t always. 😊)




Fast forward to Christmas.
It dawned on me that now that she is in public school, she might need a constant reminder of Who’s child she really is. While walking through the mall, finishing up our shopping, I asked hubby if I could take a peak in the jewelry store cases. Just to see what was there. (I like to look, but I never really want anything. I like to see sparkle – lol.) Sitting in the middle of the case, clustered with many other ring settings, sat the ring I wanted for my girl as her Covenant ring. It was a crown with little diamonds at each peak. When the clerk told us the price, Jon and I looked at each other and said: “Sold”. We knew as we walked out that we had experienced one of those Divine moments.

Later, we told her what the ring meant. “It doen’t just mean that you willl save yourself for marriage. It means that you will follow Christ with all that you have until this life is done because you are His princess.” Tears began to flow from not only this mother’s eyes, but my husband’s and my daughter’s. She knew the importance of her promises and did not take it lightly.

Now, some might ask, “What about your boys?” We will get them taken care of but it will be different for them because they deal with and understand things differently.

The seven years while I homeschooled our children, this was the main lesson I did my best to teach them. “Live according to God’s Word and your life will be full.” Now that they are out in the world, I can see glimmers of the growing seed of Faith that has been planted within their hearts.

Do you have a special memory you would like to share?

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Melissa resides in a small mid-Michigan farm community with her husband, three children, two cats, and three dogs. Besides writing, she enjoys reading, taking photos, and spending time with her husband. She began writing in 2014 when she felt the need to put pen to paper when a story would not leave her alone. These stories continue not only inspire readers but the author who writes them. Her hope is that each story touches your heart, gives you hope, or just gives you a moment away from the chaos of life.

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