One night on the drive home, Ruby said from the back of the car "I want to be baptized!"
Kevin and I looked at each other, ecstatic but surprised, since we had yet to really ever explain baptism to her. We quickly realized she was watching the Jesus Storybook Bible DVD series and learning at that moment about John the Baptist and learning what he had come to do, and that he even baptized Yahshua.
This started an exciting couple of weeks of conversation between us and our 6 year old daughter, of teaching her what exactly it means to be baptized and testing to see if she really knew what it is she was wanting.
Turns out - she knew exactly what baptism was and she knew she wanted to make that declaration of faith.
2 years ago, on August 11, 2014 she had asked Yahshua into her heart, on her own volition. Now it was time to do water baptism!
It was with such great joy and excitement that we sent the message out to a few friends and family and asked if they'd like to come be a witness to this momentous occasion - and it was obvious that all of heaven came to watch as this little girl accomplishes part of what she was sent to earth to do - be the Father's glory.
We started the evening worshipping the Reason we had gathered together. Ruby chose the two songs we sang, both written by her daddy.
Kevin baptized her. Not because he's an ordained minister, not because he's a worship pastor, but because he's her father. Her covering. Any father (or mother, if there's no father in the picture!) can and should get to be the ones to baptize their own children, whether you're an auto mechanic or the Pope. It's a father's joy and such an honor!
|the look on her face says it all!|
It was a holy evening.
There was so much joy in the air, I can't really even explain it. Everyone was just completely overjoyed, the childlike faith was so thick in the air that summer evening. We all, grown ups in full clothes with no plans to, immersed ourselves and swam in that cold spring water creek, laughing hilariously. The water was dripping with happiness and holiness now and we could all feel it.
I imagine Yahweh actually laughed with delight that evening. He and Ruby have a special relationship. There have been time after time that she releases faith from her little heart and He responds and she sees for herself that HE IS WHO HE SAYS HE IS. It's so beautiful to watch!
My good friend Rebecca snapped these photos with her phone when Ruby came out of the water and I just had to share -
All Ruby's little friends came running over to her, hugging her and saying "I'm so happy for you, Ruby!" Every single one of them. My heart *almost* exploded because this is the next generation that we are raising and are seeing that they CARE and want Yahweh's will already. They are being taught how to rejoice with and for someone, they are wanting to do His will at such young ages. Not for their parents - but because they want it! It's just so wonderful to witness.
We drove away from that creek cove that evening, our hearts full of thankfulness, full of worship, full of love for one another and our friends and family that gave their evening to come be a part of such a special day for us. It was all so good, and so saturated with His presence.
We are proud of you, Ruby James. Keep hearing and obeying. We're so honored to guide you and watch you walk with your Heavenly Father as you grow!