Thursday, December 15, 2011

Miriam gets baptized

It's hard to believe, but our little baby girl is growing up SO fast. Seems like just yesterday that I was a mom to all boys, until our sweet little girl came into our life. 





Miriam is such a sweet, gentle person. Always loving and kind, and still such a cuddlebug. The boys are always so amused by her because she pretends to be just like me, packing up her family of 20 or so children in her van and going to shop at Whole Foods, cell phone in hand and all. More than anything, she loves to go on dates with Dad or have special one-on-one time with me. And of course, she is as beautiful on the outside as she is on the inside. 

She got saved some time ago through her Daddy, and has been wanting to get baptized but was afraid of going under the water. A couple of weeks ago, a lady at our church that she adores (the beautiful bride from this post) was getting baptized, so Miriam took that as the perfect opportunity to do likewise.

In the past, we used to baptize people in the spa part of our built-in pool at the house. This was obviously not very practical  for several reasons, but one huge advantage was that it would heat the water very warm in a short amount of time. Even though this is Phoenix, the water out of the tap or in the pool cools down to probably just around 45 or 50 degrees in the winter - much too cold to be dunked under in. So getting a system figured out that could heat a lot of water (300 gallons) in a relatively short amount of time was a challenge, but we have finally found a solution for baptizing people at the church building. It takes about an hour and a half total to get the tub filled, so we can baptize pretty much "on the spot" so long as people tell us before the service that they would like to be baptized afterward.



With this, our four oldest children have all been saved and baptized. It is such a blessing to have the Bible as a guidebook for raising our children in this twisted and wicked world. Of course they are not perfect, but compared to what is "normal" these days, they are so sweet and godly. It's definitely not because of us parents, but rather because of the power of God and his word on their life. We are very blessed!


15 comments:

  1. I'm sure this means a lot to you, so congratulations to little Miriam ! She sure enough does seem adorable.

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  2. How do you heat the water?

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  3. Congrats, Miriam!!! It's a wonderful thing to follow the Lord!
    Good job being brave enough to go under water :)

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  4. May I ask the difference between being saved and baptized? I thought you were not saved until you had been baptized.

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  5. It's so wonderful to see our children choosing to follow the Lord on their own!

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  6. Congratulations Miriam! What a brave girl going under the water! She looks absolutely adorable in her baptismal gown!

    My whole family LOVED this post! Dylan even thanked God for Miriam's baptism last night! :)

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  7. That is so cool. I find it really interesting how in the Baptist faith each individual when they feel ready. It must make children especially feel that their relationship with God is personal and important.

    Congratulations Miriam!!!
    :-)

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  8. That is such a beautiful picture! And how special to be baptized by her daddy!!! What a Christmas gift to you guys!!!! Merry Christmas!

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  9. Congratulations Miriam! How exciting :)
    -Karen E

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  10. Congratulations Miriam ! What a sweet picture. You two must be so proud. :)

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  11. Miranda,
    Being baptized cannot save a person, only by believing on the Lord Jesus Christ can one be saved. Being baptized is simply a testament of salvation. You cannot get to heaven by being baptized but it is not necessary to be baptized to get saved.

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  12. Congratulations Miriam it's great that you got baptized and by your dad , I know how you felt about the water even at my age I was not sure about going under either when I was little an adult in our family thought it would be funny to hold me under water in a pool and I didn't know how to swim it scared me so I never did learn how to . I know your mom and dad must be so happy .

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  13. Thankyou Anon, that explained it very nicely for me.

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  14. Your welcome Miranda, I'm glad I wasn't to confusing :-)

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