Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Addison's Dedication

On May 23rd, Addison Leigh was dedicated to our Lord Jesus Christ. I am sorry I am just now getting around to posting about this amazing event in our lives. Our church does the baby dedications in a very unique way. They are held AFTER the service is over and are only for your family & friends. That, to me, makes it very personal and intimate. There was only one other baby dedicated that day. Another sweet little girl, that was several months older than Addison.

So, that morning we had breakfast, got ready, headed off to church and met our family. Celebrating this special day with us were: my mom and dad, Adam's mom and dad, his sister, her husband and their three boys, and Adam's grandparents. Also, our dear friends Leslie and Brandon (who are expecting a sweet little boy) surprised us and we were thrilled.

Sadly, that morning in the service our pastor retired. But we know God is going to go to work in our church and appoint the right man to lead our church in our mission of spreading His word to as many as we can.

Then came the dedication. They did a slide show for each baby. During the slide show the Minister of our Children's Department read a prayer that we provided for Addison from Adam and me. Here is the prayer that we pray for Addison. One we will ALWAYS pray:

Lord,
We come to you today and give Addison to You. We both agree that You alone know what is best for her. You alone know what she needs. We release her to You to care for and protect and we commit ourselves to pray for everything concerning her that we can think of or that You lay upon our hearts. Teach us know to pray and guide us in what to pray about. Help us not to impose our will when we pray for her, but enable us to pray that Your will be done in her life.
We thank you Lord that we can partner with You in raising Addison and we don’t have to do it alone. We are beyond grateful that we don’t have to rely on the worlds unreliable and ever changing methods for raising a child, but that we can have clear directions from Your Word and wisdom as we pray to You for answers.
We pray Lord that she always know Your will, have spiritual understanding and walk in a manner that is pleasing in Your sight. Help her to understand that true happiness and joy are found only in You. We pray that she will look to you for everything and not depend on her own understanding to make choices.
Thank you Lord for Addison, she is a precious gift. Your word says that every good gift comes from You and we know that you have given us Addison to care for and raise. Help us to do that. Show us places where we continue to hang on to her and enable us to release her to Your protection, guidance and counsel. Help us not to live in fear of possible dangers to her but in the joy and peace of knowing that You are in control. We rely on You for everything and this day we trust Addison to You and release her into Your hands. We promise to always raise her up in your eyes and to teach her to be more like you everyday. We promise to do this by living our lives to honor you.
Lord, we pray You will help her grow into a deep understanding of You and who You are. We ask that she fully believe in Jesus and all He did to give her eternal life. Help her to comprehend the fullness of Your forgiveness. We pray that you would pour out Your Spirit upon Addison this day and in your perfect timing, make known to her what Your calling is for her life. May she only follow you God and be a leader of people into Your kingdom. May she commit to you Lord and grow daily in the Holy Spirit. Amen
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We were also asked to provide a Bible verse. We chose Jeremiah 29:11, "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

Adam and I read a dedication promise. I barely made it through it. Actually, I didn't make it through it. I couldn't stop crying. I am an emotional mess at these kinds of things. (I can't imagine what I will be like at her wedding, etc) It was a wonderful day. One that we will always remember. And I am so thankful that I have faith in my God to help me raise her. I couldn't do it without Him.

Here are some pictures from that day:

Addison and I after the dedication



Mommy, Daddy and Addison



During her dedication, with our precious Preacher Max



Her cupcake cake


She snuck a bite or two :) haha

20 comments:

A Southern Accent said...

Look at you skinny thang! You look great. And Addison is just ADORABLE! Love that shot with the icing all over her face!

Aunt Grits a.k.a Maggi said...

How special it is to dedicate a child to God.
thanks for sharing such a special day.

Jesslee said...

So sweet and wonderful! Love the pic of her little icing face -super cute!

Gwen said...

What a special day for you all. I love the photo of her with her frosting on her face and you look fabulous my friend!!! XOXO

Perfectly Imperfect said...

How special! I can't wait to do this with E!

amy (metz) walker said...

Your prayer made me cry...such an amazing thing to love someone so much that you're willing to relinquish rights to their life back to their Creator. How hard that must be but what an selfless thing to do! I'm so glad ALM has parents like the two of you!

~Mrs. Guru~ said...

I love that verse from Jeremiah. Such a great post so happy for you guys.

The St. John Family said...

Great Post!!! What a great prayer, it brought tears to my eyes! Love the cupcake on her face!!!

PeaceLoveApplesauce said...

Simply precious!

The Marquez Family said...

What an amazing prayer! Truly beautiful! And a very beautiful family!

Cherry said...

merciful heavens that prayer made me cry!!

Anne said...

What a special day and a beautiful prayer! You and Addison looked gorgeous!! I'm putting together the slideshow for Mac's dedication this weekend and I can't stop crying, either. Waterproof mascara is a must. Congratulations on ALM's big day!

Preppy Little Dress said...

Adorable! What a cutie!

Susannah said...

Lyndsey,
You look amazing! And how fun with ALM's dedication! The pic of her with icing on her face is precious! Glad y'all had a good time.

Meg said...

Hot mama!!! You guys are so sweet. I'm so happy that you guys took her to get dedicated! How awesome!!!!!

Lauren Kelly said...

Soooo sweet and what a special time. Loved the pictures!!! :) Your family is beautiful!

The Shabby Princess said...

Awww, how sweet!! What a special, wonderful experience for your family. Congratulations on the dedication of your sweet daughter!

Angeline said...

You look amazing!! God Bless Addison! Love the last photos! What eyes!

sanjeet said...

thanks for sharing such a special day.
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prashant said...

You look great. And Addison is just ADORABLE!
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