Wasting our lives and glorifying God

Wasting our lives and glorifying God
Notice God's unutterable waste of saints, according to the judgment of the world. God plants His saints in the most useless places. We say - God intends me to be here because I am so useful. Jesus never estimated His life along the line of the greatest use. God puts His saints where they will glorify Him, and we are no judges at all of where that is. ~Oswald Chambers, My Utmost For His Highest, August 10

Saturday, February 4, 2012

River of Blessings

 We dedicated River surrounded by our faith community--treasured friends and family.

On the day of their dedication we have given each of our children
a prophetic declaration of their identity
and affirming their worth and value to the Lord and to our family.
They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fullness of your house, and you shall make them drink of the river of your pleasures.  Psalm 36:8

Who loves baby?

Grandma and River

Godmother and River
(would you look at this handsome kid in this adorable outfit, a gift from his Godparents!)

See my sister there in the background?
She came down especially for the dedication, but her husband couldn't make it.
So, he Skyped in for the whole thing!  How special is that?!

God-sister and River

Nana and River

Papa and River

One of River's intercessors, Aaron, gave him a very special gift: The Book of Revelation.  He quoted the first two chapters from memory.  "Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it..." Revelation 1:3  

River's Godparents, Jordan and Kristina imparted to River wisdom and knowledge, worship and joy.  And read Psalm 98 over him.

Papa and Nana praying for him and dedicating him to the Lord.

Papa, aka Bishop Gabe, charging us and all the witnesses to live faithfully before River and to lead him in the ways of Christ.

Presenting River with his first Bible.
Speaking to his spirit:

Gana and I read the prophetic declaration to him.

Our dear friend Jeff and Micha gave him the gift of actual water from the River Jordan.  We anointed him with it and prayed.

We are so blessed by all these children who know how to pray and bless!

Signing the declaration, which now hangs in our living room along with our other children's declarations:

Time to party!

It has been my mother's tradition when each of her grandchildren are dedicated to prepare a celebration and reception afterwards.  Each time it is so unique.  This one was a cupcake fondue!  Mini-cupcakes, frosting in the fondue pots and tons of little goodies to dip it in (sprinkles, chocolate chips, coconut, chopped nuts, etc.).  How cute is that?!  Along with it, milk in glass milk bottles with blue and white paper straws or a delicious coffee punch!

The adults' table:

The kids' table:

This is what River was doing by the end of the night:

Whoever brings blessing will be enriched,
and one who waters will himself be watered. 
Proverbs 11:25


THE Princess Bombshell* said...

Diego loved that he heard Prov 11:25, that had been his verse in school this week.

I wouldn't have missed it! Give River all Titi's kisses.

Sheri said...

How sweet! The cupcake fondue sounds fun. Where did you find the cute milk bottles?

Gombojav Tribe said...

My mom made everyone she knows drink the Frappucino out of them and then she and Grandma laboriously removed all the labels!!!! Talk about LOVE!

Allison said...

What a beautiful celebration :) Congratulations to River!!

Karen Joy said...

My daughter Audrey thought the picture of all the children praying was from our church. :D

And the video at the end was so cute... it looked, though, like poor little River was rooting.

I love your private blessing/dedication ceremony. We do something similar, publicly, at our church, where the leadership prophesies over each dedicated baby. But, your own ceremony is definitely more involved and special. Makes me wish we had done the same with each of our children!! I think you do well at capturing each memorable moment... Me, not so much.

Anonymous said...

Oh, Daja...and Dorothy, too...what a glorious celebration of River. And what a wonderful tradition! It was fun reading about, can't imagine how fun it was to be there. Just lovely!
Deb Satrang

Gombojav Tribe said...

Karen, when we went to a smaller church (my parents' church) we had really special dedication services in church. And not just because we are their kids. They do a special dedication for every baby, present them with a little Bible, have people prophesy over them and all that.

When we lived in Mongolia and pastored our own church we had really special dedications for every baby, not just ours.

But, now that we go to a big church the dedications are sort of mass dedications--all the families who had babies in the past year all go up at once and it's really short. We did that with our last two. However, my mom still made a beautiful reception afterwards at our house. :-)

This time we really wanted a dedication the way we used to. So, we decided to invite out closest friends and do it at home. It was very special.

We will probably still go up with the other families at our church dedication in June, because it's important that we participate in church on the corporate scale. But, this time we wanted everyone to have a chance to speak into his life and to celebrate his life.

Oh, and I didn't capture all these moments. All the kids took all the grown-ups' cameras and snapped away. It was like the paparazzi was there! LOL!

Serena Abdelaziz said...

I was finally able to keep my computer on long enough to look at all of the pictures. I loved it! Wish we could have been there. Love you!

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