Mr C reaffirmed his baptismal vows on Sunday at his Confirmation. He stood before the congregation and acknowledged that it was only through faith in Jesus and by his amazing Grace that he can enter heaven one day. He received the blessing of words and prayers by the pastors as they shared his confirmation verse and prayed that God will also be the focus of his life.
I'm so grateful for that his confirmation is not the end of Mr C's faith journey. He does not see confirmation as a graduation from learning and growing in his faith and knowledge of Jesus. Rather, the knowledge he's gotten from three years of confirmation classes have encouraged him to look deeper into the Word. He's asked deep questions about faith, doctrine, and Biblical truth. These lively discussions have been just another spark in his soul (and ours).
I love seeing Mr C's heart and hearing his deep faith grow and mature. I'm proud of the man of faith he is becoming. The testimony of his faith is evident in the choices he's making and the goals he has for the future. I know there will be bumps in the road and there might be times that he will doubt or question his faith or God's plans. My prayer is that the Word he has hidden in his heart, the faith that is deep in his soul, and the Grace of God will build him up in times of trouble.
My husband and I know that God has big plans for Mr C in the future and are anxious to see how they unfold. Our prayer is that Mr C will always live out his confirmation verse and that it will be the life verse that leads him daily.
Of course, to celebrate this big day, we had a great dinner at our new favorite Thai restaurant. Mr C tried the Thai Iced Tea, but quickly realized that he's more of hot tea fan. Miss M of course was willing to trade with her brother! Miss A even enjoyed the food, which if you know her, is rather impressive. P and I decided that we are now entering the phase of "dinning out" where its worth it to go a little nicer and enjoy the experience. Who knows Miss A might even request a real restaurant next year for her birthday. No more BK for us!
Romans 1:16 New International Version (NIV)
16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.