Monday, November 10, 2014

Quinn’s Baptism Day.

I have so much blogging to catch up on, but can’t wait another minute to share the good news! My sweet Quinn Davis Poe was baptized yesterday! Almost three years ago, he came to us and told us that he had prayed and asked Jesus in his heart. We were confused…and felt a little slighted to not have been a part of this amazing moment. But, he said… “I did…I was standing in the hallway between mine and Nash’s room!” (It was in our rent house that we lived in for a year when we moved to Roanoke!) We were happy for him…but realized that it was coming from our four year old’s mouth.

About a year later, we discussed it a little more seriously again…and he would say the same thing…”I already prayed and asked Jesus in my heart. In the hall of our rent house!”

At this point, we were starting to believe that he was serious…and we mentioned baptism. He would say, “I think I need to learn to swim first!” Sweet boy.

When in Kindergarten, Quinn took a “New Believers” class at our church and seemed to really know and understand what it meant to be “saved!” He could answer our questions…even the hard ones…and they weren’t “Sunday School answers!” We were always blown away at his ability to process “big” concepts, but this was something different…and so very special. After the class, he was confidant in his belief, but still not quite ready to be baptized. And, goodness knows, we didn't want to push him.

Then, more time passed. We moved…he started at a new church…a new school…and had a baby sister. And, when we started talking about it after the move, it was clear that he was READY! Excited and anxious and still holding firm to the prayer he prayed in the hallway between his and Nash’s room. But…our sanctuary was being renovated…so, we had a little more time to wait.

Finally, on Sunday, November 2nd, he proudly walked to the front and shared with our congregation that he was ready to be baptized.

Walking forwardAnd with much anticipation, our new sanctuary was opening the very next Sunday. We made sure everything was in order for family to attend and patiently waited for Sunday to arrive.

The night before, we gave him the most DARLING book…a must for children getting baptized…
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When November 9th came, it felt like Christmas morning. Cousins and grandparents were here to be a part of the big day and he woke up with a smile on his face. When Nash came down the stairs, he proudly said, “Happy Baptism Day, Bubba!” Little did we know how happy it would be.

After going to his Bible Study class, I picked him (and Nash & Bliss) up early to head to the sanctuary to get ready. He was giddy…and so was I! Quinn's Baptism and more! 053He went into the Robing Room with his Daddy and got ready. It was fun to have some buddies getting baptized on the same day. After a few hugs (and a few pics) I went out to check on his fan club and then to the other side of the baptistery to capture the moment. Quinn's Baptism and more! 061Quinn's Baptism and more! 063Quinn's Baptism and more! 064When it came to his time, words can’t describe the joy. Besides the days my children were born, I’ve never felt so very proud and emotional. Watching him so confidently enter the water to share his decision to follow Jesus Christ was unlike anything I’ve ever experienced! I will never, ever forget it! Quinn's Baptism and more! 082
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As Matt was asking him questions, he’d look at him…then glance at me…with such genuine joy. My heart. Quinn's Baptism and more! 088
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And, when he came up from the water, he leapt into his Daddy’s arms. Precious beyond words.Quinn's Baptism and more! 092

When I got to hug him, he was beaming even more! So proud and excited!! We went to see his family before I walked all of the kids back over to their classes.

On our way, we stopped to write on a part of our building that is still under construction…
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When church was over, it was time to come home to celebrate. Our family and our pastor’s family came over for Quinn’s choice of BBQ and cake!
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His robot cake was based on the song “I Am Not a Robot” by Trip Lee. Quinn loves it and it perfectly describes how you’re no longer a “robot” once you have Christ in your life! Quinn's Baptism and more! 112Quinn's Baptism and more! 114Quinn's Baptism and more! 115Quinn's Baptism and more! 117Quinn's Baptism and more! 124Quinn's Baptism and more! 126Quinn's Baptism and more! 130Quinn's Baptism and more! 131Quinn's Baptism and more! 132Quinn's Baptism and more! 139Quinn's Baptism and more! 142Quinn's Baptism and more! 145
After food and fun, there was some sweet gifts to commemorate his big day…
Mammer and Slickpaw gave him this awesome Bible series…
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Nana and Pawpaw gave him a great journal for him to write his prayers, Bible stories, etc. in…
{And here’s his first entry…}
And, we gave him this devo and a cross necklace. We weren’t sure how he’d feel about it, but his face says it all. He loves it.
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My prayer for this beautiful boy has always been that he would know and love Jesus and NEVER doubt! Never doubt the REALNESS of Jesus…never doubt that the Bible is true…never doubt the Grace he’s been given…and never doubt the decision he’s made!  As he grows, my prayers for him will only become stronger. I have no doubt that, through Christ, Quinn Davis Poe is going to do amazing things for the Kingdom. What a blessing it is to be his Momma.  
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“Baptism is an outward expression of an inward faith.”
-Watchman Nee

If you’re looking for the things I talked about, here are the links…


Laura said...

I was starting to worry about y'all, but this post was worth the wait. Congrats Quinn and welcome to the family!

angelica said...

Tears of happiness for you. Congratulations and so happy for your sweet son.


Le Ann said...

So wonderful!!!

Lauren said...

I teared up reading this blog post, what an amazing day! It makes me so excited for the day my kids make the best decision of their lives!

Danielle said...

Well that was absolutely beautiful! What a sweet boy- so very precious how he understands everything so fully...even those "big" concepts.

Jenny said...

Sheesh, I'm all teary eyed! Congrats to Quinn and your entire family! Brings back many memories of FBC Dickinson.

Lainey-Paney said...

Oh, I just love this! Love it!

The picture of the two together right AFTER the baptism---beautiful. I can only imagine the joy!