Before my children were baptized, our church encouraged us to select a life verse for each of them. Bray and I prayed about it, and then we sent the verses to the church to become part of a welcome slide show they created for the families of children baptized that year. It was incredibly meaningful but, as over a year has passed since their baptism, I felt the verses were becoming forgotten before they were ever being remembered.
So as a part of my Christmas present to the trio, realizing they won’t appreciate it for years, I had a friend of mine design a calligraphy of the verses to frame and hang over their beds.
I hope those words are the first verses of Scripture the children commit to heart. I hope the words hanging over them at night are an outward reflection of the words of God we will speak over and to them in the years to come.
I hope that seeing the words every evening as Bray and I pray over our treasures before we go to bed will remind us to claim those verses for them and recommit ourselves to raising them up in the way they should go. I share them with you, and for them, here:
Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.
Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named.
That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory,
to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man.
That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith;
that ye being rooted and grounded in love,
May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth and length and depth and height;
And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge,
that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God.
Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think,
according to the power that worketh in us,
Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages.