Last Sunday may 13th 2018 we publicly dedicated Declan to the Lord. Dedication doesn’t promise me that Declan will follow Christ for the rest of his life. But it means that I will be diligent about teaching Declan about the word of God.
Declan’s dedication didn’t start on Sunday but started way before he was even born in fact way before I was even pregnant with him. I say started because I believe that we have to dedicate ourselves and our children to the Lord daily.
Before I got pregnant with Declan, I had a miscarriage. During that pregnancy, I prayed that God would use me and the pregnancy for His glory. God allowed me to have a miscarriage (nothing happens in our lives without God authorizing; however, that doesn’t mean that was God’s will). I honestly believe that somehow God can use and will use what happened to me for His glory and that is why I am so open about my miscarriage.
After the miscarriage, I started to pray that God would help me to get pregnant again right away. I wanted to be pregnant within a month, but that didn’t happen. Every single month after losing my baby I believed I was pregnant. My body even started to play tricks on me, and a week before each period I would get “morning sickness.”
Every single month I prayed, and that is when Declan’s dedication started. I prayed that if God blessed me with a baby, I would give him back to the Lord. 1 Samuel 1:27 became Declan’s verse. God has given me the privilege to raise Declan, but I know Declan is not mine.
I don’t know what the future holds for Declan, but my prayer is that he would not be an ordinary boy. I pray that one day he will come to know the Lord as his Savior, that he would love Christ with all of his being.
The other day I was reading the Bible with Declan, my favorite verse came up Jeremiah 29:11 on my devotional and I decided that this was a good time to stop and pray with him. I prayed and praised God for His perfect plan for our lives, thanked him because His plans provide us with a future and hope. But then I started to pray what was in my heart for Declan.
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. Jeremiah 29:11
I prayed that God would raise Declan up to be someone that would do great things for His kingdom. I prayed that Declan would not be ashamed of the Gospel and speak to all nations about Christ. I prayed that one day he would become a Christian and not be just an ordinary Christian but that he would be bold for the name of Jesus.
The second verse in my devotional was Jeremiah 1:5. I believe in that verse with all my heart. God has known Declan before Declan was formed, and God has knitted Declan together. He has wired Declan precisely the way He wanted Declan to be.
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
before you were born I set you apart;
I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5
Declan Daniel Kreft I hope you will read this one day and know where my heart was at. I know I will make many mistakes as I raise you, but the one thing I want you to know is that I love the Lord and I want you to love Him as well.
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