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Sunday, January 31, 2010

D is for Devoted

D is for Devoted

This post will conclude the Birthday celebration of our son, David.  It has been a blessing to stop and reflect on the past seven years we've spent with him.  My sons have also enjoyed reading my posts about them.  I asked David, "Did you know Mommy felt that way about you?"  He smiled and said, "Yes."  Whew--I'm glad he knows he is special to me in the fullness of our life here on earth!

First, let's begin by taking a look at a dictionary definition of Devoted:

Devoted [dɪˈvəʊtɪd] adj.

1. feeling or demonstrating loyalty or devotion; ardent; devout
2. (postpositive; foll by to) set apart, dedicated, or consecrated
devotedly  adv
devotedness  n

Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 6th Edition 2003. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003

One of David's greatest strengths is that he is a Devoted person.  He is loyal.  He is dedicated.  Such devotion sets him apart and makes him different.  One of the clearest areas of David's life where we can see his devotion is with his siblings.  He LOVES them and is committed to them.   

 
When David's little brother, Samuel, was born David was so proud.  He rose up to the Big Brother role and made it a daily point to hold him for at least 15-20 minutes each and every morning.  He would say, "Mommy, I haven't held Samuel yet."  Then he would sit down, cradle his baby brother in his arms, and just hold him for a long time.  

As Samuel has grown older, David spends special time with him every day playing games or toys with him, reading him books, chasing him, being silly with him, filling his sippy cup, making him breakfast, keeping him safe in the parking lot, strolling him down to get the mail, fixing his hair, or whatever makes Samuel feel special.  

David was ecstatic when he found out he was going to be a big brother a second time around!  He wanted a baby sister so badly and prayed EVERY DAY for one.  He committedly prayed that the baby would "be healthy", "would grow", and "would not die."  God answered David's persistent prayers and gave him that baby sister he fervently prayed for.

David loves Rachel, too, and is a Devoted brother to her. Like Samuel, David holds Rachel every day and spends special time with her.  He drives her around on the Pooh cycle, makes her laugh, runs her bathwater, washes her up after she eats, feeds her baby food, puts her in her carseat, and retrieves her out of her crib.  David has invested in a relationship with Rachel and has figured out important things such as, "I know how to make Rachel smile...give her kisses!"  :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

David is working on his relationship with his big brother, Matthew.  The big boys work hard in school so they can take study breaks together.  They play football games (in my living room) together almost on a daily basis.  They enjoy playing Legos and Army men together and pal around outside, too.  David is working on being a good friend to his brother to spur him on to make good choices and honor Christ Jesus in what he thinks, says, and does.  

David's character quality of devotion translates to many other relationships as well.  He is a Devoted son, grandson, nephew, and cousin.  He is also a Devoted friend.  David is also

Devoted to prayer.  

More times than I can count David's first reaction to a problem or situation is to pray about it.  That touches my heart and draws me closer to the Lord.  David is a prayer warrior.  He prays for his grandfathers that have/had cancer nightly.  He also prays for his Compassion International sponsored child as well as his brother's sponsored child every night.  

In the last segment of this post we will look at some Scriptures in the Bible that speak of that which we should be Devoted to: 

1. The Study of, Application of, Teaching of God's Word as well as Removing Idols, Distractions, and Hindrances that Keep us from Following the Lord.

"9 He had begun his journey from Babylon on the first day of the first month, and he arrived in Jerusalem on the first day of the fifth month, for the gracious hand of his God was on him. 10 For Ezra had Devoted himself to the study and observance of the Law of the LORD, and to teaching its decrees and laws in Israel." Ezra 7:9-10
2. Following the Ways of the Lord (but how can we know what to follow if we do not read His Word, the Bible?)
5 The LORD established the kingdom under his control; and all Judah brought gifts to Jehoshaphat, so that he had great wealth and honor. 6 His heart was devoted to the ways of the LORD; furthermore, he removed the high places and the Asherah poles from Judah.
 7 In the third year of his reign he sent his officials Ben-Hail, Obadiah, Zechariah, Nethanel and Micaiah to teach in the towns of Judah." 2 Chronicles 17:5-7

3. Trusting in God, Relying on Him, Praying to the Lord of Mercy.

 1 Hear, O LORD, and answer me,
       for I am poor and needy.   
2 Guard my life, for I am devoted to you.
       You are my God; save your servant
       who trusts in you.
 3 Have mercy on me, O Lord,
       for I call to you all day long.
Psalm 86:1-3
4. Serving God alone, not the God of Self or God of Success.
  "No servant can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money." Luke 16:13

5. Brotherly Love, Honoring Others, Zeal for the Lord, and Service to the Lord.

 9Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. 11Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord." Romans 12:9-11

Oh Lord, I praise you for our precious David whom you have made a man of devotion!  Please continue to grow him in wholehearted devotion towards you, your Word, your will, and your people.  May he be devoted to studying and applying your Word, throwing off ways, attitudes, etc. that hinder him from being close to you, knowing your ways and holding fast to them, trusting in, relying on, and praying to you alone, serving you above all else, loving others as you do, Lord, and serving you.  Amen.

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