Amazing Day. Amazing Love. Amazing Grace.

“I’m glad that Jesus died on the Cross, and God’s love is so great that if we could learn to love others that much it would take our whole life and more.” (~Asher)

God’s great love.

For my son, now His son.

Amazing grace.

Overwhelming love.

Intense joy.

Gratefulness at what God has done in Asher’s heart.

This is something we have longed for and prayed for, but something we could not make happen, only God could.

Asher heard the call of mercy and ran headlong as he tends to do with everything.

He is enthusiastic for life and for living life for Jesus.

For what more could I ask?

Brian shared Asher’s story and our blessing over him, pride glowing from his face and heart. Asher has a maturity that amazes us. He has a heart and knowledge that we know has come from suffering… suffering that we did not want him to have to walk through, but we are so thankful for how it has molded him. We stood with our pastor, our friend, a man who held Asher when he was just 30 minutes old and who has loved and shepherded our family through life for 13 years, and we listened as Asher vowed his life to Christ and to the church. I watched the water pour over Asher’s head and run down his shirt and pictured the tears I have shed, begging God for Asher’s heart. I melted down when hundreds of people stood and committed to care for and encourage our son, welcoming him into the church family.

After the service, I stood with friends and rejoiced and wept. I watched people hug and high five my son, and I watched his face light up time and again. I hugged my friend, Linda, and she said, “I’m so glad you’re here for this.” She knew. She understood in a way that few others could what this meant to my heart. I had stood in the shower and sobbed yesterday morning thanking God that He had kept my life and given me these moments–that I was alive for this day. I reveled in each moment, as did my my Buddy.

Then we sat all afternoon surrounded by close friends and family and celebrated God’s gifts. We ate pork BBQ and fantastic side dishes and fudge cake and homemade ice cream, and we sat in the shade of the maple tree enjoying each other. We petted horses and watched little ones go for toy Jeep rides with Bella. We laughed long and hard and cried some, too. It couldn’t have been a more perfect day (except for those far away friends who couldn’t be there to celebrate with us).

I wanted yesterday to last forever!

What a picture of community. What a taste of Heaven. Celebrating every moment of God.

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Here, my friends, are the words of our eight-year-old son.

“Jesus is my Savior, and He’ll save anyone who believes. I love Jesus and am thankful that He died for me and forgave all my sin. I’m glad for all the miracles He did, and I’m glad for all the people He healed like the crippled man that He healed so he could walk, but the best miracle He did was in his heart and in my heart. He helps me in my life to be kind and not fight others and work against sinning. But when I do, He forgives me no matter what. I want Him to help me learn to love others, to live all for Him, and to be a Jesus hero.”

Be blown away by grace with me.

9 responses to “Amazing Day. Amazing Love. Amazing Grace.”

  1. Yersterday, we were blessed to be witnesses to this incredible symbol of Gods grace and love. I sat next to a man who I did not recognize as tears rolled down his cheeks during Ashers baptism.( as well as my own) After the service this man turned to me and introduced himself as someone visiting Covenant for the first time while they were on vacation at Massanutten. This man did not know any of you, or any of us for that matter, but was so deeply moved by the spirit of God in Asher that he was moved to tears. Praise God! We are so grateful to have been blessed by being a part of such a special day. We are even more blessed by the opertunity to become a part of Ashers church family!

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  2. Grandma and Grandad Avatar
    Grandma and Grandad

    It was quite a day!! We are humbled and so very thankful for Asher’s salvation and for the health God has given you to be able to be there to witness this joyous event. Our tears ran freely as we witnessed the public profession of faith and baptism of our grandson.

    Praise God from Whom all blessings flow!

    Much love,
    Grandma and Grandad

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  3. Amen. what an awesome expression of grace. love you ash because Jesus loves me first.

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  4. Emily Massengill Avatar
    Emily Massengill

    Angie,

    So glad it was such a delightful day! I thought of you as we worshiped on Sunday, and have been praying all week that Ash would have a special sense of God’s love for him and prescence with him. I wish we could have been there but was happy to rejoice with you, even from a distance:) And we will all rejoice together forever in eternity!

    Ems

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  5. WOW! I thank God for Asher’s heart and your joy. Except for the day you help bring them into this world; seeing your children ask Jesus into their heart is (in my world) the most joyous day of your life. Actually, having grown children, I can say with confidence it surpasses the day of their first birth. BORN Again is better. So to this end, I pray for Asher’s continued committment to serving God and that God will guard and protect his heart.

    Love, Beth

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  6. judieyoung41@gmail.com Avatar
    judieyoung41@gmail.com

    Dearest Brother Asher,

    You are just a special brother. I thank God for you and for your love of Him. May the Lord direct your heart into the love of God and the steadfastness of Christ.

    Love and blessings,
    Ms. Young

    Angie and Brian,

    You have been the total examples for this precious son. May God multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of the righteousness. you share in.

    Love and blessings,
    Judie

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  7. What a HUGE praise!!!!! This just brought such tears picturing him sharing his heart.

    3 John 1:4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth

    Isn’t this true! Nothing is more important to a mama’s heart than to know that her child is saved. I’m so happy for your family!!!

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  8. Praise the Lord
    I am so happy for this good news! What a proud moment as a mother.
    May Asher continue to grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ as he seeks Him daily.

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  9. What a beautiful day you had. Asher is clearly touched by the Holy Spirit.

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