Last Updated on October 21, 2020 by Stacy Averette

Our week has been full of celebrations as Maddie’s senior year comes to an end. All of these moments are bittersweet and mark the end of one season and the beginning of another. God has been our constant companion and guide every step of the way. As parents we trust Him with our lives and the lives of our children as they continue on the journey He has planned for them.

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The Blessing of Music

We are thankful for the home-school choir Maddie has been a part of for six years. This is an extremely talented group of students who all share a desire to glorify God through the gift of music. Maddie served as the hospitality coordinator for 2 years and received the service award at this year’s Spring concert.

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Thank you Mrs. Jennie Wall for your dedication.

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The Blessing of a Church Family

Wednesday night we gathered at our church, Parker Memorial Baptist, to have dinner with our church family and recognize the graduating seniors in our congregation. Each student was given a space to highlight awards, achievements, and activities. Maddie took the opportunity to share her love for baking. Everyone enjoyed her homemade cookies and cupcakes. The Lemonade Punch was a hit, too. Her love of New Orleans is reflected in the vintage prints (estate sale find!) she chose to display.

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After the fellowship meal, each student was interviewed and asked a few questions. Here are her answers:

  1. School and future plans: Maddie is a graduate of Harvest Christian Academy (home-schooled K-12 grade). She will start college this Fall and plans to be a Physical Therapy Assistant.
  2. Hardest thing you’ve ever done: Hiking the 14 mile trail (round trip) to the Big Tree in the Sipsey Wilderness. She was nine years old!
  3. The best gift you ever received: My senior trip to New Orleans with my family.
  4. If you could have dinner with anyone alive or dead who would it be and why: Julie Andrews; because she’s practically perfect in every way!
  5. Favorite Bible verse: 2 Corinthians 1:9-10 Yes, we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves but in God who raises the dead, who delivered us from so great a death, and does deliver us; in whom we trust that He will still deliver us. This verse reminds me that my salvation, my relationship with the Lord, and my home in heaven isn’t because of anything I’ve done, but because of what God has done for me.

A video photo collage followed the interviews:

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Maddie chose her very dear friend, Mrs. Gwen, to pray for her. (Sorry for the blurry photo.)

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On Sunday, the graduates were recognized in both worship services.

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We are so proud of this girl and blessed by her love for the Lord and gift of service.

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The Blessing of a Prayer for a Graduate

Praying scripture is a powerful way to pray and that’s exactly what Mrs. Gwen did. I want to share her prayer with you. You can click here for a printable copy.


Dear Heavenly Father,

We pray in and by the Spirit because of the finished work of Jesus on the cross. And on His authority, we now pray and commit Maddie to You on this next leg of her journey through life.

We ask that she would be like an arrow of truth to those around her, pointing others to Jesus.

Help Maddie to know the hope of her calling in Christ.

Give her a love for Your Word that will guide her each step of the way, so she’ll be able to discern Your will for her life and bring the most glory to You.

Give Maddie a desire to pursue knowing You above all else, and to press on in the strength of the Lord toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus; so she’ll be able to hear, “Well done good and faithful servant.”

Now may the God of peace, who brought up from the dead our Lord Jesus, equip you, Maddie, in every good thing to do His will, working in you, that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.

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