So heres my story.
I’ve grown up going to church ever since I was born and that’s all I’ve ever known. Church was and is my home. Which is the greatest thing that has ever happened. I love the church so much because it’s all of God’s children coming together as brothers and sisters, worshipping His wonderful name. I dedicated my life to Christ as a young girl when I was in elementary school. I remember being in Sunday school, and they asked all of us kids if we wanted to pray and ask God into our hearts. I was a shy little gal and decided to do it on my own. To this day I remember where I was, and where my feet were planted because that moment is life changing, even as a young girl. Eventually I made it to middle school and then high school where I was heavily involved in youth group. I had made the best of friends. In high school my school best friends had found their way in to different friend groups and I felt alone, but God had some amazing friendships in store for me in youth group. In tenth grade, I realized that I had all of these amazing friends but my relationship with God had faded. I wanted that relationship so badly because I have had it before. I prayed about it and God directed my family and I to a new church which had relit my passion for God. Now I am not saying that to be a Christian means you go to church, but this new church had spoken a message of worship that hit me. They reminded me to open up my heart and trust Him to take control. To this day I still go to that church and I am still in love with it. This church is on fire for God and I could not be more excited to be a part of it.
In a few weeks my church is having another baptism service. I use the word ‘another’ because I have yet to be baptized. I want to be baptized oh so badly, but it seems as though fear is holding me back. Fear of standing in front of a huge crowd of people, fear that I will be judged because I’ve waited so long, and fear because I haven’t gone underwater in years. I have holes in my eardrums and have had way too many surgeries on them. My ears used to hurt really bad after going underwater so I just stopped.
Talk about a list of fears, but does God want us to fear? To go through life worrying about every little thing? So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10
Today at church we talked about bravery and oh boy did God nudge me. It’s time. It’s time to let go of fear. It’s time to proclaim my love for Him. It’s time to GO where He is calling me to go.
With that being said, today I’ve decided to go for it and get baptized in a few weeks. I couldn’t be more nervous (lots of people-HA) and excited. But putting our faith in God can only mean greater things are ahead!
But when they believed Philip as he proclaimed the good news of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. Acts 8:12
Be brave today friends!
You are loved!