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I am a full-time working mom from North Alabama. I love my family, my friends, and my God!

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Friday, August 4, 2017

Baptism

I have waited a couple of weeks to share this because I have been trying to find the right words that I wanted to say about it all…

First, let me start by sharing my story.  I was baptized when I was a little girl.  My best friend was getting baptized and I wanted to go to Heaven too.  So I told my parents and we went and talked to the pastor and I got baptized in front of the church on the same day as my friend.  I was so happy and thought okay, I am good for Heaven now!

But when I was a teenager in the youth group at my church, the Lord started working on me.  Through a series of events, the Lord really started tugging on my heart and I knew I wasn’t really saved.  It was then, that I really understood what it meant to be a sinner and that I wasn’t really a follower of Christ.  I asked Jesus to save me and come into my heart and I truly felt that change inside of me.  I made this decision and told those around me but that was about it.  

I was 100% sure of my salvation but I still felt like something was missing.  Over the last several years, I have read numerous articles and heard several messages on baptism and the importance of it and I knew that is what I was missing in my Christian life.  But I was too prideful to step out and go forward. What would people think of me?  I was a leader to my friends and in our church and to my children and good little Christian girl.  I sat here behind my computer and wrote about how important my relationship with Christ is so how was I supposed to admit that I was missing a part of it?  But a few weeks ago, I made the decision to swallow that pride and stop telling God to hush when he pushed me week after week to step out and go forward and I walked to the front of the church and told my pastor that I needed to be baptized.  I didn’t plan it ahead of time or tell anyone I was doing it, I just heard God telling me yet again to go and I finally obeyed.

I was baptized in front of my church family last Sunday, July 23rd, and I cannot even begin to explain the feelings I have about it in a few short words here.  I have known for quite a while that I was saved and going to Heaven and that I was a Christian but the relief I felt after finally being baptized again is so fulfilling.  The experience was so special to me as my children and family and dear friends watched me be “buried with Him and raised to walk in newness of life.”

Our pastor has been preaching the last few weeks on believer’s baptism and I have linked them here if  you would like to listen to them.  He has done a great job of explaining what baptism is, means, and why we as believers do it.  Be sure to check them out here.

I don’t believe that you have to be baptized to be saved or have a relationship with Christ but I do believe as true followers of Christ, it is something that the Bible instructs us to do.  If you are not sure about your salvation or your relationship with Christ, I would love to talk with you more!       

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