Praise the Lord with me, my friends—a new life has begun!
Late last night, our middle daughter came to us and said she wanted to be baptized. Her heart has pondered this decision for quite some time. She has done lots of bible reading on her own and asked us to explain sin, baptism, and related concepts.
When she gripped my arm last night, looked me in the eye, and said, “I want to be baptized,” I knew she had made her decision.
We have tried to teach our children about God, but we also make it very clear that the choice to serve Christ must be their own. They should not make the choice lightly not me do it to please us—it should be made for Christ and Him alone!
Our middle child is a deep thinker with a tender, loving heart. She has always longed to do what is right, but she recognized that she has not always made choices that please God. None of us are perfect. All have sinned.
So, after she asked to be baptized, we loaded up the whole family in the car and drove to the church building where her dad baptized her. There are no words to describe the joy I feel that one of my own children has decided to follow Christ of her own volition.
Please pray for her, for I know that while there is much to be joyful about, this is also the beginning of the battle. Satan does not want any of us to follow Jesus. After I was baptized, I was hit hard almost immediately with trials, abandonment from my best friend, and challenges to my faith in the form of an anti-Christian science teacher.
Pray for the Lord to provide friends, mentors, and teachers who will help to influence and equip her as she lives her life for the Lord. Pray for us, as her parents, to be an example and encouragement to her in her walk with the Lord.
May the Lord guard her in the shelter of His wings.
May He strengthen her to do what is right all the days of her life.
May He bless her with the peace that passes all understanding as she puts her trust in Him.
May God provide friends and mentors to influence her to remain on the path of truth.
Rejoice with me, and rejoice with the angels in heaven—a new life has begun!
*P.S.–Sorry I don’t have pictures, I only took video to send to her grandparents.
“Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?
We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.
For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his.”
~ Romans 6:3-5 ESV