A few weeks ago my husband and I took a big step in our faith! I have been wanting to get baptized for quite some time now, but never had the discipline or courage to do it. Our church is rather large (1,500 + people) and so I was nervous.
I didn’t grow up in church and proclaiming my love and obedience in front of the ENTIRE audotorium had me shaking in my knees! I am usually an outgoing, non-nervous, sorta loud…kind of chick, but THIS….had me SO SCARED!
I always viewed church and God as “boring“. I had tried to attend a few different churches throughout the years, but honestly, I could never get in to any of them. I would dread getting up and “having” to go to church. It was worse than a college class for me. If loving God was so right, then why was it so darn dreadful? It wasn’t until my husband and I visited The Vine, just over 4.5 years ago, that I realized God is real and church can be exciting.
I realized that God’s presence CAN be felt. He isn’t just a “made up” idol. He is REAL! I am so thankful for The Vine. We are by no means perfect. We sin. We make mistakes. But, now we live with the power of forgiveness. Do you know how freeing that is?
I remember walking in to The Vine for the first time and watching people worship with their hands raised in the air, thinking “holy h***, what is going on in here??” I remember thinking how “weird” those people were. How uncomfortable I felt. Not to mention that they administererd HANDS ON prayer. Even weirder.
It’s amazing how far we have come! We are now the “weird” ones. The ones who raise their hands in worship. The ones who aren’t afraid of what others are going to think of them during worship.
After attending our church’s summer conference, I knew I couldn’t run any longer. For the first time, I was READY to do it! I was ready to be baptized! It doesn’t mean I wasn’t still scared. I was! SCARED BUT WILLING became my new motto!
My husband had been baptized as a young child, but felt like it was something he just did, because his dad had him do it. That’s when he decided he would do it with me!
I can’t tell you how awesome it was to share the experience of getting baptized with him. For us both to show our obedience to Him. It was amazing!
I love my husband. He is seriously becoming such an amazing spiritual leader in our family. Not only has it made our marriage stronger, but we are showing our kids what it means to grow up loving Jesus!
He is such a humble man. If any of you personally know him, he doesn’t even have to tell you he is a man of God, it is written all over his face.
I am not saying OUR church is the ONLY good church. I am not saying ALL other churches are boring. I am simply saying, we found a church that drew us closer to God. One that is not only making us Christians….but making us followers of Jesus.
I pray that everyone has what we have. Because without Him, we are nothing.
Thank you Jesus for leading me to you.
“Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? We were therefore buried with Him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. If we have been united with Him like this in His death, we will certainly also be united with Him in His resurrection” (Romans 6:3-5).