This Sunday is the first baptism Sunday of the year !! I'm so excited, so I decided I will finally share my story.
Growing up I went to church with my grandfather every Sunday and later, in middle school, I went to church and youth group with my best friend. But then I had some difficult obstacles come into my life and I stopped going to church. As most of you know, my house burned down when I was 12, my mother passed away when I was 16, and my father when I was 23. "Losing" both of my parents at such a crucial part in my life takes it toll on a much deeper level. I never blamed God or asked him why but I never understood Him or His plan for me in life. Each year, between March and June, are by far the roughest emotionally for me. Their birthdays, Mother's and father's day as well as the anniversary of their passing are within these 4 months. Last year I hit, what I believe to be, my rock bottom. I was turning to men, alcohol and anything else I could get my hands on to fill a void and numb my feelings. For months, I found myself walking down a path that I knew was not right. That is when I felt Him calling me. I started talking to my sister, who attended LHTchurch for a few years, and asking her questions. I asked for a bible for my birthday, so I can try to understand. For Christmas she asked for the entire family to go to church 1 Sunday a month. In February, our entire family got up and went to church and it was life changing. It felt like the worship songs and Pastor Jesse was speaking to me directly. After about a month of going every single Sunday, I went to growth track to find God's purpose for me. I knew then I wanted to be baptised, but I wanted (key words "I wanted") it to be on a day that ment much more to me. I found out that baptism Sunday would be May 21st, the 11 anniversary of my mother's passing, and I knew that was Him telling me I'm ready. That day came, it was loud, people cheering, music blasting but all I could hear was Pastor Jesse. I thought I was going to be a mess of tears but I came out of that water refreshed. Now, 8 months later, I am the leader of the k-4 grade room and I couldn't be happier ! He is doing amazing thing