I grew up going to Sunday school and church every week and was even baptized with my family when I was very young. I remember taking that step on my own when I was 21 to pray and ask for my sins to be forgiven and for Jesus to come into my heart. Even then I still became very lost and was not following his word.
Seventeen years ago I was introduced to HDC through my husband. We have attended church here ever since but not very consistent at times. Over the last 4 to 5 years we have become more regular with our attendance and our 11 and 14 year old daughters have become very involved with their youth groups and both of our daughters came to me a little over a year ago and said they wanted to be baptized. This last year I seemed to be struggling personally and I kept making excuses for the perfect timing to be baptized. I thought I needed to be better in God’s eyes and actually have been afraid of taking that next step.
In December of 2014, I realized even though I believed in God and felt strongly about my faith I was not living my life in His obedience. I made a decision that I needed to move forward with my walk with God. I realized that I have been stuck in the same place for years. I had also realized I was holding my daughters back from growing in their own relationships with God, even though I told them they needed to persue Him on their own. I was not setting a good example. I needed to take that next step of obedience and Faith and be baptized. I want to have a strong relationship with God. I realized I am never going to be perfect and I am not in control – God is. How truly amazing it is that He never left my side, even through my worst.
I am excited to have my family and friends see me move forward with my walk with God. He is my first priority and with Jesus Christ as my Savior, all things are possible.