I was the definition of having faith like a child. I was so in awe of everything God had done, I couldn’t wait to tell everyone!
In 2014, I started talking with my parents about my desire to be baptized and follow Jesus with my whole heart. A pivotal moment for me was watching my brother, Noah, get baptized in November of 2013. I really realized I wanted to know Jesus on a personal level.
One night, following Noah’s baptism, I was sitting with my parents in their bedroom and I remember reading the Bible and repeating my dad’s prayer as I asked Jesus to be my Savior. After weeks and weeks of questioning my parents about when it would be my turn to go public with my faith through baptism, it finally happened on June 1st, 2014.
Going public, and letting everyone know I had decided to follow Jesus was a huge deal to me. I was 8 years old and in 2nd grade. I was sitting in my Sunday School class and I remember my mom coming to pick me up early, and boy was I excited!
I was the definition of having faith like a child.
I was so in awe of everything God had done, I couldn’t wait to tell everyone!
Moving through middle school, I began learning about how to have quiet time with God and make sure I was keeping God the center of my life. Slowly, the awe and wonder of telling people about Jesus faded, and I began learning that keeping God at the center was hard, requiring more discipline and intentionality. As life sped up in high school, especially during my freshman year, I found myself slacking in spending time in the Word. I made easy excuses like being too tired in the morning and having too much homework at night.
I know from personal experience that if you aren’t actively spending time with the Lord every day, following Him will become a burden instead of a joy.
A real relationship requires two people to keep it going. I know God will never leave or bail out on me, but I need to be willing to spend time with Him through His Word and prayer if I want to keep growing.
I think my relationship with the Lord has, and will continue, to grow deeper and deeper as I get older. I know my faith story isn’t even close to done, but rather, just getting started!
I hope to show people the love and hope that Christ has given me and will freely give to anyone who accepts Him. I hope going public with my faith will always be part of my life!