Last Sunday my kids and I got baptized. Just typing those words or saying them out loud makes my heart want to jump out of my chest. I am standing there, next to the Baptism tub on Sunday, and it feels unreal.
Am I really here? Are my kids proclaiming Jesus? We’re committing our life to the Lord…together, as a family? As everyone was talking and giving their speeches I felt like everything around me was going in slow motion. I was in complete and utter awe of God. You see if last year you would’ve told me I would be getting baptized along with my two friends (who didn’t even know Jesus a year ago) AND my kids…I would’ve probably laughed in your face.
I had invited both of my friends to bible study and to church a few months ago, and that’s all it took. God did the rest!
He can make something out of nothing. He is contagious. He pursues us relentlessly. He restores broken people. He restores broken families. He brings joy to a family that was once lost without Him. A family that was abused, kids that were once called abominations. He is a Father to the Fatherless. And then He uses our story to pour into others and to glorify His own name….that is the kind of God we serve.
If that doesn’t amaze you… I don’t know what will.
I’ve always been really hard on myself as a mother. I think it’s because I carry guilt from my past, which God continues to do healing in. Lies from the enemy constantly telling me I was a total screw-up and that my kids were going to end up screwed-up like me. That they would only fail because their mother was a failure.
Well guess what?
This Sunday I won the battle. I told the enemy he cannot and will not have my children. He will not have their life and their souls. He cannot have my family. I will fight with everything I have to point them towards Christ. I will fight with God on my side to protect and guide the children He has entrusted to me. I will no longer be defined by my past, by my situations, or my circumstances.
Because in Christ we are Redeemed. Restored. Forgiven.
We are MADE NEW.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”- 2 Corinthians 5:17 ❤
“As for me and my House, we will serve the Lord.”- Joshua 24:15 ❤