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I am definitely excited to be announcing to everyone that I am going to be baptized on August 6th.
These past couple months of summer have been rough on me. My faith has been greatly tested many times. Sometimes I failed, and sometimes I conquered sin. Mentally I have been weak and I have been struggling greatly with self worth and insecurities. 
After my missions trip, I began to realize that self worth doesn’t come from abs or a thigh gap or how good your contour is. I have begun to see things through a new light, especially the past couple of weeks. 
I’m ready to officially ( finally ) declare that I belong to Jesus. No one else. It’s time for me to mature in my faith, and I’m so greatly and deeply overjoyed to follow God’s path for my life. 
I want to thank everyone who has encouraged me in my faith the past couple of years as I have transitioned into my faith in Jesus. 
First of all, I want to thank Lakeland. Two years ago, I was introduced to a place where The Gospel was so present. I didn’t understand the Bible or anything in it, really. Lakeland has helped my faith so greatly, and I’m so blessed that I live in a town with a school that shows all of its students God’s love and forgiveness. 
I also want to thank my friends and classmates. From constantly lecturing me when I’m making a terrible decision ( Morgan ) and late night texts asking how I’m doing with my faith, they have all played bigger parts in my faith than I can ever express. They have directed me to Christ when I have needed it, and loved me for who God created me. 
I want to thank my parents for always making home a safe space and teaching me how to live a Christian life and love Jesus. They also allow me to go to Lakeland and they keep me accountable, and I’m so grateful. 
I want to thank all of the adults in my life who have pushed me in my faith, encouraged me, and have given me chances to love God and serve Him. Thank you to the adults who have taken me on mission trips, who have prayed with me, and who have loved me unconditionally over the years. Your wonderful examples will continue to impact my faith my entire life. 
And of course, I am so thankful for a God who loves us at our darkest. I’ve made countless mistakes the past few years, but Jesus still forgives me. I’m thankful that He gives me hope for the future and helps me forget my dark past. 
Prayers would be greatly appreciated for me the next couple of weeks leading up to my baptism. And if you would like to attend, contact me through social media or message my parents. Thank you to all, and remember to serve the Lord over anything else.

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