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Topic: "Splash" 4-11-13 Deadline (04/04/13)
By Janice Wappel
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The water made as I went under
Then came back up; brand new!
When I was ten years old, I ask Jesus into my heart. I remember the day clearly even though it was over fifty years ago. I remember the feeling of being clean, light hearted, and so full of life. Some months later, I was baptized along with several of my friends and family in an old irrigation well where our church often went for baptisms. I remember the preacher dunking me under and the excitement we all felt and talked about as we declared we would follow Jesus. I did not fully understand at the time what all this meant, but I did know I had been saved, and I knew something was different in my life.
I made many mistakes going forward from that day, but God was faithful then as He is today no matter what my circumstances were. I believe I was spared from major teenage rebellion because of my trust in Christ. Several of my friends took a different path as teenagers and as a result had to back peddle later on in life because of sin and rebellion. I look back today and see how God’s hand was upon my life and how He drew me back to Him when I strayed later on in my twenties.
I am grateful my parents taught me love and respect God’s Word. I am so blessed that my parents taught me how to pray and showed me an example of what a Christian should be like. I can still hear my mom’s voice as she read God’s Word out loud and dad’s voice as he prayed for each of his seven children. Dad would get on his knees and pour out his heart to God. The example of my parents has stayed with me and helped to guide me through the difficult times in life.
I thank God for salvation and the memories of the “Splish-splash” sound of water as I was baptized in obedience to God’s Word so many years ago and put my trust in the God who created me!
Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.
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