By: Kelli Artherton
Last Sunday was the biggest and best decision I have ever personally made! I woke up like any given Sunday and got ready for church (we attend James River Assemblies of God). The sermon was about baptism and I didn’t think too much of it, because all of Pastor Lindell’s sermons are amazing. So as I’m listening I start to feel very emotional, as if he was speaking directly at me.
I have always been a believer and follower of Christ. Jake, my husband, and I come from two different religious upbringings, so when we got married we had a hard time deciding on a church to call home. We tried just about every church in town it seemed. We liked one and went to it for a while, but it just didn’t feel like home.
We had never tried James River before. Quite frankly, we thought it would be way too big for what we wanted out of a church home. Well, the minute we walked in the door we felt right at home.
James River is large, but oh my, the most welcoming church I have ever been to. As Pastor Lindell finished his sermon on our first day there, Jake and I both looked at each other and said “I think we found our church home.” Jake’s decision may have been swayed by the fact that Pastor Lindell is a huge Bronco’s fan! =)
Like I said, last Sunday I felt a strong tug on my heart! I knew right in that very moment God was speaking to me saying, “now is your time Kelli, it’s time to get water baptized.”
I had been baptized when I was a baby, but never as an adult. I knew I had wanted to get baptized as an adult, I just didn’t know how or when to do it. I had pushed the thought aside several different times, made excuses that today wasn’t the best day to do it, or I didn’t have time today. Little did I know those thoughts and tugs at my heart was Jesus speaking to me.
So right then in that moment on September 13th, 2015 I made the decision to fully commit my life to Christ and obey one of his simple commandments, to get baptized!
I am so proud of myself for making this decision and showing my girls at an early age how to have such a love for Jesus! The first vision I saw when coming out of the water were my girls cheering me on with the biggest smiles on their faces! I knew they were very proud of me.
“And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away calling on His name.” Acts 22:16
I tell my story today, to encourage those who may be like me. Maybe you are trying to find a church home or struggling with the idea of getting baptized. However, I am here to tell you, this is something you will not regret.
If you have had the thought about getting baptized, or even re-committing your life to Jesus, now is your time! Don’t wait! Don’t wait to get your life in order, bring the messy to Jesus, he is your answer, he will renew you. He loves you!
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Happy Sunday Mommas!!