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Monday, November 9, 2009

Joelle's Baptism - Yay!

Hi Friends,

In happier news, our 6-year-old daughter, Joelle, was baptized yesterday at church. She was soooo excited about. She's been bugging me for months to be baptized, so she was very pleased to finally be able to do it, to make her commit to Christ public and to tell everybody how much she loves Jesus. She was so sweet! We got her a blank journal with scripture quotes in it so that she can start writing down her thoughts about God, her prayers, her questions, and her spiritual musings. She's already filled three pages.

And here's what Bryan said before baptizing her:

Joelle’s mom and I have shared the Gospel message with her dozens of times from before she could even talk.

When she was 2 ½ years old she invited Jesus into her heart. I don’t think she really understood what that meant at the time. But I believe God honored her little prayer. He gave her a desire to know Jesus.

Over the next four years Joelle learned much more about God at home, at Sunday School, and Awana. We counted that she has memorized about 200 different Bible verses while she was a Cubbie and Sparkie.

When Joelle was 4 she started asking really interesting questions about God. Daddy had to get some wisdom to answer some of those questions.

In the last year I believe that Joelle began to claim her faith for her own. She really began to take ownership of her faith. It wasn’t just the faith of Mom and Dad anymore. It was Joelle’s faith. It wasn’t just Mom & Dad’s love for Jesus—it was Joelle’s love.

Over the last couple of months Joelle has been very excited about being baptized. She really wants to be able to share with all of you her love for Jesus and her commitment to follow him.

Questions he asked her, to which she answered with a resounding "YES!":

Do you love Jesus?

Do you believe he died for your sins and rose from the grave?

Are you going to love and serve him for the rest of your life?