I was 12 when we moved to North Dakota. It was hard for me. We were moving 1,200 miles away from friends and grandparents. I really struggled with not having friends, but God showed me through my parents that my contentment didn’t come just from friendships. I didn’t need that to be happy. God showed me that while friends may come and go, He is the One Friend that will never leave.
I got saved when I was 13. I didn’t know what it meant to be saved. I thought it was a “ticket word” that you said to get into Heaven. When I was 9-13, I would lie awake at night and be scared that I was going to die. I’m not sure why, but it was a real fear of mine. I would fall asleep holding my Bible because holding the Bible gave me relief from the fear.
In the two years leading up to my Baptism, God gave me a better understanding of salvation and one of the things He showed me was how important the Name of Jesus is.
“He that believeth on Him is not condemned; but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the Name of the only begotten Son of God.” John 3:18
To be called a Christian is to carry the name of Jesus, and carrying the Name of Jesus is a privilege. It is not something I take lightly.
After being baptized, God has continued to teach me and something that is big in my life is the importance of praise. No matter what kind of day I’m having,I can always go to God and give Him my problems.
“I will sing unto the Lord as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.” Psalm 104:33
Jesus is my life and I love Him more than “tongue or pen can tell”! Because of that love, I seek to carry the Name of the Most High, and honor and glorify His Name in all I say and do.
God has shown me how important praise and worship of Him is. I want to praise the Lord because of all He is doing for me.
“Great is the LORD and greatly to be praised, in the city of our God, in the mountain of His Holiness!” Psalm 48:1.