Friday, April 10

::relief::


Here we are at Friday already and the weekly writing challenge. Write for five minutes on one word.  No editing.  Post it.  Link it up at Kate's Five Minute Friday.  Visit the link before yours and be sure to leave a word of encouragement behind.  This week's word is RELIEF.  Ready?  Set?  Write!

::relief::

Baptism.

My youngest.

On Resurrection Sunday.

Less than two weeks before Easter, she decided she wanted to be baptized.  As one who had grown in her childlike faith and understood what baptism meant, it felt like perfect timing for her to take this step.  It only took a few moments to contact the church to get her on the pastor's list and she was excited about her decision.

And then an interesting thing happened.  

Battle.

My youngest.

On the days and nights before the baptism.

The girl who had such joy for Jesus was suddenly thrown off balance by a spiritual battle. Our conversations were filled with questioning and doubts and tears as her confidence wavered.  We talked and prayed and read reaffirming Scripture and turned on our favorite praise music in the kitchen.  

Baptism.

My youngest.

On Resurrection Sunday.


Nervous about this new experience, yet smiling, we left for church that morning. Engaging in the whole worship service before finally changing clothes at the end, she quietly waited her turn.  There was no hesitation, but a confident willingness to say a few words, respond to the questions she was asked, and to be plunged under the water.

Victory.

My youngest.

After the baptism.

The relief and obvious peace were present as soon as she came out of the water.  She had won the battle by standing firm in her faith and confirming it in front of a church full of people.  The early lessons learned in fighting a spiritual battle of faith will no doubt be of great value in the future. Although this mama has no idea why the enemy was so busy, a thankful sense of relief fills my spirit, too!

STOP!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~


3 comments:

michelle said...

That's awesome! I'm so glad for all of you! Happy FMF from your neighbor.

Jennifer Cook said...

How lovely that your daughter and you stood firm in the faith and followed Jesus...into the water and washed clean. I'm glad she is now baptized, and she can continue to fight those spiritual battles knowing she already has won one! Jenn, FMF

Natasha said...

What a beautiful post! That enemy does become busy when God's children push forward. I am thankful she has a mother who stands by her! Thank you for sharing.

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