Cecilia is getting #dunked Baptism Weekend!
Read what led her to the water…
My name is Cecilia. I am a mother of two boys and grandmother to a 20 month old little girl. I grew up in a family who practiced cultural Christianity. We went to church on some Sundays whenever convenient, on Easter, and of course, on Christmas. I knew there was God. He’s the “higher power” who is there to protect me as I sleep. He’s the superpower who can do anything I ask – or so I thought.
Needless to say, I grew up to be a worldly Christian, someone who believes in God but lived life like there’s no God. I went through life trying to control everything – from my career, to being a mother, to my future in this world. I only remembered to pray whenever I had “time”…or when things didn’t seem to go my way.
For 15 years, my life was a series of train wrecks. I lived in sin. I saw myself as a despicable person. I stopped going to church altogether. I used work as an excuse for not going to church and not praying. Deep inside, I knew I was just ashamed. What did God want with me? I am a sinner. I lived my life like he did not exist.
Two years ago, a friend invited me to church. It was a small church in Ellicott City. That’s where I first heard God’s Word. I kept on coming every Sunday and every Wednesday for Bible study. However, the days in between, I went back to my old life. I was still my old self. Nothing was becoming new… until last year… 2016 was the year I was at my lowest.
I used to wonder what “hearing” God’s voice meant whenever I heard people say it. It sounded foreign to me. How could you “hear” God’s voice? Until I did. When I was at my lowest, I cried out to God, I prayed non-stop, crying to the Lord…why is this happening to me? What do you want? Why?
He answered… “I took that away from you because I am a jealous God. You lose yourself and forget about me. I love you, my daughter.”
It was so clear that I was speechless.
Everything in me changed from then on. I found my joy. I found the peace that surpasses all understanding. Through my walk towards a deeper relationship with my Savior, I met some friends everywhere, especially here at Grace. I enjoy serving. Doing whatever I could to serve the Lord. He is the only one that matters. He is the love of my life. I still stumble. I am a work in progress, but I know that whatever happens, he will be there to catch me. He’s got my back!
I am ready to declare my identity in Christ. To put my full trust on Him! I am so excited to see where he wants to take me…
Baptism at Grace
During all worship gatherings on Baptism Weekends, we celebrate the very reason we exist as a church: Christ’s mission to make disciples, baptizing and teaching in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28: 19-20). We share testimonies of how Jesus changes lives now and for eternity. And the best part… we baptize with a joy that’s out of this world!