Take a moment to learn how Chrissy came to trust in Jesus and is now taking the step to get baptized! We are less than two weeks away from Baptism Weekend, and it’s not too late for you to sign up to get #dunked and share your story of how Jesus transformed your life.
My name is Chrissy Murphy. I have been happily married to my husband Bill for 15 years and we have two wonderful boys; Nate is 11 and Alex is 7. I am full-time mom and a part-time NICU nurse.
I grew up in a practicing Christian household with strong Christian values and I have always known Jesus and had Him in my life. I would turn to him in times of trouble and rejoice when things were going well, but it was not a constant relationship. I would pretty much go about life and when I could fit Jesus in to my thoughts I would, but I did not make seeking a relationship with him a priority.
About 12 years ago, I was invited by a co-worker to attend an Emmaus women’s weekend and felt it would be good for me since I was dealing with emotional issues after having two miscarriages. Although I sought comfort in God, I did not understand why I could not have children. I was not angry at God that I had lost two pregnancies but I felt pretty lonely and just did not understand why he would not answer this prayer that I had to be a mom.
A pivotal point in my relationship with God and Christ was at the end of an activity where they placed a nail in my hand. It was at that single moment in time that I truly felt what Jesus had done for me. I was overwhelmed by his grace and love and it was in that moment that I knew I wanted to place my life in his hands and trust in him. I knew that I didn’t need to understand why things happen and there would be times in my life that wouldn’t make sense but if I had faith and trusted in him, he would make beauty from the ashes. I finally truly felt that I was a child of God and that was the key to life. It had taken me quite some time for me to reach this point. I finally realized that all those seemingly insurmountable emotions and troubles were now a key part of my journey and had led me to open my heart to him.
I now have an ongoing daily relationship with Jesus. My daily routine involves Christ and I seek him and pray about most things that I do many times throughout my day. I try to follow his path and pray on decisions that I need to make, even the simple ones. I devote myself to him when there is nothing else I know to do, but pray! I have learned to make every effort to see things and people the way that he sees them. I have also learned to see his blessings and see him in so many things in my life or in the lives of my family and friends. I know that if there are unanswered prayers he has something better in store!
Growing up in a Christian household I was baptized as an infant. I went to church and participated in rituals and we spoke of Jesus, but I feel like I participated in those because that is what you did and not because I was actually making the decision to follow him. I found myself just going through the motions but didn’t have a true connection to Christ; I had not declared that I wanted him to be my Savior. I now chose to publicly declare love for God. This is why I am making the choice to be baptized to make the conscious choice that Jesus is my Savior.
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!