Right now, I am growing up in a Christian household, going to church every week, having a family devotional every few days. Even with all of this, I truly use to not understand who Christ was. I didn’t fully understand what it meant for Jesus to be in one’s life after all.

Over the summer, I went to a camp called “Summer’s Best Two Weeks”, a camp dedicated to the Lord. Last year, I was talking to my counselor, telling her how I didn’t understand Christ and who he was. She explained who he is to me and how he loved me. Through her, I realized who Christ really was, why he died for me, and especially how he has a steadfast love for me.

Near the end of the term, praying to Jesus, I looked up to the stars and saw Jesus speaking to me. I didn’t quite understand what he was telling me at the time, except for that he actually touched me. Later, I asked my dad about the vision and he interpreted it as, “The Lord wants you to learn more about him.” Thus, I started asking questions and trying to find the answers. After that, started going to the Middle School Clarksville D team.

About one month ago my grandfather passed from a heart attack incredibly unexpectedly. He was a true servant of the Lord and he did as much as he could through missions trips, donating money, and always loving everyone around him. After his death, just like anyone else, I was completely and utterly heartbroken. Through his death, Christ showed me he was there for me and I could fully rely on him.

When I graduated elementary school, my grandparents wrote me a letter with the verse James 1:5, which states, ”If any of you lack wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” I didn’t pay attention to it before knowing that Jesus is on my side. Now, I can see that my grandparents chose the verse wisely.

In my new life waking with Christ, I am rejoiced, I have a true purpose, and I can live in Christ’s image. I now don’t care about how people see me except for Jesus. I truly know that I can fully rely on Jesus through my conflicts and heartache. I fully understand that Christ died for me and my sins. He died so I could live an eternal life.

I believe it is time in my spiritual journey to proclaim that I am a daughter of the Lord to my church brothers and sisters. In addition, I have been longing from the bottom of my heart to be #dunked since 4th grade. Now, I decided to persevere through my stage fright, and get up on the stage for myself, my family, and my friends.

— Ella Ciel Williams, Baptized April 2019

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