Darcy came to find true peace and healing through Christ, and she was baptized this morning! Check out her story:
As I was growing up, my family didn’t really go to church, except for maybe on an occasional holiday. Around the time I was in junior high, I started attending a church in my hometown and, truth be known, mostly because all of my friends went there. I joined the chorus, and enjoyed attending. Back then if somebody asked if I believed in God I would have said “yes.” I was an intellectual believer.
Then as I went onto college, I stopped attending any type of church, and that part of my life was a distant memory. I had not walked away from what I “thought” God was; I still was as I call it, an intellectual believer.
Then adulthood happened. All throughout my life, just like everybody else, I have encountered tremendous heartache, personal loss, grief, stressful experiences and not to mention two failed marriages (which have left me a single mother of three) and most recently a major fracture in my most recent relationship. With this fracture, I was really struggling how to cope with it and I felt a little out of control emotionally, in the sense that I didn’t know how to feel, what to do or “where” to go. That led me to realizing that every time I encounter such experiences, I have tended to just cope. I internalize things, wait for the pain or grief to subside, I take that ugly little experience and put it in a pretty little box and tie up with a bow and set it aside (but it is still there).
After the pain and heartache of this most recent experience, I thought about other experiences and I realized that I have A LOT of tiny little boxes and I just keep collecting them and collecting them. I just got to the point in my life where I didn’t want to cope with these things anymore. I didn’t want any more tiny little boxes. I wanted to heal from these experiences, not just ignore them and move on.
During this time of realization and reflection, I reached out to our Father and just prayed and poured out all the hurt and confusion. I released all the emotions I was experiencing, and I just felt this amazing relief. Not that I still didn’t have hurt or feel confusion, but I had this new feeling of peace, a feeling of “Ahhh, it is going to be ok.”
And in that moment I went from an “intellectual believer” to a “feeler believer.” Like comparing having a debit card in your hand and you are pretty sure you have money on it, at least that is what your bank told you, versus having cold hard cash in your hand that you can see and feel. Since that moment, I have seen how the Lord works in my life and how he shows himself to me. It is truly amazing.
All of this has led me to wanting to be baptized. I want to publicly acknowledging my relationship with the Lord. I have been thinking about it for quite some time, I would say at least a couple years, but for some reason I just didn’t have that drive or tug to do so until now. There is that old saying, “you will know when the time is right,” and so it is! I am ready to grow deeper in my faith and my relationship with our Lord, and this is where this journey begins.
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!