Katie Singh publicly declared her faith in Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior through baptism this past weekend. We invite you to check out her story below:
Hi! My name is Katie Singh. I recently moved to Maryland with my husband and two little girls, Sofia (5) and Sarina (almost 3). I’m from Southern California originally, but we were living in Florida prior to moving here. I’m a licensed clinical social worker, but am not currently practicing. I have been a full-time stay at home mom since having my girls and cherish all the time I get to spend with them.
I grew up in a Christian home. I attended church every Sunday with my family and also went to the church elementary school. I told my Sunday School teacher that I wanted to accept Jesus into my heart when I was 5 years old. I would say that growing up I trusted God easily and had a pretty happy childhood.
When I was 12 years old I decided that I wanted to be baptized. I began the baptism classes at my church with my friends, but was sick and missed one class. Unfortunately, that meant that I wasn’t allowed to be baptized. I remember feeling crushed and left out. I watched my friends be baptized that Sunday and felt embarrassed that I wasn’t up there.
After that, as much as I wanted to be baptized, I guess my pride stood in the way. I felt like my moment had passed and the older I became I felt like I was going to stand out as the only high school student being baptized along with children.
When I graduated from high school, I suddenly felt the weight of owning my relationship with Jesus. It wasn’t going to be enough to just get in the car with my parents and go to church. I never doubted that Jesus was exactly who He says He is, but I felt responsible to learn a little more about other religions and churches. Ultimately, that journey just reconfirmed my belief that Jesus Christ is “…the way and the truth and the life…” (John 14:6).
I decided to switch churches, and at my new church I had many opportunities to be baptized and was overcome with sadness each time that I let it slip through my hands. There always seemed to be a reason to wait…my family wasn’t present, I wanted to know the pastor that was baptizing me, etc.
I later met my husband and we got married. Even though he has always been supportive of my faith, I fell into a period of stagnation. I would make it to church when I could, but I wasn’t really pursuing God consistently and felt a distance between me and God.
Becoming pregnant with my first daughter really reignited my relationship with God. I was constantly praying for the baby growing inside of me and after she was born felt completely blessed to be entrusted with her little life. I had a desire for her to grow up in a home that was centered around Jesus.
When Sofia was two and Sarina was three months old my husband’s company relocated us to Pensacola, FL. I had traveled quite a bit, but had never lived outside of California. Being far away from my family and friends with two little babies and a husband that worked a lot was hard emotionally.
Initially I struggled with adjusting to my new surroundings in a much smaller town. I can see now how God used that period of transition to draw me closer to Him. I had relied so much on my support network that I hadn’t been running to God first with my joys as well as my trials.
Moving again can be stressful, but it has helped me to more fully embrace a life that is actively dependent on God. He is really the only true constant in my life. While I was disappointed to leave my church in Florida, God put the desire in me to find a church community here in Maryland. When I was younger, I was extremely shy, so the fact that I am willing to dive in and become connected so quickly seems just short of a miracle.
I feel like I have been waiting decades for this moment (my baptism)…I have! I am more than ready to publicly declare that Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior. I know that God has been working on my heart and has led me to this place. All of the details that I wanted to have in place before I was baptized don’t really matter to me anymore. I want to be an obedient follower of Jesus that cares a lot more about what He wants than what I want. I am confident that my story has just begun.
Philippians 1:6 “…being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
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!