Nadine is getting #dunked Baptism Weekend! Read her story to find out what led her to the water:
My name is Nadine Mignott and I am 40 years old. I grew up in the Fort Lauderdale area but now reside in Columbia, MD and have been here for 10 years. I graduated from Florida Atlantic University, obtained an MBA from the University of Miami, and I now work as a Registered Nurse. I have a 5-year-old son named Noah, my richest blessing yet.
My parents raised us in the Christian faith. My sister and I went to a Christian school, I was baptized as a baby, had first communion, went to mass on Sundays, went to weekly confessions, went to CCD classes in the evenings all in preparation for Confirmation, and that is where the shift occurred. I had a lot of questions. I wanted more depth and understanding and a more meaningful spiritual connection.
My walk with the Lord began in my early teens through the guidance of my Aunt Sharon, who is one of the most spiritual, Christ-loving people I have ever known. She would arise each morning without fail to read the Bible, talk with the Lord, and pray for those she loved. Often times you could scroll through her tattered Bible to find the names of those she loved written next to various scriptures. Even as a teenager she would place a small note with scriptures in our backpacks to serve as reminders of what was expected or for encouragement. Even today, more than 20 years later, she sends me a spiritual message each morning, WITHOUT fail. She has never allowed me to be too far from God. She would always remind me that my life was ordained by God. She would say, “Nadine, what are you so busy worrying about? God’s already got it all worked out.” And it is that belief that I have continued to carry with my throughout my life.
Trust in the Lord with all my heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.” – Proverbs 3:5-6
This became my personal creed.
When I stopped exerting my will for my life and began to accept and trust God’s will it was then that he gave me the desires of my heart. My prayers changed from asking for things to “Lord, I trust you. And whatever is your will for me, let it be done.” And I have seen God’s love for me time and time again, each time further deepening and strengthening my faith.
Baptism in my 40th year is the most grand celebration I could have. I will go forward on my journey committed to being a child of God. I will strive to be a person more like my Aunt Sharon – when you see her you know she has the Spirit of the Lord within her, always happy, always at peace, never alone.
I know the Lord is calling me at this time for baptism. It is all that remains for him to push me further into my purpose and his plan for my life. How do I know this? Because it was so difficult for me to finally settle down and write this. I postponed baptism once this year. But I am committed to making this open declaration that Jesus is my Lord and Savior and that I love the Lord.
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!