My name is Robin Vernon. I’ve lived in Columbia, Maryland with my family for about 15 years. My husband, Adam, and I and our three sons, Luke, Noah, and Gabriel, have been coming to Grace for about two years now.
I was introduced to Jesus early in my childhood, as my family and I were regular churchgoers. I remember being asked to say some words in church when I was about 5 or 6 years old and being “baptized.” The only problem was that at that time I had no real comprehension of what baptism meant, and I certainly did not know what it meant to have a relationship with Jesus.
Shortly after that my parents were divorced, and that pretty much ended my church going. For years after that, I attended random churches here and there throughout my adolescence and early adulthood. I became what could be described as a “fair-weather” churchgoer. I attended church when it suited my purposes, or when it was convenient for me to do so, or I felt I needed something. Though I tried my hardest to be a “good person,” I often came up short and always felt as though something was missing in my life.
After the birth of my third child, Gabriel, I began to seriously reconsider how I was living my life and what kind of example I was setting for my children. Still, for a while I allowed the busyness of life to control my actions and tried to schedule Jesus around my life when I should have been scheduling my life around Jesus. I remember one day, my husband, who did not grow up with any real exposure to church or the Gospel of Jesus, made a comment that we should be taking the kids to church. I was not expecting a comment like that from him, and it really got me thinking about how I had been, at best, lukewarm in my attitude toward Christ. In Revelation 3:14, Christ warns and instructs us against the lukewarm effects of trusting in material things and being occupied with the world rather than pursuing a vital faith relationship with Jesus Christ. That was a turning point of sorts for me.
When I first began to really trust Jesus, I felt a calm come over me that I had never felt before. All of the things that I spent time worrying about seemed to be less in focus for me. It isn’t that I no longer felt worry or anxiety, it’s just that I had a new confidence that God would see me through any situation. I remember walking through a special event in kidZone that depicted Christ’s journey to the cross, and that was the first time I remember being in complete awe of all that Christ has done for us and the fact that we get to have a personal relationship with Him.
I looked forward to my quiet time with God and was excited for what I might discover about His ways and His truth in my daily Bible reading. I began to notice how my prayers were answered and began praying with my children. God guided me and my family to make the decision to sponsor a child through Compassion International. I began to think about my spiritual gifts and felt that God was calling me to serve at Grace so I volunteered in kidZone last year, serving on the 5th grade team. I am serving with the Kindergarten team this year, and my older boys joined D-teams. I know God will continue to soften our hearts and use us for His purpose.
Over the past year and half my husband and I attended Starting Point, Foundations, became members of Grace, and through the grace of God were able to continue on with the amazing people we met by forming a Small Group. Looking back now, it is so clear to me how God has been placing people in my life and pursuing me for years. He never gave up on me even though I lost my way more times than I can count. I’m grateful for the opportunity to show that I have dedicated my life to Christ through this baptism. I am still very much a work in progress, but I’m beyond thankful that Jesus showed mercy to me and I am beginning the process of allowing Him to mold me in His image.
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!