Today is a happy day!
Sixteen years ago today, my eldest daughter Michelle attended a children’s outreach service at our church and at the end she walked the aisle and gave her heart to the Lord Jesus as her Savior & Lord. I can clearly remember sitting with her in the back of a dimly lit sanctuary along with Dan & her baby sister Amy as we watched a puppet show that shared the simple message of salvation –
- God loves you more than you can ever know (to the moon & back) & He wants to be your friend
- You are away from God because of the “bad” things you do
- God sent Jesus, His only son to the earth to die (take your “time out” or spankin’) for your sins
- If you believe in Him and speak out of your mouth that Jesus is your Lord….you will be His friend & get to live forever!
When they asked the kids to raise their hands if they wanted Jesus…Michelle’s hand shot up with no hesitation and she and her daddy walked to the altar where she prayed. I was bouncing Amy in the back of the sanctuary with tears of joy rolling down my face as I watched my child trust in my Savior. Yes…..Oh happy day!
Having myself been raised in a Christian home and never remembering a time that I did not believe in Jesus (although I clearly remember a life changing event as a teenager when I fully committed my life to Him), we wanted to be sure to memorialize this moment for each of our children…knowing that while there would be different levels of knowledge & faith as they grew and matured this would always be the foundational point of their spiritual lives…the moment they first believed. So we celebrate each and every year the day that they trusted in Jesus for the first time.
Today Michelle has a vibrant & strong faith in her Lord that she strives to “live out loud” each day of her life… and nothing brings me greater joy! Oh Happy Day!