Tuesday, June 05, 2007

The Lamb's Book Of Life


now bears record as of June 4th at aprox 9:30pm that Anjolie, 4 years old has confessed and claimed Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior. Look for this face in perfection when we meet on that "beautiful shore". Anjolie has been seeking and learning...tonight a major door opened and though narrow, Anjolie could "see" it and walked through.
This past week Anjolie has been running a sink full of water and putting her face in while holding her breath at least 3 times a day. I thought she was just practicing for the pool. Many times she would ask Brian and I to come watch her "feat". Her little face would glow each time she would come up. I would smile and congratulate her on a job well done. I had no idea what she thought she was actually practicing for...
Tonight as I read the girls' devotion (Brian had a deacon's meeting) I covered the Romans Road along with Psalm 121. I encouraged them to memorize the Romans Road so they could share with others. Anjolie suddenly informed me that she was not saved yet. She had, on 2 other occasions, asked about salvation and also asked to pray, but she never showed a real broken heart over her sin or an understanding that I was comfortable resting in. Anjolie then informed me that she has been practicing and practicing putting her face in the water so she can get saved. I was confused, but she explained that she thought that in order to be saved, you have to be baptized-Brianna was baptized a few weeks ago. Immediately I thought I was going to just burst into tears. Day after day this little child was working to overcome her fear of water- thinking this is what she needed to be saved. I was thrilled to show her the Bible made no mention of baptism needed for salvation...this was an act of obedience that would take place after her decision in order to form a "picture" of her decision both for her and the congregation at church. I explained using Romans 3:10, 3:23 and 6:23, 5:8, and 10:9-11... Anjolie had no problem with "all have sinned", but when I explained "and come short" she started to squirm. I explained how a loving but fully perfect God cannot allow sin into heaven and this got her squirming even more. I asked her if she had sin...to which she asked with a pained look "what would YOU say? " lol...I assured her that I too was a sinner, but I was asking her. In light of the fact that there is a "wage" for sin and it is not allowed in glory...did Anjolie have sin? Anjolie started to cry at the understanding...yes, she nodded ...I gently probed further.."Anjolie, are you a sinner then?" more tears and a choked "yes". I could sense the turmoil going on and the fear as I explained in the best way I knew how that Christ became sin for her, that He, being God the Son, in the flesh, shed His innocent blood and died on the cross for her sin. He then rose up from the dead-defeating death- that she might believe and trust in His precious shed blood as a payment for her sin. I explained what it meant to repent or have a change of mind about her sinful life, to desire Christ to be Lord in her life...to call upon Him as her Savior and Lord... Anjolie prayed in her own words with very little prompting from me (ie asking what was she thankful for etc) for God to forgive her disobedience and sins, and to please save her and be Lord of her life. The brokenness and the release of guilt as her little body shook with relieved sobs just broke me. It is a moment I feel ever so blessed to share in. Anjolie was filled with joy..a true deep joy that comes only with experiencing the Saving Grace and Mercy from our Heavenly Father. As the song goes which Anjolie has sung so sweetly in the past "What can wash away my sin...nothing but the blood of Jesus-What can make me whole again-nothing but the blood of Jesus-Oh precious is the flow that makes me white as snow-no other fount I know-nothing but the blood of Jesus" God is so good.

14 comments:

dani said...

how awesome for you to be part of that. you and your family are an inspiration to me.

Heather said...

Praise the Lord- Hope you are well Dani! Thanks for visiting!-Heather

Karen said...

That is just such a precious time. Nothing can match the joy of leading your child to a saving knowledge of Christ. It is so wonderful the way He has prepared her heart for this day. Thank you for sharing. Love in Him...Karen

Happymama said...

Wonderful, wonderful, precious Lord! I'm so happy to hear of Anjolie's birth. My little sister. :) How sweet.

It's wonderful being able to lead your child to the Lord, isn't it??

~Kristi

Free In Christ said...

What a beautiful moment. You are a blessed mommy. God is so good.

Grafted Branch said...

What a beautiful story. You must be so thankful and relieved to have this true conversion accomplished by God!

As you wrote of your precious conversation, I remembered one of our favorite verses 'round here:

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9

Becky said...

Praise the Lord! How wonderful he is! I am so happy for Anjolie she is such a great little girl!

Robin said...

Thanks for sharing!! It's so wonderful to cry tears of joy and awe.

Mishel said...

Just picturing little Anjolie putting her face in the water--and her reasoning behind it--brought tears to my eyes. Thanks for sharing such wonderful news!! We are rejoicing with you!! : )

MrsWndr said...

Heather, I was stopping by to catch up on your blog and what an awesome post to start with. I am so thankful.

Stephanie said...

Heather, I can't believe how much all of your kids have grown. I sure do miss you! Thanks for the inspiration.

HsKubes said...

Rejoicing with y'all. What a blessing to be part of that. Oh, how the Lord has blessed us in so many ways. This is one of those moments, especially, that I love about being a mother. Praise the Lord for the "new name written down in Glory!"

~ Christina

liz said...

How wonderful. That has to be one of the best feelings there is.

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