My second little girl, Jordan Elisabeth, was baptized in the precious name of Jesus two Sundays ago, January 27th! Words can't express how proud of her I have been over the past few weeks. She is only 6 years old, but her understanding of the Scriptures is enough that she comprehends the need for water baptism in Jesus' name. I believe we all need a little more of that child-like faith Jesus spoke of in the Bible. We don't need years of study and more degrees than a thermometer to simply understand the need for Salvation. Jordan has been taught this truth from infancy, and she decided on her own that she needed to "repeat" (as she first called it) and be baptized in Jesus' name. We asked her a few more questions to gauge her understanding of the subject, because we as parents don't want our children to just mimic and go through the motions. We want them to comprehend. There was no doubt that she understood, so we set the date!
During this time, her father and I were in the middle of a Daniel's Fast as part of our church-wide corporate 21 days of fasting and prayer. (see www.ultimatedanielfast.com). Our girls had been watching us, taking notice of the fact that we were not eating and drinking the same things they were and they had lots of questions. Rachel, our oldest daughter (8), asked specifically why people fast and pray, and after we had a talk about it at the dinner table she told us that she wanted to fast and pray for her sister to receive the Holy Ghost. (see Acts chapter 2) Jordan was also listening, and she wanted to participate as well. So the next day she and Jordan, of their own free will, chose to forgo breakfast with the main purpose of Jordan receiving the Holy Ghost. I can't tell you how that made me feel. I don't think I have ever been any prouder as a mother than at that very moment.
|She was so small, we had to use a metal chair for her to stand on. :)|
On a side note, Jordan was baptized in the very same homemade dress that Rachel was baptized in. It was first intended for a Bible character costume made for Rachel by my husband's grandmother (AKA "Bikkie"). I thought it was sweet. :)
They had been playing dress-up with it among their other play clothes, but I have now pulled it out of the box and put it away. Maybe we'll baptize Ellie in it in a few more years. :)
Jordan is presently seeking the Holy Ghost, and we pray she will be filled with God's Spirit very soon!