Going Under

Myles front and center.
His cousins behind him.
A family event on Sunday.
When he put this shirt on
he said, “Really?” Talking
about the length! lol

Many of you have probably seen the excitement on my facebook page through the week! Last Wednesday on the way home, my 8 year old son, Myles, said out of the blue, “Mom, when we get home I want to ask Jesus into my heart.”

My foot slammed on the gas as I drove at NASCAR speed. “Yeah, baby, that’s great.” I wondered, had they talked about salvation at church that night? “What did you learn at Royal Rangers?”

“About fire.”

Hell fire? Did they scare him into asking Jesus into his heart? lol “What kind of fire?”

“The kind that burns.” Smart-aleck “Stop. Drop. And roll.”

Okay, that wasn’t it. We got home and of course I had to let the dog out. I didn’t want to be distracted from leading my son to the Lord while the dog pooped on the carpet. I detest that dog. 

I sat on the couch. “Why do you want to ask Jesus into your heart?”

“Because it’ll be the greatest thing of my life.”

Tears spilled down my cheeks as I prayed and Myles repeated after me. Not because there’s a specific prayer or formula to get it right, he just needed some guidance. 

He looked up at me with his big brown eyes and smiled. “I felt a chill and tickle in my heart,” he said has he touched his chest.

More tears.

I told him Sunday was our next baptismal service and explained what baptism. It’s an outward picture for everyone to see what happened on our insides. We’re like brand new inside. Jesus died and rose for us, and that’s why we go under and come up. All washed clean on the inside. Just to let everyone know the decision we made.

“I want to be baptized this Sunday then!” 

Each night he’d pray, “God, help me have a good baptism on Sunday.” I’m not sure what that meant, but it was beautiful to my ears.

Sunday came and my husband, an ordained minister, had the privilege to baptize our son. When Myles came up out of the water and started climbing the steps, he threw his hands up in victory, Woohoo! It was so cute. 

As I dried him off he said, “I had a really happy feeling come over me, Mom. That’s cool. And, I think that’s about the most excited I’ll ever get over being dunked.” 

I laughed and cried. Tim laughed and cried. Myles grinned ear from ear.

Child-like faith.

Here’s a video. Many of you may have already seen it on facebook. 

God is glorious and asking Jesus into your heart is a free gift. Whether you’re 8 years old or 80  years old. I’m thankful today that all of my family knows Jesus Christ as their personal savior and Lord. My heart is overflowing.  

What are you thankful for today? 

I’m leaving on Wednesday morning for Dallas, Texas to attend the largest Christian writers’ conference, well anywhere I guess.  I will be taking a blogging break after today but will be back on Wednesday, September 26th!

If you’re going to the ACFW conference as well, here are some very important tips for the conference. I vlogged them a few weeks ago, but if you haven’t seen them, you can click on the link. ACFW TIPS And if you haven’t already, I’d love for you to subscribe to my YouTube channel! Thanks! 

24 thoughts on “Going Under

  1. Royal Rangers:) LOVE! I was a Missionette as a kid (boy has THAT changed!) and now my kids do the program:)

    I gotta say, I've been praying for you this week as I've watched your FB posts- so excited for you, Jess!! Nothing…absolutely nothing compares to your kids knowing Christ.

    Safe travels on Wednesday:)

  2. Jessica, thank you so much for sharing this today. What a wonderful way to start this week!! I'm so happy for Myles and your family. Happy baptism to your baby!!

  3. Awwwww, that's so awesome!!!! What a sweet boy. I know how you feel cuz my son did something similar and I was shocked but happy. 🙂

  4. That is sooo wonderful!! God is so good. May He grow your son in stature and in the wisdom of His Word.

    Looking forward to meeting you this week at ACFW.


  5. That is awesome, Jess!! So happy for Myles and you. 🙂 I got chills reading your story. What a blessing.

    Have fun at the conference. Maybe next year for me. 🙂

  6. Yay Myles!!! Congratulations to your whole family!! What a great day for all of you! Kids and their faith has to cause the most tears in their mommy's. 🙂 I'm thankful that all of my kids have prayed with me and asked God to live in their hearts. Actually, Lex, my youngest, asked to pray with me the day after you announced about Myles on FB. So cool! She said she could feel Him in there. When I asked what it felt like, she said, "He feels kinda squishy." 🙂
    Have the best, BEST time in Dallas friend! Go get 'em!

  7. WAAAAAHAHAHAHA!! It took two tries to get through that. Almost three. SO precious and wonderful.

  8. So. Awesome. I'm so glad I got to witness it in person. Myles and Tim blessed my socks off!

  9. I saw this late last night on your facebook…I cried. So awesome, Jess! So beautiful!

  10. A wonderful thing. THanks for sharing.

  11. Incredible JOY, my Friend!! Incredible JOY!!

  12. Love it! I'm thankful that I get to attend ACFW in TWO DAYS and meet you. And that we'll get to laugh together. Love ya!!

  13. So VERY precious! Praise God – and have a WONDERFUL time at ACFW!!

  14. So excited for your son! It's the best feeling in the world, as a parent, isn't it?

    And you know I'm praying for you all! Wish I could be there to meet you! I love your video blogs (and how cool that you have a YouTube channel!). I just crazily posted my video pitch session, in case any editors are checking out my blog. Hoping it just might work, since I can't be there in person.

  15. Behold, children are a gift of the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward. Psalm 127:3

    They may not always feel like it (Can I do an exchange, Lord?) but when we get to experience joys like this, WOW. Precious, precious gifts.


  16. That is the BEST video ever! I'm all snotty and bawly now. Thanks for that. 🙂

  17. Thanks everyone for crying and celebrating with me! 🙂

  18. Beautiful post today, Jessica! Hooray for Myles' decision 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing.

  19. That is fantastic news! Praise God!

  20. Loved following Myles's story on Facebook. Yay, Myles!!!!

    And I am so jealous about ACFW. Wish I could be there this year!

  21. Oh, Jessica, I'm rejoicing with you and the angels in heaven, with tears in my eyes. How wonderful! God is so good. My prayers will be with you as you attend the ACFW conference in Dallas. Perhaps someday, I'll be able to meet up with you there!

  22. Congratulations!! That is awesome. I got to baptize my son. It's a great honor to get to do.

  23. I can't wait for this moment with my kids!! Fantastic post!!!

  24. What a wonderful privilege to lead your son to the Lord! Loved the video of his baptism! God is SO good! Looking forward to hearing how the the Lord uses Myles! God bless you all! Hugs 🙂


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