I would say for about a year and a half Tatum has been asking questions about Jesus. She knows that Cade became a Christian when he was 5 and that she was going to also, but on her own time. She has known all the answers about eternal life and has prayed the sweetest prayers (mainly things she has heard someone else say in prayers) for quite some time. Recently, within the past 6 months she has really been asking so much more about heaven, Jesus, her heart and so much more! We always answer her questions with real answers and I know they have always left her thinking. This morning, we were supposed to be meeting our friends at 10:30 at the water park and I had to let them know that we would be late because Tatum was having a Jesus moment. She was asking about baptism and she told me that was the only thing holding her back from asking Jesus to live in her heart. I remembered an analogy that I had heard once before about baptism. I asked Tatum if she was proud that I was her mom, she said yes. I asked her if she wants people to know that I am her mom, she said yes. I told her if we didn't tell people that I am her mom and if she was not with me then nobody would know. I told her baptism is not asking Jesus to live in her heart, but that it is showing others that she has made that decision. It's showing the church that she has that relationship with Jesus and that she wants to follow Him all of her life.
We went to the water park.
We went to dinner with friends.
We went to dinner with friends.
We were driving in our neighborhood from dinner and Tatum said that she was ready to ask Jesus to live in her heart! Jon quickly pulled over 1 minute away from our house. I prayed with Tatum and she repeated everything I said out loud. She had been thinking all day long about what we talked about that morning and things that she has known for about a year. She was ready, and she understood.
She was so proud, she was relieved. I could really tell that this was stirring so deeply in her heart and she wanted so bad to take that step and pray. It just had to be on her time. The timing of the Lord was perfect! Jon and I have prayed many many prayers for our children's salvation and that they would come to follow the Lord at a young age. HE has answered that prayer and we could not be more thankful as their parents!
Tatum Lauren, we are so proud of you making the very most important decision of your life. We are now sisters in Christ and that thrills me like nothing ever else will!
I took this picture as soon as we got in the house. She was beaming!
I have been writing in a Bible for Tatum since she was born. I wrote this on her 5th birthday.
And after we recited John 3:16 in our prayer that night she asked if she could write "Tay is a Christian" on that page. This will be a memory I hold so close to my heart, forever!
And in true Grimes fashion we went to celebrate immediately! Blizzards for the Christian girl!
It was hard for me to leave her this Monday night. So I didn't. I laid with her until she fell asleep and then some more....there are many many times as a parent you feel proud. Some that we have experienced so far and some that we will later in life. But this day, June 20th 2016 was one that will hold the most important day of our little Tatum's life.
I went to bed relieved too. Thankful and joyful too!
Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."