Sandra Umfress Beal
Born Again: In April
I was raised in the Church
of Christ because of my mother. My dad was raised Baptist, but he went to church
with my mom.
One Sunday in April, I wanted desperately to walk down that isle, but I just could not force myself. That Sunday afternoon, I was outside in the backyard of my family’s home. As I was lying on the grass, looking at the sky, I prayed, “Dear God, please give me the courage to walk down that isle to confess my love for You and Jesus”. I continued to tell him how worried I was and how I needed his help to do the right thing. ALL OF A SUDDEN, A CALM FEELING, OF EVERYTHING IS FINE, came over me.
The very next week, the preacher came to me. He said my dad had asked to be baptized and would I like to also. Since my dad was a shy person, he had asked for a private baptism in the afternoon. Perfect! I did not hve to walk to the front of the church with all those people watching. I was baptized that Sunday afternoon. One week after I prayed for God’s help and was given the “It is O.K. feeling.”
As the years passed, I always felt comfortable with my friend Jesus, but I did not feel comfortable in the Church of Christ. I just never felt like I belonged there.
I started attending Huntingdon Missionary Baptist Church. As I listened to
sermons and I heard people give their testimony about being saved, I started
praying to be saved. Every single time, the thought of that Sunday afternoon,
in the backyard came to my mind. (Not the day I was baptized.) I could even
see the clouds I looked up to. I could visualize the exact spot in the backyard.
I could feel that sweet relief in my heart. Then, I knew I HAD been SAVED. I
just did not know that was what it was. There was and is no doubt in my mind
about the time and place.
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