Living Hope Style Baptism

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Can I just say that I love Living Hope Church? 

I mean, where else can you pick the place where you get baptized and have a party to celebrate after?  That is exactly what happened last Sunday afternoon at Mike and Rhonda Bryant's home.  My sweet little 7 year old Maggie was baptized, along with Deborah Dotson and Jeffery Proffitt.  It was one of the sweetest moments I've shared with her.  We had 40 or so family and friends there, sitting with their feet in the pool, as if they too were performing this baptism service. 

It was like the water connected us together.  If that wasn't special enough, the dad's of each of the children participated in baptizing their children.  I couldn't hold the tears back.  That swimming pool became an anointed place, because the Holy Spirit was there among us.  It was such a lovely moment for those children and their families.  Pastor shared with us that Toby, Deborah's little brother, asked if God was going to speak that afternoon.  I can attest that He did speak.  He spoke to each of us who were there and especially to those children.  He said "these are my children, who I am well pleased".  It is so beautiful to watch children grow in their faith of the Lord.  I'm convenced that nothing pleases our Father more.  This is true not just for children, but all of us.  Having faith to be obedient to the Lord and do what He asks is a great act of worship and obedience.  That is what He wants from us, our love and trust in Him.  Once we truely surrender to Him and trust Him in this way, then we open the door for His blessings to flow and His love to transform us.  God loves us all so much and His desire is for a special relationship with each one of His children.  He shows up when we get out of the way and invite Him in.  This next sunday we are having another baptism service.  This one will be at the lake down by Bro. Lynn's house.  I know without a doubt that God will show up there, too. 

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My Beloved Lyrics

You're My Beloved
You're My Bride
To sing over you is My delight
Come away with Me My love

You're Beautiful to Me
So beautiful to Me

Under My mercy
Come and wait
Till we are standing face to face
I see no stain on you
My child

You're Beautiful to Me
So Beautiful to Me

I sing over you My song of peace
Cast all your care down at My feet
Come and find your rest in Me

I'll breathe My life inside of you
I'll bear you up on eagle's wings
And hide you in the shadow of My strength
I'll take you to My quiet waters
I'll restore your soul
Come rest in Me and be made whole

You're My beloved
You're My Bride
To sing over you is my delight
Come away with me my love