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To Baptism… AND BEYOND!

Hello! It has been just over 2 months since my last blog post! 2 MONTHS!!!???!! That is a bit ridiculous… I have not even spoken about my baptism! I have lots to tell you all :)…

Me and my sister!

Firstly, I celebrated my 21st Birthday with my Joel, Mum, Nan and Tafadzwa which was amazing as they came to Plymouth, which was such a blessing and I could not have asked for anything greater. It was lovely to see my Mum and Nan have quality time together and to get a mini holiday in my part of the country. Zoe and her carer Keri visited me a couple of weeks before which was so lovely 🙂 It means so much to be able to include my family in my new ‘adult’ life, especially when we live so far apart from each other.

The day after my birthday I was baptised and it was amazing :). The water was warm and I was baptised after Julia which was lovely. When I went under the water, my eyes were opened which was strange as I went under with them closed I thought… and I don’t really like being underwater… but I remember being under the water looking up which was really cool. I was prayed over by the pastor Andy Caldwell and a woman who led the ladies bible study I attended, Emily Davies. It was such a special moment.

Under I go!

Sharing my testimony was great – I managed to read it without fainting in front of such a large crowd! It was so nice to be able to share with my friends, family and the church my life and my journey with God.

Loved sharing God’s work in my life!

I was able to get lovely photos done by a great friend of mine (Jess) and I love them all! Including this gem!

The families!

It was such a special weekend of celebration and the blessings poured down on me and my family so much. It is not every day something like that happens and I am so grateful I could share it with the ones that I love (not everyone I love could be there obviously… that would be a miracle!).

A few days after my baptism, I really felt the desire to pray for people, to give them encouragement and to really get stuck into my bible. I now keep a prayer list of those that I am praying for and I love adding to it! I am hoping to be more involved with the prayer team at the Christian Union this year and I have already been blessed to lead a morning prayer session. It was so lovely to be able to share with others God’s Word and to just be able to thank him and praise him together. I really pray that I can stay focused on God as I share and pray alongside others. I love speaking with others and really getting to know them, help them and be a friend – – – I guess loving them as Christ loves me!

University work has kicked off and I am now studying Geography with International Relations so I have set myself a lot more work! It’s very interesting and God will open the doors for me to use this degree I am sure of it. Not entirely sure where I am being called to be working, but I know that it will have to involve other people. I thrive on it! It is a big career area because most things involve people to some degree, but that gives me more scope and I will just be led where God calls me to be at any given time.

Over the summer I was considering moving myself to St Andrews church in Plymouth. It was a very prayerful decision because I adore Mutley Baptist and the people there, but it was just the right time to  move. I adore both congregations but for now, I am placing myself at St Andrews. It has been wonderful to be a part of Mutley Baptist and I have grown so much over the year or so that I have been there. Now, I am hoping to be able to share this knowledge and love within St Andrews for the next chapter of my life. Love to both!

Finally, I just want to conclude with how much I love God. There are days when I feel so far from him; where my understanding of the contemporary debates about God get in the way and challenge my faith so much for example. However, no one can take away that knowing I have in my heart as I look at nature, or I read the bible, or I see the good in the darkest times… there is this knowing that keeps me  grounded and trusting, even if I am opposed from all sides. I know that it is not easy to believe in God in a 21st Century world that opposes the idea of a Creator and a Saviour. But is this generation really against a God? Not the way I see it. I see so many people becoming Christians, a generation that wants to serve something much greater than the gods of this earth. I see people asking questions about God despite not wanting to believe, or admitting that they will never become Christians. I think we all have a niggling tug within us that is pulling us toward a greater purpose. So there may seem to be a great deal of opposition from the world around us in believing in a God… but it must be examined equally so that wanting to know God is still on the rise and will continue to be!

The link above is a bit of encouragement for the days that we struggle and the reminder that there is a God that is never too far away…

It is nice to be able to write again! I shall finish on a verse: “But I call to God, and the Lord saves me. Evening, morning and noon I cry out in distress, and he hears my voice.” (Psalm 55:16-17).

God bless 🙂

Ruthie -xxx-

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