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As a decision counselor at church, I occasionally get the honor and privilege of leading people to Christ. It is an amazing moment each and every time. Throughout the past few years, I have been blessed to witness the salvation of a couple of precious family members. Several weeks ago, I was honored to be present when yet another family member, who I love dearly, accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior, what a blessing! Tonight, I was humbled to be able to lead my son to Christ. Maddox Leo has been asking for some time (about a year) to be saved and “babatized”. Occasionally, we have asked him a few questions and his answers let us know he didn’t really understand salvation. However the past few days, he has been adamant about being ready. I told him he could tell his teachers at church and they could help him, or he could wait until tonight and I would. He said he wanted me to tonight. So, as I prayed over him, God led me to several scriptures for Maddox. We looked up each one and we talked about being a sinner. Maddox admitted he is a sinner (but he said he tries really hard to be good :)). He said that he knows God sent Jesus to die for our sins (he actually recited John 3:16). He told me that we serve a Risen Savior. He said that he knows he needs God’s forgiveness and that by grace through faith we are saved. Then, my sweet boy said that he wanted Jesus to be his Lord and Savior. He said he wanted to live a life different from others, trying to live as the Bible tells us to.

After that, I knew he was ready to pray for salvation. I asked him if he wanted Carter to join us for his prayer, and he said yes. Sadly, daddy is working. Although Josh knew he was ready and wanted to do this TODAY! 🙂 So, we got Carter and Maddox prayed, (I would love to quote this, but I’m not sure I remember it all, however this is pretty accurate) Jesus, I am a sinner, I try to do good, but I am a sinner. God, thank you for sending your one and only Son to die for me. Thank you for forgiving me of my sins. Jesus, I want you to be Lord of my life. I want to be new in you. I want to live my life as you tell me the best I can. Amen. Romans 10:13 says “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Then, with the biggest smile on his face, he hugged me and told me he is my brother in Christ. He thanked me for helping him go to heaven. Let’s be real, I did nothing. He is an amazing young boy. He knew what he wanted and did it. For we are saved only by grace only through faith. I know that God has given him grace and I know that he has faith. I could not be more proud to be mommy to my precious Maddox. I love that his spiritual birthday (John 3:3 says “Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”) is on my physical birthday.

Luke 15:10 says “Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” I believe there is a party going on in heaven and Maddox Leo Souliere is written forever in the Book of Life.

For those of different faiths, there is no magic formula to salvation! There is no magic prayer and it doesn’t matter when or where you accept Christ as your Lord and Savior! You may read more about what we believe here http://longhollow.com/what-we-believe/. We love our church, but more importantly, we love our God. We would love for everyone to join us when Maddox publicly professes his faith through baptism. We will let you all know when we set a date.