Ana realized she was a lost sheep very early in her life and the Lord found her so fast. She knows that the moment she dies she lives... in heaven... She knows that Christ died that she might have life eternally... His death on the cross paid the price for her sin and she knows it... He died so that she wouldn't have to... He died so that she could live forever with Him... to hear her talk about heaven and God is amazing.
Last year at this time she was sad. Not because of hospital stays and feeding tubes... not because of carrying a backpack 24/7... not because of mitochondrial disease, she was sad because she couldn't be baptized. Ana had a central line (like an I.V.) in her chest and she couldn't get wet... she couldn't get baptized... She knows that baptism doesn't save... she knew it wouldn't get her to heaven... Only Jesus Christ could do that. Ana wanted to be obedient. She simply wanted to honor God and obey. Jesus taught that a Christian must FIRST believe and THEN be baptized. Baptism is a mere symbol of ones relationship with Christ... One doesn't wear a wedding band before marriage and one doesn't get baptized before believing.
The only thing she could do about it was pray. She prayed night and day... day and night... that the leg pain would subside and the central line would be removed long enough for her to be baptized. It was so sweet... her faith... she asked believing... and God answered. In July the line was removed... in November she met with Pastor Broggi and went public with her decision... and in the coming weeks she will be baptized! She is SO EXCITED! It is all she talks about... all she thinks about... all she cares about. I am so happy for her... so happy her desire to please God is so deep. What a special day it will be... and yes, you are all invited! I will post the time and date next week.
And to think they (the doctors) said she wouldn't live past birth... what were they thinking? God determines life... not doctors... and not diseases...
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