Since moving into Countryside almost 2 years ago we have had the honor to see 23 of our neighbors give their hearts to The Lord. Some of those decisions were a result of visits with local pastors, some were at church functions, some were through one-on-one conversations.
Sunday night we had the ultimate privilege of seeing our 24th person come to know the forgiveness of sin and ask Jesus Christ to be the Lord of his life.
Asher Luke Hinson.
From the very first night our sweet Asher was born we began reading God’s Word to him. Chapter by chapter, day by day, he heard the precious love letter written for him by his Heavenly Father. He heard the truth of God’s promises taught through nursery workers and Sunday School teachers and BSF leaders and loving pastors. He heard the stories of the Bible during family devotions each night and even by watching his favorite Veggie Tales movies.
Finally it all came together and made sense in his heart.
Sunday, March 22nd, Asher was persistent. He knew that he wanted to ask Jesus into his heart. Grant and I talked with him at length, asking him many questions to ensure he understood what his decision meant.
He understands what a sin is.
He understands that he is a sinner in need of forgiveness.
He understands that Jesus died on the cross for HIS sins.
He understands that Jesus’ blood is the only thing that can forgive him.
He understands that Jesus loves him SO much.
He understands that through that love and grace that he can have a relationship with Jesus.
He understands that this is HIS decision.
After we talked, he knelt on the floor and prayed the sweetest prayer while the angels in Heaven rejoiced. He said, “I just love Jesus SO SO much.”
Asher and Grant met with Pastor Patrick a few days later and Asher went to the front of the church Sunday to share his exciting news with our church family. He was so proud. We look forward to Grant baptizing him in the next few weeks.
And yesterday at church we observed Holy week by participating in The Lord’s Supper. Asher was allowed to partake for the first time in such an intimate time of worship. We talked about the bread and the juice and the symbolism they carry. Being there beside my son in his first communion was a special moment.
God’s word commands us, as parents, to share His truth with our children. Deuteronomy 11:18-20: “So commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these words of mine. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. Teach them to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”
We look forward to watching God use our Asher Luke to make a HUGE impact on this world for His Glory. He is a terrific, brilliant, energetic little boy with so much excitement for people and for life. He is sure to do great things in his years on this earth because he loves Jesus SO SO much.
An overjoyed Momma,