Baptism | Felicia Teumer

Baptism | Felicia Teumer

April 30, 2023 |

What was life like before you met Jesus?

I lost my faith in my younger childhood because at that time it was a matter of checking all the boxes and if you didn’t you wouldn’t go to heaven. I was denied my First Communion because I didn’t attend church frequently enough. I was kicked out of catechism class because I laughed too much. All before my teenage years, I lost faith. I lived a life, from that point on, thinking that if I can’t follow ALL the rules, then what’s the point? Which only led to some poor decisions, actions, and a poor mindset. I felt an emptiness that I could not quite understand. No matter what I did, who I surrounded myself with, or where I went, I felt incomplete.

How did you meet Jesus?

I wouldn’t necessarily say it was one event or situation that led me to Jesus. It was all of them. Over the years, I was making decisions that I felt was the right decision. Only for it to be the wrong decision because it never turned out how I wanted it to. Everything I was striving for, I couldn’t accomplish. I felt defeated, I felt lost, and I felt helpless. Matthew 11:28 says “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Even though I lost my faith early on, I always knew who Jesus was. So, I had a choice to make. Continue trying to navigate life myself and figure it out on my own, or give all my worries and burdens to Jesus Christ, and let Him point me in the direction I need to be in, even if it means what I envisioned for myself may not happen. Proverbs 3:5-6 says “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

After being saved by Jesus, what is your life like now?

Life after being saved by Jesus gives me a sense of fulfillment. Not because of the worldly things I strived for before, happened in my life. But because I have a sense of fulfillment knowing that no matter what happens, it has a purpose. The good and the bad. What is meant for me, will be if it is God’s will to be. There is nothing that I can do to change God’s plan or speed up God’s timeline for me, other than building my relationship with Jesus Christ and finding salvation in Him. Jesus didn’t save me by giving me everything that I could ever ask for, he saved me in a much bigger way. He picked me up when I felt defeated mentally and emotionally and helped me gain a new perspective that gives my mind and heart peace. “He said to her, ‘Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.’” Mark 5:34