No Greater Joy!

28 Mar

What a day!
And what a way to usher in
the ending of our fast and the Easter weekend!


Michael was baptized at the Student Ministries beach baptism
Juno Beach, 3/27/13

It was chilly!
64 degrees with a 10mph wind.
Pastor Todd said this group was the first Christ Fellowship Polar Bear Club! 🙂
But it was a special evening!

How special to share this significant step with people who have supported Michael and spoken into his life so consistently from elementary school on!


How special to be able to be out in the ocean with him! even though it was cold!!

1Michael under

How special to hear Pastor Tom encourage all those who were being baptized that they would influence their generation for Christ!


How special to have youth pastors who brave the chilly temps and high waves not just for Michael, but for all the kids who followed Christ in baptism yesterday!



How special to have those youth pastors speak into Michael’s life and encourage him. Michael says he’s being spoiled. 🙂

1Aaron Ryan

How special for Michael to have his friends support him in this part of his journey!



How special to have our friends share our celebration in person and in spirit!



How special to have a life group leader support Michael in spirit, and speak encouraging words into Michael on his special day.


How special to hear students worshipping unashamedly and singing praises to our God on the beach!




How special to have one of our friends take pictures for us!


How special to have Tim take part in baptizing Michael, and seeing Nathan’s joy for his brother!

1Michael baptized

1Michael Nathan

How special to have Michael experience the joy of obedience. Every time he watches the video he celebrates!

1Michael joy

1Michael out

How special!

“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.” 3 John 1:4


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27 responses to “No Greater Joy!

  1. Dolly@Soulstops

    March 29, 2013 at 1:43 am

    just so happy for you, Michelle and Michael…what a blessing on so many levels…praying God continues to enable Michael to draw closer to Him through all the different seasons of life…hugs to you 🙂 Thanks for sharing your joy with us 🙂

  2. elizabeth ann babbitt

    March 29, 2013 at 6:22 am

    BB and I are happy to “be a part” of this momentous occasion through pictures and video. It will be exciting to watch God work in and through Michael’s life as Michael grows physically and spiritually. Thank you for sharing.

  3. Shonda Wagner

    March 29, 2013 at 7:35 am

    So excited for you all! Sounds like an awesome moment. Can’t wait to see you in a few weeks and hear all the details! Tell Michael congratulations for us!

  4. Debbie Brown

    March 29, 2013 at 11:04 am

    I am Sooo Proud of Michael for taking this next step in his life:)He is destined to do many great things for Christ.I knew that the year I taught him in 3rd grade.My heart was filled with joy as I looked at his baptism pics.

  5. Paula

    March 29, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    Congratulations to your whole family! WHAT A BLESSING YOU ALL ARE! Keep living out JESUS to the world and making a difference for people and for God’s Kingdom!

  6. Chelle

    March 29, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    what a remarkable experience for him to live, and for you to share. Ressurection blessings. So glad I came to link up with you.

  7. Tereasa Mansfield

    March 30, 2013 at 8:20 am

    Oh, mama. You must be so proud!

  8. jtulip

    March 30, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    That last picture is really touching. I always get teary eyed when I see baptisms! Its kinda like a wedding. Thanks so much for sharing your joy! It brought a smile to my face.

  9. Lyli @ 3dLessons4Life

    March 30, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    Sweet! 🙂

  10. Janis Cox

    April 1, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    Singing God’s praises. What a special day. Praying that Michael will continue to grow closer to Jesus in learning, prayer and obedience.
    Many blessings,
    Janis Cox – linking from Hear it on Sunday.

    • Michelle Eichner

      April 17, 2013 at 7:59 am

      Oh thank you for sharing the joy, and many thanks for the prayers for Michael!!

  11. Jennifer 'Miner' Ferguson

    April 2, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    Praising God with you! What an amazing thing to be baptized in His ocean, His marvelous creation. Rejoice!!!

  12. bluecottonmemory

    April 2, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    Rejoicing with you in welcoming him to a bigger brotherhood! What a beautiful way to baptise than in the ocean where Peter threw in his nets at Jesus instructor, on the beach like where Jesus called the disciples – that is soooo cool!

  13. Michelle DeRusha

    April 2, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    Love the pictures (especially that last one!); love the story even more.

    • Michelle Eichner

      April 17, 2013 at 8:03 am

      Michelle, thank you so much! It was a great day and I love sharing it with my “online peeps” 🙂 Have a super day!

  14. Lisa notes...

    April 3, 2013 at 11:21 am

    Congratulations to Michael! May he have many years (and eternity!) of joyfully delighting in the Lord’s presence.

    • Michelle Eichner

      April 17, 2013 at 8:04 am

      Lisa – what a great prayer, that Michael would have many years of delighting in God’s presence! And I love the eternity perspective. Thanks so much. Have a blessed day!

  15. laura

    April 3, 2013 at 11:54 am

    Celebrating with you, Michelle! Very special, indeed.

  16. jeanwise

    April 3, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    A beach Baptism. how cool and how very very special!!! Praising the Lord with you

  17. jdukeslee

    April 4, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    Michelle! Awesome! I celebrate with you.

  18. Carol Gonzales

    April 4, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    Loved the story! What a Joy to see your child getting baptized! Michael has amazing parents who show by example what it is to follow Jesus. Congratulations!

  19. susan

    April 4, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    There could be no greater joy as a parent! My children are all young and I am praying for that day to come for them! Congrats!!!

  20. Megan Adams

    April 4, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    !!What a joy to see this child I saw being born show through his baptism his spiritual birth! God is so good. You all are so special to us and I love seeing the love of God showing through each of your faces in these pictures. What a privilege to follow our Savior. Congratulations Michael


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