Susan Spess Shay

Still playing make believe.

Do You Know What Happened March 29th?


March 29th is a very important day. Do you know what happened? No? (Good!)

Well . . .

  • Man O’War  racehorse, winner of 20 out of 21 races and $249,465, was born. So were Sam Walton and LaToya Jackson. (Not the same year. LOL!)
  • Dr. John Pemberton brewed the first batch of Coca-Cola in a backyard in Atlanta, Georgia. (Don’t ask what was in it or what color it was. You don’t want to know.)  
  • The last United States combat soldiers left South Vietnam. (Yay!)
  • Edwin Drake drilled the first productive U.S. oil well. (Yay again!) 
  • Brenna Logsdon had her first surgery for a brain tumor. (She’s tumor free today! PTL!)

But, but, do you know what else happened on that day? What is more important (to me) than all the happenings I posted above?

I was eight, nearly nine, years old. Sunday morning. Easter Sunday morning. Our preacher, Roy Blizzard, had just finished his sermon (I don’t remember that particular talk, but I can tell you about some others he preached if you’re interested.)

Roy gave the invitation, the church started singing the invitation hymn. I knew, I KNEW Jesus wanted me to give my life to Him. I also knew my daddy needed to do the same.

Since I was standing next to Dad, I leaned on him just a little. They started singing the second verse. Daddy hadn’t moved, so I leaned harder, then I gave him a little push.

We were baptised together that day.

I remember holding Mama’s hand that morning. I wasn’t a bit nervous as we waited to give our confessions of faith, but Mama (who’d been a Christian for years) shook like a leaf.

Now some people don’t believe an eight (nearly nine) year old is mature enough to make a life decision such as that. And while I didn’t know everything the decision would mean to me, I knew that I wanted Jesus to be the Lord of my life. All my life.

I don’t have a great conversion story. I didn’t have a radical change in the way I lived. It was deeper than that.

I had a change in my thinking–a change way deep in my heart. The reason I did the right thing. Why I shared when it was easier not to. Why I was nice when others weren’t nice back. Why my smile doesn’t start on my face. (Kind of like a flower, mine really starts at the root.) 

The reason I care.

No longer just to make my parents proud of me. (Back in those days, most of us kids wanted to make our parents proud.)

Simply put, it’s because He lives in me.  

Jesus is the Christ, the son of the living God.

And on March 29th, we had a birthday.

Want to share about the day you accepted Jesus? Tell someone about the difference He’s made in your life? Please do!

Author: Susan Shay

For as long as I can remember, I've loved two things--reading and people--and that led me to become a writer. Many of my stories are set in Small Town Worlds. I'm a wife, mother, sibling and an aunt. I have a deep faith in God, and an exciting life in Christ. Maybe I shouldn't be (after all, he's God!) but I'm constantly amazed at the things He's up to. :)

19 thoughts on “Do You Know What Happened March 29th?

  1. Makes one feel better all over than any where else. Thanks!

  2. I like that your smile doesn’t start on your face. That is good. My blog is titled God put a Smile on my Face but really it starts inside. Great!

  3. This is such a special story. Thank you for sharing. If I remember correctly, Bradley Douglas was baptized on Easter. Guess it runs in the family 😉

  4. What a great story, hate to say I don’t remember the date for me. But, daddy & I were baptized on the same day, too. Altho, he had been before, he re-committed himself, & I was thrilled we were baptized together.

    • How neat, Paula. That makes it extra special, doesn’t it? Daddy, brother and friend.
      Your dad was such a great guy. I know how much you miss him and your mom.

  5. Good story, I am the same way about being called to preach the gospel. I thought I was but I did not have a great story either. I thought I had to be healed of a life threatening disease of a near death experience. All I had to offer God was a big mouth and a willing heart. Good thing He did not require more.

    • Hey Joe Ray! I’m so glad you came by!!!
      You have a beautiful heart. I loved hearing you speak.
      I guess He gives us what we need when we need it. (I’m so glad!)
      Tell me again, what’s the name of your church?

      • The name is “Hope of Glory”. It is from the book of Colossians “Christ in you is the hope of glory.

        • Thanks, JR. I couldn’t remember it at all. I will this time!

        • Hi Joe Ray!
          It was great to see you on Susan’s blog!
          Hope your family is well.

          • Good to hear from you Lisa, was thinking about the other day. I was wondering if you are still as ornery as you was when you were younger or has (don’t want to say older) maturity mellowed you out

            • Joe Ray,
              Lisa is still as orney as ever. If maturity has had an affect on her, it’s just made her better at hiding it. LOL. Lisa wouldn’t be Lisa without her lively streak! (It’s the part I love best.)

  6. That’s a great story. I don’t remember the exact date I came to know the Lord. I’m glad I did though. I’d never have been able to navigate the waters of life without the Holy Spirit to guide me. Jesus is Lord!

    • Amen, Sistah!
      Isn’t it funny how God uses FB and Blogging to connect us to other Like Minded people? Ten years ago I’d never even considered doing this stuff, and He had it all planned from the beginning of the world!
      I’m so glad I “know” you!

  7. Hi Susan, It was good to hear your story about God working through my dad. I hope that I am always able to be used to reach those who need to hear God’s words in an even stronger way. He was a great preacher, I’ll grant him that, lol.

    • Your mom and dad were great friends to our family, Little Roy. Just the kind of man Daddy needed to lead him to Jesus, although I think my mama and Jesus had the biggest hand in it.
      Dad always speaks of Roy with a big smile on his face. Did you know people thought our mamas looked alike? I didn’t see it, but other people did.

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