“GTAM is the place to be when life really matters.” This is so relevant to my life. I came to GTAM in late summer of 2015, and life reeeeaaaally mattered for me. I didn’t want to come to church. I had told myself, “I would not step foot in a church again.” But then there was my son, wanting to go to church. Me? I was ornery, and challenged God, “If you want me to be at this church then Pastor needs to speak to “– whatever situation I was going through at the time – my most pressing issue.” Pastor would not only walk down my aisle, but not knowing a thing about me – I was reeeeaaally good at flying under the radar, it was like he would come sit on my couch, make himself right at home. October 11, 2015 for instance, Pastor treached out of II Kings chapter 7. “If you stay where you are, crying and lamenting over your current situation you’re going to die. Who cares that your life didn’t turn out the way you planned, what are you going to do, cry about it until you die? The divorce papers are filed, he has moved on, God has moved on, you need to get up and move on.” That’s a direct quote, I took notes, Seahawks lost that day. It took me a full five days to blog about it. Shortly after, I returned to the land of famine. Things were okay for a while. But, in time, everything is always set right. I surprised myself, when I sought counsel with Pastor and First Lady. I think I prefaced the first meeting, “I don’t do this.” I didn’t know what I was searching for, or why I made the meeting, but I knew that I needed something. Who knows what they thought… I didn’t fully recognize it then, but in that time, and healing process, I discovered my purpose. I got plugged in, began to awaken the gifts and talents that had lay dormant inside of me for so many years. I try to be obedient to the Lord, and when I’m lost sometimes, I’m like, God this is just going to have to come from Pastor’s mouth. And one day, out of character, he took a walk a down the singles aisle. I heard, I obeyed. Bless the Lord. Here at GTAM I have been surrounded by individuals that pray with me, for me, mentor me, keep me on track. As Luke 22:32 says when we are converted, healed, we are called to strengthen our brethren. GTAM is definitely the place to be when life really matters. Many of us come to GTAM broken, hurting, tired, ready to give up… GTAM is also a place where healing begins to happen from the moment you step foot in the door, and you are welcomed with so much love. As healing happens, we are called to do that much more for others in the church, the community. This is the vision, this is the heart of GTAM.
31 And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat:
32 But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.