New Spring Church
Friday, November 17, 2017

Trish Harwood

 

Trish Harwood

I remember one night a couple of years ago, I felt like I was dying. There was no one left in my life. I was estranged from my family, my friends had changed, and I had been kicked out of church. Although I had prayed in the past, it had been a long time, and I lacked an intimacy with God.  My past included just about anything you could think of. I had endured depression, suicide attempts, sexual abuse, rejection from church and church people, the loss of my brother while serving our country, bankruptcy and more. I had sought relief and healing from just about everything a person could turn to, but found nothing comforted me or satisfied me for very long. Life was just very tough at that point.
 
My husband had been talking about our struggles with a friend, Wayne Sammons. Jeremie and I knew we both needed and wanted to get into church. It was at that time that New Spring Church was getting ready to launch. Wayne invited us to New Spring, and we went to the first meeting at the Barnardsville Fire Station on Sunday, July 7, 2013. Pastor Gray called us a few days later, and that is when we decided to come back and get involved. As we begin to get back into church and hear God's Word preached and taught, and learn what a true relationship with Christ is like, healing for my past began to come. There was so much to learn. I had grown up in a church that never mentioned "grace." One Sunday, after Pastor Gray preached on the grace of God, I had to go home and google the word "grace."
 
As I learned more about the unconditional love God had for me, I began to want to do more in church than just attend. I felt God wanted me to begin some kind of ministry. At first I thought it might be some kind of women's ministry. However, as Jeremie and I began growing in Christ, our marriage began to blossom and we wanted to minister together. We began praying about it.
 
One day, I was talking with someone who was dealing with sexual abuse in their family. All of a sudden all these feelings came rushing in on me. Having been sexually abused, but never dealing with it, finally caught up with me. I was reeling with the onslaught of feeling and emotion. A friend suggested I attend a Celebrate Recovery meeting at a local church, which I did. I realized the value of allowing God to heal you through the truth of His Word and begin to realize this might be the ministry God was calling me to. I continued in Celebrate Recovery and soon I talked with Pastor Gray and Paula about the possibility of bringing Celebrate Recovery to New Spring, and they were excited and supportive. We are excited about this ministry, which began at New Spring on Thursday, March 5, and which is held every Thursday @ 6 pm.
 
If I wasn't meant to do something, if God didn't have a plan and purpose for my life, I would have been dead a long time ago. If I had not been abused, if I had not been kicked out of my former church, I would not be where I am today. All the battles I have faced, God is using to help me help others. I have learned that I must trust God and not myself. When you let God take your burdens and struggles, you have no idea the ways He will work things out. He is the only reason we have made it.
 
I've done it all, I've looked everywhere for healing. I have tried to find solutions everywhere except for God – until now. But there is no fulfillment and no healing anywhere else. There is no answer for your heartaches and hurts except a relationship with God. When I turned to God, that's when I found healing.
 
I invite you to come to New Spring Church and to our Celebration Recovery Ministry. You will be loved, encouraged and prayed for, and you will meet the God who will turn your life around.