Stories of Spiritual Awakening—Tasha Turner

As we lead up to our Awakening Women’s Conference on April 17-18, we pray you are preparing your heart for a spiritual awakening. To encourage you in this journey, we are highlighting stories of spiritual awakenings that women in our church have experienced.  Here is the next story in our series from Tasha Turner, in her own words:

Freedom by definition is the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint. For so long I was living free. Yes, free to make my own choices. Free to become addicted to alcohol, marijuana, and pain pills; free to be promiscuous; free to be abused; free to have an abortion; free to marry and divorce; free to not love myself.

Yet, with all this freedom, I found myself in a position where I was unable to function, feel safe, breathe, move, or love. That position bred hate, and that hate consumed me.

At the end of 2013, my husband told me that he was scared of what was happening to me, and worried about my relationship with him and my children. With that, all I knew to do was to pray for evil to leave. Over time, I noticed I was free from severe anxiety! That’s when I was awakened to the power of prayer to my Jesus.

I began to have quiet time and read my Bible. Then I noticed I was free in my thinking. The thoughts I was having weren’t the usual self-destructive kind. This awakened me to the power of God’s word.

Then I sought out help with my shame from my abortion. Through Options Pregnancy Center I attended a post abortive recovery retreat in May 2014, and instantly I was free of guilt, shame, bitterness, and unforgiveness. So much so, my husband didn’t recognize me when he first saw me after my time away. This awakened me to the power of God’s forgiveness.

Since then, there has been such an urgency to work to help and love people. So by volunteering in several capacities, I’ve been awakened to God’s will for my life—and that is to be a servant, showing mercy to others through Jesus’ love.

Today I find myself living in a position of living in freedom through Christ.  I feel functional in His will, safe in His love.  I can breathe in His goodness, move through the Holy Spirit, and love through His forgiveness. And this position breeds love, and His love consumes me. “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free, then do not be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5:1

Letter of Invitation to Awakening Women’s Conference

Recently, we sent a letter to area churches inviting them to our conference, and we want to provide the same letter for you to invite your friends, family, and church members.  There is a direct link to our registration card that they can download, print, fill out, and mail in.  It’s time for an awakening!

March 6, 2015

Dear Brothers and Sister in Christ,

First Baptist Church women’s ministry would like to invite the ladies of your church to register for Awakening Women’s Conference April 17-18.

Join us at First Baptist, Friday, April 17, 7:00-9:00 pm for speakers Margo Hemphill, founder and owner of OneWay, Inc., and the author of They’re Teenagers, What Do You Expect?!?!, and our own Micah Tallent, founder of Women of Worth ministries and the wife of our new pastor, Jason Tallent.  Then join us on Saturday, April 18, 9:00 am-12:00 pm for speaker Julie Woodruff, women’s minister at Long Hollow Baptist Church in Henderstonville, TN.

Both days include a time of worship led by members of FBC’s worship ministry, and Saturday features an expo of local ministries and merchandise from our speakers.

Registration is $25 for conference attendance only and $35 for those who wish to join us on Friday at 5:30 for an optional box dinner and time of fellowship.

Registration begins March 1 and ends April 10. For more information visit our FaceBook page.  You can also contact Sharalee Tidwell at sharaleeatidwell@yahoo.com or call First Baptist at 501-743-9360. Feel free to make copies of the attached registration card or download a copy at http://www.fbccabot.org/#/news/womens-conference, and mail to First Baptist Church, 204 North Third Street, Cabot, AR, 72023. Please make checks payable to “First Baptist Church of Cabot.”

You don’t want to miss out on these dynamic speakers, engaging worship, and a fresh word from God.  We hope to see all the ladies there!

In His Service,

Cherished Women

First Baptist Cabot women’s ministry

Stories of Spiritual Awakening – Micah Tallent

As we lead up to our Awakening Women’s Conference on April 17-18, we want every believer to be in prayer and prepare her heart for a spiritual awakening in her life.  Look deep into your heart and ask God to take you to a new level of passion and commitment to His word and His principles. To encourage you in this journey, we want to highlight some stories of spiritual awakenings that women in our church have experienced.  Here is the first story from our pastor’s wife, Micah Tallent, in her own words:

God has unique ways he speaks to us. Most often, he speaks through his word over the course of time, but every once in a while he chooses to AWAKEN our spirit through a specific moment.

Two years ago was one of those moments for me. I was at the Little Rock Abortion Clinic. Unfortunately, it was a busy day. I spent my morning engaged in sidewalk counseling, pleading with young women to reconsider the decision that undoubtedly they had already made. I desperately wanted them to know that they had other choices than the one that would lead not only to the death of their baby, but to a lifetime of regrets and emotional pain.

That day in particular, God used bumper stickers on a couple of vehicles that arrived at the abortion clinic to get my attention: A fish symbol, the family stick figures, a logo for a local church, and the “I ❤ Jesus” sticker all caught my eye as they pulled into the parking lot to take advantage of the horrific “services” rendered there.

I realized at that moment, we (The Church) had our blinders on. We did not see (or have chosen not to see) the crisis that even women in our churches were facing.  Unplanned pregnancies, verbal and physical abuse, and addictions are not something that takes place out somewhere in society, but often takes place in our own pews. At that moment God started me down a path. A path that would heighten within me a sensitivity to women in our churches who are struggling under the cloak of secrecy.

The past two years have been an incredible journey for me.  God has opened many doors for effective ministry. I’ve seen babies saved from abortions, families reconciled, young women turn to Christ, and I have rejoiced in these victories.  But I am not blind or naïve.  I am not sharing this to stoke an emotional fire that will flicker for a moment then whisper away.  I refuse to hide the obvious truth …. The truth is most I’ve met have chosen to abort. Most families are still dysfunctional, angry, bitter and messy. Most have rejected my Jesus. Though this breaks my heart it does not surprise me because we live in a sin soaked world and our enemy is hard at work. I know that in this world we will have trouble and knowing this only strengthens my passion for those that are hurting.

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What signs do you see that God is using to bring you to a whole new level of service in His kingdom?