Once you accept Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, every Christian begins the process of spiritual growth requiring you to think, act, and react differently. For 2019, Pastor Jeffrey A. Johnson, Sr. has charged the congregation to Grow Up! Ephesians 4:15 (NLT). In each issue of EXALT, we will highlight an Eastern Star Church member’s testimony about how they grew up in their spiritual journey. This issue centers on Sister Tamara Markey.
Trials and tribulations tend to throw us into the deep end. Sister Markey accepted Christ at the age of 12, and since then, her Christian walk has been a roller coaster. She states, “I even told God I didn’t have time for him, due to college fun. Nevertheless, when I was not faithful, I still believed.”
Sister Markey always attended church as an adult, and she even raised her children in a Christian household. Through various stages of her life, Sister Markey has always known from where her strength comes. She shared,"I can say I have grown exponentially. My greatest opportunity for growth was in transparency and honesty. I can share my struggles so that others can grow. Our family faced a trial recently, which caused me to take a deeper look at my faith, and began to have a more meaningful quiet time with God. Five or ten minutes of spending time with God has turned into 45 minutes. God sustains me. I am learning to stand on His Word.”
Philippians 4:6-7 has helped Sister Markey during her faith walk. God has taught her to look beyond her circumstances and stand on His Word and His promises. In 2018, Sister Markey was recognized as the Indiana Teacher of the Year. She explains, “If I had not learned to depend fully on God, I wouldn't have been prepared for the Teacher of the Year platform. Psalm 23 – encompasses my new and renewed walk with God.”
For Sister Markey, her growth began through a daily connection with God. To have faith, a person must be in the Word - reading, hearing, and meditating upon it. There you will find a true connection and can begin to grow.