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I grew up in a Christian home, going to church every Wednesday night and twice on Sundays. I attended a Christian school, went to Christian summer camp, won every award possible in the Awana program. Even though I had been given an upbringing founded in Christ, I reached a point in my young adulthood where I started letting the ways of the world influence me and began making choices that I knew were not right, but I did it anyway. I lost friends, almost destroyed my marriage, and risked losing my children. I was depressed and looking in all the wrong places for something or someone to lift me up.
One day, my Dad was talking about a funny story he had heard on WCIC. I grew up listening to the station but hadn't listened for many years. The next morning on my way to work, I changed the station to 91.5. The first song to play was Sanctus Real's "Whatever You're Doing (Something Heavenly)." It was like the sun shone through my window/a light bulb went on/my heart opened/whatever cliche' you want to use, but it was like God meant for me to hear that song at that very moment.
"It's time for healing, time to move on
It's time to fix what's been broken too long
Time make right what has been wrong
It's time to find my way to where I belong
There's a wave that's crashing over me
All I can do is surrender"
Every lyric of the song spoke to the core of me. I just cried and prayed, feeling the weights of shame, sadness, and anger just fall off of me. I couldn't believe how powerful one song could be.
Since that day, with God's help, my husband and I are stronger than ever, and my relationship with my children is where it should be.
Not every relationship has been able to be restored, but I find comfort and strength in knowing that all I need to do is surrender everything to God, let Him lead me and direct my paths and actions and give Him the glory for everything in my life.
I don't know where I would be today if it weren't for WCIC. It is the only station I listen to now, and I am so thankful for the music that brings such joy and a positive message to my days. I love starting the day with Scott and Catherine and spending my ride home with the Traceys. Thank you SO much for your ministry!!