Growing Together in Marriage joins the Baptist movement
In early 2018, Growing Together in Marriage (GTIM) became a ministry of the Baptist Churches of South Australia.
GTIM is a marriage enrichment programme, which is held on selected weekends throughout the year. It aims to encourage married couples to celebrate the positives in their relationships, deepen their communication, and recognise the plans God has for them as a couple.
We asked some of the couples who have attended GTIM to share their stories with us about how God has nutured their relationships.
How our marriage has survived is truly another miracle of God.
With the loss of my mother, multiple stressful moves, our house being reposed, loss of cars and jobs, living together but being married apart.
So much damage was done in those first few years.
Praise God he has brought us both to a place of forgiveness and seeing the person we love, not the actions and taking accountability and wanting change to make new.
No matter where you’re at…
In 2011, we were at a very low point in our marriage. We had been married for three tumultuous years and were on the verge of separating permanently. At that time, we were carrying so much hurt it was very difficult to see a future together.
Around this time, GTIM Leaders, Lee and Rob Allen, encouraged us to come on a GTIM weekend. We admit that when we agreed to go, both of us were highly skeptical that the weekend could do anything for us. Nevertheless, we reluctantly agreed to go.
On that weekend, we were able to honestly share with one another, having the time and space to really listen to each other. For the first time in our marriage, it was as if God tore down the scales that had covered both our eyes for so long. We were able to see the value in each other and that there was more that united us than divided us. This was an incredibly liberating experience.
God gave us the ability to forgive one another in a way that we had never achieved on our own during our whole marriage.
For the first time, we felt we had true hope in the future and in us. Our marriage has never been the same since. We thought there was no way our marriage could be saved but God showed us anything is possible through Him. We are so thankful to God for rescuing us at the time that He did as we had nearly lost each other.
We have now been married for 10 years and have three beautiful young children, each of whom has brought unspeakable joy to us. While we still have disagreements from time to time, our arguments are far less heated and they are now fought on a strong and stable foundation.
In 2014, we joined the GTIM Team. We are so thankful to God for bringing us together through those difficult times and are moved to share our story as a testament of His goodness to us. We hope that our story encourages you to know
that even if you are different as we are, you can still have a great marriage!
If you can relate to our story in any way, we highly recommend you come on a GTIM Weekend. No matter where your marriage is at, we can all improve and we all need tweaking and maintenance.
– A couple in their 30s
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Take time out for a retreat weekend that allows God to work in your marriage helping it become the best it can be.
June 29-July 1
All retreats are held at Weintal Resort, Tanunda
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