Fields of Grace
Fields of Grace
by Sarah Girard
“Elmbrook Church has been a real blessing to us,” said Jarett Fields, who has been attending Elmbrook with his wife, Kisa, and two children for about two years. The couple began attending after an invite from a friend, but no one could have foreseen the amazing work that the Holy Spirit would do within them and their marriage in the coming months.
Jarett and Kisa were married three years ago, and began life together. The roads of married life are not always smooth, though, and Kisa “knew that we needed help. And I felt that it needed to be Christian-based.” She sought advice through the Counseling Referral Line on the Elmbrook website, and was put in touch with a couple who began helping them work through the problems within their marriage. Kisa found Christian guidance through the prayers and weekly meetings with a woman, Sue, which allowed her to work through Christ-centered solutions. Jarett found healing in the weekend services and began to “separate the difference between what I think of marriage, as a husband, and what God thinks of marriage, as our Father.”
A few weeks after they sought counsel, the Fields sat in the pews on a Sunday morning listening to Pastor Jason speak. Kisa was moved to approach the front when the call for prayer was made. “I remember grabbing Jarett’s hand and walking forward and it was Shanthini Baskaran and her husband, Vinod, who prayed for us. After that, it seemed like every subsequent message had something appropriate to help us get stronger.”
This furthered the healing process in the Fields’ marriage. Jarett “delved into the Word to really think about the unconditional love that I am supposed to have for God’s daughter, Kisa.” That was a big turning point for Jarett as he realized this and began an intentional move to work as a team with Kisa. “A marriage in my eyes was the man is the head of the house financially. When I read the Word, I realized that the man is the head of the household spiritually. It’s easy to get caught up in what the world demands and forget about the piece that you are supposed to be leading the family in a Christian way.”
The Fields began to grow together and grow spiritually. Kisa decided she wanted to be baptized, and when Jarett asked how he could support her, Kisa replied that he could get baptized with her. After praying about it, Jarett agreed and they experienced baptism in the Elmbrook pond together in July 2015.
“When your marriage is falling apart and you have kids relying on you, then you need to have something that can help be the glue to keep you together. We needed to be intentional about serving the Lord, and focusing on the marriage, and communicating every single day,” Kisa said. “The baptism represented a fresh start.”
It was not only a fresh start for their relationship with the Lord, but a new commitment to marriage focused on God first. “You try to handle everything on your own, and not bring God into your marriage, Jarett said. “We understand now that we don’t have to have it all solved. We can pray and ask for God’s help. God will help us. God will handle it.”
As the Fields come out of these experiences and move into a new chapter, they strive to be intentional, to do things together, to commit to devotionals and daily Bible reading. “You have to be purposeful. You have to make time for each other,” Kisa stated.
God was at work in this couple as everything came, in His perfect timing. “Elmbrook has been a real blessing to us,” Kisa said. “Without the relationships that we’ve built here, without attending and having an impetus to embrace the Word of God in our lives… You never know.”
“For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.”
— Philippians 2:13