Testimony Tuesday with Kaleigh Willard

Have you ever blamed God for the bad things in your life? Read Kaleigh’s story. You’ll be blessed.

Testimony Tuesday with Kaleigh Willard

My name is Kaleigh. I was raised in a home by my grandparents where we only went to church on your typical holidays; Christmas, Easter, Mothers Day etc… I knew about God but never had a relationship with Him.

When I was 10, my mother died of a heroin overdose and my father, he just wasn’t there. So needless to say growing up I was full of anger, bitterness, unforgiveness, hate, resentment, and hurt. I couldn’t understand why God would take someone I needed away from me. I was mad at Him. I even denied Him.

Trying to fill that void, that empty hole in my heart I turned to drugs and men; looking for love in all the wrong places.

At the age of 18, I moved out of my grandparents’ house and in with my boyfriend 2 hours away. I found out I was pregnant not even a month a later. Everything was just so perfect in my eyes. Only after 3 years, we split. I found myself very quickly in another relationship. Looking for that love I’ve always longed for. And again I had found myself in the same situation. Only a month later I was pregnant. 6 years and 3 children later I had suffered emotional, physical, and mental abuse. Concussions, broken bones, bruises, being cheated on over and over, called names, and even at one point, I thought he would kill me. In my eyes I loved this man so much I would have done anything for him just to love me back. Even if that meant giving up my son. (Which I did) I felt as if he resented my son because he didn’t belong to him. Always fearing I would go back to my ex, I thought by giving my son to his dad that would prove to him, he was the only man I wanted. One morning after being severely beaten, I waited until he went to sleep and I left with our 2 children.

I moved back to my hometown in October 2015 and by January 2016 I found myself in a full-blown meth addiction and by June in another relationship with a young man who also was in his own addiction. I had given my 2 little girls to my grandparents because at this point I had given up in life. I felt worthless and I knew they deserved better than what I could have given them. All I cared about was getting high to numb the pain of all the memories of the abuse and being rejected. Still, in my addiction that no one knew about or at least I thought, I got my girls back and I got married. But things only got worse. I still wasn’t the mother they needed and drugs seemed to consume my life.

May 1st, 2017, I checked myself into the Haven of Hope. I gave my life to Christ 2 weeks after being there. It’s the best thing that I ever could have done. Let me tell you how good my God is. Today, I am clean and sober. I’m a mother again. I have my life back. I’m full of peace and joy. I now fill that void in my heart with the love of Jesus Christ and I can’t even begin to tell you how amazing that feels. Before I couldn’t understand why God would let me go through life and experience the things I did. But He used the bad for His glory.

I love my Jesus and He loves me. I’m thankful and blessed. He has opened many doors for me. A God that has promised me my heart’s desire has been restoring all that the locust have eaten over the years.

MY GOD IS GOOD!

Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. ~ I Peter 4:12-13

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And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. ~ Revelations 12:11

 

 

Valentine’s Day Testimony Tuesday with Daphne Guthrie

I love how God shows us how much He loves us in a very real and personal way. It’s our very our love language with Jesus!
Here is Daphne’s story of how God showed her without a doubt that He loved her.

A few years back, a friend was watching a movie that caught my attention. The movie itself was okay, but it was the wardrobe the characters wore that first caught my eye. The characters of The Matrix wore long, black, sleek, trench-coat-style jackets. And I wanted one!
I asked anyone who would listen to buy me one for my birthday or Christmas…or even on a made up occasion to just have a reason to give me a gift! As hard as I tried, I never received my jacket and the idea eventually faded. I can’t imagine what excuse I used to not to just buy the jacket myself. All the same though the jacket never materialized in my closet.

Many years and jacket types later, I was outside The Haven of Hope talking with a friend around a bonfire, and a thought popped into my head. I remembered the jacket that I’d so badly desired for so many years and offhandedly told her that I’d been wanting this specific jacket, explaining in detail what I wanted and how long I wanted it. I told her, “I’m going to let you buy me a Matrix jacket for Christmas.” She replied sarcastically, “Okay. I’ll get right on that.”

The jacket comment forgotten, two weeks later a church brought a stack of jackets that had been donated by various members of the church. When they asked us as a group who needed winter jackets, I didn’t immediately jump up to check on what was available. Being a bigger sized person, I’ve gotten used to the fact that clothes in my size were not typically donated. I don’t know why, but bigger clothes are harder to find when it comes to second hand, like yard sales or second hand stores. It is just a fact I was accustomed to thus my lack of hope that I would find a jacket to fit in the pile brought in.

In any case, I did make my way to the office and began my search, “just in case. Before, I got to the jacket, a lady picked it up and said it looked it would be “cute” on me. The jacket she was handing me was exactly the jacket I’d always asked everyone to get me. Though no one hand chose to donate this jacket to me in particular, what were the odds? I quickly grabbed it and put it on.

It fit!!!

I can’t find enough words to explain the feelings that welled up inside me in that moment! I barely mumbled thank you before running out of the office and into the dining room. I had to run away before someone figured out maybe that it wasn’t a donation; that it accidentally got mixed in with the others!!

Once in the dining room, I ran circles around the tables in excitement for my perfect Gift from God! I realized, right then, that all my concerns for my future were in vain. I’d just gotten over the awesome idea that God loved me no matter what…and now He was showing me. He had all the rest of my life taken care of.

Rubber really met the road, finally! I received the message! One, God was eavesdropping on my conversations all this time, but most importantly, two, He was showing me that He cared so much for me that He wanted me to have not just any jacket, but the exact one I’d desired!! He let me know that even the smallest details were important to Him. In my jacket, I heard Him tell me, “Can’t you see that if I care about the small details, such as the type of jacket you want, that everything else is more than taken care of and in your obedience, you will have a blessed life?”

I was so overcome with a peace and contentment and had no idea how to react…so I went outside and ran in bigger circles!!

Everyone laughed, and they still do, but my jacket is forever etched into my testimony. I will never forget the feeling of experiencing God’s love, and His assurance that everything was going to be okay! Each and every time I wear my jacket, I remember what it’s meant to my spiritual journey. And I’m comforted by the snug feeling I get when its wrapped around me, assuring me that God is always holding me.

The definition of matrix is “Something from which something else develops” and my Matrix Jacket represents the trust in God that developed the day I found my jacket—the jacket handpicked by God and given to me!!!

Testimony Tuesday with Missy Singelton

Missy Singleton is a pastor’s wife, a partner in ministry, and a friend. I know that her testimony will encourage you to grow closer to Jesus.
My name is Missy, and I’m 38 years old. I’ve been a Christian for 32 years. I’m no one great in this world, but I serve the greatest to ever live.

Jesus is the closest and dearest relationship I’ve ever had. HE gave HIS all for me, and I want to give HIM my all. I’ve sat for days thinking about how to put in writing my personal testimony on how JESUS saved me from my sins. I guess I need to start from the beginning.

One Sunday in 1985, my Pastor preached on how we are all sinners. I was very young, the baby, the only girl, and very spoiled. Even though I had been taught Godly ways from birth, I knew that the Pastor was probably talking to me. You see the Holy Spirit was already tugging at my heart that morning. My mom and dad were always bringing home church family after Sunday morning services, and on this particular Sunday a teenage girl and her brother, (who was my brother’s friend), came home with us. My brother and his friend went quickly to play after Sunday lunch, and my mom sat talking with our other guest.

I had almost any toy or luxury a child my age could have. I was quite proud to show off all my toys and new clothes. I even had a very beautiful ivory French phone in my own room, and it worked. I wanted to show off my new phone, but they were busy in conversation. I excused myself to my room. That is when this story gets interesting. There my phone sat on my dresser. I picked it up and dialed 0. Back then, that called the operator. She answered, and I guess a whole load of sin I didn’t even realize I had in me come rolling out of my mouth. Immediately, I could hear the words of my pastor as conviction struck my heart, and I hung up the phone feeling horrible about the words I had spoken. I wanted to call back the 0 and apologize.

About that moment, the house phone rang. I heard my mom answer. She came back to my room, and I knew just by her look who had called. I was repentive before the phone had even rang, but now I was sorrowful and terrified of what the consequences of my actions would be. I did get punished, and I also got the chance to call and personally apologize to the operator.

Later, that night, the sermon was on serving GOD wholeheartedly. I remember this day so well, because that Sunday night I truly felt JESUS forgive me from all my sin, and enter my heart. That night is the night my life was forever changed. It wasn’t too many months after that, I was baptized as a symbol to show everyone JESUS lived in my heart, and I was HIS.

Shortly after, my world as I knew it, was turned upside down. It wasn’t peaceful in our home, and things were changing rapidly. My dad left, my parents got a divorce, we lost our home, and we no longer went to church as a family. The days were hard on everyone. I watched my mom cry all the time, and work so hard to make ends meet. (Later, in life I had heard my dad talk about the struggles he had turning his back on God and drinking.) My grandparents always made sure that my brother and I faithfully went to their church.

I was no longer that spoiled baby girl, but a very scared low self-esteem child. But, I had JESUS. I knew somehow everything was going to be ok. Even though it wasn’t the will of GOD for these things to happen, HE worked them for my good. (Romans 8:23)

A few years later, my mom remarried, and we moved. I had a wonderful home. I had to make new friends, and I prayed daily for God to help me with that. He did. I think we (my new friends) helped influence each other through middle school on through high school.

In 1990, I felt God’s call on my life to preach. I was sitting on my step-Gran’s deck, and we were talking about future goals. I told her how GOD was calling me. She smiled a huge smile and told me how wonderful that was. However, her denomination didn’t believe in women preachers, and she wanted to assure me that God was probably preparing me to be a preacher’s wife one day. Turns out, she was right, but if HE says preach I’ll say yes!

In those crazy teen years; there were times of peer pressure to do things I felt in my heart I shouldn’t do, and there were times I cried nightly for forgiveness because I knew I’d fallen into sin or actions that I knew was a sin against GOD. I was the girl that had carried my BIBLE to school from middle school and all through high school. I tried so hard to take a stand and to admit when I messed up. Myself got in the way of a life that would be wholly pleasing to GOD, many times. I was nowhere near perfect, still am not, and won’t be until heaven.

But GOD had HIS hand over my life, and I wanted HIM to guide it. So, even in the “crossroads of life” (as my MawMaw Stoker called it), through Christ help; I was able to leave the desires of this world behind, to let go of my own ambitions, and run toward HIS calling.

Looking back over my life, HE has protected me and kept me from so much. I’m so thankful to HIM. Except for HIS grace and mercy; I know I’d be telling a whole different testimony right now, or not have one at all. I’m so in love with my JESUS!

In May 1996, I felt I had made it to the crossroads that I wrote about in the above paragraph. My Pastor made an altar call one Sunday evening. HE said for everyone to stand around the altars. As I was standing there, I felt the SPIRIT speak to my heart, “Will you obey and do as I say no matter what.?” In my heart, I replied, “YES!” Then the SPIRIT says kneel. So, I knelt. Before my right knee hit the ground, I was filled with the Holy Spirit, with the evidence of speaking in tongues.

Let me tell you, getting saved is wonderful beyond great, getting baptized in water is an amazing example to show the world you’re a child of GOD, but getting filled in the HOLY GHOST is the added power this girl needed! I would recommend for every Child of GOD to seek the infilling of the Holy Spirit in your life! You’ll be glad you did.

More about my testimony, I’ve been married to the soulmate GOD created for me for 20 years, and we’ve been in the full-time ministry for 20 years. We’ve been blessed with 7 beautiful children. We have lived many places in the states that the LORD has called us to, we’ve experienced many trials, many heartaches, many more blessings. And we count it all JOY for serving the one who died to give us life eternal with HIM. We have seen people delivered from all sorts of bondages of sin. We have seen people sadly turn from God and watched their life crumble in misery. We pray earnestly that they turn back to Jesus, and run safely back into HIS loving arms of peace.

I would like to encourage you; no matter what choices you’ve made in this life you’ve live. No matter how good of a life you’ve lived, or how far you think you’ve fallen into the ways of this world, know JESUS is the answer!

HE LOVES YOU! Here are some scriptures to encourage you to accept Christ as your LORD and SAVIOR TODAY! HE LONGS TO HAVE A PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH YOU! HE WILL BRING JOY AND HOPE to misery and sadness.

(Proverbs 6: 16- 19, Galatians 5, Acts 4:12, 2 Timothy 1:9, Psalms 62:1, Acts 2:21, 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, Romans 3:23, Titus 2:11-12, 2 Peter 3:9, Romans 10:10, Luke 18:27, Mark 8:36, John 3:16, 1 John 2:17, 1 Corinthians 1:28-29, 1 John 5:4, Mark 16:5).

Find a good BIBLE believing church, make good Godly friends, and have good Godly accountability. Study GOD’s word, and pray and talk to HIM about everything. I’ve found in this life with Jesus that if it concerns you it concerns HIM!

~May GOD, bless you all, and may we all be ready for HIS return. ~