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He Lifted My Burdens

On January 27, 2018 KTS Ministries was back on the road, this time headed to PA, our home state, to share our testimonies in our childhood church, Walnut Street Community SDA Church. There was some apprehension on my part, thinking of some of the worst things that happened in my life, happened while I lived in PA. Things that if I had to live it again, I am not sure I could survive it. I had promised myself I would not ever go back to PA, but God was in control. He always has a reason why He does what He does and it is always for our good.

When Vernon and I share our testimonies we open ourselves to everyone, sharing details of our life that others would just keep to themselves. We do it so people can see the goodness of God and His amazing love, forgiveness and grace. We pray that everyone will be blessed and their lives changed. God always comes through. People are blessed and some of their lives are changed. But this trip was very different for us, the KTS ministry team. You see this trip was not for the Walnut Street Church, it was for the ministry. God had a blessing for us. He needed me to see how far He had brought us in the very forgiveness that we share in our testimonies. We were showered with so much love from everyone. Seeing faces we had not seen in a long time and meeting new friends was such a joy. Feeling the very presence of the Holy Spirit, was something I can truly say I have never felt before in that way. As I write this blog my eyes are filled with tears as I think about that weekend. I felt God lifting that burden I have carried so long of guilt and shame, right off of my shoulders.

Walnut Street Church embraced our testimonies of that very guilt and shame as no Church has. I felt a love that I have never felt in any church we have shared our testimonies in before. I watched as the Holy Spirit covered my husband like I have never seen before. I could feel Gods arms around me, as He whispered so sweetly in my ear, “This was for your healing, I have had you in the palm of My hand all along”.

Walnut Street you will never know how deeply you have touched our souls. God blessed us like He has never blessed before. Thank you for Listening to the Holy Spirit in inviting us to your Church.

God is working in lives to change us, to get us fit for heaven. My prayer is that we will open ourselves to Him and let Him do what He is good at doing, and that is fixing us, for we cannot fix ourselves. In Steps to Christ by Ellen G. White she states;

Through nature and revelation, through His providence, and by the influence of His Spirit, God speaks to us. But these are not enough; we need also to pour out our hearts to Him. In order to have spiritual life and energy, we must have actual intercourse with our heavenly Father. Our minds may be drawn out toward Him; we may meditate upon His works, His mercies, His blessings; but this is not, in the fullest sense, communing with Him. In order to commune with God, we must have something to say to Him concerning our actual life.

Prayer is the opening of the heart to God as to a friend. Not that it is necessary in order to make known to God what we are, but in order to enable us to receive Him. Prayer does not bring God down to us, but brings us up to Him… our heavenly Father waits to bestow upon us the fullness of His blessing. It is our privilege to drink largely at the fountain of boundless love. What a wonder it is that we pray so little! God is ready and willing to hear the sincere prayer of the humblest of His children… Let us raise our eyes to the open door of the sanctuary above, where the light of the glory of God shines in the face of Christ, who "is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him." Hebrews 7:25.

We will be heading back to PA in the near future. We have been asked to come back and share this message that we have of God’s love and forgiveness with a church in Norristown PA. No apprehension this time, God has lifted my burden.

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