I have no doubt in my mind that what Karen had planned yesterday for her sermon would have been great. We were having technical issues however and Karen was going to use her computer for different parts of her sermon. Karen improvised awesomely as we sang simple songs that we all knew and then she gave her testimonial. After this was done we had a moment where all was quiet and my hand suddenly flew up! I hadn’t had the best morning. My wife and child were out of town and I was missing them a lot. Plus I was having other issues and was feeling very downcast, so it surprise me a bit that my hand was raised. Karen called on me and I was moved to speak a little about the church and the people in it. As I was speaking I kept crying, I couldn’t seem to hold it all in. It felt like the Holy Spirit had my mouth and was moving it himself. I have suffered from depression for as long as I could remember but I don’t usually speak of it. That day however I spoke of how my church family has helped me through so much and stuck to me through everything. I wasn’t thinking of who it would impact, I just kept speaking and crying. Two ladies caught up to me as I made my way to my car. These two ladies don’t come to church much anymore because of depression issues. They both held me so tightly and thanked me for having the courage to stand up and tell everyone. I believe that God raised my hand to speak to them that morning. I have been moved spiritually and mentally by testimonials and praises that have changed people’s lives. God blessed us with a whole morning of people willing to stand up and speak of our wonderful God. The testimonials that were heard that morning from our congregation was awesome! I wish we could have one full sermon session on just testimonials. It moves and helps mold us to be better Christians. The experiences that we have been through can encourage and inspire others, but not with our mouths closed. Open up and speak of our God today and what he has done for you.
Published by Matthew, Karen, and God
Karen Guthrie, a retired Bank Manager, Vice President, and Matthew Moore, who works in construction, are members of the same church. In March 2014, they both joined the Oakdale Rescue Mission Board of Directors. They started sharing their stories with one another on how God has greatly impacted their lives. View more posts