This song moves me every time by Rachel.
Even though I have posted it before, it is a ongoing praise and worship song to our LORD.
Today I will attempt to give my testimony of my latter years. Here are the first six parts.
Please bare with me, as I am typing as I go. This part has not been written before, as I am living some of it even right now.
I surely hope one day to be able to say:
“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which The LORD, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing,” 2 Timothy 4:7-8.
Even though there are six segments here, at times I had to back up a little to tell my testimony.
So you will find my husband, Jim and my Prison ministry in Part 5.
He later passed away in December 2010, after seven years of sickness and horrible pain.
The last 12 years have been full and to recount will surely just be hitting the very highlights.
Several months before Jim died, we had moved back to my home place in my hometown to be near family.
He lived five more months after we moved.
He died in the Faith, and for my two daughters and I to see his passing, was a most spiritual experience!
There has been a lot of loss since, but I can say The LORD’s Grace has always been sufficient in my life.
I have mentioned this before in testimony but in December 2012, my son Douglas passed away from heart problems.
Then in April 2015 I moved too fast as a widow, and married again someone in another town.
To not go into a lot of details, I missed God and didn’t pray through and enough!
I brought a lot of pain and suffering on my own self.
Again, I just moved too fast.
I had known this man from earlier times, and we’d even gone to Church together.
My husband Jim in his strong days, had worked with him on construction jobs, even.
It just didn’t last. We were only together a few short months.
Still though separated and now divorced, I wish him no harm.
I can only use my failure as a testimony to tell people don’t move too fast.
Wait on God!
If a Christian you need to know it is God linking you if you are to marry.
What is that old saying? “Marry in haste — repent in leisure.”
Just be careful. Sometimes its better to dwell alone. That is all I wish to go into on this subject.
Now in April 2016 my dear Mother passed to glory after much suffering.
We all miss her but she is finally set free and is in her eternal Home.
Then In December 2019, my daughter Faith, passed away from complications of her surgeries and two gastric bypasses.
Three of my four children in all have passed to glory now.
To recap here, my daughter Jennifer had died at 14 years old in April 1989. It was from natural causes with her cerebral palsy.
The LORD’s Grace has been sufficient in every loss!
To lose a child is like no other, but I do not stay sad over it.
I can honestly say, The Joy of The LORD is my strength.
To be Obedient and go where He leads me, is my only desire.
We are to be the Church and a living breathing testimony wherever we go!
We should all want true relationship with Jesus Christ, not just head knowledge.
In ministry, I feel we must be always be the REAL deal and transparent to all people.
That is what I have attempted to do in all parts of my Testimony.
God bless you all as we walk this journey together.
There is no sad tale or woe is me.
I can truly sing of the goodness of God from my heart. (Like the song says.)
“I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:14.
~ Joyce D. McGuire
My name is Joyce D. McGuire, called to work in and for the Kingdom of God! To lead we must try to follow Jesus Christ closely. That is my heart. I am a Chaplain to the prisons; prophetic intercessor by His grace; author; and a Mother in the Kingdom of God. To many I am simply Mama Joyce. Some favorite verses of mine are Matthew 11:28-30. I also post YouTube videos.