This morning as I arose, I spent time with the Lord, first. Then, I felt to continue with Part #4 of my testimony.
If you read part of my testimony you will see my roots as a Christian are in the Baptism church. By that, I mean I truly gave my heart to the Lord at 8 years old. Oh boy, did I mean it and I felt and knew Jesus had come into my little heart at that young age!
Still at about 30 years of age, Father God brought me out of denominations, per say. Still I have visited some Mainline Churches over the years.
Getting back this article today was even birthed weeks ago to write. You see I know some like me, have battled the ‘clothesline religion battle’. It is the right and wrong with things. A Holy standard if you please, for us all.
Still what threw me in my early and middle years, was some ‘holier than thou’ attitudes. For instance I went into one large Church to ‘visit’ and was full of The Holy Ghost with only love in my heart to share.
Most everyone was dressed alike at that particular Church. As for hair, even most women with long hairstyles ‘clipped’ their hair the same way. Many were friendly, I must say to be honest.
Still, I was told by my very sweet friend that I could sing ‘only’ in the congregation there.
Because of my ‘pants suit’, I had on, I could not be used in that Church. Well it hurt my heart, as I saw a ‘religious spirit’ firsthand operating. Needless to say, I went twice but didn’t go back anymore. I was ‘stifled’.
Was the worship great? Absolutely but that Church had much to learn as did I, and am still learning!
At one point of time in my life, I call more my middle years, I struggled with what The LORD wanted and required of me.
I literally laid out a dress and a pair of pants on my bed. Then prayed:
“LORD, I am yours all the way, and want to only please you. Which one, pants or dresses do you want me to wear?”
You want to hear the shocker what the Holy Ghost spoke to me? “I do not care that you wear pants. Only you will not wear a ‘zipper’ up the front!”
That was my instruction and that’s what I have done since. The LORD set me free and gave me my answer that day.
Later the test surely came. My friend Dottie, told me the Lord spoke to her to buy me a whole wardrobe from ‘Hamricks’. She said I bought you several pairs of ‘blue jeans’.
I’m like silently, “Lord you know I can’t wear regular blue jeans. I know Dotte hears from you, but if they have a zipper up the front I am not allowed to wear them.”
Graciously I would have been compelled to give back or just not wear. As she came that day, I was so blessed with the most beautiful outfits of all kinds!
All the blue jeans were stretchy elastic pants. Father was wanting to honor my obedience and so blessed me.
(Though, I need to say here, it is a personal walk with The LORD. He may lead you a little differently yet, there will be a standard of conduct, of righteousness! When we are sincere, The Holy Spirit will lead us.)
To be continued as The Spirit of The LORD leads. God bless you all.
Father God is such a Good, Good Father and I will close with that song for now.
~ Joyce D. McGuire
My name is Joyce D. McGuire, called as an Apostle of the faith by His grace. I am also a chaplain to the prisons, a Mother in the Kingdom of God and intercessor. To many I am simply Mama Joyce. Some favorite verses are Matthew 11:28-30.