Brake 5 Ladies – I want to introduce you to a dear friend and an amazing woman of God whose testimony I believe will change your life. I encourage you to read Karen Wilson’s bio, testimony, and encouraging word. In addition, if you would like to purchase Karen’s book True Freedom please click here: https://www.createspace.com/3598779
Karen Wilson started True Freedom Ministries in 2010 after God gave her a heart for hurting women. She has walked through drug addiction, alcoholism, emotional and mental abuse, and troubled relationships and has overcome the bondages of abortion. In 2005 she gave her heart to the Lord and she has never been the same. Today, she is a mother of 3, a Registered Nurse and serves as a vocalist on the worship team at Jubilee International Ministries. It is her prayer that through her testimony hearts and lives will be changed, souls saved and that she will be a voice for the voiceless. Her testimony is now available in her book True Freedom through Amazon, and will soon be available for digital download. She is also available to speak at women and youth groups, conferences or any special event. She can be reached on Facebook at True Freedom Ministries, or through email at firstname.lastname@example.org. A synopsis of Karen’s testimony is placed at the end of these encouraging words.
NEVER STOP SEEKING HIM
Have you ever had as season where everything in your life seemed to go very wrong all at once? And wondered, “God, where ARE you?” I certainly have, and very recently. For a year it seemed that everything that COULD go wrong, DID go wrong. I couldn’t understand why I couldn’t find a job – I’m a RN, so a job should never be an issue. The transmission went out in a vehicle I had just bought a week prior. When I finally got a job, I fell on the second day and tore a ligament in my hand that required surgery and 3 months of recovery. So again, I wasn’t working. As a single mom, I worried about how I was going to make it. I questioned God, “What are you doing? Where are you? I’m struggling here!”
Then, suddenly, within a week He turned everything around. I have an amazing job with incredible flexibility. He brought a man into my life who loves God, who has character and integrity, and treats me the way God intended for a man to treat a woman. I was really behind in all my bills because of not working for so long, but I received a settlement from workman’s comp that covered them all and then some. He was there the whole time, working to bring everything together. I look back now and I see how the pieces were being put together. But in those moments when things looked hopeless I couldn’t see Him moving on my behalf. And I almost gave up. I didn’t think I could go on for another day. I began to question the words that had been spoken over my life. But there was something in me that kept going. I HAD to seek Him. I had nothing else. I knew that without Him I wouldn’t be who I am today because of everything He has brought me out of. I was a broken woman, but He never gave up on me and He brought me out of addictions, out of depression, He removed guilt over abortions and placed a desire in my heart to minister to women who have walked through some of the same issues. So I knew He HAD to be here with me. I had to make a decision to continue to seek Him even when I didn’t think He was there. He will show Himself to us but it is up to us to seek Him out. His word says that when we seek Him we will find Him.
I have recently done some reading on Mary Magdalene. I wanted to know why Jesus chose to show Himself to her (Mark 16:9). Why HER? Why not one of the disciples? As I read I noticed a couple of things. We know that Jesus casted 7 demons out of her. I don’t think that this refers to “spinning heads and green vomit.” Demons can be any number of things. People say she was a prostitute. She could’ve had addictions. The Bible doesn’t make that clear. But, we know that 7 is the number of completion, so we can safely say that she was consumed in sin, much like us.
Maybe she WAS a prostitute. Maybe she wasn’t. But we DO know she, too, was a broken woman, with issues that she couldn’t break away from herself. She had to have Him. He was the only one who could save her from herself. And because of all that He had forgiven her for, all that He had set her free from, she had a deep love for Him. Then suddenly, He wasn’t there, He wasn’t where she expected to find Him. She went to the tomb, expecting to see his body. But when she arrived it was gone. She was devastated. She wondered where He could be. This man who loved her enough to set her free and make her whole was gone! And when she didn’t find Him in the place where she last saw Him she stayed there, and she refused to leave until she found Him, until she saw Him. Even when others walked away, she remained and she sought! When we seek Him, we WILL find Him.
Are you in a place where you can’t see Him? You know where He was last, but now He isn’t there? Maybe your life seems to be crumbling around you. Don’t stop seeking Him. Maybe it’s been a while since you’ve seen Him in your life. Go back to the place where you last saw Him and remain! Go back to that moment at the cross when you first met Him. I want to be so consumed with love for Him that I can’t do anything else until I see Him. I won’t go God! I won’t move from this place until I see you! I HAVE to have you, I HAVE to see you!
Persevere. Stand. Remain. Seek.
I was the oldest of 3 kids in a family that was very disconnected from each other. At the age of 18 I moved into my own place. I had been raised in church, been a singer from the age of 7, and knew right from wrong. But having not felt like I had fit into any of the cliques in high school I thought it was my time to do whatever it took to fit in. So I began making choices that I knew were wrong. I began to go out to clubs even though I was under age. I hung out with people who did not have my well being at heart. I disconnected from the church and from God. Before long I found my pregnant and alone, and at 18 years old I had my first abortion. From that point on my life spiraled out of control. At 21 years old, someone I knew raped me and at every opportunity I began to go to parties and use cocaine. At the age of 25 I was addicted to crack cocaine and found myself again at an abortion clinic. This time, the consequences of abortion became real. I hated who I had become. I wondered how I had gotten to that point in my life and wondered where God was in all that mess. Where was He when I got raped? Why didn’t He intervene when I was at the second abortion clinic and tried to get off the table? Where was He when I reached the point where I didn’t care if I lived or died? We all have times in our lives when we wonder where He is. And the truth is He never left. He is still where He always was, but we have to diligently and desperately seek after Him, and when we do we WILL find Him there waiting. For more of my testimony please follow the link to place an order for True Freedom.
If you would like to purchase Karen’s book True Freedom please click here: https://www.createspace.com/3598779