Category: Testimony

In Loving Memory of Rayfield Richardson Sr.

On the morning of August 1, 2016 our father, Rayfield Richardson Sr. was found to be unresponsive and was rushed to the emergency room. Daddy passed away around 11am due to a pulmonary embolism.

Our father was a faithful servant and man of God. Although he had physical limitations and was deemed disabled, he had a great love for cars, and worked part time as a mechanic. Daddy graciously accepted whatever payment his clients were able to offer in exchange for the work that he did for them. He expressed that it wasn’t about the money, but that he just appreciated being able to help people out. We love our daddy for his heart to serve people, and will continue to carry that legacy.

Among many, he leaves to cherish his memory: his wife of 26 years, Latonja Richardson, his two children, Erica Anderson Thomas, Rayfield Richardson Jr, and one “grandbaby” (as he affectionately called her) Miss Brooklyyn Thomas.

We would like to thank our family and friends who have been praying for and encouraging us as we are a pulling through. We know that daddy is in a better place, and we will meet again.

With Love,

Erica and Rayfield Jr.

 

Window of Heaven

Window of Heaven

 

It was on my heart this morning to share my journey with the Lord  when it comes to the subject of tithing. 

Yeah. I know. It’s a controversial issue across religious sectors. But it’s not so controversial to me. Do you want to know why?

Because I have seen what happens when you trust God with your tithe. 

Notice I did say TRUST GOD. 

Not your church. Not your Ushers. Not your Pastor. Trust God. 

 The bible tells us in Malachi 3:10:

Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it. 

I’m not concerned with it being “an old testament principle. The words “test me in this” just  resonates with me. In 2006, I decided I wanted to start tithing. It wasn’t easy at first. It felt like I was just paying another bill, because 10% felt like a lot to give up. But in my heart I just felt encouraged to do so. As far as I was concerned, it wasn’t just about receiving blessings. I honestly wanted to see just what God was going to do if I made the commitment to tithe. 

Over the years I felt the Lord leading me to try different things. My favorite example is when he encouraged me to tithe on the salary I wanted to make. Oh, this was certainly a stretch! This resulted in a test to pay nearly 20% ABOVE my actual tithe. 

But I did it. And God not only matched what I was believing him for, but he gave me more than what I was believing him for. It was simply amazing how it all happened. It was a package deal that reminds me of Amos 9:13. I was overtaken by what God had for me, for trusting him and being faithful. 

Now, clearly, my testimony is mine. What God has in store for you, is for YOU. I don’t get caught up in debating on paying 10% on gross pay versus net pay. That’s between you and God. 

But I’m here to share with you that God is faithful and will  blow your mind when you trust him. Your life, not just your finances will be blessed when you trust God with your tithe. I am blessed to have very good health and a sound mind, among other things. 

I encourage you to “test God”…after all, he implores you to in the text. I would love to see your testimonies roll in! Send them to akingdomhelper@yahoo.com. 

Be blessed! 

Testimony: Deliverance

(Original testimony shared 4/6/2015 via Facebook)

Yesterday, as I was scrolling through FB, I came across a post from a friend, Travaris Moorman, regarding a pink Ouija board for kids. In his post, Travaris was sharing a message that although it was a toy geared towards children, it was much more than a toy, and not innocent, as it was being portrayed.

 I wasn’t surprised at all, but I responded to his status with my one and only experience with playing that game. As I was typing out the word “delivered”, God instantly gave me revelation on why I dealt with the spirit of lust throughout my life. I dropped to my knees, and I received total freedom from the bondage of a stronghold I’ve dealt with since I was nine. 

Yes. You read that correctly. 

When I was nine years old, a family member bought a Ouija board. We looked over the instructions, and proceeded to “play” this game. Little did I know what was really happening as we put our fingers, one at a time over the playing piece. At one point, as the other person hovered their fingers over the playing piece, it started to shift across the board. This was the point where we realized this thing was something serious, and we put the game away. 

Whatever happened during that game is very clear to me today. Not only did this person start to touch me inappropriately soon after, but it escalated to full molestation on several occasions. 

It has taken a very long time for me to come to terms with how those moments in my life shaped and molded my self esteem. For years, I felt like nothing more than an object for the pleasure of those who decided to “have” me. During my Junior year of high school, I was so confused about my sexuality that I even started to claim to be an atheist, and decided that I was bisexual. Crazy, huh??

But God! I am so glad to serve a loving, forgiving and merciful God. Not only did He show me who I am in Him, He released me from the bondage of the stronghold that was created when I played that game, and  He delivered me from the spirit of lust. How do I know? I don’t deal with the lustful thoughts that just seem to come out of nowhere at the most random times. I don’t have an unhealthy desire for attention from any earthly person…God has validated me. I don’t struggle with forgiving that family member. They were just a vessel used by the enemy, and they need healing and deliverance too. I don’t believe for one minute that they wanted to do any of the things they did to me. I know that they were driven by the spirit that was conjured when we played that game. The same spirit that moved the piece across that board, confirming its presence. 

The Ouija board is a medium, used by the enemy to bring and impart demonic spirits and forces into your life. You should not, under any circumstances, subject yourself to it. 

If you are a person who has dealt with lust, being molested, touched inappropriately, or were the aggressor, you have to speak out about it. I know it’s not easy, and it oftentimes destroys families, because no one wants to believe the aggressor was capable of doing such horrendous things, or the victim “had to do something” to trigger it. That’s all bull crap. NO ONE deserves to be touched inappropriately. This is a very serious thing, and we have to be bold enough to stand up and speak out about it.

Testimony: Inspired to keep pushing

(Original testimony shared 2/10/15 via Facebook)

It has taken me a whole day to get myself together to share this. Someone walked up to me yesterday and took me by surprise.

“I just had to let you know, I got baptized this weekend.”

I threw my arms around her, tears falling down my face. “Congratulations!!” I exclaimed. I had been praying for this person, but what they said to me next blew my mind:

“Six months ago to the day, I tried to take my own life. But I was encouraged by the way you stick to your faith, and how you always told me to trust God. I get it now. I really get it now. I feel the difference…”

There is nothing in this world like when someone tells you that seeing you walk with God inspired them to keep pushing. I’m still overwhelmed, to say the least.

Don’t give up on praying for people. You never know when that moment might happen for them. Somebody’s salvation is dependent upon your obedience. Don’t be distracted. 

Testimony – Reaching to others

Sunday, as my daughter and I were walking through the Six Flags parking lot, I noticed a woman sitting between some cars. As I kept walking, something told me to go see about her. I went back and asked her if she was ok. She was almost in a kneeling position, her face buried in her hands. She looked up at me and her face was soaked with tears.

“No, I’m not ok. Well I’m ok, but my body just isn’t in a position to stay out here.”

The temperatures were fairly high Sunday, so I could understand why, as she was probably in her mid to late forties.

I felt a familiar feeling well up inside of me, and I asked her if I could pray with her.

“Of course you can. I need it.”

My daughter stood next to the woman, with her arm outstretched towards her. As I started to pray, she calmed down. By the time I was done praying I felt such a peace around us. It was crazy and amazing all at the same time. I knelt beside her and looked the woman square in the eyes and said, “Although I just prayed for you, it’s very important that you actually believe. Your faith is what heals you. The words I prayed mean nothing if you don’t believe it.”

She looked at me and said, “I know the Lord is real. I know He is with me. I believe.”

As I walked away, some people who were with her, but on the opposite side of the car looked at me like I was from another planet. Oh, how dare I open my mouth to pray? With a person I never met? How dare I close my eyes in the middle of a parking lot without knowing the danger that could occur?

I serve a God who won’t lead me where His protection doesn’t reside.

We didn’t end up at Six Flags just to have fun. God led us there because He had an assignment for us. It was a beautiful moment, that yet took place on Mother’s Day, I’m grateful for the opportunity to teach my daughter a part of what Outreach is.

Testimony – Still Standing on a promise

This is for those who think because I’m always “happy” and “smiling” that my life must be a piece of cake all the time. There is a cost for this smile.

Today, I wanted to visit my mother. Those who know her, know you have to call her to make sure she’s in “rare form” for a good visit. I didn’t call until after I got to her house and found that there was no answer when I rang the doorbell. When she picked up the call, I could tell by her voice that she had been drinking….heavily. She asked if I could pick her up from “down the street.” I honored her request, and drove to the Texaco to pick her up.

She was sitting on a cinder block, downing a can of Bud Light. Yep, out in the open. Buckin’ the system as we would call it. On the side of the store were several men shooting dice.

What the hell?? Now, it’s no surprise to me that this is what was happening. But I was still mad, because I know where this path will lead her.

She struggled to get up from the cinder block. One of the guys stood nearby, and didn’t lift a finger til I gave him a word…

Once she was up and into the car, I respectfully gave her a piece of my mind. My daughter and my cousin, both, young girls, were sitting in the back seat. Once I dropped her off, We all cried. It was such a difficult thing to see and experience, but what I did was remind those girls to always appreciate the fact that they have their mother. There is nothing in this world like a girl who didn’t bond with her mother, or a boy who didn’t bond with their father. I know that struggle all too well. The struggle was real until God surrounded me with more women to pour into me than I can name.

On the other hand, the Lord spoke to me a few years ago and told me that He is going to deliver my mother. I heard Him clearly when He said it.

I am a woman of faith, and I believe God when He speaks to me. I have a lot of testimonies that have come to pass. I’m still waiting for this one. I know that if God said it, He will do it.

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