The Wisperings of God
By Rev. Rosalynn Austin
Rev. Rosalynn Austin is a licensed minister with the UPCI. She is a veteran of the US Navy and holds a BS in Health Care Management. For over 12 years she has been a leader and trainer in the field of Homeland Security & Emergency Management. She and her husband, Cedric, also a licensed minister with the UPCI, are the blessed parents of two children. They attend, serve in and minster out of The Life Church of Kansas City, MO under Pastor Stan & Marlene Gleason. More about her can be found at www.everyday-hope.com .
My husband and I both obtained our Local Ministry License with the UPCI this year. I was humbled and in awe of God’s love and the community’s acceptance. It was my moment of affirmation. My heavenly father, my God had saw fit to call me in to this great group of fellow ministers. Me: A first generation Apostolic Pentecostal who’s uncut hair is shorter than my pinky finger, and at times shorter than the nail on that finger, a divorced and now remarried lady, an African American who despite moments of insecurities prayed and desired to do what my heart wept to do: Love and lead people to God.
Prior to my licensing and my moment of affirmation, God was developing me in the valley low through many midnights and many storms that sought to take me under. I had to be buried and buried I was. Some pits I was thrown in and some I threw myself in, but to God be the glory. Neither abuse, molestation, divorce, rape, sickness or disease will silence the word of God, nor diminish the power of His love. By the blood of Jesus and the sharing of my testimonies, I and others become an overcomer. (Rev 12:11)
My ministry training has been ongoing all my life. I am using what God has taught me in my life, His word and what I have learned serving in my local church. I am blessed that for over 12 years the same church I received the Holy Ghost in and was baptized at, First Apostolic Church (FAC), Milton FL, allowed me to grow in my calling through serving, ministry training and by support of FAC Pastor Larry E. Webb and Sis. Vicki Webb. That growth continued when our family moved to Missouri in 2008. Pastor Stan Gleason and Sis. Marlene Gleason of The Life Church of Kansas City, MO have been great teachers.
Even with their support I cried many nights in prayer longing for my David and Samuel moment to confirm what I already knew from the whisperings of God. It took me a while to get past the fact that humans often look on the outward appearance and God really does look on the heart. So my prayer changed to “God let my heart be after Your heart.” I have had the honor and privilege to preach out and serve in my local church and section. Each time an opportunity comes for me to minister, I am in awe that God would allow my lips to utter The Word and that God would trust me with the sheep and lambs. I never want to lose that.
Lord let Your spirit continually be upon me and within me, anoint me to preach the gospel to the poor; send me to heal the broken hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, restore sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised and to preach Your word. In Jesus’ name. Amen. (Luke 4:18)
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