Karen's Personal Testimony

As I reflect back on the things the Lord has carried me through I stand in awe. I was very ill. Unable to do much of anything, but God reached down.

The days were long as I looked out the windows of my house wishing I could do more. My strength was gone, my breath short, my hope diminishing. The doctors had told me I would only get worse. My husband was looking into relocating us to a different part of the country in hopes that the new environment would help. I didn't want to go and leave my home, my family. But if we didn't go I would only get worse to the point of being totally handicapped by the environment around me. I had developed a high sensitivity to the environment and it had caused me to have chronic asthma. Each day was a challenge as I would go through the procedures to do just simply everyday things. To get out of bed took an emergency inhalant, then to sit for a few minutes to gain strength to climb in the shower. By the time I was finished with my shower I wished I could go back to bed from the exhaustion but the day must go on and there was my family to care for.

After everyone was gone I would collapse on the couch and sleep for a time to regain strength.

My prayers were "Father, please heal me so I can serve you". But there didn't seem to be any change. Then an evangelist came to our church.

The meetings were late and I didn't want to go but God told me to go. I argued, "I was too weak at the end of the day, what if someone is wearing perfume I would have to leave", I argued until I realized that it didn't make any difference, He was going to win because He wouldn't let me sleep any ways. I made an agreement with God that if He kept me in strength I would go every night.

God did His part. I would be so weak but when it was time to leave for the meetings a burst of energy would come. So I did my part and went. Something began to happen. I fell in love with My Jesus. My prayer changed. Instead of heal me oh Lord so I can serve you it because I will serve you even if it is only praying everyday from my couch.

On February 22, 1998, while at the meeting the evangelist called everyone up who had any respiratory problems; among other things. The Lord told me to go up. It took every bit of energy I had left to walk to the front of the church. I waited for the evangelist to go down the line and pray for each of us. Instead he said some little thing like be healed and sent us by to our seats. I was so disappointed I wanted to cry; but I had done what I knew the Lord said to do so slowly walked back to my seat and sat down to catch my breath.

The next morning I woke to find I didn't need my inhalant. This happened on a very rare occasion so I continued on. As the day progress I got many things accomplished. By noon I realized I had not used any medications. I had gotten so busy doing various things that I hadn't realized the energy I seemed to have and that I wasn't needing my medicines. I have never taken any since. The Lord completely healed me.

Before my healing I could not be around fragrances. During Christmas time a Christian Bookstore had brought in Frankincense and Myrrh to sell. I asked my husband to take me there to buy something special. I walked into the store and immediately had a serious asthma attack. Six months later I still could not go into that store because of the lingering of the Frankincense even though you could not actually smell it anymore. Today I make Frankincense and Myrrh anointing oil along with other types of anointing oil and Frankincense Incense along with other types of Incense. My house smells of the various oils and incense.

The Incense of the Bible is for the purpose of worship. The Lord refers to our worship as "sweet incense" in His nostrils. The Incense of Exodus 30 tells us that the incense is forevermore. This means they were to never end.

Many people of today feel the incense are of the occults, Buddhist, or New Age movements. In the scriptures we see many places where the Lord is brought to great anger when the incense is used by the idol worshipers which are what these people are. The Lord refers to the incense as Holy. Even the idol Dagar fell on his face in the temple when the incense was burned.

The Lord first brought me into using the anointing oil. Then He told me to make the incense. During the time of research I decided to burn the Frankincense during my intimate times with the Lord. I asked others to do the same and report back to me how they liked the incense. In my own experience, the times with the Lord went into deep deep intercession, revelations that I found later confirmed out with His word, and visions that I found later confirmed in His word. The others that I had given the incense to also found the same type of thing happening to them.

We also found that the environment in our houses was changing, each of us in a different way, according to the desire of the Lord. My house has become a place of sanctuary, peace, and ministry.

Karen Fletcher