Regardless of life circumstances, Houston native Kayako Johnson has always managed to persevere. Like most Christians, she has endured some struggles but one thing she always knew, God was there through it all.
“When I think back I just remember walking with God and talking with Him like a friend would talk with you daily,” said Johnson. “I had the word of God in my heart and I am thankful for that.”
Photo Caption: Torrey Johnson, Kayako Johnson, Asa Johnson
Johnson reminiscence how she has seen the hand of the Lord move in her life, especially after losing her oldest son Marco. When she lost her son five years ago it was not easy, but she found peace. Prior to losing her son, Johnson’s grandmother died ,and the previous year she lost her father. Before the death of family members she was diagnosed with cancer and after all of that, her 16-year marriage ended in divorce. It was a tough six years.
“The Bible has a scripture that says to find the Lord early, and I am so glad I did. I already had his Word in my heart and faith in my words; trusting that God will perform His Will for my Life,” she expressed. “If it was the healing I needed, or the peace and provisions I needed during the death of my family members or facing a divorce….. God provided for it.”
Photo Caption: Rodnieric Marco Adams High School Basketball Team
A key thing to remember, added Johnson, is to shut everything else out where it is just you and the Lord. She admits every fight is different and you must know what weapon to use. In other words, you do not bring a knife to a gun fight.
“If you are fighting cancer you can’t use the same faith you used to fight a cold, that is the epitome of a knife to gun fight,” Johnson explained. “You have to go from faith to faith. In every fight you must find the Lord in it. You have to know that God is with you.”
From a previous interview she was asked, why does she think she was healed and some others were not?
Fellowshipping with the Holy Spirit and applying her faith to life situations helped the single mother understand that you cannot have everyone praying with and for you. A key thing she added is you have to respect the will of the person that you are believing God for healing.
“This is in respect to the question why someone you prayed for still died,” she said.
Because of her experiences Johnson plans on writing a book. She will share what God revealed to her when she was diagnosed with cancer. One reason the Lord said she had the disease, explained Johnson, was that she had bitterness in her heart.
“I didn’t know it, I was a walking time bomb,” she said. “After God ministered that to me I was able to forgive some people in my life that hurt me and I was able to relax and just let “LIFE” be. We have to stop trying to control everything.
Years after God told her about bitterness in her heart being a leading problem of developing sickness, Johnson inquired more and began to study how stress and bitterness promotes sickness in the body. Her book will touch on this as well. She said it is for people that do not believe holding on to un-forgiveness will affect your health.
With such an inspiring story, Johnson adds how she never has set out to inspire others. She believes when people seek a closer relationship with God, they will know his purpose he has for them. Being a strong believer in His Word, she would like people to let Jesus inspire them because she could stumble one day, and would not want others looking to her for inspiration.
“I would like for people to know that God is real (not to sound cliché ‘ish) but he is your creator. Therefore he knows everything that you need.”
Picture Caption: Marco Adams (standing), Kayako Johnson (seated left to right), Asa Johnson and Torrey Johnson.