No Longer a Victim but Victorious in Christ


Well, tonight, my favorite football team of all time- the Seattle Seahawks won!!!  Afterwards, the MVP Russell Wilson gave God glory for the victory…yep the seahawks overcame much to become the victor and the MVP managed to give God the victory.

You see, I overcame much in my life and I give God the glory for no longer allowing me to be a victim but a person victorious in Him…

After my divorce, I remember going home and sobbing my heart out and praying to Him after hearing a song “God is an Awesome God…I fell asleep and woke up knowing that God was in charge and that even if things did not go my way, He would still be there for me.  And, I need to returned to Him who I turned my back on while married to my ex as I was going down a dark path…possibly even death yet I was able to turn back…as God pulled me away from being a victim of abuse and a nasty divorce even as I lost my son during the custody hearing because of many factors which I will not discuss since it’s between God and my ex husband…God will be the final judge in this situation.

Even though it would take a bit more time, I finally began to return to Him as I involved myself at a local church, went to a counselor and developed some wonderful friendships at church and even work.   I’m still friends with many of these people today and have enjoyed their friendship and mentorship over the years.  Life would include being active in singles ministry, greeting, serving at banquets and other fun group events and surrendering myself to Jesus as I became not a victim but victorious in Jesus Christ.  We continue to give Him glory as we plan our next journey of ministering to people and hopefully speaking eventually of what God has done for us because we are victorious in Him.

Then I felt the desire to go back to school so I enrolled at Northwest and began my educational journey which has just one more year to complete as I currently pursue my master in ministry, which I plan to use my degree to help other victims.

Yet, even before I started that journey, I was a bit fearful and wondered if I could handle school and if God would provide for me to head back…so He played a practical joke on me by sending me on what I thought was a simple hike…not!  I won a contest to go rock climbing!  Me – rock climb?  I don’t like heights – after all I had a traumatic fall when I was a child…yet God would not let me remain a victim as I overcame my heights by literally walking off a really high cliff and going down with a thin rope and trusting someone to keep rope from sliding off cliff…that’s what God expects of us.  Life will get dangerous at times and bumpy yet as we face our fears, we must trust Him and let go of our victim mentality and become victorious in Him.

Then, I fell in love with a great man who taught me about faith as he faces his own medical crisis…we married over a year later and I moved to a new town and new home and new church.  It was hard to find a new church and get settled in as I met new people.  Yet even then God would not let me become a victim.

Now, my great husband and I live in an even newer town and we are meeting new people…the land around us is covered in a layer of snow and it’s, well, just beautiful…we may not fully understand why God brought us here.  Life has been a struggle since we moved here yet we are continuing to persevere and not being a victim of our circumstances.

After all Psalms 20:6 (NIV) reads:

Now this I know: The Lord gives victory to his anointed. He answers him from his heavenly sanctuary with the victorious power of his right hand.

and Psalms 45: 4 reads:

In your majesty ride forth victoriously in the cause of truth, humility and justice; let your right hand achieve awesome deeds.

So, are you still a victim of your circumstance’s or have you become victorious?  If you are still a victim, and even not, I’m praying for you…

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The Sun Still Shines and Kickin’ the Devil’s Butt


Years ago, I do not remember exactly what I was doing but I do remember walking out of my home after a dark storm and seeing a rainbow high above in the sky.

Then I was given the following word or thought:

The thunder rolled

Fear came over me

Reminding me that you were

Kickin’ the devil’s butt

Then, all will be at peace

As a rainbow appears

Reminding us of the victory

Even now, we are facing a dark fear as our savings have dwindled, credit cards are maxed (that we can’t pay now) and the dark clouds called worry about finances loom over our head.  Yet, we know God is the victor and He will work this out especially since we want to save our credit to do things for His glory.

Often, we all go through dark periods in our life.  We may wonder if there is hope or if we will be able to come out of the darkness.  Yet even as the darkness is overwhelming, we must also remember that God is in the midst of the dark storm as we are reminded that even as we living under the clouds of adversity, the Son is still shining (I read this somewhere a long time ago but I don’t have the reference).

Even now, we are facing other situations that make our future look cloudy yet even as we face this darkness, we must endure and remember that God is walking beside us and helping us through these dark clouds.  That we must keep believing in Him and know that He is our provide and our victor.

After all, Psalms 20 (NIV) reads:

May the Lord answer you when you are in distress;   may the name of the God of Jacob protect you.  May he send you help from the sanctuary  and grant you support from Zion.  May he remember all your sacrifices and accept your burnt offerings.[ May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.  May we shout for joy over your victory and lift up our banners in the name of our God.

May the Lord grant all your requests.

Now this I know: The Lord gives victory to his anointed. He answers him from his heavenly sanctuary with the victorious power of his right hand. Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. They are brought to their knees and fall, but we rise up and stand firm. Lord, give victory to the king!     Answer us when we call!

I know you’re probably asking – should we as God’s children be free from pain and darkness?  No, it rains on the just and the unjust.  Yet, even as we face these moments of an unsure future, I am glad I have Him at my side and kicking some devil butt and He will be the victor as He gives us peace, victory, and hope in troubling and uncertain times.

So what are you going through that seems dark and hopeless?  Are you scared about the future?  Whatever it is, I’m praying for you that you are able to seek God’s peace and put your trust in Him as He walks alongside you.

Birthday Wish_Our First Snowfall Here


Well, this last week, I celebrated another birthday (won’t tell you which one ) with one main wish – a white birthday.  I remember when I was five and we just moved to Prosser, WA during a snowstorm this time of the year so I’ve been wishing for one since.  I have had brief dustings over the years since I was five but nothing major so I wished very hard as I heard the forecast for the weekend…

Well, on Sunday, the day before my birthday, it lightly snowed and melted away.  A little disappointed and then on Tuesday, I woke up to everything covered in white.  It was the day after my birthday yet it felt as if it was a belated birthday present even if most of it was gone by noon.

Then, there was a test since we had to drive into Spokane during the storm to a doctor’s appointment.  I was worried about a major hill between our town and Spokane on the main freeway.  And, we do not have our snow tires on yet – which come on soon since we heard we could get a heavier than normal snowfall this year.  So, being brave and hoping for the best, we made our way into town with hardly any problems except a traffic jam as soon as we got off the freeway and then once we cleared that section, it was a smooth ride up to the doctor’s office except for the person walking down the middle of my lane!  Yikes!  Don’t people know that’s dangerous?  Yet, we made it to the doctor’s appointment and then had a smooth drive home afterwards with a few stops along the way.

Yes, I was disappointed when it melted yet I’m told it snows for Thanksgiving around here and then maybe for Christmas.  I’m hoping for both since I love snow!  I grew up in Eastern/Central Washington so I cherish the moments in snow.  At one point, I was a newspaper carrier and remember trampling through snow/forests on the way to customers and relishing the peaceful quietness of those moments before returning to the chaos of home with several siblings.  Or, trying to be brave as I tried to walk across the ice covering my grandparents’ lake…oh please, do not crack under my feet!  One year, it did with my poor brother who has survived many mishaps and is now the father of three lively boys!

Finally, snow reminds me of what Jesus did for us when He died on the cross.  He washed our sins away and made as white as snow when we accepted Him as our personal Savior according to the following verses:

Isaiah 1:18
“Come now, and let   us reason together,” says the Lord, “Though your sins are like scarlet, they   shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”

Psalm 51:7
Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

Though the earthly snow melts away, Jesus will continuously wash us clean from our sins like the snow that covered the land…

COMMENTS:

What does snow remind  you of?  Do you like it or are you one of those people who prefer no snow?

Storms and Strokes


Well, after I wrote about trials on Friday, I faced a trial of a different sort over the weekend…well, my husband and I did.

On Friday evening, as noted in my blog, I think he had a TIA – which, according to the National Stroke Organization, is a “transient ischemic attack (TIA) is an event, sometimes called a mini-stroke, with stroke symptoms that last less than 24 hours before disappearing. While TIAs generally do not cause permanent brain damage, they are a serious warning sign of stroke and should not be ignored!”

The symptoms on my husband disappeared within 10 minutes and we thought all was fine with a warning from me that if he had anymore episodes – where he lost his ability to speak intelligently – I would call 9-1-1 even though he does not like going to the hospital.

On Saturday, we woke and he felt fine so we went out and about by stocking up on groceries and other household chores like paying bills.

About an hour after we got home and had lunch, my husband started to feel funny so we sat down to relax and watch television.  Soon, he was relaxed and falling asleep.  Tired myself and no longer wanting to watch television, I handed him the remote but then he made a grunting noise.  Thinking he was just grumbling in his sleep, I walked away; however, he continued to grunt.  In the meantime, our cat was trying to get my attention as well so I turned back to him and noticed he was awake and making funny noises.

I went to him and could get him to sit up right or talk and after a bit, he finally managed to say 9-1-1 so I made the call.  They arrived and soon he was whisked away to the hospital.

Later that night, we discovered that he had two small strokes that affected his balance and speech.  By then, he was talking again but not with his full strength as they told us he would be staying for a few days.

The next couple days were a series of tests after they also discovered a couple of aneurysms as he continued to recover.  They did not find any lasting damage yet he will be monitored especially with the aneurysms for a  while.

In a way I am grateful for the little storms that I experienced because I was able to remain calm and somewhat focused on God even as fear struck me while waiting for the EMTS and then following the ambulance to the hospital.  If I had not gone through these little storms, I would probably have been weak and not able to withstand such a powerful storm.

After all, according to Psalms 18:1-3 (KJV):

“I will love thee, O Lord, my strength.  The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.   I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised…”

So, remember to stand strong even in the face of storms and let God hold your hand as you walk through the storms of life and guide you.

Finally, do you know how to recognize if someone is having a stroke?  Do you know what to do?  For more information, please learn the signs and check out the information found at www.stroke.org.  Above all, pray with boldness as you face a storm like a stroke or any other storms in life because He is your strength and He will give you refuge during a storm.

Where the deer roam…


Well, I have discovered that we are definitely in the country from the deer that cross my path as I drove up to our apartments, the town wide yard sale in a very small town, and the only drive in restaurant within 20 miles of the yard sale town…

So how did I make these discoveries?  Well, I needed a new bed so we ordered one and it was delivered yesterday.  Before delivery, I had to get rid of the one I have been sleeping on for several months now.  Well, it was more of a convertible sofa and my back never appreciated sleeping on it.

After donating bed to goodwill, I made my way to a town about 20 miles away called Reardon which was holding a yard sale.  Much to my amazement, I discovered there was at least 2 yard sales on every block of this small town so there was a lot of parking and walking from yard sale to yard sale.  Many things but nothing I needed within my price range until I stopped at a few houses and some discovered some exciting treasures.

The treasures included a TV stand, a baker’s rack, 3 glass canisters for my staples like rice, beans, and ???, and two golden lamps.  What a find and I for once was able to bargain deals with people as I bundled and saved.

Though I somehow managed to pay $5 for a .50 bottle of water.  These little kids were selling water and all I had was a 5 so I handed it to them.  I tried to tell them to just keep a dollar but they misunderstood and thought I meant the whole bill!  Lo and behold they were excited as they talked to their parents about the money!  Hoping they are blessed with it and can find a new treasure that they seek.

Finally tired and hungry, I headed to the local drive-in called Dean’s Drive IN and ordered a couple of cheeseburgers and fries for hubby and I.  Thirty minutes later, I was still waiting until at last, I received my order.  Being the only “fast” restaurant in at least 20 miles and with a town wide yard sale, they were quite busy…

With food in hand, I headed for home and pull into my street to discover one deer crossing the road and then lo and behold…two more deer ready to cross so I stopped and let them cross.  As I parked my vehicle, another one appeared and were roaming the grass around my building just as a truck drove by and off they went.  What beauty to see them dashing for safety as they crossed the road once again.

As I sat and watched them, I realized we are definitely in the country…

What treasures have you found on your journey?  Or even amazing discoveries that highlight God’s creation?

Finally, remember that even though you seek earthly treasures, remember, we must be like the deer who thirst after water as we long for God as we seek His wisdom and knowledge (Psalms 42:1 New International Version).

Please feel free to comment.

Which direction are you going?


Since I want to make sure everything goes smoothly, I have a personality type that likes to plan, organize, and analyze different angles on the steps we need to take to get to southern Nevada.

To stick with my personality type, the last couple of days, I have started mapping out the direction we will take on the great move so we can plan for hotel stays and the correct roads to take since I’ll be leading the caravan of minivan and moving truck.  My wonderful dad will be driving the truck so since he just turned 70, I want to make sure it won’t be too hard on him and my mother, his truck companion.

Yeah, our plans may get off track with the unexpected; however, we will need to keep God in these plans as He helps direct us back to the right track.

Yeah, if you’re like me, you’re afraid that if you go in the “wrong” direction, you’ll never recover.  After all, not every way is easy and yet there will be difficult ways as well which is why we are praying for the right direction on this journey.

Yeah, we may get several tips and may hear different voices telling us which direction to go so we’re consulting the experts like our friend who has been down that way quite a bit in the last 20 some years.

Therefore, when you get many voices telling you what to do, you usually  listen to advice from the person who knows more about the topic or the one who wants the best for you.

The voice that wants the best for you is God; after all, Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) reads:  “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

With this promise in mind, we are listening to that voice who knows the plans even as I carefully map out the directions and plan for the great move.

After all, according to Psalms 19:7-9 (MSG):

The revelation of God is whole

    and pulls our lives together.

The signposts of God are clear

    and point out the right road.

The life-maps of God are right,

    showing the way to joy.

The directions of God are plain

    and easy on the eyes.

God’s reputation is twenty-four-carat gold,

    with a lifetime guarantee.

The decisions of God are accurate

    down to the nth degree.

I am learning in my latest class, that it is drawing close to God and knowing Him in order to discern His voice from the other voices.

After all, according to Psalms 25:9-10 (NIV):

He guides the humble in what is right

    and teaches them his way.

All the ways of the Lord are loving and faithful

    toward those who keep the demands of his covenant.

What voice are you listening to?  Do you know how to discern the voice of God from all the others?  Which map are you reading as you plan out your life?  Who are you letting guide your steps?

Please feel free to comment with what you think.