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2017 ~”Victory”

The Hebrew meaning of the number seventeen is “victory.”  This is why I chose this day, January 17, 2017 to pray for ALL my past and present clients.  This morning in the wee hours I went through my entire list of clients…whew! and prayed these verses over them.  As I went through your faces and your stories I became quite overwhelmed.  Thinking of the amount of evil so many of you have had to overcome, I was awe-struck that God promises to be victorious in the midst of all of your battles.  I had a tiny glimpse of the pain and grief Jesus felt as He looked out over Jerusalem and “wept as a mother hen for her chicks.”

I prayed the following Truths over each and every one of you.  I cried for you.  I rejoiced for you…for the victories you’ve experienced in spite of the hand life dealt you.  Know that today you were prayed for and today your life was celebrated by at least one person with skin on.  Go and be victorious today and the rest of the year.  You are loved.

He is faithful and be anxious for nothing.

“His compassions never fail.  They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Lam 3:22-23

“The Lord is faithful; He will make you strong and guard you from the evil one.”   2Thessalonians 3:3

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”  Philippians 4:6






Since September 2015 my life has been a roller coaster of change.  Not to bore you with the blow by blow details, but the bottom-line is that last fall my home and ministry moved from a quiet little mountain town southwest of Denver, Colorado to the beautiful green countryside near Nashville, Tennessee.

Not sure if any of you have ever picked up and moved across the United States.  It is not anything I would recommend if you are faint at heart.  Imagine handling every little piece, every box, every drawer, every shelf, every closet in your entire house.  After touching that item you have one of four decisions:

1). Is it important enough to put it in the 10 x 12 pod?

2). Should I “re-home” it at a very reduced price via the online garage sale?

3). Is it valuable enough to take it to the local goodwill?

4). Does it just need to be shared with the Waste Management folks?

Once here in Tennessee I began the process of finding all the new places that would be part of my daily routine like groceries and gas and such.  Then there was the Driver’s License and Car Registration ordeal.  It actually took three trips to the Car Registration office to get that done.  It has literally taken my husband and I an entire year to feel “settled” in to our new life here in Tennessee.

Change is always hard for me.  I’ve never liked change.  This is why God has to make it VERY CLEAR to me when it is time to move on.  Otherwise, I will hang around until the last dog dies and there is no air to breathe.

The one verse that got me through the entire ordeal was Colossians 1:17.  “And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.”  I just kept repeating to myself, “He is before all things that touch me.”  This gave me so much comfort to know that letting go of my Colorado life was something God already had gone before me in.  It was no surprise to Him.  He went to Tennessee and prepared a place for me before I even knew the plan.  He held me together through all the transition.

Looking back, I am amazed…as Paul would say, “sorely amazed” at what a good job God did in preparing my new ministry home in Tennessee.  It truly was “more than I could ask or imagine.” Ephesians 3:20 came to life and I’m living in it today.  He has truly done “more than I ever asked or could have dreamed of.”

It seems trite to say, but “God is good.”  God truly is good all the time.