Thursday, June 18, 2015

Victory in Jesus

            Stress-wise, the last month or so has been rough.  I was working more than normal and I only had about two days to myself during the last month.  Every other day was spent at work, at church, or out shopping; not that I consider the latter two items to be strenuous, but as an introvert, I still need “me” time alone at home.  When I don’t have enough time to recoup and revive my energy, I don’t feel like doing much of anything, including writing.  I was having a particularly bad day at work yesterday, but all the burdens and anxiety were instantly wiped away the moment I walked into church last night. 

As I walked into the sanctuary, my eyes immediately found my dear friend Lauren, and sitting in her lap was her daughter Victoria.  If you have not seen my other posts about Tori, you can find them here: Prayer and Encouraging Updates.  I knew that she was due to come home that day, but I was not sure on the time or if she would be able to come to church, but there she was, the sweet, little miracle girl!  She still has to be on oxygen and a feeding tube at night, but she was walking and laughing, and even singing with her dad.  This little girl who was on an ECMO machine for too long and the doctors didn’t think she would make it was sitting with her family at church again!  There truly was victory for Victoria!  The trials of my day were dissolved and forgotten when I got to see this living, breathing miracle in front of me.  It was encouraging for those of us from my church who did not get a chance to visit her in the hospital to finally get to see her after nearly four months.

Photo from Pray for Tori and Sam Facebook page
 
This post was practically writing itself every time Tori turned around and smiled, and I’m glad to finally have inspiration and another day to myself again.  I said in my last post that I had hoped to get back on a normal work schedule last week, but I still felt strained.  Now, things are getting back to the normal level of stress and routine that I have grown accustomed to, so I’m hoping to get back on track with weekly blog posts.  I know not everyone can find such a victorious answer to prayer in their lives, especially not on a regular basis.  Sometimes we have to look to the little things, the whispers of encouragement that God provides through nature, a kind word, or a Bible verse.  I’m speaking to myself when I say that it is much better when we look for the positives in life instead of allowing the negatives to drag us down, and by the end of the day, we can feel much more inspired and motivated if we just shift our focus.

7 comments:

  1. So neat to hear that Victoria was able to be home and in church; I'm sure it brought a little tear to your eyes as you were reminded of God's healing grace.

    betty

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    1. Yes, there were not many dry eyes that evening.

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  2. What a blessing! Glad Tori is home now. God knows how to perform miracles. Sounds like he worked one on you last night.

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    1. I think you might be right, Alex :)

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  3. How right you are! There is plenty to drag us down if we allow that to happen. Positive thinking is in our control and it can do wonders through God's help.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Road trippin' with A to Z
    Tossing It Out

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    1. It is amazing how our outlook on life can turn around if we ask God to help us change our thoughts.

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  4. Hello Elizabeth. So good to know you through your prifile on the blogger and the blog post. I am so glad to stop by your blog post and be blessed after reading a story about Victoria a little girl a miracle child. The Lord is a miracle working God and it is so pleasing, spirit lifting to hear such stories. I was more blessed to read that the trials of your day were resolved and disolved. I always tell my church people that we do not come to be blessed to the church but we also blessed others through our lives and testimonies. Well let me introduce my self to you. I am from Mumbai, India and have been in the Pastoral ministry for last 37yrs in this great city of Mumbai a city with great contrast where richest of rich and the poorest of poor live. We also encourage young and the adults f rom the west to come to Mumbai to work with us during their vacation time. we would love to have you come to Mumbai with your friends to work with us during your vacation time. I am sure you will have a life changing experience. God willing I will be coming to the States in the month of AUGUST and will be so glad to meet you and also share with other youth of your church about the opportunity they can have to come to Mumbai on a short/ long term missions trip. My email id is: dhwankhede(at)gmail(dot0com and my name is Diwakar Wankihede. Looking forward to hear from you very soon. God's richest blessings on you.

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