Victory in the valley

 

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By Veronica Scurry

It’s hard to believe that we’re starting the month of October already. Time definitely holds still for no one. While time has been moving at the speed of light, these past couple of months, to me, has felt like I was hanging on a flag pole trying not to lose my grip in a whirlwind of issues. From starting homeschool with my girls to my husband beginning school and other home affairs, I felt overwhelmed at times. I began to get discouraged because my to do list turned into one of those sparkling trick candles that never blow out no matter how many times or how hard you blow. Not really, but it felt like it.

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One day while I was having a solo pity party, I wondered why God had placed me in this position of being a homeschool stay at home mom and wife. Yes, I know, many women would love to be a stay at home mom and wife and I do too. However, I thought about the bills that piled high, my struggling learners that clearly understood my husband’s schoolwork explanations better than mine, and the puzzling question of who am I really in all of this.

Why did I have to be home when they obviously understand dad better? Why can’t I get a job too so I can help with the burden? What part am I really contributing to your Kingdom by being home all the time, Lord? Why? Why? Why? I was walking through an internal valley of uncertainty and questions. Not fully understanding the Lord’s purpose and still asking my many questions, the Lord led me to read Judges 7 about Gideon. I’ve heard the story many times over about how God made Gideon’s army smaller so that God would get all the glory once the battle was over but what stood out to me was Judges 7:8-9 (NLT) where it says, “…The Midianite camp was in the valley just below Gideon. That night the Lord said, “Get up! Go down into the Midianite camp, for I have given you victory over them!

I never noticed it before but the Midianite’s army was in the valley. Gideon had one of his greatest battles while in the valley. Not only did Gideon and his army not have to fight this battle, The Lord caused the enemy that plagued him and the children of Israel to end up fighting among their own army. Wow! I felt like I was walking in a valley. I allowed the enemy of my soul to plague me with worry and didn’t even realize it. Questions, doubt, fear, etc. had gripped my heart and caused me to look at my circumstances rather than the controller of my circumstances. I struggled to remember who really has everything under control.

After reading about Gideon it encouraged me because God didn’t just tell Gideon to go down in the valley to the Midianite camp, He also told him that He had given him the victory over them. How encouraging is it to know that even when the enemy plagues us and in our own personal struggles to trust, God has everything in His control and He has already given us the victory in the valley! We can rest assured that our walk with Jesus will be well worth it in the end!

VeronicaScurry Veronica Scurry is a Prophetess, Worship Leader, and Women’s Ministry Coordinator. She has served in ministry for 14 years. As a speaker, Veronica is a woman who delivers the word of God with transparency, personal conviction, passion, and authority. She has a strong desire to see everyone walk in the ways of Christ, not only with their mouth but with their heart. Therefore, she prays that her ministry not only reaches the ears of those listening but that it penetrates their hearts to bring about true repentance and freedom through a real relationship with Jesus Christ. Veronica lives in Sanford, Florida with her husband and two daughters. She is a full-time homeschool mom and entrepreneur. Her passions are spending time with family, singing, learning to DIY, and cake decorating. You can reach Veronica via email at vscurry@sanctuaryhope.org.

 

5 Responses to Victory in the valley

  1. I appreciate your transparency Veronica! Glad God reminded you of how He gave Gideon victory! I, too, was a young homeschool mom MANY years ago and remember having some of the same thoughts and struggles that you mentioned. God WILL help you through this and WILL give you victory if you just keep keeping on for Him! May God continue to bless in all areas of your life is my prayer!

  2. I love how you were encouraged through Scripture. The true stories in the Bible are to teach us and help us to grow in our faith. I can’t tell you how many times I read my Bible and find a new piece of wisdom even though I’d read it before. Isn’t our God so good? Thank you for sharing with us.

    Blessings and love,
    Debbie

  3. I’m also encouraged about the Gideon story and claiming victory. I hate it how the enemy tries to weave his way into our day, but you gave him a good blow! Blessings to you and your family.

  4. I love that God is always with us…on the mountain, in the valley, in between! That gives me confidence to ignore the “flaming darts” of the enemy and stand firm on God’s promise of victory!

  5. Veronica, the insight you gained from Gideon’s battle and your personal experience is powerful. I so appreciate how God speaks to us right were we are. Encouraged by your words. Blessings.

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