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 “I had to learn the lesson that my timing is not God’s timing, and God knows everything.” Nancy Hunter

 

Episode 6: A Voice of Hope – Nancy Hunter

 
 
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Sometimes no matter how well we plan out our lives, things don’t go quite the way that we plan them. We plan and we save and we set everything up to go the way that we want it to go. We line our lives up so that things will go according to plan. And everything works out. Until it doesn’t.

Matt fell in love with water at an early age. He started wakeskating (think skateboarding, but on the water) and it wasn’t long until the sponsors came knocking at his door. He teamed up with Nike and Malibu Boats and before he knew it, he was thrust into the world of professional wakeskating, traveling the world and doing what he loved. All at the age of 15 years old.

There was a tugging at Matt’s heart, He couldn’t shake this sense that he was being called to the ministry, even though he felt supremely underqualified for a life of sharing the gospel. But sure enough, God spoke to him clearly through a friend and it wasn’t long before he was enrolled in school to study theology.

Matt was set to graduate and enter the world of full time ministry. He and his wife were ecstatic. The weekend before his final exams, though he had pretty much given up a career in wakeskating, he entered a pro tour contest to earn some extra money. Matt was the first rider out of the gate, and through a freak accident, found himself pulled at nearly 30 mph into the shoreline, which was lined with cinder block and rebar.

Matt cracked his skull in 16 places, had 13 screws and 3 plates put in his face, broke his jaw, crushed his hand, broke his tailbone, and had rebar go through his leg. Matt’s ministry career suffered its first setback. Over the next 8 months, Matt made a slow but full recovery and was struck at how, just like Paul says in 2 Corinthians, God’s power was truly made perfect in Matt’s weakness.

 It’s not that we were courageous or brave. We had fears and doubts. What was bigger than our fears or doubts was our trust.

About a year after his accident, Matt was asked to help with a ministry that taught inner city kids how to water ski, wakeboard, and wakeskate. The job came with a chance to not only teach what he loved, but to share his story and testimony, which seemed like a perfect fit.

Shortly after making his decision, he was helping at a local church in his area, trimming trees. Somehow, a power line arched to the metal bucket that he was standing in, sending 14,000 volts of electricity through Matt’s body.

“The power company told me, ‘At a minimum, this is the same as if we hooked you up to 6 electric chairs and flipped the switch. We’re not sure why you’re alive.”

Matt suffered 4th and 5th degree burns, melting most all of the skin off of his chest and arms, and going deep enough into his body to kill bone and muscle. Matt’s wife was working at the church at the time, and once the ambulance got there, they told her to say goodbye because they thought there was no way that anybody could possibly survive injuries like the ones Matt had sustained. He was rushed to surgery and though he was alive, he was in a coma.

There would  likely be brain damage, they’d have to take Matt’s arms, his kidneys would fail, and electrocution injuries almost always come with heart damage.  But God wasn’t done with Matt.

A few days later, Matt woke up and began to speak. His kidneys never failed, his heart was just fine, he kept his arms, and there was zero brain damage as a result of his injury. The injury that should have killed him. The doctors were amazed, but Matt wasn’t. The doctors told Matt that he’d be in the hospital for at least a year.

He was released in 3 months, and was even able to make it out of the hospital to be there for the birth of his first child, who his wife was carrying at the time of the accident. He’s undergone over 70 operations in the past few years. As he puts it, healing from injuries like these is a full time job.

Matt is now a highly sought after public speaker, telling his story to thousands of people. He is living proof that no matter how big your problems, or just how dark things seem, God is faithful to carry you through the hard times. God is bigger than your problems, and bigger than your disappointments. God will carry you through.

 

Episode 5: Miracles – Matt Manzari

 
 
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Laddie Calloway, deacon at First Baptist Orlando and founder at Dieago’s LLC, learned this when he faced sexual addiction. His reliance on God and his brothers in Christ is what ultimately led him to leave his life of sin, and begin living his life for Jesus. Laddie came to know the Lord personally, and now uses his past with sex and porn addiction to relate to and inspire others facing similar struggles.

Episode 4: Redemption After Addiction

 
 
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Addiction can take hold of anyone it does not discriminateTim Ryan of A Man in Recovery  knows the consequences of this disease firsthand. He has gotten clean, by the power of God, from the inside of a prison cell. He lost everything . . . but still found hope. He now tours the country sharing this hope with others.

Episode 3: Tim Ryan – Hope After Addiction

 
 
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Kristi Overton Johnson experienced many falls on the water but always had her father on the shores calling out to her “Hit it. You can do it, baby”. Just like her dad called out over the waves, our Heavenly Father wants to say the same to us whenever we face our own seas of despair. In Episode 2 Kristi explains the lessons of failure and victory and how she overcame the voices of defeat. She believes every one of us has a voice of truth and encouragement calling out over the waves.

Episode 2: Kristi Overton Johnson Story

 
 
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Kristi Overton Johnson spent over 20 years as a professional water skier and learned a lot of lessons during that time. She’s put those lessons to practical use with her ministry, Kristi Overton Johnson Ministries. In this inaugural episode of The Victorious Living Podcast, Kristi shares why she wanted to start a podcast, and what you can expect from each episode.

Episode 1: Introducing the Victorious Living Podcast

 
 
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From The Father

Receive My amazing love. It’s never ending, and it’s always available to you. I am always available to you. 
I love you. You, you!

From The Father

My precious child, I love you so much. I know life is hard, but don’t lose hope. I will lead and guide you through every trial. Come to Me and I will give rest to your weary soul.

From The Father

Keep your eyes upon Me, My child, and you will enjoy a deeper measure of My love, grace, and joy. Don’t focus on your circumstances. My Spirit in you is greater than any situation in your life.

From The Father

Together, my child, we will rise above your trial and your pain, for I have made you more than a conqueror. You are an overcomer in Me…today and every day of your life.

From The Father

What are you carrying, My child? Guilt? Shame? Anger? Fear? Place it all on My shoulders. Give it all to Me, and be free.

From The Father

My child, it’s time you realize that you are enough. You always have been. You are loved. I love you with an everlasting love.

From The Father

My child, step out from under the weight of your burdens. You weren’t meant to carry it. Unload it all and place it on My shoulders. They are strong. I will exchange your burdens for My strength, peace, power, provision, confidence, and ability.

From The Father

In Me, you have all you need to move forward. Be not afraid. I am here to uphold you and help you. Take My hand.

From The Father

My child, I have great plans for you, but you have to be willing to step into them. You have to be willing to step into unfamiliar and often uncomfortable territories. Don’t be afraid to fall or fail. Falling and failing can be part of the victory process.

From The Father

My child, do you ever feel like you aren’t where you are supposed to be? It’s okay. You can start moving toward a new place today. Everyone has to start somewhere, and sometime. Start now. Start right where you are. I’m with you each step of the way.

From The Father

Want to move forward, My child? Be faithful in the small things. Be full of integrity in everything you do and say. Do that, and I will move you to bigger things.

From The Father

I know your dreams, My child. I placed them in your heart. But dreams don’t just happen. You have to be willing to take steps toward them. You have to be willing to discipline yourself and fight for your dreams when necessary.

From The Father

You can’t please man and go with Me, My child. Sometimes people will reject and ridicule you. I know how you feel. Be willing to be different, perhaps even look ridiculous. I see every sacrifice you make.

From The Father

Are you ready to move forward? Take it step by step. Move, My child. Move with Me. Stay close and listen. Stay clean in your life. Be confident in who I am and who you are in Me. And, be strong and courageous. I am with you and will show you the way.

From The Father

Don’t ignore the wisdom of godly people, My child. I have placed them in your path. They will lead you to victory in truth, wisdom, and love. Be willing to listen to them. I lift up the humble.

From The Father

There is a battle for your life, My child. Satan desires to have you. Many times he has sent people and circumstances to cause confusion and shame, anger and fear. He wants you to hate yourself, to hate others, and to follow after the lust of the flesh. His greatest desire is that you feel you are not enough. But you are! In Me you are more than enough, and you have all you need.

From The Father

Receive more of My amazing love. It’s never ending and it’s always available to you. I’m always available to you. I love you. Yes, you!

From The Father

My child, you have been battling certain thoughts in your mind that are contrary to My thoughts for you. Soak in My Word and allow My promises to dismantle those lies and distractions. My Word will annihilate and destroy every tormenting thought.

From The Father

I know what answers you need, My child. I know what problems you face. I hear your cries…I have not forgotten you.

From The Father

The answer is always before you, My Child, but tormenting thoughts and doubts prevent you from hearing and seeing Me. My Word will bring clarity of mind, and your decision to praise Me, and worship Me in the midst of your pain and questions will release the answer.

From The Father

My child, I will put you in a place of honor. I will make your name great. You will not have to strive and make things happen. Let go of fear and pride. Trust Me. As you rest in Me and surrender your fears, hurts, and life to Me, you will be amazed. You will find peace, purpose, and worth… the very things you have been searching for your whole life.

From The Father

It’s time to get in My Word and learn who you are in Me, My child. Satan has caused you to question who I am and who you are in Me. That has brought you to a place of conflict and confusion. I will make you victorious as you set your eyes and heart on Me. I will open up the floodgates of Heaven right where you are.

From The Father

Know, My child, that you are precious in My sight. You are my treasured possession. One who I found worthy enough for Me to give up My life. While you were yet a sinner, I died for you.

From The Father

Find your worth and acceptance in Me, My child. Open your heart, eyes, and ears to me. Open your mouth, and I will fill you up. No longer will you be empty, frustrated, or in despair. You will be free and full of joy, complete, and content.

From The Father

Don’t worry about tomorrow. I have a plan for your life. Fruition of that plan starts the day you accept Me as Your Lord, not just your Savior. Surrender to Me, My child. Give Me all of you. I will always give you all of Me.

From The Father

My child, be not afraid or dismayed of the looks of people. Don’t worry about what people think. Live for Me. I am the One who will fulfill your every desire and give you more than you could ever hope for or imagine. I am the One who will never fail, forsake, or abandon you. I am the Giver of life and the Giver of all good things. Seek Me.

From The Father

Good things are in store for you, My child. I will use you to touch the world through your passions. Lay aside your plan. Don’t worry about how it will happen, or when. Right now, take the time to get close to Me. Seek Me for yourself.

From The Father

My child, in Me you will have a solid foundation on which you can stand. I will make your paths straight. I will move you forward. I will fight your battles. I will give you the victory.

From The Father

Keep your eyes on Me, My child, and your heart turned to and tuned into Me. You will be amazed at what I do in your life and through it. I have a plan for you and I will bring it to fruition. Just take one trust-filled, courageous step at a time. I am the God of the impossible!
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