Monday, July 31, 2006

Releasing the Fragrance (Part 1)

Releasing the Fragrance (Part 1)

Today as Women we come into contact with all kinds of fragrances/aromas in our lives. From food, to cleaning agents, to perfumes, lotions and candles we are bombarded with fragrances. On TV alone fragrances are being sold to us as solutions to all kinds of problems or to gain things in our lives ~ money, respect and relationships.

Did you know that the Bible is full of references to fragrances? The terms smells, aromas, oils and incense are just a few of the words that we find through out scripture. Let's look at what the Bible tells us about fragrances.

1. Fragrances were used to worship God. In Genesis 8:20, 21 we are told that the smoke of animal sacrifices were an "odor of sweet smell" to God. Incense was burned in the tabernacle and the temple (Ex. 30) to cover the stench of sin when God's people approached Him.

2. Fragrances were a way to make atonement for our sins. In Lev. 16:12,13; and Numbers 16:46 and 47 we are told how the releasing of incense would keep God's wrath from visiting upon the sins of the children of Israel.

3. In the Song of Solomon, especially in Chapter 4, spices, oils and fragrances were a full demonstration of pure Love.

4. Spices and Incense trade was a major economic source. It represented wealth (2 Kings 20:13) and status, and was used regularly as precious gifts.

5. Fragrances were also a known source of healing. Throughout scripture we are told of the different oils that were used for specific medicinal and therapeutic purposes. That's why James 5:14 and Mark 6:13 talk about using healing oils when praying over someone for healing.

What fascinates me about all this is that through the use of fragrances in scriptures we are being pointed directly to Christ. "Christ has given himself for as an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling savor" Eph. 5:2.

See: 1. Because of Christ and through Christ we can fully Worship God.
2. He makes full atonement for us before God.
3. Christ represents a pure love relationship
4. Christ is the ultimate Gift and brings us much "wealth".
5. Christ heals us physically, emotionally and spiritually.

Next time you put on perfume, light a candle, or smell the flowers ~ remember Christ and all He does for YOU!


Friday, July 28, 2006

With my whole heart

"I entreated Your favor with my whole heart; be merciful to me according to Your word." Psalm 119:58

"With my whole heart." Frequently when I see that phrase...with my whole heart... I try to imagine what it looks like to do something with my whole heart. The first great commandment is: "And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.' This is the first commandment." Mark 12:30 Oh, I yearn for the day when I will genuinely love the Lord my God with ALL my heart. My best efforts are feeble at best and my heart is often divided between loving God and loving myself, of which I am not proud, but realistic.
Permit me a stroll down memory lane for a moment, as I recall visiting in the home of a wonderful, godly woman I consider my mentor - Joann. I distinctly remember being in her bathroom when my eyes fell upon an open Bible resting on the side of the tub - It was open to Psalm 86; "Teach me your way, O LORD, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name."(vs.11) NIV "Yes, Yes" my heart shouted. "I want that undivided heart." It is interesting to me that so many years later, I still remember that moment, that verse. I have been reminded of it often.
"I entreated Your favor with my whole heart," (NKJV) "I have sought your face with all my heart;" (NIV) "I beg you from the bottom of my heart:" (The Message).

Oh, Lord, give me an undivided heart that I may love you with all my heart soul, mind, and strength.


Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Releasing the Fragrance (Part 2)

Releasing the Fragrance (Part 2)

"For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. To the one we are the smell of death; to the other, the fragrance of life. And who is equal to such a task?" 2 Cor. 2: 15-16

This analogy was used by Paul to the Corinthians because it gave them a vivid picture of how as Christians we are to make sure people can "smell" Christ in us. You see this verse refers to the Romans and how after a victory they would march through Rome in a victory parade (think of our Ticker Tape Parades in NYC). The entire city would show up, incense would be burning and flowers were thrown at the soldiers' feet. This created quite the smell throughout the area and if you weren't there, you would know exactly what was going on by the aroma in the air around Rome. So, to the Romans it meant victory and life for the Roman Empire, to the captives they paraded through the streets they knew it meant certain hardships or death. There land had been conquered - it was over for them.

So, what does this mean to us...?

See, God leads us in a continual victory march and as we go through life we are to let it be known that Christ gives LIFE and frees us from DEATH and DESTRUCTION. We are to be Christ to the world... at work, play, in church, in our neighborhoods, everywhere we go....

Many of you like me have jobs that mean we interact daily with non-Christians and people that do not know Christ as Savior. Now, I can go to work and do my job and that's it, or I can go to work and through my words, actions, and attitudes make my faith in Christ known. It is a challenge and often very hard - it is easier to be silent. Paul reminds us that people should know who we belong to and that we have victory through Christ. Each day I have to ask myself self: Who did I smell like today? Christ or my sinful and selfish self? How about you?

Ladies, Bloom where ever God has placed you and let the fragrance of Christ be known.


Monday, July 17, 2006

We all stumble in many ways

"We all stumble in many ways. If anyone is never at fault in what he
says, he is a perfect man (woman)." James 3:2

Again from the Beth Moore study "Believing God". In the lesson on 'The
Power of the Tongue", Beth encourages, "Let's ask God to help us form
holy habits to replace carnal ones." (p. 120) This is the page where we
are to journal, and I'd like to share mine with you today, as God has
been working on "kindness" in my thoughts, words, and attitude.

As I read the sentence about forming "holy habits to replace carnal
ones", I wrote, How appropriate! My thoughts as I got out of bed this AM
were, "I've always been 'a good person' with a lot of bad habits!" I've
thought of myself as good (kind) and want others to think of me as good
(kind) and nice, but this lesson has shown me it's not who I am in
public with others that's as important as my thoughts, words, actions,
and attitude about people in my "private" world. These are the things
that hinder my ministry and how God is able to use me in my "public"
world, and that's an obstacle to God's empowerment in my life and His
Word speaking to others through me. I've never been able to fully grasp
Philippians 4:8, and practice it in my life, but I think I'm beginning
to get it!! As my thoughts are centered on the true, the noble, the
right, the pure, the lovely, the admirable, the excellent, the
praiseworthy, my attitude and actions, as well as my thoughts and words,
will develop and display "holy habits to replace carnal ones".

I'm thankful that God doesn't give up on seeking to mature and perfect
us to be the witnesses He has chosen for us to be in serving Him.
(Isaiah 43:10)

So that is my prayer ~~ that God will continue to form "holy habits" in
me to replace the "carnal ones".


Friday, July 14, 2006

Out of the same mouth

"Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers (and
sisters), this should not be." James 3:10

Luke 6:45 says that the mouth speaks out of the overflow of what is in
the heart. So that leads us to consider what is in our heart!!

Recently, well I guess just a week or two ago, while doing a lesson on
the power of our words and the tongue in the "Believing God" study by
Beth Moore, I was challenged by the following thoughts she expressed,
"Ideally, our faith can become voice, and our voice can become power
when we're operating in God's will. When we're actively trying to do
what God says we can and we don't get the results God's Word says we can
expect, we need to ask what might be wrong....What if we are doing
everything we know to do and yet what we voice through faith often
proves ineffective? Unbelief may not be our primary obstacle on this
issue."(p. 116) The goal of this lesson was to "identify and remove
hindrances to practicing the powerful voice God's Word tells us we
can."(p.116) As some of the misuses of the tongue were listed, the one
that jumped off the page to me was "rudeness or unkindness". As I
thought on this and considered the ways the misuse of my tongue could
hinder me being a vessel God can use to display His power, I realized
how often unkind criticism of others in private comes across my lips
exhibiting "a misinterpreted sense of superiority" (p.118), and how it
effects my attitude toward a person, even if they are said only in the
privacy of "me, myself, and I", in my mind, or in the privacy of my own
home, as well as affecting the attitude of anyone else that hears those
words. "Whoever secretly slanders his neighbor,him I will destroy; the
one who has a haughty look and a proud heart, him I will not
endure.(Psalm 101:5); "Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth,
but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to
the hearers." (Ephesians 4:29) After being convicted of this improper
use of my words, and confessing to the Lord, I prayed for forgiveness
and to be changed to be truly kind in my thoughts, words, and attitudes
not just on the outside in public, but on the inside in private. For God
looks on the heart, and nothing is hidden from Him. My desire is to be
using my words in the power of the Lord, "to the praise of His Glory".

My challenge would be to you as Beth Moore challenged through this
lesson, "Let's allow the Holy Spirit to alert us to misuses of the
tongue that can diffuse its spiritual effectiveness: Gossip, Lying,
Profanity, Rudeness or unkindness, Inappropriate humor, misuse of God's
name." (p. 117)


Thursday, July 13, 2006

Do you get discouraged?

Do you get discouraged? Do you think no one cares? No one wants to
hear my problems....oh yes there is someone who does......

Matthew 11:28 The Lord Jesus tells you to "Come unto me all ye that
labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." That means He
wants to hear what is bothering you and causing you to be

In I Peter 5:7, we are told to "Cast ALL of our care on Him (the Lord
Jesus Christ) because He cares for you." That is a personal invitation
to cast

-Our failures

-Our fears

-Our foes

-Our future

Today, may He give you the strength to take the smallest, most
insignificant or the largest difficulty you face to Him knowing HE

b. shoppy

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Abstain from all appearance of evil

1 Thessalonians 5:22 "Abstain from all appearance of evil."
This seems like such a simple verse to live by, but recently I have been challenged more and more on what it really means.
There have been many instances in my past of having to sort out "what really happened" while dealing with students involved in disciplinary proceedings. It was always difficult when you only have two distinctive sides to a story and no witnesses. However, I have also found that witnesses often distort what really happened because they begin to interpret happenings from what they think they saw happening rather than just what happened. The other day I was in a position to have to observe the goings on at the home of one of my "clients". Now, I can tell you what I saw, and then I can tell you what I started thinking might be going on. The reality of this verse came through loud and clear. From what I saw, I could have made all kinds of judgments regarding their behavior, which went from innocent to very guilty. See, appearances really do make a difference. What I do and how it "may" look to others can really distort their view of my faith and me. I came away from that evening being ever so mindful that even if what I am doing is innocent, if I am not aware of how others may view my actions I could be accused of being very guilty by those watching me.
I also became vividly aware of the verse in John that reminds me to: "stop judging by mere appearances, and make a right judgment." (7:24) As much as I do not want people to make judgments about me by what they think they see, I need to make sure I don't do the same.
How are you living? Are you living so that others cannot misconstrue your actions to be something they are not? Are you making sure that before you come to conclusions about others you find out the truth? May we all take a good look at ourselves and make sure we are only displaying Godliness through our lives.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006


It did not occur to me until fairly recently how much work it is to pray. Perhaps that's because I wasn't really exerting much effort doing it. In May and June, several people in my life from family to friends to co-workers to counselees have walked through deep waters. I was, and continue to be, compelled to pray for them. Initially, it was almost constantly on my mind. I was praying periodically with others and then silently much of the rest of the time as I worked my way through those things in one's day that don't go away when trial strikes.
I found the constancy of need and the multiplicity of problems - serious problems, life and death problems, emotionally and physically draining. I almost, almost felt like I was running out of words to say that were not falling into vain repetitions.
All that to say, I was out of shape. I have begun (after 23 years a believer) to see prayer similar to physical exercise. I have shared this illustration before but it provides a picture of what I am talking about here. About 18 months ago, I decided to see how many military style push-ups I could do (on my toes, not on my knees). The first day I think I could do about 3 and that with much moaning and groaning (for effect). Every other day I practiced and over several months I built up the muscles in my upper body until I could do 30 pushups. I kept that up for a while but over time I gradually stopped practicing. Recently I tried to see how many I could still do - 10! That's it - 10! If we don't use our muscles, they loose their strength.
In much the same way, I believe prayer is like a muscle. It requires regular practice, effort and perseverance to develop a powerful and effective prayer life. "The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much." James 5:16. What is fervent? "exhibiting or marked by great intensity of feeling : zealous" (Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary). I believe that is what Paul meant when he said "...pray without ceasing." 1 Thessalonians 5:17
In the past several months, the Lord has taken a number of our faithful prayer warriors home. They will be sadly missed. Who will take their place? I believe that through the recent situations at America's Keswick, God is training up a new generation of prayer warriors. Are you up to the challenge? Are you ready for some prayer exercise to build your prayer muscles?
I am so grateful for the privilege and power of prayer. "Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need." Hebrews 4:16. What good is a privilege if we don't avail ourselves of it and the benefits that go with it?

So Ladies, don your battle armor. Develop the prayer muscles necessary to become part of the next generation of prayer warriors that will tirelessly ward off the enemy and stand in the gap with and for those in the heat of the battle.


Monday, July 10, 2006

Blankets or no Blankets - Praise the Lord

Blankets or no Blankets - Praise the Lord

I remember when I was only about 12 we had a preacher at church that was talking about being excited when God does things in our lives.

He told a story of an older woman who did not have much money or anything else for that matter. This lady Sunday after Sunday would yell out during all the meetings "Praise the Lord". The pastor felt that some times it was fitting and other times it was becoming a bother to those around her.

The pastor sat down with her one night to explain the situation and reminded her of the quilts that she admired so in his home that his wife made. He told her that if she stopped getting so excited each meeting and stop yelling out Praise the Lord he would give her two blankets. Well of course with not having much money to ever buy one of those quilts she agreed.

Well a few weeks went by and on one Sunday the preacher was fired up and she was just bursting and she yelled as loud as she could..."Blanket or no Blankets Praise the Lord".

When is the last time we got really excited about the Lord? Do you still get a tear in the corner of your eye when you hear that someone just got saved? Do you get excited when a verse jumps out at you?

Luke 15:7 (King James Version)
I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.
Are we so covered up with compliancy that we have lost the Wonder of it All? Blankets or no Blankets we need to be Praising the Lord all the time and share our excitement with someone.

Lynn Wilson

Friday, July 07, 2006

God's Amazing Love

God's Amazing Love

Have you ever thought of just how amazing God's love is? It's hard to wrap our minds around the complexity and depth of His love for us. I was reading 1 John 4:4-21 and was reminded of how much the world waters down God's attribute of love. Verse 8 says "The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love" (emphasis added). It makes me sad that the world focuses so much on only the second half of the verse. As important as this attribute is, it can't be separated from His other attributes, for it robs God of His true character. In A.W. Tozer's book "The Knowledge of the Holy", he lists 18 attributes of God that are found in the Bible. God is: Infinite, sovereign, wise, Holy, Trinity, omniscient, faithful, omnipotent, self-sufficient, self-existent, just, immutable, merciful, eternal, good, grace, omnipresent AND God is love. None of these can be separated from the others.
In Greek there are actually 4 different words for our one word "love". Understanding those words helps to better appreciate the depth and beauty of God's love. In verse 8, the Greek word for love is "agape" and this is what I will focus on. Agape is a sacrificial and unconditional love, John 3:16. It is a love that doesn't depend on beauty or goodness. God's love stands alone, it is sovereign and independent. Romans 5:8 says; "but God shows His love (agape) for us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us." God's agape is not self seeking, 1 Cor. 13:5, [agape] "does not seek it's own." God's agape transforms us into treasure. Isa. 13:12 says; "I will make man scarcer than pure gold, more rare than the gold of Ophir." God's agape seeks us out. Luke 19:10 says; "The Son of Man came to seek and save what was lost."
God's love is truly amazing! I'd like you to make a mental picture of a diamond, the Hope Diamond. It's a breath taking diamond of 45.52 carats. Picture all the intricate facets, all gleaming and refracting light. Now imagine that this is a representation of all the attributes of God. If you would say that God is only one love...then God becomes nothing but a pane of glass and He loses all His brilliance. It is all of God's attributes that make Him so breathtaking!
God calls you and me to agape because He is agape. To's sobering to think about the kind of love that God calls us to... agape not just for our children and spouses but for our neighbors too. Agape is costly.....are you ready?


Thursday, July 06, 2006

He Said...She Said...They Felt - Part II

He Said...She Said...They Felt - Part II
How would you like it if your husband gave you dead roses? I didn't like it. I felt unloved, unappreciated, unimportant and did I mention I felt unloved? Well, I did feel unloved, but the truth is I felt that way before I got dead roses. And more of the truth is he did love me. Years ago...and early in my marriage I had asked my husband for white roses in a box for my birthday. (I had very grand ideas of what love should look like.)
He was very sweet and got me exactly what I had asked. He even went to the extent of carefully hiding them in the closet overnight (because he knew I couldn't wait for anything and would probably snoop, which I don't advise you do!) The next day he gave me a beautiful card and my box of roses, of course when I opened it they were not looking very perky! I tried not to show my disappointment but in my heart I felt unloved, like he didn't care enough to get it right. I thanked him, put them in water and a few hours later they looked great! I was happy about that but still madder than a hornet! Why? I felt unloved and in my mind love looked like everything I saw on TV or in the movies, no mistakes, no dead roses! I don't know what he would say but I will guess that he felt like nothing he did was ever good enough. Sound familiar?
Just by "happenstance" I stumbled across the comments in yesterdays VC which were written down on index cards and left behind from a Keswick ministry event. I couldn't help but feel I needed to find out what the story was behind them and offer my two cents.
The problem wasn't that my husband didn't love me he did show me love in many ways, like the time he bought me a statue of a rabbit ( I collect them ) and gave it to me for Christmas. That was thirteen years ago...he had bought the entire collection and gave me one each year for Christmas. I now get them from our son. I'm told I have many years to go. What he and I lacked was good communication. Instead of trying to always make him into my minds image of what love looked like, I could have tried to see the love in the things he did do. Dead roses were all I saw, but how about the fact that he did get what I asked for, so what he goofed, I believe it was the first time he had ever given any woman flowers, he simply didn't think about it. So ladies how about a little grace, how many things have you goofed up recently? Look for the evidence of love and give evidence of yours.
God's word tells what love looks like in 1Corinthians 13: 4-8,
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.

Wives respect your husbands. Don't get on the phone and bad mouth him to anyone that will listen. He's not a mind reader. Share your heart with him.
Husbands love your wives. Go buy those roses you know will die in a few days! It's not a waste of money; it's a gift for your wife. Share your heart with her.
Above all be real with each other.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

He Said...She Said...They Felt - Part I

He Said...She Said...They Felt - Part I
Here was the scene being acted out at a recent Families For Christ Weekend :
The wife is talking on the phone telling someone that she doubts her husband will remember it's their anniversary. To her surprise he comes in a few moments later with a card and flowers for her. However, he had purchased a birthday card by mistake. The wife reacts complaining that it obviously was not important enough to him to get the right card. His shoulders slumped.
This following comments were from an audience of couples who watched this scene acted out. The men responded how they thought the husband felt and the women how they thought the wife felt.
He Felt...
Felt that no matter what he will do, it's never good enough for her. Also this woman is so hard to please- if she only will know my motive or intension. How I feel for her with the intention I did it.
No respect-no feeling.
Unappreciated, dejected, scared, upset.
At least he tried!
Unappreciated, useless, rejected, incompetent.
Put down because he'd made a small mistake. She really isn't interested that I tried-was trying.
Felt like: What's the use in trying?
Rejection, frustration, anger, despair.
Felt his actions were unappreciated and his mistake was pointed out.
Embarrassed, ashamed, disappointed.
No consideration of this thoughtfulness!
Unappreciated or rejected as being forgetful of the special day.
Wrong, unappreciated, not good enough, and sorry.
Felt like the attempt was worthless even though the man tried with the card and flower.
Unacknowledged, thoughtfulness unaccepted.
Not good enough. Didn't see the effort made.
Hurt, Unappreciated, disrespected.

She Felt...
Hurt, he didn't care enough to pay attention to the details. Like he was just doing it so that she wouldn't be in his face about forgetting.
Unappreciated, unloved, sad, hopeless.
Unimportant to him, unloved, as if she has no worth to him because he was careless and didn't pay enough attention to the gesture to do it accurately.
Unloved, hurt. NO LOVE.
Unimportant, disappointed, brokenhearted.
Unimportant, unloved. An afterthought, bought card just to fill an obligation.
She felt disrespected not loved, he didn't remember. Not loved.
Unappreciated, undervalued, unloved.
Disappointed he didn't care enough to even read what the card said.
He didn't care enough to buy the right card. Disappointment, unloved, neglected, forgotten, let down.
Hurt, not heart felt. He was self motivated, did it to keep her from complaining to him and keep him out of trouble.
Not loved, not considered, not thought of, not cherished. Is she not important?
Anger, unloved, like the man was stupid.
Unloved, Unappreciated, neglected. He didn't care enough to take time to read the card.
Wife last on the list, unimportant, she wanted to be loved enough to feel special and remembered in a special way by doing what was special in her own mind.


Tuesday, July 04, 2006


A comment from one of our readers:

It is interesting how the Victory Calls have kind of been in line with what God impressed on my heart this week in my time in the Word.

I was in Proverbs and it was talking about wisdom and understanding and how we need to guard her for she is our LIFE. That led me to John 6:63 and that talks about how it is the Spirit who gives us LIFE. And then that led me to 2 Corinthians 3:6 and then I read the whole chapter for a little background. At the end of that chapter is this verse:
"Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty."

The word "liberty" caught my eye so I looked it up in the concordance. It was defined as "freedom" but then it said that it was taken from another word that means - "unrestrained (to go at pleasure)..." I stopped reading there.
That definition bothered me a little bit and then I went back and continued reading the rest of the definition.

"i.e. (as a citizen) not a slave (whether freeborn or manumitted), or (gen.) exempt (from obligation or liability): - free (man, woman), at liberty."

Okay, here is finally where I think that we connect with Victory Calls.
On Tuesday, (6/6) Steph was encouraging us to "shout out, Halleluiah!" And today(6/7) you are encouraging us to "throw our heads back and delight in His LIFE in you". Well, I feel we can DO both of those things BECAUSE He has set us FREE!! We are FREE from sin and death! We can have unrestrained pleasure in NO LONGER being a SLAVE! But we can walk (live our LIFE) in the newness of LIBERTY. We can throw our heads back and breathe in fresh, clean air, smile and bask in how much He loves us. That sense of freedom should not be turned into selfishness - seeking after our own pleasures - but seeking after what pleases God. It is the Spirit that gives us life, He works through our FAITH. He's the One who helps us see in our circumstances (by giving us wisdom and understanding) that we have the FREEDOM to CHOOSE to die to our old ways and to walk in FREEDOM to show God's character to others.

I just want to share that I'm shouting Halleluiah and throwing my head back and delighting in my Lord and Savior this week! Thanks for the encouragement!


Monday, July 03, 2006

What if...

Thursday, 6/2/06 - Stephaine wrote the following VC in her car on the way to work.:

What if...
What if you did all that was up to you to do? What if in the midst of it, you prayed, pleaded, begged, fasted, discipled, and oh, yeah and made mistakes (you know -didn't do some things right) disciplined too hard; not enough, too soon, too late. What if you loved with the best that was in you day-by-day, moment by moment? What if you were in church, at church, with church people (believers, other followers of Christ) most of your spare time? What if you guarded, protected, cared for, stood in the gap for, cried out to God for? What if you did Sunday school, Children's Church, Youth Group, Missions Trips and Home Schooled?
What if you did all of the above and more, for your children believing with all your heart that they would grow up and not depart from all that training...and they walked away to do whatever was right in their own minds?
What if....?

Then God!
Then God!
Then God!
We must remember God is great!
He is sufficient!
He is able to take the heart that feels tattered and broken and keep it safe and secure.

Dear my beloved one:
There are moments you will want give up and give in. I implore you-
Go to Him with everything from the bitter to the sweet.
Remember, He neither slumbers nor sleeps. He is present-everywhere, all the time. He sees that child of yours. He sees you. Trust Him with your precious one and remember no matter what happens, He is God and He is in control.


That same morning, Stephanie received a call that her precious child was on the way to the hospital in another state on the west coast. Within an hour two more calls came in with the grave news that her daughter's liver was failing and that she was on life-support. Before leaving for San Franscisco herself, Stephanie made the comment that what she thought was a Victory Call was actually her loving Heavenly Father, speaking truth to her heart what He knew she was going to need in just a few hours later.