Inspirational Testimony

How I Got Over
By Venessa Watt-St.Clair

I think of life as a race with many hurdles along the way (some higher than others). As I make it over each hurdle I look back and wonder how I got over. With the finish line in sight, I think to myself “It wasn’t as difficult as I imagined it would be.”

There is no explanation for the wondrous things that have happened to me, except to say they are blessings from God.

This past year and a half has been challenging for my family. The dynamics of my family structure have changed and I was caught up in my new social status as a single mom. While my heart was mending, I still had to find away to move forward. I had doubts whether I could do this by myself, but God surrounded me with women in similar situations to help me along my journey. My mother was a Baptist praying woman and she would always have a wise statement. I remember her saying “God does not slumber, He is also watching over you and He knows your needs before you do”. My life was changing faster than I could keep up. I needed to find a fulltime job after being a stay at home mom for ten years. God answered my prayers and one week later I was employed. That was a start, but it was not enough for me. I still had other concerns, like …my finances, my children’s ability to adjust, how I would be able to juggle work, home and the kid’s activities, projects and homework. All I can say is God made a way, because I am doing what I could not foresee.

I was so overwhelmed, that one day I found myself at the hospital with what appeared to be signs of a heart attack. Thank God it wasn’t, but my symptoms were stress induced. It was at that moment I realized I was putting a tremendous amount of energy into fighting a battle that was not mine. I had a lot to learn. I needed to learn how to let go of my control and have faith in God. I quickly realized that I could not possibly do this on my own. Thank God for Unity. Unity provided me with counseling, classes and literature. All the necessary resources to teach me how to find peace in the midst of the storm. Whenever I felt my strength dwindling, I would speed dial “dial a blessing” on my cell phone. I started to attend the prayer circle on a regular basis and even made it to Wednesday night prayer & meditation on occasion. In the middle of the night when I couldn’t sleep, it was comforting to know that someone was waiting just to pray with me from Silent Unity. I also read my bible more and got more involved in the church.

At my lowest, I sometimes felt distant from God, but He hadn’t forsaken me.…….God was there to help me get over each hurdle. At the points where I stumbled He lifted me up on his shoulders.
God was there in the voice of the person who simply asked, How are you doing?” - God was there in each one who offered me a ride when I didn’t have my car. –
God was there in the hand that passed me a tissue during service. –
God was there when my neighbor left groceries at my doorstep. –
God was there when an unknown angel donated a $200 gift card at Christmas for my family.-
God was there when my son received a $500 scholarship. God was there when he healed my son’s back. –
God was there when he gave me the inspiration to praise his name through dance.

God was there and He is still here, right now, at this moment and He is encouraging me to let my light shine. God continuously blesses me beyond belief.

I pray that I continue to grow in faith and deepen my relationship with God.

And this is how I got over.
Thank You God & Thank You Unity