Today is my Mom’s birthday and we are headed out tomorrow to go to her house and celebrate. As I spent today preparing for our trip, I asked the Lord what He would have me write about this time and I heard, “The Power of a Praying Mom”. I became so excited that He would have me write about this on her birthday. What a gift she has been to me, and I want to honor her today through this writing.
This weekend is special for several reasons. Not only do we celebrate my Mom’s birthday, but my grandson will also be turning 1 year old tomorrow so we will celebrate him Saturday, and on Sunday I will be celebrating my 10 year anniversary of being drug-free!
I remember a time when I missed all the birthdays and family celebrations but no more, praise God!
I have shared my testimony on here before, but for the benefit of those who are reading my story for the first time, I will repeat a few things. I struggled with addiction for 15 years. I was in and out of jail/prison and on the streets doing the most demeaning things to get money for drugs. My Mom was devastated when she learned of my addiction and she immediately went to war through prayer for my freedom. However, there was no swift answer to her prayer, and my battle raged on year after year, but she never gave up! People would tell her I was a lost cause. Just move on with your life and give up on her. Accept that she will probably die in the streets. Prepare for the worst. These were some of the things people would say, but Mom always stood on the promises of God that we would get the victory. Relapse after relapse, she would pick me back up and speak life over me.
The Lord gave her a revelation about 13 years into our struggle that she was not to look at the circumstance and beg for my freedom, but she was to step outside of the cycle of failure and disappointment and decree the word of God over me in faith and stand, waiting for the promise to come through. Around this time she had come across a book called “Decree” by Patricia King. She decreed every single prayer out loud over me every day for 2 years and then we finally got our breakthrough.
I got clean on September 2nd of 2008 and a few months later I was accepted into Restoration House, which was a 9-month program Patricia King had started out in Arizona. Once I got there, I just started to renew my mind with the Word of God each day, reading, praying, worshipping, decreeing and stepped into complete freedom. A total transformation took place! About a month into my program God told me to start writing down everything I was learning to share it with others so they too could be free. In less than 3 months I wrote “Walk it Out”, which is a 90 day devotional on freedom from addiction. With the help of Patricia King Ministries and Extreme Love Ministries, I have so far been able to get over 7,000 copies of this book into different jails and prisons across the United States.
Recently I moved back to Texas and started my own non-profit, Walk it Out Ministries, to help me continue this work. I have started going into the jails personally to share my testimony with others and show them that they too can be FREE!
A couple of months ago Mom and I got to share our story at a women’s recovery center in Mississippi. The power of God fell so strong in that place and those women believed! If God could do it for me, He would do it for them too! Here is a YouTube video of my Mom’s testimony that she shared that evening if you would like to watch and be empowered… “The Power of a Praying Mom!” by Beverly Froman
My Mom and I also have a vision to start a half-way house for women coming out of prison in the next couple of years. We want to help them transition back into the world and learn all the tools that I was given to live a Christ-centered life of victory!
Over the years since I have been clean we have been extremely blessed, more than I could have ever imagined! (Ephesians 3:20)
My Mom says this is the verse the Lord gave her right before I got clean, and we have surely got to watch it play out in our lives for these last 10 amazing years: Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, “The LORD has done great things for them.” – Psalm 126:2
I want to say to everyone today who is reading this, NEVER, NEVER GIVE UP on your loved one who is struggling with addiction or bondage of any kind. Don’t look at how bad the circumstances are, but at how POWERFUL our God is to redeem! Though the victory and answer to our prayers may not always come as quickly as we would want it to, God is mighty to save and the Word of God we speak over any situation never returns void. It accomplishes what it was sent to do! (Isaiah 55:11)
In closing, I just want to say to my Mom, Happy Birthday and I love you, I honor you, and I treasure you. You are truly a Proverbs 31 woman and I rise up and call you blessed!
Written by: Ginger Brown
Published on: August 30, 2018