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Today, I am SO EXCITED to announce the “We Are Overcomers” segment of Woman:Redefined. The purpose of the“We Are Overcomers” segment is to show case the love and grace of God by sharing the testimonies of overcomers all over the world. At Woman:Redefined we believe in transparency and the power of the cross. We believe that because Jesus overcame death we, too, can overcome! I pray that after reading the testimonies of people all over the world that you, too, can find the courage to overcome.
This week I had the awesome privilege of interviewing Victoria Zermeno. Victoria is a mom, blogger, and wife who overcame the affects of being married to an addict. Through many battles of feeling alone, helpless, and powerless Victoria found the strength and courage to overcome! Above anything else her greatest desire is to give women hope. She wants you to know that if you’re battling with the affects of addiction you’re NOT alone, and that there IS a light at the end of the tunnel. She wants you to know that there’s life after addiction, and that you CAN overcome!
Read my full interview with Victoria below
Tiarra Brown Osei: Hi, Victoria. Thank you so much for being willing to share your testimony on Woman:Redefined. Let’s begin with some background information. When did you become a Christian? What was the defining moment in your life that caused you to surrender your life to the Lord?
Victoria: Hi Tiarra, thank you so much for creating such a powerful platform for women to be a part of. I was actually born a Christian and spent quite a bit of my childhood in the church. Even though I have always been religious, the defining moment was when I hit rock bottom, looked up, and realized the Lord had put me on this exact path for a reason.
Tiarra Brown Osei: Wow! Isn’t it amazing to know that even the hardest battles we go through has purpose. Tell us a little more about your testimony. How did this experience draw you closer to God?
Victoria: I was inlove and married to an addict. Being married to an addict takes strength, commitment, and nonstop scenarios you never thought you would have to deal with. You see, as I committed to getting my partner sober, I lost myself in the process. I believed I was strong enough to take it on all by myself but inside, I was breaking. I felt as if my whole world was falling apart and truly just wanted to give up. But I couldn’t. I had two beautiful little girls that needed me more than ever and I could not let them down. My experience drew me closer to God because it forced me to have faith, believe, and pray in ways I never had to before.
Tiarra Brown Osei: Wow! What a powerful testimony. Sometimes God allows us to go through certain things just to prove to us how strong we really are. How did prayer play a role in your partner’s deliverance?
Victoria: Prayer played a huge role in giving my husband strength too. In watching me get closer to God, he too was able to gain faith and grow.
Tiarra Brown Osei: I love that! You didn’t just give up on your husband, you showed him the way out. Praise God! Was there ever a time that you couldn’t see your way out?
Victoria: Yes. Because of the repercussions of addiction, my husband ended up totalling both of our cars, spending all of our savings, and we eventually lost our home and put everything in storage within weeks of giving birth to my NICU baby.
Tiarra Brown Osei: Jesus!! What kept you going in those moments when you felt like giving up?
Victoria: The only thing that kept me going in those moments were God’s grace and my two little girls needed their mother more than ever.
Tiarra Brown Osei: You are indeed an overcomer! What does it mean to be an overcomer to you? How did you overcome?
Victoria: To be an overcomer has given me a strength I never thought was possible. I no longer live with the fear of failure because I know what it is like to overcome some of the hardest times. I am more humble now and consistently try to uplift other women as well because I know how hard it is to see the light during those dark times. I became an overcomer by getting closer to God, praying daily, & committing to personally developing so that I can be the best I can be for my family.
Tiarra Brown Osei: What advice would you give to a woman who has a husband battling with addiction?
Victoria: My biggest advice would be to take care of yourself too. I know how selfish that could feel when there is so much chaos occurring but it is necessary if you want to overcome such a trying time. I also want to remind you that you are not alone and it is okay to reach out for support.
If you’re a woman who has a husband who’s struggling with addiction you can contact Victoria on her website at www.thatbeautifulbrunette.com
You can also follow her on her social media pages
Thank you so much for joining me on the first segment of “We Are Overcomers”. Have you dealt with the affects of addiction? How did you overcome?
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