My name is Victoria Williams. I am 22 years old, and a single mother to a beautiful three year old daughter. I’m so in love with Jesus. He saved me and rescued me and is my whole world. I love being able to set an example for my daughter and let her know Jesus for herself. If you would’ve told me I would be where I am five years ago I would’ve laughed at you. I never thought it would be possible. As a kid I knew about God. I went to a Christian school in Cedar Hill, TX. My family and I never really went to church. From what I can remember we went on Christmas and Easter, and maybe a few other times in between there. So like I said I knew about God, but I didn’t know Him personally. For the most part I was raised in a single parent household. My mom worked her tail off to go to school and provide for me. She did an amazing job with what she could. I was always a little defiant, but in high school I went overboard. At 14, I lost my virginity to a guy I wasn’t even in a relationship with. I longed so much for a man’s attention and I just wanted a guy to love me, so I thought sex was the answer. Not only did I lose my virginity, but I started using drugs. At 15, I was pregnant by an older man. I decided to get an abortion. I wasn’t forced to. My mom explained every option and I decided abortion was best for me. The abortion didn’t slow me down though. I was still out there looking for that love and acceptance. At 16, I was shot in a drive by shooting. The dr’s said I was lucky. The bullet stopped 2mm away from my main artery and was entangled in between my blood vessels, so I had to go into surgery to have the bullet removed. I couldn’t walk for about a month after all of this. You would think after everything that I had already gone through I would wake up & hear God calling me. I didn’t want to listen, so I didn’t. Nothing changed after the shooting. I graduated high school a semester early and by 18 I found myself pregnant again. I told myself I would never have another abortion. I decided to keep the baby. When I found out that I was having a girl I was excited and nervous at the same time. I wanted her to have good women role models in her life, and that meant I had to be that for her. I knew I wanted her to be raised in church. I knew that I didn’t want her to look for her worth in a man, because she knows her worth is found in Christ. If I wanted this for my daughter I had to start being this. Once I had Aaliyah her dad and I started going to church. I threw myself into church. I learned about having a relationship with God and how He desires us to have relationship with Him. My daughter’s father was in and out of jail for most of her life and I decided to stay. I stayed longer than I should have. Through the lies, cheating and emotional abuse I lost myself. I thought I had to stay. I grew up without a father and I didn’t want my daughter to have to go through that. Well I finally called our relationship off. I wanted to live for God in every way including no sex before marriage. He didn’t understand. He couldn’t do it. He tried to justify us sleeping together and there is no justifying that. Fast forward a year from that break up and God has done amazing things for my daughter and I. I always thought I was too messed up, that I did too many bad things for God to accept me. I am His child. He never left me. I’m the one who left. He kept calling, and He is with each and every one of us. He longs for you. He wants all of you. I’ve loved that now I get to experience God and not just hear about Him. I get to know Him.
““I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart…” – Jeremiah 1:5
Thank you for sharing your journey with us Victoria. It’s such good news that Jesus loves us & He uses us. & most importantly when we truly repent, He forgives us. We have also chosen to raise our kids in the name of the Lord. We want our family to grow up knowing & loving Jesus Christ. We use John 3:16 as our foundation. Your sweet little girl will know different because her momma chose to know different. You can break all the chains, you can break all the bondage! If you haven’t looked into Freedom Ministry you should! Check out a book called, “Pigs in the Parlor” Thank you for sharing your heart with us. I know your story is making a impact on many! God bless you girl! I pray that you keep using your story to give others hope & faith in knowing Jesus saves. I pray as your little grow continues to grow she accepts Jesus Christ as her Lord & Savior. I pray for a abundance of love & joy for you both!