One Year Anniversary!

Can’t believe it.

One year ago I was an unemployed single mother with an unhealthy dependence on sleeping pills and cheap wine. I felt like I had nothing left to live for.

So I created the Real as the Streets blog as aย desperate attempt to leave some sort of legacy in the world before I ended my life.

Yet, here I am.


This time last year, I angrily told God He could take my life. I meant it quite literally.

However, by the grace of God, ย not only am I still alive. But I’ve never been happier in my life. It’s amazing how a single year can change the entire direction of one’s existence.

I’m not only gainfully employed, I’m happily employed. Recently, I just got a promotion of sorts with a salary that basically doubled.

Two things I learned since the creation of Real as the Streets:

  1. Never underestimate the power of the Lord.
  2. Never underestimate the transformation that can occur in a single year.

Happy Anniversary, blog family! ๐Ÿ™‚



88 thoughts on “One Year Anniversary!

  1. Awesome! Thanks for sharing! Hope is a powerful tool that enemy always want to steal from us. It’s like if we could only see the goodness God has in store for us in advance it would really change our entire perception of reality.

    Also, since I have been on a huge Pearl Jam kick as of late, this post reminds me of their song “Alive”.

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  2. Wonderful testimony! When we feel that we are at our lowest point, and all out of options, this is the very time that God steps in. Your setback was a setup for God to give you a glorious comeback. I pray continued blessings for you, as you move forward in your God ordained life purpose.

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  3. :) says:

    My heart started to thump REAL HARD when I began to read this post.

    You just made my day feel exceedingly…precious.

    Have an awesome day! (And Happy Anniversary!)

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  4. Love your testimony. I remember those early days of your blog. You were the first one to follow me when I started my blog, and it has been a joy watching you work through your life struggles, and your growth in the Lord. Hang onto that faith – it will see you through anything.

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  5. Glad for you and appreciate your honest posts. Please pray for me because I have to conduct a funeral this Saturday for a soul that died far too early (25). Pray that I can bring comfort to the family and truth about Jesus to all that will be there.

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  6. RGB Rao says:

    Redemption! Wow! Your post is a live illustration of something I have been thinking about for a good whiles. Redemption! – moving and being moved from a bad place or situation to a good one – and not for free – a price has been paid by a Redeemer on the cross. In my thinking there is Redemption and redemptions, the latter being made possible by the former and also something that in this life we will experience over and over again. Life is rough but we have a Redeemer. Thanks for sharing!

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  7. I praise God for this. And I’m so glad God has been faithful to you, even while you struggled, to bring you to this new place. He’s always in the work of restoring and transforming us. Blessings to you!

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  8. I’m so glad you’re still here with us & that God had given your life a complete makeover. When you asked Him to take your life last year- He did, in ways you didn’t think were possible. Sometimes, it takes hitting rock bottom to finally understand that we are totally helpless and hopeless without Him. It’s great to hear that God had multiplied your life the way He has. I’m sure many more blessings are in store!

    Great read!

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  9. Rick, thank you so much! Fellow bloggers like you have had a pretty substantial impact on me. Believe it or not, I felt so alone when I started this blog. Having the support of other Christian bloggers was like God placing an IV of love in a sick soul. It’s been a great rejuvenation. Thanks again so much for your comment. Blessings, *Rae


  10. Jeremy, Thank you for your comment! I know that song and like it as well. And you’re absolutely right! If I knew in those moments of depression what God had in store for me, I don’t think I would have felt so lost and empty.

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  11. Celestial, That is very true! I was in an angry place when I challenged God. He could have, in turn, responded in anger. Instead, He responded with such undeserved mercy and compassion, that I am almost brought to tears as I type these words. Thank you for your comment and your beautiful observation. *Rae

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  12. Awesome testimony sister! You told Him to take your life meaning something else entirely – but He has taken it nonetheless, and breathed His life into it. Let Him continue to have it!

    Luke 9:24
    24ย For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.

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  13. You are an inspiration to so many Rae… I am so happy for you and I was touched by your statement “Iโ€™ve never been happier in my life.” I’m glad things are working out great for you and that you’re sailing in God’s boat and wish you many many more happier moments ahead. Stay blessed.

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  14. Hey, Rae,

    Congratulations and God’s continued blessings and favor on you and your ministry. Your blog with its own special flavor has been and continues to be source of encouragement and enlightenment to so many.

    Thanks for the like you posted on my blog entry for today from Jeremiah 29:11 and surrounding verses, a passage wonderfully suited for your first year anniversary. Just know that the best is always yet to come.

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  15. Just a thought, When you told Jesus to take your life… Sounds like He did. When we attribute everything to the Lord moving in our lives and believe the Lord when He says, “All things work together for good to those who love the Lord and are called according to His purpose,” (I wrote, ‘All thing’ and ‘and believe the Lord’) then our perspectives change and even the most problematic issues take on new color and meaning. Congrats on the One Year anniversary! And bless the Lord! Steve

    On Thu, Feb 23, 2017 at 8:20 AM, Real as the Streets wrote:

    > *Rae posted: “Can’t believe it. One year ago I was an unemployed single > mother with an unhealthy dependence on sleeping pills and cheap wine. I > felt like I had nothing left to live for. So I created the Real as the > Streets blog as a desperate attempt to leave some so” >

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  16. waterandfire34 says:

    God always work in mysterious ways. Keep trusting in Him. Asking God to take your life is nothing new. Moses, Job and Elijah just to name a few ask God the same thing. You are not alone in you struggles.

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  17. Happy Anniversary!! Rae… Good stuff good stuff… if I ask, I’m thinking you gon’ say it’s all been worth it! Thanks for your encouragement! Short-time and I hope to be shout’in the same thing!

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  18. Whoa! I totally identify with you. I don’t want to write down any testimonies because when i start and look back it’s like, ‘ dude, this is too long, no one is going to read this.’
    Hey, I really appreciate your honesty and your bravery. This is stuff i have been a coward to tell people but here you are. God bless you.
    The Lord has given you that job after so much suffering, and he has caused people to favour you, for what seems like no reason at all. I see him in your life, I really do, but if you are like me you will find that he will take care of you but some of the things you are asking him for it’s almost like you’re getting no answer, but hold on.


  19. Rae,
    This is a great testimony. So often, when going through the motions of life I have found myself at the extreme lows of the rollercoaster. Often I have gotten stuck in a rut. Many times I just wanted to give up, but you are so right, never underestimate God. So much can change. Great testimony!

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  20. Laura says:

    Thank you for sharing, Rae! My sister tried to end her life the other week. As I read what you have shared, I was encouraged that she will make it through this hard time in her life.

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  21. I’ve just been scrolling through your posts, and I’m glad I found this one. What a blessing! I’ve recently done some posts on depression, and some of what I talked about was my brushes with suicide. But God was watching and loving me the whole time.
    Also, this morning I’m going to be preaching a Mothers Day sermon from the book of Ruth. When you mentioned how much can change in just a year, it reminded me of Naomi’s situation – how it literally changed overnight. Naomi’s perception of what was happening in her life was extremely limited, therefore she was “bitter.” But what she didn’t realize was that she was never out of God’s sovereign hand, and the very next evening (chapter 2) she was hopeful once again.
    God bless, and hang in there, sister!

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  22. I was going through your blog and really like it. It’s very encouraging. I’m kind of going through a similar situation right now where it’s hard to stay positive and focused. But I’m depending on the Lord to see me through. Your words give me hope. Keep up the good work!

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