I grew up in a divided home. My mother was a devoted Christian, but my father was addicted to crack cocaine. I was raised in the church, but witnessed the destruction that drugs can do to a family. I became insecure and confused due to the broken promises and negligence of my father. Also, I was sexually abused from the ages of 8-11 by a family member (my whole identity was robbed from me.) The year I turned 13 was the year the devil did his best to kill, steal, and destroy me! After 16 years of my dad’s crack addiction, my mother divorced my father. We lost everything (our home, our belongings, our family, our independence).
My mother and I moved in with my grandparents;my brother moved in with his girlfriend. Within the next few months, life would only get worse. I was raped by a family member, found my grandmother dead in her bed, and began using drugs. I dove head first into addiction (ecstasy, Xanax, pain pills, marijuana, alcohol, cocaine…). From the age 13-18, I was in and out of jail, rehab, and kicked out of various schools. My promiscuous lifestyle landed me pregnant at 14. The father was a 26 year old that I met at my dope dealer’s house.
My life was out of control and I knew that the next step would be death! I knew it was time to make a change after 2 years of demonic nightmares, a demonic encounter, and a warning from God! God led me to a 12 month intense Christian discipleship program called Teen Challenge when I turned 18. It was at Teen Challenge that God began to change me from the inside-out (2 Corinthians 5:17)! Nine days after entering the program, I completely surrendered my life to Christ, was baptized in the Holy Spirit (with the evidence of speaking in tongues ) and delivered from 2 years of demonic nightmares. My chains were broken by the power of God Almighty! At Teen Challenge, I learned who I was in Christ, and God broke off every label the world/enemy had placed on me (dirty, unworthy, loser, ashamed, guilty.)
Most importantly, I fell madly in love with Jesus Christ! I entered into Teen Challenge a lost scared little girl, and I left a totally transformed powerful woman of God! Since graduating Teen Challenge, God has blessed in many ways. God has opened many ministry opportunities (Christian rehabs, jails, churches, schools). I have had the opportunity to share my testimony, lead worship, preach, and minister through prayer in many counties/states. He has restored my family, sent me an amazing husband, and now we are first-time home owners! God empowered me to obtain my GED/graduate college with a BA in Psychology, and now I am working profession. Likewise, God has blessed me with opportunity to return to school (praying to become a Registered Nurse).
I am forever grateful for the prayers of my family and church, and that God’s pursuit of me is relentless! On August 29, 2016 I will be 9 years saved/sober, and I am still madly in love with my Jesus. I cannot wait to see what else he has in store for my life.
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things become new. — 2 Corinthians 5:17