At the end of my high school years there was an affair that ended our family.  I ran off to college to start my own life, knowing I wanted to be nothing like my father. 

After work, I began drinking to relax and have fun. My drinking increased and everything crumbled. What I once viewed as strengths of mine—being an overachiever, working 2-3 jobs, and enduring failing relationships—were actually my weaknesses. I always ran from my fears, lacking spiritual and emotional stability.

I lost my job and my relationship ended as my boyfriend grew tired of watching me drink. I became an emotional cripple. I had passively lived my life as a victim, instead of actively making good choices. My family never left me or abandoned me, instead they found Teen Challenge.

Teen Challenge allowed me to get away from the world; it was a place where I could walk out of my mess and get to a place of healing, freedom, and deliverance. I was able to let my defenses down. The more my family put their arms around me, the more I felt HIS! Once I could forgive myself I was able to forgive others.

Christ saved me for a reason. I now want to live my life as His arm extended, to be His hands and feet.

I stand on Isaiah 42:16: “I will lead the blind by ways they have not known. Along unfamiliar paths I will guide them. I will turn darkness into light before them. And make the rough places smooth. These things I will do for them. I will not forsake them.”