My husband and I put God first in our lives for a long time.  However, we began to move around a lot and somewhere in the moving, we seemed to get farther and farther away from God.

We opened the door for Satan to step in and he began to steal our happiness and tear apart our loving home.

Eventually my husband lost his job, we lost our house and almost lost our son to alcohol poisoning.  My family began to be torn apart.  I became very depressed and started drinking to help me sleep.  Soon I had a serious drinking problem.

From the outside, it seemed that I was functioning normally, balancing work, kids and home successfully, but on the inside I was in a terrible turmoil and a slave to fear and anxiety.

My husband moved out and I lost the job I loved.  I began to have suicidal thoughts that led to several attempts at ending my life.  In June of last year my sisters picked me up from the hospital and drove me to Teen Challenge in Milwaukee.

I was in extreme mental and spiritual pain and very broken.  Since coming here, Jesus had healed a lot of my pain and is healing my marriage, my family life and my addictions. I believe He has a special purpose for my life and I am learning to trust and lean on Him with everything.

Galatians 6:9 tells me not to lose heart and grow weary, but to keep going and press through.  With the help of God’s Word and the power of the Holy Spirit, I am gaining the strength and perseverance I need not to quit until my victory is complete.

I stand on 1 Peter 5:10, which says, “And the God of all grace who called you to external glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while will Himself restore, support, and strengthen you and place you on a firm foundation.”