Business Office Assistant
I grew up in a Christian home and was saved at an early age. But like many teenagers I experimented with drugs and alcohol as a way to fit in. I always considered myself to be a Christian, even when I was not living like one. I was active in church, even serving as a Sunday School teacher and youth leader. But it always felt like something was missing in my life. I tried to fill that place in or cover it up in many different ways – with jobs, relationships, my children – but nothing ever seemed like it was enough to make me feel whole. When life got hard or I felt like things were out of my control, I turned to drugs and alcohol. Over the years I used and abused various drugs, but was able to eventually stop doing them all. Except for alcohol. Alcohol got a hold on my life and would not let me go, and I lost everything: my family, my job, my home. No matter how hard I tried or how many secular programs I went to, I could not break free of that bondage.
When my life finally became such a mess that I had nowhere to go and no one who was willing to help me, I agreed to go to Teen Challenge. I spent a year there, and finally allowed Jesus to be the missing piece in my life. I thought, “Okay, now I’ve got this.” I made plans for myself and waited for God to make them happen. But when I grew tired of waiting, when things weren’t going the way I had planned, I began drinking again.
That’s when I came to the Walter Hoving Home for restoration. And although it took longer than expected, I was finally able to let go of everything I thought I wanted, everything I thought I deserved, and allow God to take the reins of my life. Once I committed to that and submitted to His Lordship and His plans, everything else changed. My outlook on life is different, I have a joy in my heart that keeps me going through hard times, I have a purpose for living. That hole inside of me has finally been filled. And I have learned how to wait on the Lord.
I am currently an intern at the Home, and look forward to whatever God has planned for my future. I continue to learn, and grow, and change, and can finally allow Jesus to be Lord of my life.
Phil. 3:13-14. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.