I grew up in church and have always been really close to God. Even in kindergarten I was constantly in prayer…but I never really understood that I was chosen and a child of God.For as long as I can remember, I’ve never felt good enough and would try to get my hands on any drug I could find as a method of coping.
While attending my court hearing, I was given an ultimatum. I could either go to SAFP or prison. I asked to step outside to think about what decision I wanted to make and ended up running away. After being on the run for two weeks, I felt God telling me to turn myself in. As I was walking to the county jail, I began reading my Bible and I ended up reading my Bible every single day while I was there. I felt myself coming alive.
When I got out of jail, I relapsed again and had made up my mind to turn myself in to my Parole Officer. I ended up going to a ministry for three days instead of jail, but I wasn’t in a good place. The judge called me to court and asked, “What if I were to tell you that you could go home today?” I sat there in silence and told him I would love to go home and be with my daughter but I don’t do well on my own. The judge looked at me and responded, “You’re going to be one of my successful cases” and he sent me home that day.
My Probation Officer saw something in me that I didn’t see and told me about a faith-based program called Heartisans. It was truly a Godsend. After going through the program, I finally see my true worth. I realize now that I don’t have to measure up or prove myself to others. God has truly sent me angels. I don’t know how many times I’ve hit my knees begging God to send me a helper.
He didn’t just send me one helper.
He sent me MANY here and I can honestly say I wouldn’t be where I am today had it not been for these people.
I thought I was just coming to a work program but Heartisans is so much more than that. There are no words! They have gone out of their way to help me and I know I can call Amy about anything and I’ve never had a friend like that. I am truly grateful to be here.
I am excited to see what God has in store for me! We have such a good, good God!