I grew up in a great, family-oriented home. My dad was a preacher and my mom was a loving, stay at home parent. Somewhere along the way Christianity became normalized in my mind to the point that I took it for granted. I started using drugs recreationally when I was 14 years old. What started as an excuse to party on the weekends quickly became something that totally consumed my life and bankrupted me in every aspect of my being. The desperation I started to feel after discovering heroin is absolutely indescribable unless you have been there. Anxiety, paranoia, and fear were my masters; the only solution I could find was more of the same. I was the definition of insanity. I wanted out of this endless cycle so badly, but at the same time I could never get enough.
When I made the decision to give my life over to Christ and start living for the Lord all that worry and fear that consumed me has progressively been lifted. God has done so much for me in such a short span of time. He has restored relationships, given me a renewed sense of purpose in life, and showed me how to achieve true inner peace through His word. The verse I stand is Romans 5:3-5. It says, “Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings because we know that suffering produces perseverance, perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.”
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