Before: My future husband started becoming abusive but later would be very remorseful about hurting me. I always forgave. Even though we participated in recreational drugs we still attended church and felt like we had a normal life. As the years went by our drug use increased and became more dangerous. I started a job as a surgical technician in the operating room. My career was going great but my marriage was failing. My husband became more controlling and abusive everyday until it was completely out of control. One day my husband held me down and used a power drill to drill holes in my legs. I was able to fight him off and get away. I knew God did not want me to live this way.
After: Since I have been a student at Teen Challenge I feel as though the Lord has given me my mind back. He has renewed my spirit, given me peace, and unspeakable joy. I now know who I am in Christ.
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