I am 30 years old. I grew up in Douglasville, GA and had a wonderful, Christian family. I got saved when I was 11 years old on Easter Sunday of 1996, and developed my own relationship with Jesus as a teenager. When I was 17 I started dating a guy a few years older than me, and starting allowing small areas of compromise in my life. When I was 18, I left my home to “do my own thing” and was married and divorced by 19 years old. I had the first of four miscarriages at age 18, while going through a divorce, and that night was introduced to cigarettes, marijuana, and crystal meth-instantly becoming addicted to meth. Over the course of the next few years, I jumped from relationship to relationship, even married the Lt. at my cousin’s sheriff’s department. But nothing could fill the hole I had in my heart and life. I eventually started shooting up meth, and found myself doing the very things I had looked down on other people for doing. When my grandmother/best friend passed away in July of 2011, I completed lost all hope. I didn’t care if I lived or not. In November 2011, I found out I as three months pregnant, so I moved back home with family and tried to do the right thing for the baby, but because I was doing everything in my own strength, without Jesus, I failed miserably. I began shooting up meth again, stealing and eventually disappearing again. I would feel the baby kicking, and cry because I knew the danger I was putting her in, but couldn’t find the strength to stop. I would swear everytime would be the last, but it never was. On June 8, 2012, I gave birth to a beautiful, healthy baby girl who instantly stole my heart! But because of the drugs in both of our systems, DHR took her and the Drug Task Force arrested me on June 12, 2012 for “chemical endangerment of an unborn child.” I spent 11 months in jail and was given the change to come to Alabama Teen Challenge. When I arrived at TC, I was angry and broken. Since I have been here the Lord has restored my family back to me, I get to see my daughter, and most importantly He has restored my relationship back with Him! I know I have a plan and a purpose for my life! The verse I stand on is Hebrews 11:1, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, and the evidence of things not seen.” With my faith in Jesus, and my eyes on the prize I will finish this race!
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