Here is a short but very powerful testimony of a family friend. Be encouraged and find hope in her story.
My story really isn’t much different from the stories of so many others.
But, now I am free from bondage, which has been a long, painful journey and Christ has given me the strength to tell this story…hoping and praying that it may help someone else.
My story began at 6-years-old when I was molested by someone I trusted deeply. Eventually, I was able to tell someone else, only to find that they didn’t believe me. So, at an early age, I adopted the concept that I would lie because no one would believe anything truthful I had to say. By the time I was 16, I became sexually promiscuous. I thought that this was the one true way to be loved by any man.
As life went on, I did the things that normal people did. I went to college, got married, and eventually adopted two very handsome boys. My marriage failed and I began dating very abusive men, one who introduced me to crack cocaine.
Crack brought me down hard. I lost everything, including my kids and family. However, after 20 years of using, God began to deal with me. I began Christian counseling and people began to reach out to me. One day at a time, sometimes one minute at a time, I finally realized that God loved me. I also realized that through loving “myself”, the healing could begin. Through God’s grace, restoration began with family and friends.
Today, I work with others in a Christian Over-comers group, where I can share my issues, as well as, listen to the issues of others. This is healing me day by day. Today, I know that God has a plan for me and as long as I don’t use, He will guide me through this journey that we call life and He will continue to use me to help others who are struggling just as I was.