God is My Refuge and My Salvation
I grew up in a small town in East Texas and had a great childhood, every day filled with love and family. At the age of 17, I married and had my first baby at 18. By the time I was 21, I was a mother of 3. I was in a terrible place in my marriage due to abuse like I had never before experienced. I divorced and got away from my abuser. With three little children and not knowing what to do, I went home to mom and dad.
My struggle began when I made “new” friends. They were also single moms and knew what I was going through. Sadly, that was the beginning of a life of drugs and alcohol to help me make it through the tough times. In 1998, I was with some of these new friends. Then, my troubles began. We went to pick up a few things that one of the ladies had left at her ex’s house, which didn’t belong to her. So, my trouble with law enforcement began. My choices and my friends also put me in the wrong circles. Therefore, my children ended up living with their dad as I couldn’t take care of them. I couldn’t take care of myself.
Saved by God’s Mercy and Grace
In 1998, I was arrested for burglary (remember the friend who needed her stuff). I was in a hotel and fell to my knees and asked God to help me get out of this mess I was making of my life. The next day, by God’s mercy and grace, I was arrested for drugs. It was not the answer I wanted. However, it saved my life! I was incarcerated in the Texas Department of Corrections for 11 months.
Since then, it has been 23 years, and I thank God every day for the officer who came to my rescue. It was an answered prayer. I have been clean of drugs for 23 years and 5 years sober from alcohol. I have the best relationship I could ever imagine with my children; another answered prayer. I have a husband who loves God and is the man I know I am to spend the rest of my earthly days with.
Recovery Ministry Call and Training at CLI
I have a jail/prison recovery ministry call. My home church, Bar None Cowboy Church, is an amazing church family. Our name says it all: Bar None. Everyone is welcome. No matter your past, you have a future in Christ. Our church will help you to find Christ and seek out what God has for you. By God’s grace and mercy, I am part of a Recovery Program. It is part of a small team’s ministry, and we are starting the process of bringing Christ to our local county jail.
I knew I needed recovery ministry training. I found the Christian Leaders Institute online. The free ministry training is exactly what I need. I am excited to grow and be better equipped for the recovery ministry I serve. Thank you, CLI!