God has blessed me with a burning desire to help people, especially the bruised and broken-hearted who feel unworthy and unlovable. Maybe it’s because I used to be standing in their shoes. Although I was saved when I was young and grew up in a Christian home, college happened. In an attempt to study longer hours and drop a few pounds, I tried meth. Over the course of eight years, I found myself not only addicted, but pregnant too. Desperate, I tried to contact an abortion clinic but got no answer so I went to a counseling center that turned out to be a prolife organization. I knew it was God. As I went to crawl back to Him, I realized He had never left. Today, I serve the Lord with all my heart, not because I have to but because I want to. I know what it’s like to be on the edge of despair. I know the joy of being pulled out of the mirk and mire and want the same for others. My daughter is now 12 and next to God, she is the most important and precious thing in my life. A few years ago, we moved from Texas to Tennessee so I could take a job in the ministry working with young ladies with issues like unplanned pregnancies and addictions. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the job abruptly ended which was scary, being a single mom. But, God told me, “I’ve got this.” Looking back, I can see how He turned the curse into a blessing. Because I wasn’t working, my daughter and I were able to attend a life-changing mother-daughter camp and have spent more quality time together than ever. We just got back from an amazing mission trip to Saint Croix. While there, I went door-to-door visiting and sharing the Gospel. We also helped rebuild a school that had been ravaged by a hurricane and I learned a new skill: roofing! My daughter helped teach vacation Bible school classes. We both got to see God in motion as He touched lives through our servanthood. I’m not sure what God has in mind for the future but I do know “He’s got this!” He always has and always will.
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