Wow, where do I begin. We have an amazing God. A God that loves us so much that He sent His only begotten Son to die in our place. Upon belief, what was once red as scarlet has been made white as snow all because of what He did on the cross. When God looks at me, He sees His Son in all righteousness.
Wow! The Lord delivered me from a drug addiction over 20 years ago. An addiction that robbed me of all I held dear … family, job, everything I had worked so hard to obtain. But, our God is a God of restoration … I cried out to Him one night and He started lifting me up out of the dark lost state that I was in little by little. It didn't happen over night for me … there was so much guilt and shame that I had to come face to face with that only He could deliver me from. I can tell you, I finally figured out what He wanted, and that was to seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and all other things would be added according to His will.
Seeking His kingdom meant learning who He is, and that was through how he speaks to us best … His Word, the Holy Bible. Since realizing this, my life hasn't been the same .. there is a new found hope that lives within me. and is available to all who seek Him diligently.
God bless, Alicia
Angel's ChangeEvery time my Grandma Louise would come over, life would enter our house. She would share amazing stories about God doing amazing things. I always thought somehow she had figured out the secret to life. Each time she would leave, I sensed the feeling of peace that accompanied her leaving the house also.
Grandma Louise used to sneak me to church with her whenever I went to visit. I tried as best I could to do the things she did and follow her example, and I came to the conclusion that one day I would get it right.
In the mean time, however, if I couldn't fill my life with God, I decided to fill it with something else. I went my own way for a while and started hanging around with my brother. He sold drugs from our house when my parents where at work and he would also smoke marijuana in the shed out in the backyard.
Trying to Fit InI desperately tried to fit in. I started experimenting with speed, chopping up pills, ditching classes at school, and flunking grades. I found myself in many dangerous situations like being in cars with people drinking and driving.
When I met my friend Marisol, I started hanging around drug dealers. They had nice sports cars, fancy clothes, and would pay for our drinks and throw big parties. When I turned 18 I met a guy who said he went to church. I told him I went to his church also. It was a lie, but it forced me to go.
I didn't know where to find Jesus, but in the midst of everything, he found me. I wasn't expecting it to happen. I showed up at church and discovered ex-drug addicts holding Bibles and praising God. At the end of the service the pastor made an invitation to receive salvation. All I could think was that I didn't know what I was doing, but this is what I'd been looking for my whole life. Suddenly I was up at the altar inviting Jesus into my life.
Asking God for HelpI was no angel immediately, but every time I went to a party or got involved in bad things, I would have the urge to leave. It just didn't seem right. I failed many times until I realized that maybe I should ask God to help me. So I prayed, "God, please take away my desire to get high. Help me stay away from these places of temptation." And he did!
One day I told my friend about my decision to follow Jesus and she said, "So, you're trying this Christian thing? Don’t worry, you'll be back again next week."
The first few years were not easy. I didn't have any good Christian friends to pray with me and encourage me. I got lonely and went out with a guy who was not helpful to my walk with Jesus. I told myself that if I could just keep going to church, things would change.
Serving God or the DevilOne day I heard a "fiery" sermon. I was so moved by God speaking to my heart that I called the guy I had been seeing and said, "I can't be with you anymore." I knew that I had to either serve God or serve the Devil.
I remember another day the pastor was preaching about friendships. He said, "He who has friends makes himself friendly." This phrase really struck me in a weird way. I thought to myself, "Okay God, meet me half way." I approached a lady at church and said, "I need to know some Christians. Will you have coffee with me?" Instead, she invited me out for pizza. Suddenly I found myself talking and spilling the beans on how I was struggling. My new friend was so loving. She told me that from then on, she and others would "be there" for me.
Drastically ChangingFrom this point things in my life began to change drastically. I would wake up each day and discover I was so different than the last day. If you are having a rough beginning as a Christian, just hold on. Help is on the way. You are never alone when you have Jesus.
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