Graduation is upon me. This coming Saturday in fact. If you have read my testimony you know this is a HUGE accomplishment. I think it’s just starting to set in and part of the reason is because I just had a job interview at a women’s shelter here in town as a Program Counselor. The Lord has brought me a great distance in the last 6 years.
In fact, six years ago right at this moment I was addicted to Meth, I was an I.V. drug user. I actually used meth, cocaine, heroine, anything that got me high and would allow me to escape the homeless lifestyle I was living. I sold my body, stole from department stores, hustled like crazy to make money for dope. My husband and I lived on the creek. We had a pretty cool camp, not like most of the homeless that lived around us who had been out there and never really expected to get off the streets. We knew there was a call on our lives and living on the street wouldn’t last forever but sometimes it felt like forever.
Fast forward, here it is April 29, 2013 and Saturday May 4th I will graduate with a Bachelors in Psychology and Counseling, just had my first job interview and I am no longer dependent on my State for any kind of assistance (not that that is bad, because we needed the assistance for a while).
WOW is how I feel. God is so AWESOME and this is where I have wanted to be my entire life but never thought it would happen and certainly not this fast. I am grateful beyond words. This has been a divine journey and I’m excited beyond words at what is to come. I will be returning to school in the fall to get my Masters Degree in Counseling.
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
You were running the race so well. Who has held you back from following the truth? It certainly isn’t God, for he is the one who called you to freedom. I am trusting The Lord to keep you from believing false teachings. God will judge that person, whoever he is, who has been confusing you.
I want to reflect a bit today on what happened 11 yrs. ago. The day that changed America. That day our security was shaken, lives were lost, but our FAITH remained strong!! I remember the strong need to be with my children. They were 9 and 6 years old. Even at that age they understood the tragic events of children losing parents and parents losing children. I am grateful today that I have my family. I am grateful for ALL those who have given up their lives for our BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY and our FREEDOM. For 10 years after the tragedy of 9/11 I quit celebrating my birthday on that day. BUT I AM HAPPY TO SAY THAT TODAY I AM CELEBRATING but also giving HONOR to the MEN, WOMAN, CHILDREN who died on MY BIRTHDAY 11 years ago. I WILL NEVER FORGET!!
This is what the Lord says: “If you return to me, I will restore you so you can continue to serve me. If you speak good words rather than worthless ones, you will be my spokesman. You must influence them…do not let them influence you!”
“So fear the Lord and serve him wholeheartedly. Put away FOREVER the idols your ancestors worshiped”…(food, TV, electronics, video games, alcohol, drugs, money, sex,etc. to name a few.)
“But if you refuse to serve the Lord, then choose today whom you will serve…But as for me and my house, WE WILL SERVE THE LORD!”