In my past, I was in and out of jail for so many different things. I had a desire for drugs, and I suffered from anxiety. My relationship with my family was broken, and I was unemployed. But through Program Living, I’ve come to realize that I’m not defined by those things anymore. I am a child of God, justified by Jesus Christ!
On November 20th, 2016, my son Kayden’s birthday, I chose to follow Christ in believer’s baptism. My life is slowly being changed throughout this process of sanctification. I’ve had a few setbacks, but I count them all as joy because it has strengthened my faith and brought me closer to the Lord each time.
Ezekiel 36:26-27 says, “I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit that I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules.”
I’ve prayed for a long time for God to remove that heart of stone and put within me a heart of flesh. I didn’t want to be the sinful, prideful person that I was anymore. People who know me now tell me that they can’t imagine me ever being a bad person. My response is, “It’s nothing that I’ve done, I give Jesus all the glory.”
Through Jesus Christ, I have my needs met. I have been delivered from anxiety medicine that I no longer take. I no longer have a desire for drugs. I not only serve my church but am a part-time employee there, which is very humbling. I have my family back, I have a job that I love, and I have friends and a church family who support me and hold me accountable. I thank God for using everyone at Hope House to better my walk with Him.