I was homeless off and on for ten years. I had a lot of anxiety, and I couldn’t sleep without drinking. One night during the winter in 2013, I was intoxicated and fell asleep with the top of my head and my feet out of my tent. When I woke up I had frostbite, so I went to Hope House to get money for a bus ticket to the hospital in Louisville, where I’m from. I was told the frostbite was on my toes and my brain.
When you’re homeless, you start to forget about God and think of yourself as number one because you think that’s the only way to survive. That was my mentality. Four years after I met Bryan, I was sitting on a park bench, and he sat next to me and started talking about Program Living. I was 48 at the time, and I was willing to try anything to change my life.
So many people live their lives as enemies of God, but he still accepts us because of his never-ending grace. In John 20:29 Jesus says, “You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who believe without seeing me.” Jesus’ death and resurrection happened thousands of years ago, but here we are, we haven’t seen him but still believe.
I’m looking forward to every day that will come and the next hill to climb. Now, I know that God sees everything and is in control of it all. I know I don’t have to worry anymore because he’s taking care of it all. I thank God for everything. My graduation ceremony is all for his glory.