I was born the third of eight children. Being the middle child of such a large family, it was easy for me to get lost in the shuffle. I would be left alone to my own devices and I eventually learned that anything I did was not really noticed. Growing up in the shadows, I did everything and anything I wanted without suffering the consequences. I knew how to fly “under the radar”. When my parents finally took notice of the life I was living, it was too late for them to do anything. At 17 I moved out, was an avid drinker and occasional pot smoker. I eventually dropped out of school to travel instead. The years I spent living doing what I wanted to do turned into a decade plus. The end of that lifestyle was interrupted by a gradual increase in my contact with the law enforcement, resulting in 3 felonies.
I never really thought about my relationship with God or my walk with Christ. Coming to the Lydia House has made me aware of my need for God in my life. This also made me acknowledge my need for goals. I have gained a very close relationship with God and have come to understand better who I am in Christ and who I need to be In Christ. In the past I lived solely by the desires of my own heart and by the will of my flesh, which led me down a path of loneliness, destruction, isolation and despair. I now live more by The Word of God and by His Will alone, which has led me down a path of true freedom, inner peace and security.
Having obtained my G.E.D, my future plans include enrolling into college and working to obtain independence and to live the life God intended me to live. The Scripture that has most resonated with me is Romans 8:13-14 “For if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.”
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