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Why Your Self-Esteem Should Flow from God

Delivered From The Past

     My mother was raised in a Catholic orphanage. Religion was force-fed to her, so when I was a child I was taught very little about God. I knew nothing about a relationship with Jesus.

     When I was five, my parents divorced. My mom remarried shortly thereafter. The man she married turned out to be a very abusive man. He began sexually abusing me when I was seven.

     At the age of 13 I started drinking and smoking pot. This was a release for me to escape reality. This went on until I was 16. I finally said no more to my mom’s husband. Of course, I was told to move out. They were divorced soon after this time and I moved in with my brother. I was still in high school and worked an evening job at a fast food restaurant to help with rent. I managed to work steadily even though I was a drug addict. By this time I used cocaine and just about any other drug on the market.

     Eventually, I took clerical classes and moved on to be a legal secretary. I dated very little because I felt that a relationship with a man was not good. I just withdrew from all relationships.

     When I was twenty, I met a man and when we saw each other we both knew there was something special about the other. As it turned out, his childhood was extremely tragic as well. He was also very kind to me and never knew about my childhood because I was afraid to tell him. I thought, "Who would want to marry extremely used material"?

     Part of our attraction to each other was that he did drugs as well. Life was one big party. We ended up getting married a year later. On the way home from our honeymoon, I told him about what had happened to me as a child. He was devastated, but it did not change our relationship.

     I got pregnant with our first child at the age of 24. God had his hand on our child because my body could not tolerate drinking or doing any drugs during pregnancy. I was drug and alcohol free throughout pregnancy and also during the year that I nursed my baby. But, the day I stopped nursing I went right back to it.

     My husband often stayed up late at night watching TV and getting high. One night he heard about the love of Jesus and how it could set you free. He said that he wanted to see this preacher in person someday. Soon after, that same preacher actually came to our area. We drove an hour and a half to see him. We took no drugs or alcohol for our trip and by the time we got there we were fighting because we were so irritable. We entered the arena and sat down by some people who immediately started talking to us. It was obvious to them that this was our first time at a meeting like this.

     The preacher talked about Jesus; about how He could set us free from drugs and alcohol; about how He could forgive all our sins; about how He loved us with an everlasting love; about how He could change our lives. At the end, all were invited to the front to meet Jesus and invite Him into their lives. We went down and received Jesus. We were set free immediately from drugs and alcohol. We had no withdrawals. We went home that night and threw away all our drugs, alcohol and anything that pertained to them. We told our friends about our decision and they laughed. No one could believe it because we always had drugs or knew where you could get them.

     Well, it’s been many years and we are still drug and alcohol free. Jesus not only took away our addictions, He also healed my heart. He healed my emotions. He gave me back my self-esteem. He showed me the love of a real Father. He told me He would never leave me or forsake me – and He hasn’t. He can do the same for you.  

                                                                                                      - G.Y.

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