Am getting ready to head home from Daphne, Al and moments ago one of the employees here at the Hyundai store just shared her story with me. You just never know when doing so will have a major impact on someone else.
Several years ago her husband had gone to Wal-Mart, bought a gun and fatally shot himself in the parking lot (that is the cleaned up version). There was no warning. No apparent signs of despair. This tragic event threw her into a 3 year downward spiral of Crystal Meth use and every other kind of drug available. She was lucky because somewhere along the way she started realizing she needed a personal relationship with God to pull her out of this tailspin.
In her own words, she somehow avoided jail but found Jesus, and when she did she began a parallel journey with Narcotics Anonymous and now has 7 years clean. Her point to me was, you have to know, walk with and talk with the Lord every day to take that journey back to healing, but you also need the work of the 12 Steps to change your behavioral issues. The one without the other is like having a toothbrush with no toothpaste to put on it, your teeth get scrubbed but not cleaned.
Great words to share, but how about you? Do you want us to share your story, either anonymously or with signature on our website? You can either do so in a short version comment on the blog or contact Kim Thames or I to arrange a video or post somewhere on this site for a longer version. It would be a great blessing for us to post your story and certainly an inspiration to others. In a way, we are writing a modern day section of scripture by being honest and open about the healing power of the Lord.
Let us know, but in the meantime, let us thank God for the salvation and deliverance of this woman, and pray that if any traumatic situation like hers may occur in our lives, we would be ready to call on Him, not the drugs, for an answer.
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.