I didn’t have a good excuse for my life taking such a downhill spiral but in 2004 I began to use drugs and it took me down a road full of shame, regret, and struggles that I honestly felt like I could not overcome on my own. After being introduced to drugs I became completely dependent on them in a short period of time. I lost everything and became a person that I didn’t know or recognize in the mirror. In 3 short years I found myself at the bottom of a pit that seemed so hopeless.
After getting into trouble a couple of time, I tried to straighten up on my own but each time I would find myself back in the same situation, doing the same things. I couldn’t see the pain that I was causing everyone that loved me. I lived only for myself and felt trapped. I reached a place where I had to make a decision and back it with the effort I needed to get out of this addiction. I had been going to church all of my life but I realized at my worst that my relationship with God was the answer to a new life. I started attending church and chapel at John 3:16 Ministries on Sundays. I got down on my knees and asked the Lord to save me and take my addiction from me. From that moment on I had everything I needed to beat this addiction!! I have been living life as a new creation for almost 12 years now. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a NEW CREATION. The old has passed away, BEHOLD ALL THINGS HAVE BECOME NEW!!” This verse has become so true in my life. I am so thankful for the grace that God offers to me and that I don’t have to be defined by my past. When I tell this testimony or think of my life before Christ, it honestly feels like a bad dream. I am so far from the person I used to be and I have JESUS CHRIST to thank every day for giving me another chance to live a blessed life. I have been employed at John 3:16 Ministries since 2008 and I love to share my testimony with people and tell them about the hope they can have in a life with God as the center.Miranda Childers