This journey has had many highs and lows, but mostly highs since my baptism on March 20, 2022. That's when I truly felt the Holy Spirit alive in me for the first time, and my entire outlook changed on life. As I have surrendered daily and live only one day at a time, my life slowly unfolds before my very eyes, and I'm called to serve and love others as Jesus did while walking in this broken world. No worries, just trusting and resting wherever He guides me.
On October 5, 2022, I was chairing an AA meeting when in walks a girl I've known all my life but hadn't seen in over 10 years. Head down, eyes filled with tears, she was completely broken, and desperate for healing. On that day, we reunited and embraced what God brought together by the power of His grace and mercy. She had no idea I was even back in NC living, so my presence was shocking, as her presence shocked me too. I grew up going to church with this beautiful girl, knowing her family, but lost touch once I moved out of NC, but God had BIG plans for what He brought together. I assisted her in getting help in different ways (trial and error, but God had us the entire time), His plan was much bigger than we knew. He wanted my family to open our home to her to provide a safe, sober living place to help her get on the right path with Him.
As I've surrendered to His will and allowed God to guide it all, I've seen this beautiful girl slowly come out of the darkness into His glorious light one day at a time. She is only at the beginning of this beautiful journey, and I continue to be amazed at how powerful and mighty God is every single day! So many stories and moments that I'll hold close in my heart forever with this one. She picked up her 30-day chip this week which she has never done before and continues to heal one day at a time trusting God in all she does. What a gift we have in Jesus, and I thank God daily for the gift of desperation that led me to where I am now. He truly heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds, but we have to believe to receive. Faith without works IS dead!