Before coming to Adult and Teen Challenge of the Upper Cumberland, my life was chaotic, and I was so broken and lost.  I never really felt like I was good enough for this world.  I felt as though I could never do anything right, and I had absolutely no self worth.  I thought I had to buy love with money and drugs to be accepted.

The last time I landed in jail, I began looking around.  I asked myself is this really the life I want for my two children and myself.  I was at the end of myself.  I was ready to change the direction of my life, and stop this cycle of jail, drugs, and chaos.  An opportunity arose for me to come to Adult and Teen Challenge of the Upper Cumberland.  I knew God was providing a way for me to change and be the mother I so desperately wanted to be.

Since coming to Adult and Teen Challenge of the Upper Cumberland, I have found my self worth and my identity in Christ.  I no longer believe the lies of the enemy because Jesus said that is not who I am.  Jesus gives me joy, peace, and love.  I am a new creation in Christ, and I have learned how to forgive and trust God.

Upon graduating Adult and Teen Challenge of the Upper Cumberland, I want to stay plugged into ministry.  The Lord has opened a door for me to stay in full time ministry as the housekeeper in my local church. I also want to spread the love of Jesus Christ into the local jails.  I want to give them a hope and tell them of the goodness of God.   I once was hopeless, and now I have a hope and a future in Jesus.

The verse I stand on is Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”