Before coming to Adult and Teen Challenge of the Upper Cumberland, I sought happiness in all the wrong places.  I have always had a wonderful family that loves me very much, but I continued to surround myself with the wrong group of people.  I had no idea who I really was so I did whatever I needed to fit in.  I found a false sense of confidence in my addiction.  What started out as drinking soon escalated into a full-blown Meth addiction.  After being incarcerated at Christmas two years in a row, it was a huge wake up call that I desperately needed to get help.

I was accepted into Adult and Teen Challenge of the Upper Cumberland.  Since I have been here, I have found true happiness in the Lord.  I no longer find a false sense of happiness in the things of the world.  Those things just continued to keep me further away from the Lord Most High.  I know my true identity and confidence come from the Lord.  I am not that girl who is not accepted because God accepts me.  I am more than accepted.  I am wanted.  God sought me out.  He left the 99 to come and find me, and I will forever be grateful.

Upon completing Adult and Teen Challenge of the Upper Cumberland, I plan to help others by sharing the goodness of God.  I want everyone to know that God is still in the miracle making business, and I am living proof of that.  The verse that I stand on is Psalm 23:4, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me, Your rod and Your staff they comfort me.”