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.”