Restored Lives – October ’13

A Restored Life in Michigan:

Thank the Lord that after 10 years of a crippling drug addiction, I learned the answer…TRUE FREEDOM through a daily, intimate relationship with Jesus Christ.  I came to RU broken, guilt-ridden, tired of fighting a then seemingly hopeless addiction to cocaine.  It didn’t take me very long to realize that a drug wasn’t my problem.  It was my sinful, rebellious, ugly heart.  The heart of every problem is a problem of the heart.  For the first time in my life, I submitted to the authority God placed over me. By doing this, I ultimately submitted to God.

As I do my Journal every single day, God speaks to me through the Bible.  It is quick and powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword and as I listen to the Holy Spirit’s voice, He shows me His desires for me.  And when I delight myself in the Lord, He promises to give me the desires of my heart.  It’s not rocket science!  As I yield to the Holy Spirit, He changes my selfish desires to His righteous desires and then He takes pleasure in blessing   because it brings glory to Him!!!!  I absolutely love it!  It’s REAL!!!!!

A Restored Life in Washington:

I am now almost thirty-two years old. I was incarcerated on March 5th, 2012. For the first time in my life, I began attending church. I have continued to go every week and also am an active member in the Reformers Unanimous program. I have learned to read my Bible and pray. I even have been saved and baptized. Christ has truly blessed me by opening up my heart to His love and understanding. God has forgiven me for my sins and taught me that nothing happens by mistake in God’s world. He has given me the strength to see the beauty in even the worst circumstances. He has given me the inner peace of mind to allow Him to take my worries and know it will be okay. God has made me into a NEW WOMAN. He has blessed me with a wonderful Savior and allowed me to be His child. Thank you Jesus!

A Restored Life in Texas:

It took me two years and three months to complete and graduate from the Strongholds Discipleship Course.  In every chapter of the book, God would deal with me on that particular fruit and where I was failing in it.  Each challenge was literally a challenge and God used each one to teach me, correct me, and show me how to fix it and better myself for the cause of Christ.

It was during this time that God restored my marriage.  My husband literally became my best friend.  I began to submit to him the way God wanted me to.  I began reading books on marriage written by Christian ladies and pastors.  I fell in love with him on a level that I did not know existed and want nothing but to make him happy.  God did a miracle in me and my marriage. The Reformers Unanimous Program and curriculum has convicted me, taught me, and blessed me in every area of my life.  I am no longer the prideful, crazy-eyed, ready-for-a-fight, loud-mouthed, stupid girl that I was when I began the Reformers Unanimous Program.  I am NOT perfect, but I AM changed!

A Restored Life in Alabama:

“If I would tell people my dreams they would get grossly tired of hearing them because they are never ending!” I wrote this quote of mine in a writing project sometime ago and each time I look at it I chuckle. Why? Because even though I dream 100% more than anyone else, I never once dreamed that my life could change so much. Previously, I looked at other Christians’ lives and said, “I would never be so gentle and meek like them because I am too hot-headed!” When I thought that, I obviously didn’t have much faith! I had forgotten that if Christ could save me, He also can transform me.

A Restored Life in Florida:

The Lord has truly blessed me. I have found my way back to my family and have reformed bonds with my sisters. Since then I have gotten married and [have] been doing really good. I thank the Lord everyday for showing me the way, blessing me with a great family and a wonderful husband. Even though I once was such a terrible person, they forgave me as I know He has. I thank you guys for this program. I am now 32 years old and have 2 ½ years clean. Only by God’s grace was this possible!

A Restored Life in Michigan:

God, through this program, has taught me appreciation, compassion, forgiveness, and humility towards others, which is something I never had before I gave my life to Jesus Christ.  Since this program, God has given me a new life with a new family (church family).  God loved me so much, He never gave up or ever threw me away.

A Restored Life in Illinois:

I was addicted to pills for 11 years of my life and the only time I was clean is when my addiction led me to doing 2 years in the state penitentiary. I got out and swore I would never go back to the addiction, but that was a lie. Almost immediately I returned to my addiction, but this time it was on me stronger than ever. I ran up $20,000 dollars in debt. I didn’t have any type of relationship with my own family, including not even talking on a phone. I thought I was a good dad letting my son throw a baseball to me while I kicked it back talking on the phone trying to get more supply. I even pawned everything I could get my hands on to feed my addiction. I hit “rock bottom.”

I joined the RU program reaching out for help because I couldn’t afford it anywhere else. I thought my life was over. I honestly thought that I had messed my life up so much that the only way out was suicide. My addiction owned me. However, since joining the RU program in my community, I have been completely clean from all drugs, including a 15 year cigarette habit!

A Restored Life in North Carolina:

I now have a restored relationship with my family! My wife and I, though at one time on the verge of divorce, are actually growing stronger than ever through the RU program. My son received the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Savior during the RU program. All I can say is “Praise the Lord!”

A Restored Life in California:

I would like to share my appreciation to you and for you; and mostly, to give God all the glory for what an awesome work He has done in my life and the amazing path He has led me down (or should I say up).  Our ever-loving Savior had pity on this poor, crippled, and suffering soul that I once was, but is now transformed thanks to His word, work, and will that He reveals to me as I serve Him.

A Restored Life in Ohio:

God used the RU program to save my life and give me back all the wonderful things I thought were lost. To sum things up for you, before RU, I was homeless, addicted, and alienated from my family and children; I had lost hope, given up, and did not care. I was living the typical addict life: stealing, drugging, and destroying my life and hurting everyone around me. Now, I am amazed at all the wonderful things that are happening for me. I have a good job, my mind and body are healthy, and I am living back with my family and children, who said they would never have anything to do with me. So, if you feel lost or have tried everything with no positive results, know that there is an answer!! God has changed my life and He can change yours also, because God does for us what we cannot do for ourselves.  The RU family helps addicts like me find our way back to God and guides us in rebuilding our relationship with Him.

A Restored Life in Texas:

A life that I could never fix has been given back to me. RU taught me how to trust our living Savior; have faith I need to keep going every day; and most of all, how to have a true relationship with a living God that gave me a life that I could have never fixed without Him. I thank God for letting me be a part of the RU program.

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  1. Why I came to reading this site is beyond me, I don’t even remember subscribing. I read all your comments and I’m angry, you people make it sound so easy, well what worked for you does not for everyone. I get so tired of hearing ” I seen the light ” I believe and read my bible constantly, I have prayed to the point of begging, crying, faithfully studying Gods Word , sometimes for hours each day. Well I haven’t even come close to experiencing even a hint of light. Darkness is all I see and feel. I have become a slave to addiction and it seems to be getting worse. So please quit tiger ting people’s hopes up because God does not help everyone, He picks and chooses and it certainly is not me.

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