Recently, we had a Reformer’s Schools of Discipleship graduation at North Love Baptist Church. Below is one of the testimonies from a graduate. The Reformer’s Schools of Discipleship is a six month program where men or women come to develop a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and discover the Truth that will make them free from their strongholds and addiction.
My name is Tiffany Walz. I’m 27 years old and I’m from Belvidere, Illinois. I did not grow up in a Christian home or attend church. I was raised in a worldly environment. I’ve always felt a sense of emptiness in my heart. My desire to fill this emptiness soon became an addiction to alcohol, heroin, and many other sinful habits. These addictions continued uncontrollably, even after my daughter was born, then led me to search out help from many different secular programs. I would have a short amount of sobriety but I never felt true happiness and comfort.
It wasn’t until May of 2011 when I came to Reformers Unanimous that I felt hopeful for the first time in my life. Psalm 73:26, “My flesh and my heart faileth: but is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”
It was at RU that I received Christ as my personal Savior and began having victory over my addictions. Although the Lord gave me victory and started changing my life, I did not give everything over to him. I held onto everything about my worldly life except for the drugs.
Around October 2012, my Mom became sick and instead of turning to God and my church family for help, I turned to drugs and old friends. I soon lost sight of the Lord and became enticed by worldly sins. When my Mom passed away on December 19th, 2012, I fell deep into my addictions. I grew angry at God and wanted no part of Him anymore. This led me to getting arrested, homelessness, and I was ready to give up on life.
By God’s grace and mercy, He saved me from those worldly sins. I came into the Women’s Home on April 14th, 2013 and since then God has given me 195 days victory over drugs and alcohol. My relationship with God is better than it ever has been. God has restored my family and gave me peace about my Mom’s death. He’s allowed me to be the mom He intended me to be. He’s changed my heart to want to serve the Lord with my life and raise my daughter to as well. Philippians 1:6, “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ”.