The Day My Life Changed Forever

At the RU Recovery headquarters in Rockford, Illinois, we receive testimonies of transformed lives through the mail and email almost daily! We are so blessed to see His miraculous hand at work in the lives of so many. These testimonies keep us going, and we hope they are a blessing to you. If God has used RU to make a difference in your life, would you send us your testimony? We would love to hear from you just as we loved receiving this testimony…

I’m twenty-eight years old and my entire life I’ve grown up in a dysfunctional family. My mother and father split up when I was only one. My mother was an alcoholic and both my parents used drugs. When I was sixteen, I started trying most drugs. The older I got, the worse it got. Before I knew it, I was in jail on my way to a rehab.

I spent six months in a rehab in Dayton. They were supposed to be teaching me the tools to cope with life. I was out of the program for only 2 months when I decided to get high again. My life was on a complete downward spiral again. Before I knew it, I was in jail with more charges and facing prison. While I was in jail, my mother was in contact with one of our family friends who told her about RU. At this point in my life, I thought I was finished. I just knew I was going to prison and that I would be a drug addict for the rest of my life. My mother agreed to “bond me out” if I would try this faith-based program called RU. I was reluctant but I agreed. (I would have agreed to anything to get out of there!)

I was out for a few days when someone from RU called wanting me to go to church. Of course, I tried every excuse not to go. That day was September 25, 2008 and that’s the day my life changed forever! I went to this church and heard preaching. I felt like he was preaching straight to me. After the sermon, I met a beautiful, godly, loving person who led me to Christ. After that my life was completely different. I knew life could be good if I would just live for God. I still had many trials to overcome and plenty of adversity to face, but I knew with God in my heart I could beat this.

I still had to go to court and face everything I had done. I knew I had changed, but I had to show the court that I had. I begged and pleaded to God to give me another chance and, of course, I was scared of the outcome. But, of course, God heard my cry and knew I was sincere so He brought me through all of it with the perfect outcome!

Now I’ve had victory over drugs and have been IN CHRIST for over a year! I know without God in my life I would be in prison and I would still be an addict. I thank God everyday for the person I am through Him!

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