By the grace of God my life has been transforming for the last few years. After 20+ years of heavy drinking and chain smoking my life had finally spiraled to the bottom. My darkness lead me to sitting on the floor gun in hand sobbing desperately reaching for any hope to a better life. I committed myself to rehab which lead to a spiritual awakening where I turned my life around to face the light. I give God all the credit for this change in my life. I thought that I would die from the abuse I was inflicting on myself. My life now compared to three years ago is an incredible contrast and it’s because I started getting to know who Jesus is. I had a lot of regret because it took me almost 40 years to open my heart up. But I learned about the power of forgiveness and a peace that passes all understanding. I pray that no one has to experience what I went through. That’s why I share my journey. I don’t seek pitty or sympathy or need praise. I humble myself and lay out my life to share my truth that I had a huge hole in my soul and the only thing that has filled it is not a thing at all, it is the almighty God the father creator of Heaven and Earth. Accepting Jesus as my savior saved my life. I am thankful today I am alive and my heart is on fire! I thank God everyday that I’m better than I once was. I sit beautifully content in my imperfections knowing God loves me and the Holy Spirit dwells within me.
Reach out to people who might be struggling and see how they are doing. There is help and there is a better life. Down below is a link to my church the Lutheran Church of Hope in West Des Moines. They have many out reach programs and services online.
These art pieces below I displayed in 2018 at the Lutheran Church of Hope to share a glimpse of my walk in recovery. I had relapsed several times before this display and the Exodus exhibit were installed. But I forgave myself and tried again. Two years later I haven’t picked up a drink by the grace of God. Relapse doesn’t have to apart of your recovery. Seek help and follow Jesus!