I want to thank my friend Brandy for volunteering to be featured on my blog. I'm sure that her story will inspire you all! I hope her willingness to share her personal story will make a difference in your life and lead you towards better ways to lead a more awesome life!
Here's Brandy's story in her own words:
"When I think about the many things God has done for me, I get
overwhelmed. I use to be a drug addict, a smoker, a compulsive liar, and
a victim of emotional, mental and physical abuse. I am not ashamed of
where I've been or the hell God has brought me out of because what I use
to do does not dictate who I am today; who I am in Christ does. My
drug addiction is what ultimately broke me and brought me to my knees.
I was beaten by the endless insanity of my drug abuse. Feeling baffled
and ashamed, weighed down by countless past failures, and then nothing
short of divine intervention, He saw me lyinng there defeated, confused,
and alone and reached down from Heaven and rescued me.
year after surrendering myself completely over to God, I came across an
enormous mountain on my path. A stroke took most of my mobility from
me. I guess I was angry with God for awhile and it took me 9 months to
realize that things don't go wrong and break your heart so you can
become bitter and give up. They happen to break you down and build you
up so you can be all that you were intended to be. And also Romans 8:28
says that "For we know that all things work together for good, to those
that love God and are called according to His purpose."
I am truly
grateful now because God strengthens me everyday and I understand what
Paul meant now when he said he has learned to be content regardless of
his circumstances (Philippians 4:11). I have a long journey ahead of
me. By no means am I perfect or where I need to be. But by the grace of
GOD, I'm not where I use to be. I know the road to victory is not
always going to be easy, and I don't
pray for it to be, but I do pray for the strength, courage, and
guidance that can only be obtained through Christ, to make it safely to
My goal today is progress; to be a better me than I was
yesterday. With this attitude, I can finally look at that broken and
battered girl in the mirror and tell her "I not only love you, I like
you." I can say now that I love you all as well. But most of
all.........I love the Lord!"
Show Brandy some love by supporting her with a comment and some encouragement!
Together we can all live better more awesome lives!!!