A Women of Character Testimony
Since I have been on this journey with America's Keswick's Women of Character, I can look back and see how God was sustaining me and my husband, Derek. I have learned through difficult circumstances the reality of how angry and bitter I had become and how I was just as sinful, broken, and in need of forgiveness as my husband who struggled with drug addiction for many years.
Who am I? I am a sinner in need of a Savior.
The road that led to my husband coming to America's Keswick was a long and painful one. Years of his drug addiction and my enabling him to live this destructive lifestyle had taken its toll on our family, marriage, and my health. It was an answer to prayer when he came to the end of himself and was accepted into the Colony of Mercy at America's Keswick.
During the beginning of his time at America's Keswick, I would experience anxious and fearful thoughts about our future and about what I thought other people like: my husband's family, my family and my friends thought about me. These thoughts would cripple me emotionally and send me down a scary rabbit hole full of lies and false accusations. I felt like Alice in Wonderland after she met the White Rabbit. These thoughts were debilitating and drained me of my mental and emotional energy-energy that I desperately needed to pick up the shattered pieces of my life.
In the midst of the chaos that came after my husband left to enter the Colony at Keswick Addiction Recovery Program, God provided Stephanie Paul to be my counselor through the Women of Character program. Her godly and wise counsel exhorted me to dig deep into His Word and encouraged me to rely on Him as my only source of truth and strength. She challenged me to take God at his Word and meditate on his Truth. A verse that I always meditated on that Stephanie shared with me is: Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God: and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:4-7)
I am so amazed at how God worked and is still working through our circumstances. He took me from what seemed like an absolutely hopeless situation and revealed His Love and Grace to me through restoring my marriage and family. I feel like He has made up for “the years that the swarming locust has eaten”. (Joel 2:25)
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