You are not defined by your past. For in Christ, you are a new creation.
"I felt so alone, so angry, so used, violated and worthless.
It doesn’t matter how many times you failed or got knocked down, God will meet you right where you are. It’s at the end of yourself that God shows up.
"Jesus is the only thing more powerful than addiction"
A relationship with Jesus is the only thing that’s given me a chance. Without that hunger for Him, I would have no recovery.
"...no matter how you feel or what you think, God can pull you through it"
I had no relationship with God....I might have talked to Him a time or two but I didn’t really know Him or understand the gospel. I was not familiar with His promises and faithfulness.
"I used alcohol to cope with the depression"
I arrived at Through The Gate in shackles. When we pulled up I was filled with fear because of all the uncertainty.
"Being pushed out of my comfort zone was all part of growing!"
Trusting in the Lord was a hard thing to learn because I had never really trusted anyone in my life. So now I had to learn how to trust in someone that I couldn’t even see.
"Through the Gate has truly given me a freedom to grow"
Because of what Jesus has done, I love and accept myself. He has given me a new nature... All of my confusing thoughts and questions are answered through God’s Word.
"I lost my house, my truck, my job, everything.."
I thought I knew all about Christianity and my salvation because I grew up in the church...But really I had little to no clue about what a Christ-centered life really looked and felt like.
"I lost my childhood memories that day along with the details"
I had been to a few different secular therapist throughout the years and had not found peace till I came to Through The Gate.
"pride tells you 'I’m not like THOSE people'"
When I started to view TTG as an opportunity and not a punishment, my heart and life truly began to transform and change.