The Journey Begins

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36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” – John 8:36

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Photo: RNLI/Mike Lavis

Addiction has torn apart my family and rocked our world. My husband is currently in an 11 month regeneration program, essentially leaving me as a single mom of a beautiful 1 year old son for the duration of his recovery. Life for us will never be the same, but thank God for that! We are headed into the unknown, but for the first time in years I feel hope instead of despair. I don’t know where the road will take us, but I trust the destination will be worth the journey. Suffering breeds compassion. If sharing our pain can bring healing to others, if words can breathe life into death, beauty will spring forth from the ashes and our struggles will not be in vain. Here’s to being beautifully broken along the way!

Pain is individual. I will never proclaim to be so bold as to know what you are walking through. Addiction’s reach is wide and it’s grasp crushing. The impact is always devastating. We may have ended up in the same place, but our journeys are our own. I am not here to preach to you or share meaningless platitudes under the guise of comfort. This is simply a platform to share my story. To speak the truth of God’s love in my life. To shine a light of hope in what was once all consuming darkness. I do not know how my story will end. I do not know if my husband will stay sober. I do not know if my family will be whole. What I do know is this: Today my husband is sober. Today my family is safe. Today God is breathing new life into my heart. He’s planting seeds of forgiveness where once only bitterness grew. He’s healing wounds buried so deep, I didn’t even know they existed. Today God is working. Today I have hope.

Post by post, I’m going to tell my story. I’m not going to pull any punches. It’s founded in ugly. You may not agree with the choices I made. That is your right. Just as it was my right to make them. I’m simply laying it all out there in the hope that God will do what only God can do: Restore and renew. If you leave with nothing else, know that no matter where you are in your story, there is hope. Your story matters.

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