The faithfulness of God is the first thing that comes to my mind when I look back over my life. My journey began what seems like a lifetime ago. I was raised in church, but really did not know what it meant to have a deep, personal relationship with Jesus. I always knew the right things to say and the right things to do. Sooner or later, though, it all caught up with me and it all came crashing down.
Todd and I got married while he was in the Navy, and I brought all the issues I had with me into the marriage. By 2001 we were at rock bottom. I had put us into debt well over $35,000.00. We were at the point of giving up. We had some friend who told us about Heartland so we made the call and then the choice that I would come into the Women’s Program. That was in February of 2001. It was a tough program but one that led me on the path in my relationship with Jesus.
Even upon completing the program and accepting Jesus as my Savior there were areas in my life that I had not yet surrendered to God. Over the years I have given these issues, one by one, over to God and He has always been faithful to see me through. 1 Corinthians 10:13 says, “No temptation has overtaken you except as such as is common to man, but GOD IS FAITHFUL, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.” Hard days still come, temptations and fears still come, but He is and has always been faithful to see me through.
My husband and I just celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary, and we have three wonderful children who we are training in the way and fear of the Lord. We have paid off the debt we owed, and we are both doing what God has called us to do by teaching and working with the youth here. We stand on the verse, Philippians 1:6 “being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus.” And Joshua 24:15, “But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”