25 Jul Amanda’s Story
My name is Amanda and this is my story. I’m 20 years old and from Charleston, South Carolina. I grew up in a wonderful family. We always went to church but I never had a relationship with God. I was a good kid in school and was always very involved and active. I graduated high school and was headed to college. I always struggled with the idea of being and looking perfect. As hard as I tried on the inside, I never felt good enough. I dealt with depression and anxiety, but they only got worse after I was sexually assaulted during my freshmen year in college. Then my life began spiraling out of control. I was drinking and out at the bars every night. I was smoking weed often and began snorting cocaine. I was trying to find my worth and love in men, developing a sex addiction. I overdosed twice on my medications to kill myself and was cutting myself. I didn’t want to live anymore. I was wreckless and broken. I needed help.
Since coming to Teen Challenge, God has turned my life around. I let Him into my heart and He has showed me how to be happy again. My anxiety and depression aren’t what they used to be. God has given me a peace that I haven’t had. I no longer find my worth in man, but in God. And His love is all I need. God has helped me restore relationships and has placed amazing people in my life. I have been able to really find myself here and God is helping me become the person He created me to be. I still face trials everyday but I know that if God has gotten me this far, I can do anything. I am so thankful for everything God is doing in my life here.
Finally be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. – Ephesians 6:10-11