26 Jan Emma’s Story
My name is Emma. I’m 25 years old from Martinsburg, WV. When I came into this program I was a complete mess. I was so lost, so confused and so utterly broken. I didn’t think I needed God or any help for that matter. Once I began to understand what it meant to surrender to God and how fulfilling a personal relationship with Him is, I realized that I never want to live my life without Him. I have fallen so in love with God!
I no longer chase a high that leaves me empty but rather I chase after a God that fills me with the greatest love I’ve ever known. My life verse, Isaiah 61:3 says, “to comfort those who mourn, to give them a crown of beauty for ashes, the oil of gladness instead of tears, and joyous praise in place of broken hearts, they will be called oaks of righteousness planted by the Lord to honor His name.”
All God asks is for me to give everything over to Him, trust Him, love Him, and choose to follow the path He has perfectly designed for me. My answer is yes! I walk in freedom and I am no longer a slave!
I want to encourage anyone out there who is struggling or affected by addiction to not give up hope! I never thought that I could do this. I thought that I was going to spend the rest of my life constantly trying to numb myself and running from my problems. Like Elijah ran from Jezebel in 1 Kings 19, I too, prayed that I might die because I did not want to fight anymore; I wanted to give up. Well, God had bigger plans for me. He has a purpose for my life and I know that He didn’t save me for no reason. I’m going to stay strong and I’m going to keep fighting, not only for myself but for those still in active addiction and for those who are lost. God has ignited a fire in my heart and has filled me with a light that can dispel any darkness.