Rachel’s Story

Rachel’s Story

Hello, my name is Rachel and this is my story.  I am 22 years old from Richeyville, PA.  Growing up I was very close with my family.  We occasionally attended church.  I was a good kid in school.  I never got in trouble, I was involved in sports, a band geek, and I did what I was supposed to do.  But despite all the fun things I did in school, inside I was very broken.  I was always very hard on myself.  I wasn’t pretty enough, skinny enough or smart enough.  I wanted to fit in too much.  I started to get high to numb the fact that I wasn’t good enough.  It started with weed and I stuck to that for a few years.  Then, in January of 2015 I totaled my car.  Between my brother’s prayers for me, as my broken body laid in that hospital bed, and hearing my mom continuously say that it is only by the grace of God that I am still alive, I was ready to change my life.  But shortly after recovering from the accident, I was right back at it.  I then started to abuse my pain medication which got me around a whole new group of people and it eventually led to using heroin.  I knew this wasn’t the way I wanted to live the rest of my life.  After losing friends and drifting away from my family, I knew I had to do something.  I went to my brother and told him that I wanted help.  My family didn’t hesitate at all and a week and a half later I ended up in Teen Challenge.

Since coming to Teen Challenge, my outlook on life, on the world, on myself has changed drastically.  I now look at myself through God’s eyes and I understand that He made us all different for a reason, and that He loves me just the way I am.  I have a relationship with Jesus Christ that is stronger than any friendship I could ever have.  I finally have peace in my heart, in my mind and in my soul.  God continues to show me that there is so much more to life than what you look like and who your friends are.  I have committed my life to serving the Lord and I will never go back to the girl I was in the past.  I am excited to see what God has for me in the next chapter of my story.

“He must become greater, I must become less.” John 3:30

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