By God’s Grace

"They blamed the divorce on me and I fell into a pit of depression."

By God’s Grace

Ashley:  Growing up I was raised in a good home. When I turned 9 years old, I found my adoption papers and my heart broke. I felt rejected and betrayed, so I started to act out. My behavior caused a lot of strife in the home and eventually my parents got divorced. They blamed the divorce on me and I fell into a pit of depression. My dad became physically abusive after the divorce and I was cut off from my family.

At the age of 16, I was raped behind a church by my brother and his friend. After this happened, I decided to move in with my biological mother in Mississippi. Everything went well for the first 3 weeks but then I had to have an emergency surgery for a ruptured appendix. After this, my biological mom started to become verbally and physically abusive. I ran away a few times, but every time I found myself going back to them.

When I was 19, I joined a witch coven and practiced witchcraft because I was mad that God let me go through all of that. I met my fiancé around this time and played the double life. I was a Christian around him, but a witch around everyone else. He got deployed on February 16, 2020, and 7 months later I found out that he was killed in deployment. My heart broke and I started drinking and gambling.

I was ready to take my life, but God met me in that moment. God gave me a clear word and I knew that I needed to seek help.

I drove to Pensacola Teen Challenge where I completed 11 months. I was part of the ministry team where we sang at churches and was a big sister to girls just entering the program. I felt God was calling me to Tennessee but didn’t know how it was going to happen. About a week later I was called into an office and was asked if I wanted to transfer to the Adult and Teen challenge in Livingston, TN. I spent another 6 months in the program there and was also on their ministry teams.

I am currently out of Teen Challenge and living in a shelter until I can find a place to live. If I have learned anything by being in Teen Challenge, it is that all things work for the good and if God wants me to do this then I need to trust that He knows what He is doing.

By God’s grace, I got a job as a shift manager at Wendy’s and I am grateful for it. I am currently enrolled in Bible college and doing well. I plan on majoring in Christian Music to be able to go into the Christian Music Industry to help set stages and run media. That’s my end goal and I know God will open the doors to make it happen because He calls us, then He equips us. My life is forever changed!

“...I need to trust that He knows what He is doing."

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