My name is Amy, and I am a beautiful daughter of OurLord and Savior. I am 30 years old, and because of God’s Amazing Grace, I willcelebrate 4 years clean in February 2016. Born to two very dysfunctionaladdicts and alcoholics, I started using drugs at the age of 12, because thatwas my normal. I grew up thinking the only way to have fun and have people careabout me was to get high and act out. That thinking led to me getting pregnantat age 14 and again at age 17.
I loved being a mom, and I did my best to be great atit, but unfortunately, the chaotic lifestyle of drugs and alcohol were far toonormal to me. Getting high at any cost soon became my priority. Children anddreams were stolen. Lost and broken and feeling totally abandoned by God, Ibegged for Him just to let me die. However, He had other plans for my life!Hallelujah!!
I never thought waking up again in a jail cell wouldbe the greatest thing that could happen to me, but it was. I had been to otherrehabs in the past, but none had ever “worked”. This one was different though.This one was Christ-centered. I was about 90 days in when something justhappened. I had a feeling that was deeper and higher than any other experiencethat I had ever had. At that point, I knew that I was His, and He was mine. Itruly felt His Love for the first time, and I could not get enough.
I was scared when my 6 months at rehab was up. I hadnowhere to go. I had no job and no money. I had nothing except my two childrenthat were depending on me. I did not want to fall back to the same old life,but that was the only life I knew. Life with Jesus seemed great, but it was sobrand new. I knew that I needed more help in following Him for the rest of mylife.
I prayed hard and put my trust in Him, and for thefirst time in my life, I admitted that I was scared and needed more help. Thenext thing I knew, I was having pizza with the Judge and meeting Pastor Gregand Kristi Bearss and a few others of the LakePointe team. There was no HopeMovement at this time, but there was a strong desire to help struggling womenlike myself. I left that meeting unsure of what was going to happen, but I knewfor sure this was from God.
A week later, my children and I went to live withPastor Josh and Jenny Woodrow, who was interning at LakePointe. They had onlybeen in town for a month or two, and they wanted me. I cannot express thefeeling of being wanted, without someone wanting something back from me. Duringmy stay with them, I got a job, did financial planning, parenting classes, hadChristian counseling, and attended other meetings too. It was very, very busy,but I learned a lot. Most of what I learned was inside the host parent’s homethough. It was a healthy mix of church life, marriage, raising kids, work, andpets. They showed me what genuine love really looks like and how to live lifeon life’s terms. Life today is great. I am so in love with Jesus, and I see himworking in my life every day. I am the mom I have always wanted to be, which istotally present and involved in my kids’ lives, whether it is a football game,a band concert, or just movie night in our pj’s, I am able to give them thelove and attention they need and deserve. I have the same job, and I amadvancing my skills regularly. I have wonderful relationships with my familyand my family of families at LakePointe.
In the last few years, I have also had many heartbreaks, which included the death of my mother and separation from my husband.However, through it all, God has been there and so have the members ofLakePointe and The Hope Movement. I am forever grateful to my King and the HopeMovement ministry, and I look forward to helping many other women yet to come.