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Ashley’s Story

As a child, I grew up with a mother that worked two different jobs and with a father that was a drunk. Most nights, it was just me and my brother left to fend for ourselves. My parents fought a lot. Life was hard.
At the age of 17, my brother died in a car wreck, which completely destroyed my world. He was the one that had always been there for me and without him there, I felt lost and alone.
Instead of turning to God, to heal my pain, I chose a lifestyle of destruction. I was aware that God existed but I didn’t know anything about Him. I didn’t know that I could go to Him with everything and that He would not just forgive me but actually help me. For the next 11 years, I was in active drug addiction and involved in a very bad relationship. I lost my home and my family, yet all I could think about was getting high.
On one particular Saturday during this time, I felt as if I had hit rock bottom. My kids and I had nowhere to go. I remembered a friend of mine had recently moved out of her apartment, so the kids and I took a chance to see if we could stay there. Luckily for us, it was open. That night my kids laid on my lap, all I could do was cry. How had my life come to this?
I called my friend and asked if she would come get us for church the next morning. The message that day spoke powerfully to me. I asked Jesus into my heart. Ever since that day, God has worked miracles in my life.
One of the miracles was that He led me to Freedom Life Ministries. Everything about my life is now different. I am not the person that I used to be. Freedom Life is a place that has provided counseling for me and helped me in many ways including keeping me accountable. Through Freedom Life God has provided new friendships, including a phenomenal case manager that has walked with me every step of the way. I would have never dreamed my life could be where it is today, filled with love and full of blessing. I give all the glory to God!!

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