Ashley

From a very young age I felt unaccepted and worthless. To feel accepted, I did what I thought would be the best thing to get people to like me. I hung out with the “party crowd” because they seemed to be the most popular group in school. I started drinking and smoking cigarettes, which led taking  pain pills then to injecting meth, and heroin.

My lifestyle was too much for me to balance, along with trying to raise my children, so I thought it would be “ok” for my parents to raise them. This only left me with free time to dig deeper into my addiction since I had no responsibilities. I eventually ended up with legal charges which kept me in and out of jail, halfway houses, and even a trip to prison. Nothing was enough for me to want to quit this lifestyle. While sitting in jail waiting to get sentenced to prison a second time, I was prompted to apply for Adult & Teen Challenge, North Dakota.

I never knew what true acceptance and love were until I walked through the doors at Adult & Teen Challenge, North Dakota; but I was so broken and mean I didn’t know how to accept the love. Adult & Teen Challenge, North Dakota helped me work through my life-controlling issues and has shown me how to love myself and others as well as Jesus. With the love of the Lord in my life, I no longer must be hateful and mean. The Lord is showing me how to use my gifts from Him in the correct way. Broken relationships in my family are being restored, and I have been given a chance to be the mother that my kids deserve. My heart is fully devoted to doing works for God through his ministry at Adult & Teen Challenge, North Dakota. I am so thankful that I have been blessed with the opportunity to manage the Adult & Teen Challenge, North Dakota thrift store.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6