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Leona…“ Help me, God! I don’t want to live like this anymore! ”

My name is Leona, I’m 46 years old.  I’ve had 5 children, been widowed twice, and was a drug addict for 30 years.
 
Wow, huh?  There are some blank spots I don’t remember very well, so I’ll stick to the highlights… 
 
I was molested due to an inappropriate age difference.   My parents loved me very much, but they worked hard, long hours to support us. I never wanted for anything as a child, and life was good. I did all the things I was taught not to do and as a result, by the time I was 17,  I was a hope-to-die junkie.  Addiction became my lifestyle.

I married, had children, only to lose them to the system because of my addiction.  Needless to say, when I hit my 30’s, I’d been used, abused and thrown away.  I was mean, angry and truly the one your mother warned you about.  I was lost in pain and didn’t know how to change.  
 
I tried different recovery programs in jails and prison, but nothing worked.  I became sick and spiritually broken.  I had no hope, my dreams were destroyed.  My god was dope!  I was a warrior among men until the man I loved beat me so bad, it took four months for all the bruises to go away.  
 
I was afraid, alone—I was that homeless woman walking down the side of the road with nowhere to go.  I hit my knees and prayed for the first time in more years than I can remember. 

“Help me, God!  I don’t want to live like this anymore!” 
 
Within 10 days, I was in Captive Hearts!  Judy and Brandi looked at me as an investment for God.  I look at them as a  lifeline to God.    With the help of Captive Hearts, I now  have a relationship with God, and my life is turning around.  
 
There are no big deals today.  Only God’s  love for me and my trust in His love for me.  Thank you, Captive Hearts. 
 

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