God revealed His love.

I grew up in a good household. My mother was a very loving person, very compassionate. When I was 23, all that changed.  She passed away. I was really hurt and, instead of turning to God, I turned to prescription drugs to numb that pain that I was feeling.

I functioned that way for about a year… until my dad passed away. That’s when I lost it. My life spiraled out of control. I was angry with God, didn’t have any hope for my future.

I started doing drugs and drinking… One day I woke up in the hospital. I had OD’ed on prescription drugs and I realized I didn’t want to live that way anymore. I wanted to change my life, but I knew I couldn’t do it in my own strength. I needed a higher power, I needed God…

Stop Hurting Start Healing helped me to deal with some deep-rooted issues I had like rejection—rejection from society, rejection from my family (because when I turned to the drugs, my family shunned me. And when my parents died my family went their separate ways, because they had been the glue that held our family together). It helped me deal with some forgiveness issues, like forgiving myself. And here I had a revelation of how much God loved me because He saved a sinner like me. — Sarah