(the Peggy Curl Story)
There once was a time when I did a
lot of runin' and gunin' doing things that today I'm not so proud of. On
top of it all I added drugs and alcohol to my madness. I remember one day
walking past the bathroom mirror and not even recognizing the person looking
back at me. I was a shell of a woman that I did not know. I got
close to the face and stared into her eyes and saw the most empty sorrow that I
will never forget. There was nothing there ... it scared me! Life
was not good and I knew it. Looking back now I can see that I had virtually no
life inside of me, only darkness. My life even with my three wonderful
children had no meaning.
I believe that I still had an ounce of faith somewhere deep down inside that carried me to the doors of Alcoholics Anonymous. I sat there listening to people talking about their higher power, and how much it helped them. When I asked someone how I could get some of this God thing, they told me to write down on paper what kind of God I had in my life, and on another piece of paper write down what I would like God to be. When I was finished they told me to keep the paper of the one that I wanted God to be and to throw away the other. So I did.
Growing up in a "religious" church, my God was for me a very strict and punishing God. So of course I decided to keep the cool God who I made up to cater to me and only me. I was soon learning to be selfish and self-seeking. I hung onto Him for seven long years and I stayed drug and alcohol free but still very much in the dark. I started to realize how alone I felt inside - I needed more.
I started going to church and every time I would walk in one I would always sit in the back of the room and cry, not knowing why. Then I would need to leave early because I knew something was happening to me and I was scared of it! I ran from church to church until the night of Easter evening, 1997. I was sitting with my head in my hands crying listening to the pastor thinking that he was talking directly to me. I was wondering who told him what to say. Did someone tell him how I felt? How would they know? Just then like so many other times in my life I felt a hand resting on my heart, only this time I knew it was the hand of God. Not the one I made up to keep me sober, but God our creator.
Since that night I have never felt alone or in the dark. I pray and He hears me. I read God's word and He is there for understanding, and He is inside me for guidance. He is wonderful. The more I read, the more I feel. The more I feel, the closer I get to knowing Him. Jesus is opening my heart more and more each day. Now when I pass by a mirror, I see a woman with the Lord in her heart and spirit in her eyes.
It is through Jesus I found complete and total freedom!
Thank you and God bless you for taking the time to read my testimony. I pray that it has helped encourage you in some way. If you would like to talk with me about anything I've shared, please don't hesitate to contact me.
I can be reached at PeggyCurl@msn.com or if you would like to visit my website to receive more encouragement, please go to http://onehearteph4.homestead.com/home.html.
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