I finally realized it would either be God, death or jail.

My name is Heather. I should not be alive today. Were it not for the grace of God, I would be dead. I had 15 years of hard addiction. I started at 19, when I thought it was a lot of fun. In the end, it was not fun at all. At age 21, I was introduced to cocaine. And while I did that drug, I kept drinking. I would often take my paycheck, go to a bar and spend the entire $500 in one sitting. The next day I felt horrible. And still, I wanted alcohol and other drugs all the time. There was no ending the madness. If anyone needed a transformation of heart and spirit, it was Heather.

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I finally gave up and let God take over 

One night I was so drunk I couldn’t drive home. So I got a ride with a designated driver. On the way home, I was raped. Just another part of my life that was going south fast. I finally realized it would either be God, death or jail. There would be no middle road. That’s when I told God I was ready to do whatever He wanted me to do. I made that decision here at Holland Rescue Mission.

In less than six months, God has restored almost everything in my life. I think I may even get my daughter back. I went to dinner with my mom not long ago. These are things I never thought would happen. One of the great joys of my life is to be on the prayer team at church. I have been invited to help serve communion once a month, and before long, I will even have a seminary degree. So if you don’t believe in miracles, you and I need to have a little chat. I was once in a black hole. I didn’t care about anything. It didn’t bother me I was breaking God’s heart. Now, I finally have purpose in my life. Thank you for the role you continue to play in helping me rise from the dead to live a life that honors my Savior and Lord.

Heather