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Love Takes You In

When I was little I lived with parents who were addicted to alcohol in an environment that was more chaos than calm. I remember being afraid and abandoned. I had a brother who was my best friend. One winter, just before Christmas we both fell ill with the flu. He became violently ill with Reyes syndrome and within several days succumbed to the illness. I was alone. The household environment spiraled out of control and was no place for a kid. I cried out to God to “get me out of here”. Within two weeks I was living with my Grandmother and Uncle. I remember kissing her feet when I arrived at her door. It was a safe place full of love and peace. God gave me a new start to life. He gave me a new family. John 14:18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Jesus longs for us! He calls us to Him.

I was no longer an orphan to alcoholic parents. The enemy wanted me to follow in those familiar spirit footsteps of my parents, but I did as the Word says in James 4:7 Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. I have victory over the addiction to alcohol. I have victory over breaking the orphan spirit mentality, like not feeling worthy or always being down on myself. Because I now know whom I belong to, Jesus! 1 John 3:1 See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! So I no longer have to be afraid or feel alone because He is always with us as it says in red letters, Matthew 28:20 And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

I am so glad that I enough faith to cry out! I didn’t know Jesus then, but He knew me! He knew just what I would need, and just when to supply it. When my parents could not raise me, He knew who could. Love took me in. Jesus took my heart and made it new. If he did it for me, He will do it for you!

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