Shay grew up with deeply rooted abandonment issues and, later, found temporary “relief” through drugs – until they almost killed her.
In-and-out of jail and abusive relationships – life became so bad for Shay that she lost custody of her son – and even tried to kill herself.
But in her deepest moments of despair, she cried out to God – on her knees – from her jail cell floor; here, she finally met the only one who could truly set her free.
Shay recalls the life-changing moment she asked God for His will in her life – inviting Him to have full control of her heart.
“The moment that I asked God into my heart on a jailcell floor, the want to even do [drugs] completely subsided. I’ve never used a drug since. I don’t want to use. I have joy and happiness without them.”
After repenting the sins she’d done, she says she also found God’s forgiveness, and unconditional love.
Shay shares, “I don’t have that hole in me craving attention and love from the world, I only get it from God. I know where my joy comes from. I know where my identity comes from. I know who I am.”
This is the beauty of the Gospel.
While satan seeks to kill and destroy, Jesus brings eternal life.
No person is too far gone to receive the life-transforming saving grace only Jesus can bring.
But Shay’s story didn’t end there.
After she was released, she married Rich who had overcome his own past of drug addiction and brokenness.
Together, now sober and redeemed, the couple manages a behavioral health facility called Peer Solutions – helping others find a way out.
Giving all the glory to God and still in awe of how God was able to transform their lives– Rich wrote on Facebook:
“God has a habit of recruiting from the pit and taking two low bottom violent drug addicted criminals and turning them into disciples. God has a habit of equipping the worst society has to offer and using them to win souls. God has literally done the miraculous on our lives. We are walking, talking miracles.”
Glory and praise to God.
He truly is a miracle worker, and continues to use ordinary people to make His name known.
Every time a sinner repents, heaven rejoices.
Let’s continue to pray for a spiritual revival – so that many more will be released from the shackles of darkness, into love of God’s light.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” – John 3:16-17
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