My name is Carly. I’m nineteen years old from Flora, MS. I’ve been in Teen Challenge for almost eight months now.
I was raised in the small town of Flora. Growing up, my dad worked all the time and my mom drank all the time, but I was still the apple of their eyes. When I was about seven, my mom decided to get help and stayed sober until she left my dad in 2011.
Two years later, my dad got remarried, my mom started drinking again worse than ever, and the boy I thought I would marry broke my heart. I felt alone and helpless and realized that I felt accepted when I began to party. I became the kid that parents made their children avoid.
I partied all throughout high school. When I started college, I decided that alcohol wasn’t enough and began to play around with drugs. At first, I only used them to party, but Satan gradually took me farther down than I ever intended to go. I was arrested in late June of 2017 and had a choice to make: jail and a record or Teen Challenge.
Two months later, I walked in the doors of Teen Challenge of MS. Since then, God has taught me that He created me for a purpose: not to fit in but to stand out. Recently, I’ve learned just how ugly my heart can be. I was upset and doubting that my heart could ever be pure. But God led me to Ezekiel 36:26 and promised to give me a heart of flesh and I stand on that promise every day.
And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart. Ezekiel 36:26 NLT
"And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of
their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.."
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