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Laura Gonzalez

Free at Last

Growing up in church was great, especially as a Salvation Army pastor’s kid. Living everyday in a Christian environment was a blessing. My parents were a great example to me about how someone with Christian values should live. I desired and longed for a relationship with Jesus Christ and when I was 12 years old I acknowledged who Jesus was and I made the decision to commit my life to Him.

My future seemed so bright and after high school, I entered college. This is the time in my life when things started to spiral out of control. Church and God began to mean less and less to me. It was not my priority anymore. Depression began to set in and drugs and alcohol entered the picture to numb my pain. I was on the road to destruction. Little by little God was being pushed completely out of my life. 

Finally I realized that I couldn’t live my life without God any longer. My life had become a mess and He was the only one who could put me back together. He could make me whole again. Surrendering all I had to Him and asking for forgiveness was the best day of my life. My relationship with Him continues to grow daily. Today, I have peace, joy and contentment with Jesus in my life. The love I have for the Lord is unexplainable. He is my Lord, Savior, comforter and friend. God knew that I would go through what I went through and He knew the exact day when I would come back to Him. 

It says in Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you, plans for good and not for harm, plans to give you a future and a hope.”