It is true. We make our own choices. But don’t you think a lot of the choices we make depend on what we have been fed? There is a saying, “What you feed grows, what you starve dies.” We use this a lot with our young moms. Make no mistake, they have made some pretty sorry choices. Often they are living down to a label that was put on them. I laugh when a 16 year old tells me she is Bi-polar. Really? Bi-polar is the definition of teenager! Many of them have been convinced they can’t learn. Most of them believe the lie that they will be just like the rest of their family when it comes to abusing drugs and alcohol. We need to bring them back to what we know is true, “They can make it! They can break the cycle! With God all things are possible!” It is exciting to see them embrace the light of hope. We live for those moments!
I wish I could tell you that all the residents of Lifeline Family Center graduate our program. I wish I could tell you that all the graduates lead victorious lives. I wish I could, but I can’t. Sometimes they need to continue learning things the hard way. The truth that I can tell you is every resident of Lifeline Family Center leaves with the knowledge that God is real, that He loves them unconditionally, and that He will never leave them or forsake them when they invite Him into their heart.
Last week I received an e-mail from a former resident that left Lifeline Family Center under pretty bad circumstances. The e-mail had been sent to many people. It indicated that this young lady considered some of the recipients as “bad news.” I responded with the question, “Are we one of the good guys or one of the bad guys?” Her quick response, “One of the good guys! You taught me that Jesus is real!” That is enough to keep me going a few dozen years!
As we welcome 2015, it gives each of us the opportunity for a new beginning. We pray that if you do not already support Lifeline Family Center, you will choose to start 2015 by joining God in what He is doing in our corner of the world. Enter into the joy of traveling this journey together with a young girl who has chosen life. Even greater, enter into the joy of knowing that God chooses to use us…to make our joy complete!
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For life and Truth,