Stories - Christina

As a young child, Christina’s life was already marked by trauma, sexual abuse and rape. When she reached her teens she lost both of her parents within a three-month span which led to her spending time in various dysfunctional households. Each of these temporary homes were accompanied by emotional and/or physical abuse. “That all led me down a pretty dark path as a young adult." This path would take Christina through unhealthy relationships, disappointments, terrible decisions, unspeakable acts, depression, anxiety and eventually a few suicide attempts.

She knew change was what she needed, but like many, she didn’t know where to begin. Burdened by shame, regret and deep feelings of worthlessness she wondered, “who could ever love me?” Broken, lost and out of options she took a chance and began going to church. "It was the only thing I could think to do”, she recalled. She heard about Celebrate Recovery one Sunday and decided to go; she had no idea how her life was about to change.

That Friday afternoon she began a long journey, "a very, very long journey" of healing. Prior to that moment she had spent a lot of time and energy trying to change, but she was changing the wrong things; a change of heart was what she needed.

Only after letting her guard down and letting God in was she able to heal, forgive, and love herself. “I wouldn’t change anything about my life, including my past because it’s through my transformation and my journey that I’m able to see how truly blessed and loved that I am. Who am I to tell God that his plan for my life isn’t good enough? His plan is more than I ever could have dreamed for myself."