"A setback is an opportunity for a comeback!" - Cindy Bultema
Cindy’s childhood was filled with verbal abuse from playmates, along with growing up with a father who didn’t seem to care about her. It was easy for her to accept the names they called her as her identity, which quickly destroyed her self-esteem. She tried to pretend everything was ok, but there was a void in her life that she just couldn't fill. As she entered into adulthood, it was no surprise that she tried to fill this void with alcohol, food, men, shopping, drugs, etc.
She started hanging out with friends at bars and one day realized she was pregnant. Even though she was frightened and alone, she decided to keep the baby. Shame and guilt set in along with an intense feeling of loneliness. She reached out to her friends for help and they introduced her to a world full of drugs. When Cindy realized she wanted to stop, she found that she couldn’t.
One day, she overdosed on the drugs and nearly died. She wanted to change but had no clue how to do it until a lady that Cindy admired said four words to her, “Cindy, you need Jesus”. With those words, her life began to change. Recognizing the need for freedom from her current lifestyle, she completely changed her surroundings. She began attending a local church and with the help of a mentor, she made new and better decisions about her life.
Cindy still went through occasional times of feeling pain, fear, weakness, and numbness, and some days wanted to give up, but she learned to cling to God’s words and accept His truth about her no matter how she felt. Through it all, she learned that a setback was an opportunity for a comeback!
Today, Cindy is totally free from all forms of addictions and abuse. God’s Word is always the final answer!
Words to Live By:
"Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us" Romans 8:37 (NKJV).
"Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed" John 8:36 (NKJV).
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new" (NKJV).
Remind yourself of the reasons you want to change.
Think about your past attempts at quitting, if any. What worked? What didn’t?
Set specific, measurable goals, such as a quit date or limits on your drug use.
Remove reminders of your addiction from your home and workplace.
Tell friends and family that you’re quitting and ask for their support in prayer.
Source: Overcoming Drug Addiction. (n.d.). Retrieved October 14, 2015, from http://www.helpguide.org/articles/addiction/overcoming-drug-addiction.htm