I had grown up in church and believed in Jesus, but it wasn’t until I put down alcohol and chose Jesus to lead my life at the age of 27 that I began a living relationship with my Lord. However, when I said “I do,” I gave up Jesus as my priority, and co-dependency took over my life.  In 2004, my marriage ended after 26 years. I had been living in codependency afraid of my husband’s anger. My relationship had been entirely based on pleasing someone else.  So when the marriage ended, I felt like a teenager trying to figure out who I was.

I had been sober for almost 30 years with the help of AA, so I sought out Christ-centered help that included this kind of gut level honesty.
A program out of Saddleback Church caught my attention as I had found Rick Warren’s book “Purpose Driven Life” very helpful in my recovery journey.  I ordered the Celebrate Recovery Starter kit with the intention of sharing it with my pastor and starting it in my church.

In 2005, I attended my first Celebrate Recovery Summit at Saddleback Church, and was blessed beyond words. As I attended the workshops, and learned more about CR, I felt as if I had come home!! Everything I heard brought me healing. This Summit was also the first time a new outreach program of Celebrate Recovery was introduced: Celebrate Recovery Inside (jails and prisons).

As a Probation Officer for 22 years, my goal was to help people, and now as I saw how much CR was helping me, I knew it would help the defendants and inmates in prison. I brought the program back to my church and to the prisons and jails in my community where I seek to continue to bring the restorative impact of CR to our inmate participants and their families from incarceration through re- entry into the community where CR is a ministry of the local church. I continue to grow through CR into the child of God He created me to be and I seek to follow what He has called me to do.

Thanks for letting me share, Nancy

Testimonies

Grid view
List view
Date
  • New Beginnings

    This is what Newcomers hear their first time they attend: “If this is your first…

  • Broken and pieced back…

    My name is Tyler and I am a believer who struggles with addictive behaviors. I…

  • A Child of God

    I had grown up in church and believed in Jesus, but it wasn’t until I…

  • I found love and…

    I was an only child to parents who divorced when I was 10. I lived…

  • There is no hope…

    It’s Testimony Tuesday, and as this year’s SUMMIT OF HOPE approaches, we asked some of…

  • This is where Jesus…

    Only 8 months after our wedding we were both serving in the church when our…

  • My God Makes it…

    I was born in 1969, in Pittsburgh, Pa. My childhood was as perfect as any…

  • God had a plan…

    “I’m a great believer in Jesus Christ and I struggle with depression, anxiety, PTSD, and…

  • Breaking the Chains

    “After spending many years in a vicious cycle of drug addiction, domestic violence and self…

  • Free from the pain…

    “After being sexually abused as a child, I grew up believing I was unforgivable by…

  • My Past Doesn’t Define…

    “Over the course of 10 years my life came apart. I became a drug addict,…

  • A New and Service…

    “10 years after the death of my son, I was lost, hurt and angry. I…

  • I am evidence of…

    Today I celebrate 3.5yrs clean of heroin and opioids! Celebrate Recovery has helped me overcome,…

  • God Never Gave Up…

    “We came to Celebrate Recovery in the middle of a total crisis in our marriage.…

  • Learning to Love Healthy

    Before I came to Celebrate Recovery, I falsely believed my greatest strength was being self-reliant.…

  • Can’t Wait to Go…

    I came to Celebrate Recovery to fix my husband. I figured when CR started at…

  • Not Too Far Gone…

    I was born and raised in Brazil, I moved to Mexico when I was 16…