Jeannine J.

Jeannine J.

from PA
Story #384
At the age of 15 introduces to alcohol. At the age of 19 hit by a train and walked away with a bruised knee- " God has a plan for u". At the age of 21 drove off a cliff and end-over-ended my truck multiple times and walked away with bruised ribs- " God has a plan for you". At the age of 21 introduced to drugs. At the age of 23 held at gun point with my family's life threatened over money- "God has a plan for you". After multiple stints in jail for DUI's,drugs and sales and multiple times in rehab to stay out of jail, didn't understand, "God has a Plan for you".

March 10th 2014 I was robbed of all the money I had, homeless and afraid, had lost all love and support from family, lost freedom with my children, hopeless and afraid that evening called my mom with a gun to head to tell her good-bye. Emotionally and spiritual dead, couldn't deal with the pain I was going through. Fear, shame and guilt ridden. The terror in her voice and something inside said, Don't do it. March 11th driving down the highway I burst into tears and pulled to the side of the road, the voice inside said turn the radio station and it landed to Christian radio, the song that was on was, I can only image by Mercy Me. That day I surrendered to God. He intervened through the radio. After 24 years of battling addiction it was time to live for the glory of God and not self. God continues to work on me through people and show his grace through giving me opportunities to serve. Tutoring inner city kids too read, play dates with families that have a terminally ill children, playing baseball with Special Needs kids on the weekends, heading a garden that all produce go to the shelters and missions throughout KC and most importantly earning the stripes of " World's greatest dad". God is allowing me to do things for others which never thought possible like coordinating a Garden/farm in Michigan which is going to bring church's together to grow produce for the 18,000 homeless in Detroit and also the first Fall festival in the city that's faith based (a friend here in KC inherited 88 acres and wanted to leave a legacy in honor of her grandparents), starting " Birthday Backpack" for my birthday, to help keep the homeless warm and dry through the winter months and in the works to have a Christmas celebration to serve the homeless, police officers, firefighters, and many organizations throughout KC, a celebration of giving and bringing church family together.

Everyone says my gift is to serve, something that is undeserved.Each morning I wake up, it's about living for the glory of God and not self. Being a blessing to someone each day and staying humble. I'm grateful each day for God's patience and forgiveness. Ask me how I'm doing today and the response will always be " Living in GRACE". Seek wisdom, be kind and stay grateful! Faith, hope and love and the greatest of these is love. I love each and everyone! God bless