Although I was baptized at age 10, I later took a detour and got lost in a lifestyle of sin. Rebellion and alcohol were my idols. I didn’t realize that my husband was verbally and emotionally abusive, so I believed him. I was pushed so far down that I didn’t know who I was or have any opinions of my own.
My daughter saved me from that graveyard. I wanted the best for her, and my blind eyes suddenly saw that my marriage was a horrible example to her. I started going to church again, with my daughter then, with my son. Jesus himself came and lifted me from the deadly pain of divorce. Later, God blessed me with a kind, awesome, Christian husband.
Sometimes the evil one tries to steal my joy by reminding me of all the hurt I caused others during my 15 years of rebellion. Sometimes my children’s pain, directly caused by my past mistakes, haunts me. I am a witness that God is stronger than evil. His son, Jesus Christ, has made me clean and brought me a gift I never had before – PEACE.
-Michelle Romero Ancheta