One Year Ago...

Refuge for Women Las Vegas


One year ago today I made a decision that would forever change my life. Of all the decisions I've made in my 42 years that changed the course of my life, this one was different. This was a choice to end a cycle of abuse that had affected not only my life but the lives of everyone around me! It was time to have a "going out of business sale" in my life. A choice to liquidate absolutely everything in my life that was not profitable in order to make room for God and all that is good.

I made a decision to come to Nevada and join the women at Refuge for Women. This required me to leave everything I knew life to be. I left my home, my loved ones, MY CHILDREN and all my possessions. This was not an easy decision. I packed one small suitcase, got on a plane and headed for Vegas. Leaving behind EVERYTHING however also meant leaving behind hurt, anger and addiction. All the comfortable dysfunctions I had built my world around.

As I look back a year later I can honestly say that it was the best decision I could have ever made! I now live in a place of peace and a real comfort in my life with the Lord. I now live in a place of recovery and rediscovery. My life has been forever changed because of what the Refuge home and the people in it stand for. From the directors, the staff, the volunteers and my sisters. I would not be alive today if it was not for these women, this program, and all it stands for in the Lord!

Because of the Refuge and my new found  relationship with Jesus I am free, truly free! A freedom I have NEVER known. I am free to love, love others with reckless abandon. Free to live, live a life of peace and joy and to be content in all situations. Free to laugh, free to dance, free to sing. Blessings are abundantly found in my life everyday and even when times are hard I am free to give thanks no matter the circumstance. I AM A NEW CREATION! God is restoring everything in my life! My mind, my heart, and my soul! My relationships, my finances, and my character.

I now have a respected position in my church, my family, my job, my community and my home! All of the glory for that goes to the Lord, my Savior! A big shout out to all the life changing... Iife saving women (and men) at The Refuge for Women LV. I will spend the rest of my days praising and repaying you all! This is the story I tell!