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I was 23 years old, a newly divorced mother of two, ages 1 yr. and 4 yrs. For the next year two years I struggled to fill the holes in my soul through the world’s way of doing things. Single bars got old, smoking three packs of cigarettes a day was very costly when I didn’t even have two pennies to rub together. Stress had taken its toll and Xanax wasn’t working any more. In fact, my doctor gave me one last refill and told me I was having a nervous breakdown and needed to see a therapist. Broke, busted and disgusted I couldn’t find the strength to go on. I had reached the end of my rope and couldn’t find a knot to hold on to.

But one May night in 1973, with a bottle of pills in one hand, and the inability to face another night, I had determined to bail out of life. As I tucked my babies in for one last night, I was walking down the hallway and I just fell apart in the middle of the hall. With everything that was within me I screamed out in my pain and despair and I cried out, “God, I don’t even know if you are there or not, but if you are, and if you care anything about me, please help me before I destroy myself. I cannot do this anymore!”

At the next moment I found myself at the side of my bed, not even realizing how I got there. Crying before the Lord, and for the first time in my life experiencing a peace that nothing in this world can provide. Jesus, the Prince of Peace, had entered into my heart and I knew that I was no longer alone. I slipped into bed and without a single pill slept peacefully and undisturbed for the whole night.

The next day was Sunday and I called my brother and asked him to take me to his church. From that day to this (38 years) I have experienced the peace of God that surpasses all understanding. Jesus saved my life on this earth, He rescued me, and He gave me eternal life with Him. He is my Savior, He is my healer, He is my provider, and He is my King. Time does not permit me to tell you my life’s journey. I understand domestic violence, I understand the pain of being the mother of an addicted child and I understand the struggles of going through life not knowing who you are.

To quote the lyrics of an old Andrae Crouch song” “But through it all, I’ve learned to trust in Jesus, through it all, I’ve learned to trust in God, in sickness and in pain, in sorrow and in shame, through it all, I’ve learned to trust in Jesus, I’ve learned to trust in God, and through it all, I’ve learned to depend upon His Word.”

Six years ago the Lord impressed on me that He was moving me to a new church, and that church was Truth Tabernacle of Praise. At the time it had just been birthed and was meeting in a middle school in Tucker, GA. Now the Lord has blessed us with a location on Memorial Drive in Stone Mountain. It is a small church with an exceedingly large heart. It is a church that truly loves God and truly loves people. It is a racially and ethnically diverse church. Actually, it looks like heaven where everyone’s heritage is celebrated. It is a place where the wounded, the rejected, and the downcast can find and experience the unconditional love of God. We invite you to visit God’s family and become one with us.

Blessings,
LL

                                        

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