— Erica F., Gilgal Resident
Erica F. shares her thoughts on the Resurrection an it’s impact on her life.
Hi, my name is Erica F. I am a 36-year-old mother of one. The past 16 years have been plagued by my addiction to alcohol. I drank because it was easier to blame God and (even) the world for my miserable existence rather than to recognize I was in this situation because of my own choices. I was in and out of jail, in and out of homelessness, and strung out on alcohol. Who wants to admit this? Hopelessness, misery, and lack of a direction became my identity. I thought my life would never make sense again.
Then I came to Gilgal – I have been here for four months. It’s funny how learning truth can change your perspective. I have always known that there was a God, and I even knew about Jesus. I had never studied about Jesus’ sacrificial and all-sufficient death on the cross. We read The Case for Easter by Lee Strobel. I did not have any idea of the real pain and suffering that went with crucifixion. I am completely humbled to read about His love for me and His willingness to take my shame and guilt to make me blameless before our Holy God. I never knew that I am completely acceptable to God because of my identity with Christ. I have been believing lies the majority of my life and they have led me to places and caused me to do things that I am ashamed to admit. I am so grateful to know about the gift of the Holy Spirit and that He is my constant companion. How have I missed this?
Thank you, Lord, for my time at Gilgal. I am prayerful that the seeds planted will yield a beautiful harvest in my life and the life of my daughter and our community. I have so much gratitude. Gilgal’s staff and volunteers have truly inspired me.
I pray that you have a wonderful Resurrection Sunday. Thank you for your investment in me and my sisters at Gilgal. You have made an eternal difference in our lives.
Change for Erica happened because God’s love never fails. May you all experience the joy of His amazing love this Easter season!
Thank you for your prayers and support,