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Teens... The very thought can bring most people to shudder. It's either the present place you are with your own kids, or its the memory of your own adolescence gone bad. For me, it is definately the later. My adolescence was at best, a complete nightmare, for both my parents and myself. I started young and stopped late. Alcohol and drug abuse, theft, sex, parental defiance, burgelaries, run ins with the law, and so much more, was my MO. Party girl, how much can I get away with, who are you to tell me what to do and adults are so stupid, were my mantras. I tried everything and refused nothing. I did it all, at the expence of my soul and the relationship I could have had with my parents. The lifestyle I chose to lead even carried on into my mid thirties. Three marriages and three kids later, here I am, Saved, by the blood of my Savior, Jesus Christ. After several accidental overdoses and numerous car accidents and injuries, due to alcohol and drug abuse, here I stand, with a brand new life and mission. I have been called to work with teens. Troubled teens. Teens with addictions, teens with incarcerated parents, teens in gangs and teens that are lost!! Many worse than I was. You see, I've been where they are and they know it. The first time I publicly spoke my testimony, was to a bunch of teens at youth night at our church. Im sure half of them didnt believe that the things I did are true, because I just don't look like anything but a "mom". I certainly am that, but the truth is, I was lost just like them. Very lost. The thing about teens, is that they can see right through a phony. They are very sensitive to a "lecture" and can see one coming from a hundred miles away. They will steer clear of both at any cost. Somehow though, they are drawn to the real deal and will pour their guts out to someone like me. So this is why I had to go through the hell I call my past life. I am sorry for the people I hurt , especially my parents, but I'm glad that these lost souls are drawn to me and me to them. I don't lecture them or try to feed them any "cutsie cliche's"... I just listen, tell them my story and from there we take it to God. Sure, sometimes it takes a while to connect with the self proclaimed "atheists" or "agnostics", but truly, the presence of the Holy Spirit intices them to a better life, a dream, that they too can make a differece in someone elses life and better yet, they can change the world with Christ in their corner. It's an amazing experience to see the "toughest of the tough" give thier lives to Christ. Its beautiful to see teens dressed in thier "goth" garb and multiple piercings, worship God with all their hearts and minds." The naughtier they are, the more I love em'", I always say. Yes, you might think Im crazy, I am. About Jesus and about teens and their journeys to the greatest love of all. The love of Christ.
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