Even a Hurricane—September 2020

September 1, 2020 at 08:00

His Mansion

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Sometimes battling an addiction is an unpleasant surprise to everyone who knows the addict, including the addict themselves. Twenty-seven-year-old Vanessa was met with this unpleasant surprise.

So many things had gone right for Vanessa. Her upbringing would have been the envy of many. She was raised in a Christian home by missionary parents in Costa Rica. When the family came back to the United States, Vanessa and her siblings were able to attend Christian school. Vanessa was taught that God loved her, and deeply desired a relationship with her.

But Vanessa struggled with self-hate. She couldn’t believe that Jesus really loved her or that He could fill her longing for relationship. Instead of having the Lord fulfill her need, Vanessa turned to men, alcohol, and pornography, battling this addiction for many years. Though God was knocking at the door of her heart, she kept it under lock and key.

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