Hi, my name is Bethany Wilcox, I’m 28 years old from Cleveland Tenn. I’ve been in the program 9 months, and the verse I choose to share is Proverbs 3:5,6: trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge him and He will direct your path straight. I look back and see how God has had his hand on me all through my life all he ask is to trust him, obey him, live for him. I knew right from wrong, growing up. I was raised in church. My father wasn’t very affectionate towards me so at an early age I went looking for love in all the wrong places, which lead up to a very improper situation or experience with the leadership at my church that caused me to doubt the church and God, so I turned away from both.
I very quickly started on my downward spiral. I got married, had my son and divorced as a young adult, then I found myself involved in drugs. It got so deep, and consumed me, I was doing things I never thought I would do especially, after I lost of my son and all the while God had His hand on me becaused He loves me and never did forsake me although I turned away from Him. I realized sin will take you further than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay. My experience has taught me that our God is a jealous God. He allowed me to see right in front of me my friend killed in a motorecycle accident. That was it for me, I had to make some changes, but that wasn’t enough. God wants all of us the total person an I wasn’t ready to do that, so I ended up in trouble with law. Then I knew it had to be all or nothing, I can’t do this half way. I have to be totally surrendered. Thank God for praying mom’s that never give up on their children. I’ve been here as I stated 9 months, my relationships have grown, with my mother, my sister, my father, and especially my Heavenly Father. He is restoring to me custody of my son. God is just so good, I have experience “The Most High” and that’s all I need, because, blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they will be filled.