After years of watching death take my loved ones one by one, beginning with my Father, and then all five of my brothers, I soon lost faith in living. Feeling confused and alone, I willingly followed my so-called friends down those spiral steps to Hell. Heroin and Cocaine infested the black neighborhoods like a plague. My friends were shot dead in the streets in drug deals gone bad, and the Aids epidemic raged around me. Somehow, I got free, but it was a false escape.
I found myself in a very abusive marriage and had one son from that hellish union. In search of meaning, I had jumped out of the frying pan, back into the fiery furnace of Hell and sunk, looking to embrace death. I knew that my life would be short if I did not change, and Fate changed it for me. After years of wandering in the desert searching, God reached down and whisked me from Satan’s grasp when I whispered in a defeated breath:
“DEAR LORD, LET YOUR WILL IN MY LIFE BE DONE”.
I began to pray which I had not done since I was a child. My life would never be the same again. Others prayed for me as my life began to take on more positive changes.
From meeting a Godly man and marrying, to writing and publishing five books, and speaking engagements to share my testimony by performing my poetry as a “Spoken Word Artist” on National television, I continue to share my story in hopes of helping others to make better choices, hopefully before they come to their crossroad.
GOD GAVE ME A SECOND CHANCE, AND WITH THAT CAME MY HIGHER MISSION IN LIFE
This is a story of Salvation in the midst of drug and alcohol addiction, spousal abuse, bullying and peer pressure. It is a much-needed story of inspiration and hope in the world today. So many family members are giving up, losing hope, and faith in God. Yes, there is a war, but …
IT CAN BE OVERCOME.
That's why I give testimony in sharing my story with you.
When Cheryl moves into her first apartment, things begin to fall apart. No longer under the protection of her mother, she is independent now – and that means she is in charge of making her own decisions. She starts hanging out with old schoolmates. When she realizes they are doing drugs, she throws caution to the wind and decides to try them as a way to escape her problems, and fit in.
Cheryl’s life soon steers her down those spiral steps, where Angels dare not tread, with her eyes wide shut. Seeing but not caring, knowing but not daring to understand, willing because she was too curious to be careful, and ignoring all warning because she’d taken off in a full sprint, tossing all cares in the wind, her life soon spiraled out of control.
Because drug addiction is not a pretty thing.
Cheryl is soon not only a user, but a dealer. She thinks she can get herself out of this mess alone, even though those years of Sunday school and church worship told her she would need to turn to the Lord. But listening to that small voice proves more difficult than imagined, and the hard-partying lifestyle proved too much to ignore. On her way to her crossroad, Cheryl’s choices were as unwise as any that so many of our youths are making today.
I pray that my story will discourage our youth from making the choices I did. I pray that they will choose more wisely when they come to their crossroads of low self-esteem, or are bullied to join gangs, to use drugs, or whatever fate brings that strife in their lives and unwanted pain to their families. I pray that they will know and see the warning signs and make better choices.
Gangs and drug use have become an epidemic that is putting many families into crisis now.
This is my story…
DISCUSSION ON FROM HELL TO SALVATION FILM: https://youtu.be/qHVkk0bZ9Bw
SIZZLE REEL OF FROM HELL TO SALVATION FILM: https://youtu.be/egqqyq0PotY