Julie K
Biloxi, MS

Bio: “Hi, my name is Julie and I am an addict.” That is how I used to introduce myself at Anonymous Meetings when I was there seeking a “Higher Power” to save me from myself. I didn't even know what to believe in other than the lies the enemy told me. I idolized all the wrong things and ended up making excuse after excuse in order to continue to check out of my self-inflicted, painful life that was created out of my own victimization, guilt, shame, remorse, and FEAR. “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” (2 Timothy 1:7) I suffered from addiction for over 20 years. After the suicide of my father in 1992, I went on a bender that seemed would never end. Somehow I was able to graduate from high school and college, work, get married, have children, and survive, all while suffering in silence and harming everyone who loved me and cared for me. I was lost, I was broken, my marriage ended, I lost custody of my children, and I tried to end it all. Life as I knew it was a living hell. I was playing roles every moment of every day. I can say I tried, but to me trying means being inactive and complaining about it. I did a lot of that. I moved states, recovery centers, detox centers, anonymous rooms, churches, and another broken marriage….all searching for truth. And then it happened. He found me!! Jesus picked me up out of my brokenness and the only Being in the universe that has the power to save and the power to transform entered my life. His sacrifice for me allows me to wake up every morning and do everything I can to get it right, to continue to press on even when things are tough, to see the potential in every single thing I touch. I was messed up, broken, bruised, ashamed, and fighting for my life from the streets that consumed me. I am being put back together and my broken heart is being mended. “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” (Genesis 50:20) Today, I sit in victory over satan because of the sacrifice Jesus made for me on the cross. He died in my place so I could be set free! “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” (John 8:36) The battle is still raging around me, but I am safe in the storm. I came into the world free and intend to leave the same way. The Lord is using my test as a Testimony to His saving grace and I want to give a voice to those suffering in silence. He is bringing it all back around for His glory! I am Coming Full Circle and this is my journey.

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