My name is Lisa and I came into the Esther foundation in March 2016.
I didn’t like myself as a teenager—I could only ever see what I wasn’t. I was never enough. My parents separated when I was 15 and, at the age of 16, I was introduced to drugs. From that point on, my life revolved around that lifestyle. Needless to say, destruction followed. I was broken and looking for love in all the wrong places and even when I met genuine, decent people, I would end up hurting them and self-sabotaging. I suffered from major depression and anxiety.
I know now that it was because I needed so much healing in many areas of my life. My life was drug addictions, toxic relationships and the traumas arising from them both. In the end this destroyed me.
I had no sanity.
I was riddled with anxiety.
And I felt very lost and all alone.
I was going around in circles for a very long time (years and years). There were periods in my life when I did seek help and I would go well for a time but eventually would relapse. I tried a couple of different rehabs, in and out of next step detox, but eventually end up going back to what I knew… unhealthy behaviors that compounded my brokenness and heartache.
Once again, I came to the end of myself.
I had lost everything.
I lost myself and had nothing left in me.
I came into Esther March 2016 and graduated in October 2019 and it has been such a journey!
Yes, I cried a lot in the beginning, but God has done an amazing work in my life! Over time, everything I had lost was restored and MORE.
I am happy, my family relationships are restored, I am free from addictions and unhealthy relationships. There is no more depression and medications. I have hope and a future. I’m not afraid to be on my own again, in fact I love it!
I love life and I'm excited for what the future holds. These days my life is full of so many people who love me and whom I love. I’m honored and privileged to be working in the Esther Foundation both as the head Baker for the Esther Café and dual as a Shift Leader at Esther, working with the girls in the program. (love heart emoji)
I am so grateful, thankful and blessed!