A woman addicted to heroin got delivered from her 13-year addiction after giving her life to Jesus.
Messed Up Childhood
Courtney Willingham had always wanted to escape reality because of a messed-up life. Her parents divorced at a young age, and she lived with her dad growing up. His father was a drug addict. But that didn’t stop the dad from becoming a loving father to his daughter. He made Courtney feel loved. However, everything changed when he went to prison.
At ten years old, Courtney stayed with her mom where her trauma started. That’s where she experienced mental and physical abuse that eventually led to her anxiety and depression.
Hatred filled Courtney’s heart for many years. For that reason, she turned to drugs and violence as a teenager. And by the age of 20, she was “arrested twice for violence.” She had crazy mood swings and couldn’t handle her temper.
Later, Courtney became a stripper in a club where she found attention and validation. But after she got pregnant, her life changed again. Her addiction remained while Courtney had a child. She also suffered from an abusive marriage. But soon, she was sent to jail “for numerous crimes.”
Addiction To Heroin
After all the mess, Courtney eventually became a heroin addict to escape reality. Then, at 25 years old, she got sober and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. But three months later, she relapsed and got arrested again.
Courtney lost custody of her children because of her crimes. And she was locked up in jail. But in jail, a turnabout happened when she started reading the daily devotions distributed throughout the prison.
One remarkable story in the Bible changed Courtney’s life. It was when Jesus chose the people like her instead of those who claim to be good.
“Jesus ate with such scum.. He hang out with sinners and tax collectors,” she said.
The Pharisees questioned Jesus because of it. But Jesus, Courtney explained, told them, “the sick needed a doctor. It wasn’t the well that needed a doctor.”
God’s Word deeply touched Courtney, which began her journey to knowing Christ.
Watch what happened in the video below.
Reference | The 700 Club
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