Jesus Gives Peace and Transforms Lives
Watch this testimony of Loretta and her sons sharing how Jesus changed their lives at New Life City.
Loretta and her sons have been coming to New Life City for a year and have gotten involved quickly. The love of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit overwhelmed them and led to their changed lives. We celebrate with them and are proud they are part of our family. Their testimony proves the loving-kindness of God is life-changing. Watch the video above or read the transcript below to hear their story.
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It's been a rough road. It was a normal life, but my normal is a lot different from other people's normal. My mother was shot when I was eight years old, and she committed suicide when I was ten. I had three kids and was in an abusive relationship for about 11 years. We moved to California for about five years and then moved back to Albuquerque.
When we moved back, my son Matthew had graduated high school so he was only 18. About six months after being back in Albuquerque, Matthew and my first husband got shot. My husband was killed and died right in front of me. Matthew almost died but God saved him. That's when I started spiraling out of control. I drank a lot. I drank before that, but then it was even worse. I was diagnosed with Complex PTSD and I was on a lot of medication, medical marijuana. I had a nervous breakdown, I would say. During that time I did remarry. About three or four years into that marriage and the breakdown, God came back into my life and he delivered me from the PTSD, the medication, and the alcoholism.
About a year ago, I found New Life City. With New Life City, I found inner healing where I've gone back and revisited the death of my first husband and even the death of my mother. I have gained so much healing that through that healing it has brought other family members to serving God and seeking him. It's been a year of unbelievable changes.
My life was all about partying and hanging out with friends. I had an addiction to drinking. I would drink uncontrollably. I really didn't realize how much it was hurting my family. I would go home drunk and be fighting with my wife. I wasn't a dad to my kids. The only thing on my mind was when I was going to get another drink and when I was going to be able to get high again. It started controlling me and taking over.
Finally, my mom invited me to church one day. I was like, "Yeah, yeah. I'll go. Whatever." Of course I was drunk and I probably had some smoke in my pocket. I was sitting in there smelling like alcohol and marijuana. One day I went back to the church she invited me to and I felt God calling me. I gave it all to him. I was tired of it already. I was tired of being drunk, tired of not being there and seeing the hurt in my wife and not being there for my kids. I wasn't being a dad like I was supposed to, or the one God created me to be. He opened my eyes to that. I just gave it all to him. He took it that very moment. I didn't have the urge to drink no more. I was just set free. It felt like weight was lifted off me and I can breath. It was just amazing.
Ever since that seed was birthed in me, I just been running at it full force just trying to get more God and growing and learning. It's been amazing now, and I owe it all to God and Jesus, very grateful.
Living with my mom was tough. She had her husband...I never liked him at first. It was really tough. He would try to go pick us up from baseball practice and I would throw rocks at his car. He had no direction in his life, no parents. He grew up in the streets, in a gang, so he really didn't know how to be a father. He tried his best. He loved us; I know he did. He got shot; I got shot. He died and I lived. I blamed myself for living and him dying. I got really bad in my depression.
I was diagnosed with PTSD, using medical marijuana, pills, and it only got worse from there. Drugs really just took control of my life. I ended up going to jail. That's when I really found God. While I was in jail, I called my mom one day on the phone and she was at a service. It was a prayer service at New Life City. I was just crying, broke down. I was done with life, didn't want to live anymore. A member of the church prayed for me on the phone, and I don't know what it was. The next day I woke up, I was at peace. I felt everything was going to be okay. I wasn't worried anymore. Got into reading the Bible, got into reading scriptures. I really dug in praying to God, and was asking him for more peace. It was awesome. I was smiling in the jail after giving up on my life. I was walking around looking at people and being like, "Hey, have your read this Bible?"
I just believe if you cry out and you're serious and you really want to be set free from whatever you're going through or battling, I know 100% Jesus can get you through it. He's a good father. If you've never had one, and you need one, Jesus is there.