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My grandparents raised me because all my dad cared about was rock concerts, drinking and women. My mother worked all day and didn’t have time for me. I received no affection or attention from them, so I became very angry and very rebellious. Wherever I went, I got into fights. I got into physical fights with boys on the street, sometimes for no reason.

When my grandfather died, I became depressed. I felt very sad and alone. I started going out to parties and drinking a lot, to the point where I became an alcoholic. I began to cut myself. Every ten days I’d cut my wrists. I tried to kill myself by jumping in front of a bus.

I had several relationships with girls and guys until I finally fell in love with someone. We started dating but, some time later, he left me. That’s when I hit rock bottom. I started throwing up after I ate. I became so weak that I couldn’t get out of bed. I lost a lot of weight very fast and had to go the hospital, where I stayed under observation for eight days. After many tests, they found that I suffered from deep depression and gastritis, but deep down I knew it was not just that.

After a while, I went to live with my mother, but I didn’t get along with her very well and I hated my stepfather. He humiliated her, cheated on her and sometimes even hit her. She was afraid to say anything to anyone. One day, I witnessed an argument. When they were about to get physical, I stopped them. We started to fight. I saw a knife and thought about using it more than once. I dismissed that thought and ran away. I moved in with my grandmother in another city.

My younger brother suffered from a crisis that only got worse with time. Since we couldn’t find a solution, we went to the Church for help. When we arrived, I discovered that the biggest problem was inside me. I began to hear and understand the Word. I decided to change. I let go of everything completely, I did my chain of prayer for my deliverance, and learned to fast and pray.

I was delivered, got baptized in water and, some time later, received the Holy Spirit! My life has been transformed!

My relationship with my family has been restored. I was able to forgive them and now I love them more than ever. Today, I am an assistant and my focus is to win souls.

Jennifer Ingrid Prates, 22 years old

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