Friday, May 20, 2011

Four More Mercy Ministries Grads Celebrate Life in Christ!

Young women today often struggle with feelings of rejection and abandonment and believe that they can never be good enough to meet the world’s expectations. For the four young women who graduated from the Nashville home this week, these feelings left a void they tried to fill with drugs and alcohol, eating disorders, self-harm and relationships with men. While at Mercy, they discovered that they are loved, accepted and worthy daughters of the King of Kings! Here are their amazing stories of healing and transformation:

Bethany

Before coming to Mercy, I was consumed with an eating disorder. I struggled with fear, especially fear of rejection. My parents’ relationship wasn’t good, and I felt like everything was falling apart. In an effort to get control over my life, I restricted my food and over-exercised. I was also using self-harm to release the pain I was feeling, but after a while, that didn’t work anymore. I heard about Mercy at a Barlow Girl concert and decided to apply.

While at Mercy, I learned that I am forgiven, free and beautiful. I can now confidently say I am not defined by what other people think, I am defined by who I am in Christ! I am complete in Him. The Lord has also given me more joy then I have ever had before and my parents’ relationship has been totally restored! God is so good! I just want to thank all of the staff and everyone at Mercy who walked alongside me and taught me what unconditional love really is.

After graduation, I am looking forward to getting involved in my youth group. In the fall, I will finish my senior year and then I plan to attend college and get my counseling degree. I also plan to do mission work overseas one day. I never thought I would even have a future, and now I am so excited about my future!


Brittany

Before coming to Mercy, I felt unloved, abandoned and rejected. I was neglected and moved from home to home, being abused in every possible way. I struggled with eating disorders, drug and alcohol addiction and self-harm, in an effort to numb the pain I felt. I heard about Mercy from a friend and decided to apply.

While at Mercy, God opened my eyes to see myself the way He sees me: beautiful, loved, accepted and worthy. I have learned that God isn’t just about rules, He is about relationship.

After graduation I will be moving into an apartment, working and getting involved at my church. Next year, I plan to go to school for the culinary arts. I also plan to give back to Mercy and other people in need. If it had not been for Mercy, I don’t know where I would be right now.


Jessica

I did not have a relationship with my father growing up, and I felt rejected. I tried to fill that void with men and had several affairs. I struggled with depression and felt completely hopeless. I was having trouble in my marriage when I heard about Mercy from a friend and decided to apply.

While at Mercy, I discovered my identity in Christ. I am a daughter of the Most High King, and He is my daddy. I now let Him fill that void in my life. He has totally restored my marriage, and I have become the wife and mother that God wants me to be.

I look forward to an amazing marriage and great life with my family! In the future, I plan to go to college to become a nurse or a teacher.


Shawna

Before coming to Mercy, I felt really alone, abandoned and forgotten. I felt really hopeless about the situations in my life, like nothing would ever change. I doubted that God really cared for me and felt like He was punishing me. My dad told me about Mercy, and I decided to apply.

While at Mercy, I learned that I am not alone. I’m not abandoned, and I am not forgotten. I learned that God has my life in His hands, and He is there for me. I learned about His character and found out who I am in Him. I have been healed from things I thought I would deal with forever.

After graduation, I want to go to college and major in digital film making & audio production. I just want to say thank you to everyone at Mercy. I am a new creation in Christ!


Congratulations ladies! It is awesome to see you understanding who you are in Christ and experiencing healing and wholeness. You are loved and we can’t wait to see what God has in store for you!