Renewed Treasures Ministries Testimonies

Tiffany's Story

 

My name is Tiffany, I am 32 years old. Today, I am physically, spiritually and mentally at peace. That was not always the case. I was raised in a Christian household with faithful parents. Structure and strict rules set the stage for my rebellious nature later in life. I was a straight-A student in high school, played volleyball and softball, and was Homecoming Queen my Junior year. I graduated from the University of Central Missouri. 

After College I aspired to land a job in my desired field but found it difficult to get my foot in the door. I became discouraged and overwhelmed with self-doubt. This is where I began to turn away from the spiritual foundation and faith-based lifestyle I was brought up in. 

I turned my focus from having a God-Centered life to focusing on the materialistic and worldly distractions. This was the beginning of a downward spiral. I was in a dark lifestyle of crime and dysfunctional relationships. I was searching for love and acceptance. 

I fell away spiritually, withdrew from my friends and family, and lost my direction in life. I lived in constant sin and felt a void where God had once been in my life. I tried to numb emotional pain and feelings of failure in my heart and soul with drugs and alcohol. 

Before I realized it...I had become an alcoholic. I was full of pride and too ashamed to ask for help. My pride overwhelmed  my sense of reason and clouded my judgement, taking me deeper into my addiction and self-destruction. I knew my heavenly Father would forgive me for my sins, but I was too proud to accept the salvation he was offering me. 

After a three day drinking binge, my parents found me unconscious and when I awoke I was unable to walk. I had been diagnosed with compartment syndrome. The doctors told me they would have to amputate both of my legs and my right arm to save my life. The doctors were able to perform a radical surgery tat removed the dying muscle tissue, allowing me to save both legs and my arm. By the grace of God, I am able to walk!

This tragedy was an end to my struggle with alcohol but became a catalyst to my drug addiction. I struggled with dwindling faith in Jesus Christ as my Savior and self-destruction continued. I began battling opiate addiction, committing crimes and serving 12 months in prison. While in prison I prayed for God to show my which direction to go upon my release. I needed a safe place to stay sober. One night while lying in bed reading, my prayers were answered. A paper fell out of the book I was reading. The information for House of Hope Ministries and the words...I love you. 

While at House of Hope Ministries (Renewed Treasures Ministries) I have found peace; physically, spiritually, and mentally. Pride, worldly temptation and instant gratification brought me to my knees ( literally). It was only then that I realized where I needed to be. Kneeling.  Kneeling at the foot of the cross. Living life, not for myself or my selfish desires but living to bring honor and glory to Jesus Christ.

I rededicated my life to Jesus Christ and thank my Heavenly Father for the Salvation he offers each and every one of us. This Ministry has helped me to find purpose through service to others. I learned to forgive myself, to love myself, and most importantly to build a spiritual foundation with Christ. 

Galatians 2:20-22 says "My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who lives, but Christ who lives in me. So, I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not treat the grace of God as meaningless. For if keeping the law could make us right with God, then  there was no need for Christ to die."

In Gratitude...

The Renewed Treasures Ministries would like to thank the following contributors to our website. David J. Eslick Photography provided many splendid images presented here. Brett Franklin of Quality Trim and Sign designed our handsome web banner. James S. Baumlin of Research Consultants of the Ozarks helped with the text. Jann Baker designed [and maintains] our site. To these gracious givers, we add our thanks to the pastor and congregation of Northside Assembly of God.