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Chains of Addiction

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She sat in the driveway and with tears running down her face she asked, “How does your precious little baby go from this  . . . . . to this? Tell me, how?”

She then showed me this picture that is haunting.


There are no words in moments like these. At least none that will help.

We often hear from the arrogant, “oh if you just raise them right they will never depart . . . ” or “if you just have faith . . . ”

Well that is the biggest line of bull I have ever heard. Whoever has said that has obviously never walked the path of a parent of an addict.

We seem to forget our children have a mind of their own and that they must walk their own walk and find their own way. We can’t, even as much as we might want to . . . live their life for them.

We also seem to forget God also gives us free will to make our own choices that can lead us down various paths called life.

Today, my heart breaks for my friend. A friend who is carrying the weight of the world on her shoulders.

Her son is an addict.

Would you pray for her today? Would you pray for him too, as well as the other immediate family members this is having an impact on.

Father, forgive us for our arrogance and lack of understanding. Forgive us when we use our “faith” or our excuse to pray to not be personal and active in others lives.  Father, use us me to make a difference in the life of someone who is hurting. Father God I pray you break the chains of addiction in this young man’s heart. Bring healing. Bring eternal security. Bring comfort. Bring strength. Bring peace. I pray for his momma. Embrace her. Be her breath when it hurts for her to breathe. Be glorified Lord Jesus. We love you Jesus and believe this to be so in the powerful name of Jesus. So be it.


Author: slpaden

I was a single mother of one for nearly 11 years. I know the hardships that come along with that title. Throughout those years of early adulthood, I lived a life full of lies and deception until I turned 28. I was sick and tired of being sick and tired. The alcohol, drugs, and lies had caught up with me. I had lost everything. On July 7, 1998, I put down the cigarettes, drugs, and alcohol in order to begin breaking the cycle of addiction, but something was still missing. I was still empty. I needed someone who would love me unconditionally, who would never leave me and never forsake me, who would guide me . . . . who I could trust. I had been looking for love and acceptance in every man I could find and was still without hope. But . . . on October, 19, 1998, just over 90 days into sobriety, I realized I couldn't do this thing called life on my own. I needed a Savior . . . the one that would love me unconditionally and accept me for all my failures. And on that day I asked Jesus in to my heart. The decision to follow Christ and ask Him in to my heart has been the best decision I have ever made. Since that day, the road of healing began. I have learned and continue to learn there are several layers of healing, but through it all, He has never abandoned me. I've been blessed with restoration of my family. God blessed me with a husband that didn't care about my sketchy past and blessed us with two additional children. My oldest is now married and has blessed me with two amazing grandchildren. My son was diagnosed with Asperger's, Tourette Syndrome, a mood disorder, Sensory, Anxiety, and a sleep disorder. My daughter has been diagnosed with OCD, Sensory, Anxiety, and Tics. Through all these transitions and challenges, the Lord has been so faithful. He has carried me in my weakness, bottled every tear, prodded me to ask questions and taught me to be a voice for my children. There have been days I have questioned why the Lord would think I am strong enough to parent two special needs children, but what He has shown me is that through my weakness He becomes my strength. Our family is also involved with fostering and rescuing animals. While we aren't as active as we used to be, and I have to say no a lot, I am amazed at how the Lord provides when He allows me to say, "yes."

One thought on “Chains of Addiction

  1. Reblogged this on Treasure's From Life's Garden and commented:

    The young boy this post was written about passed away. Please pray for his mom and other family members as they pick up the pieces. My heart is broken.


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