Life is Really Good!

 Life is Really Good? 


Ketrich Steger

Amber Schmid

     This is a story of a girl... Who came from a good family and got caught up in drugs, and made ALOT of bad choices. Her choices led her to a life of prison and felonies. This is a story of a girl... Who didn't believe in God  and was utterly hopeless. This is a story of a girl... Who listened to someone else's story of Gods redemptive power, and decided to ask herself... What if I'm wrong? What if God is real? What if God is NOT disappointed in me? What if God really does love me? What if God wants to help me?.... (See the video of Amber's Testimony)

Robbie Carpenter...

         Looking back, I see now that my childhood and young adult years were spent surviving a life that felt chaotic, unpredictable and stressful.

However, at the age of 14 I began drinking and using drugs. I had thoughts of suicide and tried antidepressants and tranquilizers but mixing the medications with the alcohol was not only dangerous, but made the antidepressants ineffective.

         In the winter of 2011-2012, I still drinking and drugging, life this time was not good. I was in such a state of depression that being able to work did little to make me feel well. I had some good days but most of my time was spent still not wanting to live. I was tired of feeling anxious, depressed and afraid. I had burned through cash, friendships, jobs and important relationships. I spent the last of my money and borrowed more. I spent all that and lost most of the few remaining friends I had left. I could not drink or drug enough to make the feelings, memories and thoughts of suicide go away. I had reached a terrible point in my life that only another alcoholic can know – afraid to live but now afraid to die. I remember it well. It was 4:00 a.m., I had come to in a state of withdrawl. I had lost the choice to drink and drug. I was now forced to drink to stop the shakes.  I was lost, alone, broke, and very angry with God because of course, He was making me go through this. God had at last, shown up on my radar and become a thought for thinking...well, more like blaming.

            I can‘t tell you exactly why but on that day I was given a moment of clarity. I later realized it was an act of the grace of God. All I knew is that deep down in what was left of my soul, I needed help from more than what this world could provide. I had no place to turn so i went into a church.  It was Tuesday, but I didn’t care. It was now morning, and the sun was shining. At 9:00 a.m. I decided to buy some liquid courage and spent the last change I had on a beer. I drank it and went to church. Of coursef it was a Tuesday, and no one was there, so I went to another. There I found a pastor and asked him to pray for me. He did, we talked and he bought me lunch. After lunch I was feeling a little better but still far from well so I went to another church where I found another pastor. We sat, visited and he prayed for me.That night I was still feeling just as beat down as I ever, but now I knew that God was with me, always had been and would show me how I could get help – the kind of help that would work.

            That evening I went to a free meeting of people who try to recover from alcoholism on a spiritual basis. In that meeting I found others who had been through some of the things I had and began to recover. I was suprised that some of them had years of sobriety and were prominent members of my community. This gave me hope that I could recover as well. That was the last day I drank alcohol -Feb 1 2012. As I worked the program, got to know people in the fellowship and began again to pray everyday, I began to know a new happiness that was true. I learned that in order for me to be happy again I had to reconnect with God.
         I am forever grateful for my life and all the people in it who have made me the person I am today. I am grateful to the one true God who has always taken care of me and I am sure always will. Today I can say I look forward to living and seeing what God has planned for me.

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