Friday, September 14, 2012

Drug Free: My Journey to Freedom


By Berneita Barnes
 
On January 9, 1990, I entered treatment. I had finally come face to face with the fact that I was a drug addict.
 
I had three children and no place to call home. I had been living in abandoned buildings. I had no job, no prospects and no education.

At my lowest point, I begged, borrowed and stole just to fulfill the yearning and urges that came with using cocaine. Begging, borrowing or stealing weren’t enough on some days to fulfill the need to get high. When there was nothing left in the house to sell, I sold myself.

 My father took me to the place in Chicago where I would be questioned and examined and finally taken to another place where I would spend the next six months of my life reshaping and finally learning who Berneita really was.
 
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The Well Magazine Summer 2012
Encouragement. Enlightenment. Edification. Inspiration. The Well magazine is dedicated to to encouraging, enlightening, edifying and inspiring others through the power of God’s Word and sharing our stories.

Friday, September 7, 2012

From the Editor: Free


Free.

Free. It’s such a beautiful word. It is the opposite of bondage. Not under the control of someone or something. Liberty.

Wars are fought for freedom. There is a longing deep inside of us to be free.

God wants us to be free.

God wants us to be free in Him. Free from fear. Free from addictions. Free from the circumstances that keep us bound and not living up to our full potential and purpose. Free in our minds. Free in our bodies from disease and bad health. Free in our relationships. Free in our finances. But most important free from sin.

For years, I’ve been a prisoner of fear. I have been a prisoner of the fear of failure, others expectations, opinions and approval.

I believe fear is one of our greatest enemies and greatest obstacles. As President Franklin Delano Roosevelt famously said when the nation prepared to face its enemies in World War II, “We have nothing to fear but fear itself.”
 
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