THEY THAT BE WHOLE NEED NOT A PHYSICIAN...BUT THEY THAT ARE SICK! (Matthew 9:13)
Only those who come from a pit really know the depths of that pit. God has brought me from a horrible pit. I do not boast in my sin, for He has brought me out of the darkness and into His marvelous light. Nor do I shun the testimony of my past life of sin, for He has brought me out of the darkness and into His marvelous light.
"Come see a man that told me everything I ever did." (John 4:29) I was a complete drunk for years. I partied to live and lived to party. I literally drank every day of my life. I woke up with two cups of coffee and the rest of my day was spent with a drink in my hand until I finally slumbered off to sleep. I could feel my body beginning to shut down from so much abuse. But I remembered a scripture I heard, and I would through the day say in my heart, "I shall not die, but live and declare the works of the Lord." Oh, how I love Him!
I was a gambler. I gambled at every chance I got. I played the machines. I played the numbers. I played the games. Sometimes I won, but most times I lost. The money was not the goal in the win, but it was the primary goal to continue gambling. You never win big enough or spend big enough. Oh, how I love Him!
I was a mistress for most of my life - a harlot. I merchandised and sold myself. I lived a lie and detached myself as if it wasn't me. You become lost in every depth and sense of the word because you have sold your soul - your identity. "Whither shall I go from thy Spirit or whither shall I flee from Thy presence? If I ascend up into the heavens, Thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, Thou art there." (Psalms 137:9) Oh, how I love Him!
I was a murderer. I had an abortion at the age of twenty-five. This pit is unsearchable. "I, even I am He that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake and will not remember thy sins." (Isaiah 43:25) Though the pit goes deeper, He is deeper still. Oh, how I love Him!
Time would not permit to tell all the depths of my pit. The gospel is not just theory but reality, and He has made the gospel a reality in my life. I don't just believe He can deliver. I know he can. I don't just believe there is a healing balm in Gilead, I know there is. I don't just believe He can set free and free indeed, I know He can. We may believe - going, in but we KNOW - coming out. "Come see a man that told me everything I ever did...Oh, how I love Him!
...she knelt behind Him weeping and did wash His feet with her tears. She dried them with her hair and anointed them with her ointment. Jesus said to her, woman thy sins which are many are forgiven. (Luke 7:48) He left the ninety and nine and came after this woman. The ministry of ONE...RESTORING LIVES ONE AT A TIME!!
ACCEPTED IN THE BELOVED: Peggy NeeSmith
"Some days I tear up thinking how good my life is these days. Behind it all is my complete surrender to Jesus. Before I came to The Dream Center, I was literally at my very worst...the bottom. I could not see light at the end of the tunnel. I couldn't accept all that I had lost due to my drug and alcohol use. But He has made me NEW! If I could give any encouragement to the girls there now, I would tell them to just keep pressing forward. Life does get better. HE RESTORES IT ALL! I am so grateful for The Dream Center. I am nothing apart from Jesus. He saved my life. I wake up each morning wanting to live with purpose. I owe it to Jesus and
The Dream Center."
"When I came to The Dream Center I was so lost. I had no clue about what the Lord would do in my life. I grew up around drugs and began using them at a very young age. I got pregnant and had my son at age 15. I was pretty much on drugs his whole life. I tried to stop many times but I never could. The Lord totally transformed my life. I surrendered my whole life to Him and He pulled me up out of a deep dark pit. He makes ALL things new! He broke every chain of drug addiction and depression. Every bad thought of myself is gone because I learned that He LOVES me. Now my son and I are living for Jesus. We pray together and read the Bible together. We belong to an amazing church and have a whole family there. I had no idea I could be a responsible parent or even serve in a church. My life is a miracle. I pray my life can be used to help save others who are lost."
"Entering the Dream Center was the end/ beginning of my life. The end of my life in bondage with the strongholds that kept me in darkness for many years, and the beginning of my life with freedom and peace and learning who I am in Christ. At The Dream Center, I was given a chance to get my life back, with the help, support, and most importantly the love of the Dream Center and its board. During my time in the program, I was involved in many outreach events, learned the value of an honest day's work, became aware of myself and my communications with others, and developed a close and personal relationship with Jesus. I learned responsibility and how to manage daily demands without becoming overwhelmed and giving up, I learned how to go to the Lord in prayer and cast my cares on Him, I learned accountability and how to take responsibility for the things I’ve done. I learned how to have integrity and do the right thing when no one is looking, I learned how to love myself and be okay with who I am, I learned how to have a good time and how to enjoy people and places without being high or drunk to do so. At The Dream Center, I found forgiveness for my past and how to move on to the future. The board members invested their time, finances, and love into helping me heal and have a prosperous life, I was not just another face to come and go. After leaving The Dream Center there was and still is a lot to learn to lead a successful life. Unlike many programs, I liked that I was not just put back into the world without direction. This program gave me a solid foundation that feels like home and family, that I can always seek counsel and advice for the rest of my life. Whether it be advice about friendship, money, my goals, college, personal morals, growing my faith, or any current event happening in my life at the time. I am forever grateful for The Dream Center and everyone who makes the program possible for those who are truly ready to change and get their life back."