My name is Laura. I’ve been here at God’s Ranch for about a month. I was a heroin addict for almost 5 yrs. I left my family, my kids and my husband to chase a lifestyle of gangs, drugs and eventually a prison sentence. Throughout my life I have always believed in God. I just never thought I was worthy of His love. One Night in my Cell, I dropped to my knees for or the first time in my life, crying. I prayed to God telling Him I am sorry for all owing for it to come to this point. I was sorry for being so selfish, hateful and angry. I asked Him to forgive me for walking out on my kids, my husband and my family. I told Him: I surrender. Lord I can‘t do this without you anymore. Suddenly I heard this voice say: Open your Bible! So I did. The first veers I read was 1 John 4:18: Perfect love casts out fear; suddenly I was overwhelmed with this feeling that everything was going to be okay. Theta was the first time I ever read the Bible and actually understood what it I read. I haven’t put my Bible down since. I‘ve realized the Lord never left my side. He always had his hand out waiting for me to take it. But I never did. I was so wrapped up in living in darkness to realize He’s always loved me, and was just waiting patiently for me to see that. Since I have accepted the Lord as my Savior, He has given me a second chance and I owe it to Him to take it. Every day I thank the Lord for His forgiveness and mercy for taking me out of the darkness and showing me the Light for the first time in my life. I feel like I am right where I am supposed to be. Here at the Ranch strengthening my relationship with the Lord. I have committed my life to serving Him He has a plan for me and I am willing and dedicated to fulfill my purpose. He has blessed me so much already. My family, kids and husband are all back in my life. He has blessed me with amazing women here at the ranch as well as wonderful leadership. I am not going to quit or give up! I see the glory of God in my life and I am going to fulfill the purpose God has for me!