Finding New Light Through Hope and Faith, by Sharon Stevenson

After a terrible and horrific childhood, which included an illness in my early months of life.
Life shows no sign of hope.

Living amongst the poor in a constant fight for my life…..both physically and mentally.

Abandoned cars
Cardboard boxes
Not exactly Park Avenue in New York

Kerosene heaters and the bottle of booze to keep me warm
I am like a soldier waiting for the next battle, armed and loaded waiting for whatever… or whomever may come out of the shadows.

Two failed marriages……three kids taken into DCF custody……I have never been more alone.

So this is what rock bottom feels lik!!!

God, was he there??? When I was held against my will with two guns pointed at my body, was he there? Had he forgotten? When I was being beaten and abused??? Did he know…… Did he Know??

Mentally…… I felt like I was in a whirlwind cycle not sure of when I would hit back on solid ground.

Bridgeport Rescue Mission….. my beacon of security

A man….. strong, intelligent, loving….GOOD

Love….. an almost forgotten feeling

Third times the charm they say

My faith in god restored and my behavior maintained

Bridge House, because of them my anger is subsided, my self-esteem risen

God was on my side, every step

Courageous, strong, happy, Advocate, Peer…. these words now define me

The light… I have found it….. shines bright and leads me through the rest of the days of my life

Sharon Stevenson, Bridgeport, Connecticut
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