STAND UNITED FOR RECOVERY
September is Recovery Month!
There are more than 22 million Americans living in recovery, so that is something to celebrate!
Join Hope United this month as we celebrate RECOVERY and those individuals who are working so hard to maintain long-term recovery.
Recovery is not easy, but it is worth it!
Thank you to all who have shared their recovery stories! This month we celebrate you!
If you wish to share your recovery story, you can do that here.
Been in recovery for 10 years. So very thankful.
My name is Joyce Rossiter-Fetrow and I am a person in long term recovery. What that means to me is I have not picked up a drink since January 27, 2014, because of this my life is no longer unmanageable. I am a wife of 20 years. A mother of 8 year old twins. I own my own home, and I vote.
My recovery has been full of opportunities and blessings that have allowed me to help others who struggle. Today I work for Michigan Center for Rural Health on the Northern Michigan Opioid Response Consortium. I am an Angel Volunteer for the Michigan State Police, I am a volunteer Recovery Coach, just to name a few. Yesterday, I had the absolute blessing to open a sober living home for women in Northern Michigan, Equip for Freedom. www.equip4freedom.org
The best way to describe my recovery today is TRANSFORMED PEOPLE, TRANSFORM PEOPLE.
Before life, after life - that's what this picture represents. On the left is a broken, addicted, frightened, lost soul who was slowly dying. On the right, A reborn soul full of life. The difference you ask? Jesus!
The picture on the left represents my life before Christ. The night this picture was taken I was at my absolute bottom. I had just lost everything I thought was important to me, including job, freedom, what was left of a dwindling bank account, and soon to be house. Facing multiple felonies, I had nowhere left to run. Addiction doesn’t discriminate and after decades it took me to the pits of hell.
This night, a week before Christmas I asked God to rescue me, for the first time in years I prayed. I knew of Jesus, but I didn’t Know him. I heard of his Amazing Grace, but I never felt it. I thought of him as a genie in a bottle - when in trouble rub. I never knew you could have a relationship with him. Jesus...sweet Jesus, came to me that night right in the middle of my filth and my brokenness, in the middle of my cell, my prison. I felt his tangible presence that night. I surrendered all to him that night. Not knowing what that meant or looked like. I just knew I had to follow Him.
A week later, he grabbed my hand, guided by my wife, and led me to Cornerstone Church where He showed me the Love of Christ. Still not knowing what I was doing, my wife and my brothers and sisters of Cornerstone showed me what unconditional love really was. Slowly Jesus started changing my heart, my life, my passion.
Almost 6 years later Clean and Sober (picture on the right), I am fully alive In Christ, redeemed by His blood on the cross. Was it easy? No. did it hurt? Absolutely. Was it worth it? Look again at the pictures. Full of a Peace that surpasses all understanding.
I don’t tell this story to brag on myself, I did nothing only with the power of Christ. I tell this story only as hope to those still struggling with the disease of addiction, for those that have tried everything to break the chains of hopelessness. To those still white knuckling through withdrawals, to those with no hope. There is a way! Jesus is the chain breaker. All you have to do is surrender to him and get out of his way. Not only will he heal you from the inside out, but he will bring people into your life that will walk with you and show you how to follow Him. And enjoy an Everlasting life with him while enjoying an Everlasting Recovery.
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2 Corinthians 12: 6-10
Even if I should choose to boast, I would not be a fool, because I would be speaking the truth. But I refrain, so no one will think more of me than is warranted by what I do or say, or because of these surpassingly great revelations. Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
The following is an excerpt from Part I of a three-part blog written about Todd Rossiter. Click the link below to read his entire recovery story. It will be worth the read.
“Today I begin Part I in a Three-Part Series on the journey of recovery of one man. I have found this upcoming story nothing short of amazing. I hope it inspires you. I hope it gives you hope in what can sometimes be a dark world. I hope it helps you find your inner hero.
Meet Todd Rossiter.
Todd battled his addiction to drugs and alcohol for most of his life. He has an incredible story of recovery that I will share over the course of these next 3 blogs. I have known Todd’s story for quite some time, but I wanted to learn a little more so I could share it with the rest of the world in hopes that it might inspire someone else.