A Life in Progress
A Testimony from the Colony of Mercy
Meet Brian H.
I grew up in Howell, NJ and am the oldest of three boys. I was raised Catholic, was baptized, took communion and was confirmed Catholic by the age of twelve. I came from an average middle-class family. I had a loving, caring mother, and a father who was a good provider but was consumed with work. I played soccer and baseball as a child, and developed a deep love for the outdoors. I was always in the woods hunting and fishing.
Around the age of fourteen, I began to isolate when my self-will began to take over. I fell to peer pressure. I started using marijuana and beer occasionally with friends on weekends. My parents drank and alcohol was ever present in the household. This caused problems and fighting between my parents. They grew apart and soon divorced. By the time I was sixteen, my mother was gone and my father was always working or drinking. As the oldest, I was left with the responsibility to care for my two younger brothers. I was also trying to maintain the household. It was not a pleasant experience or time in my life.
My addiction progressed throughout high school; drugs and alcohol continued to be a part of my life into my late twenties. By the age of thirty, I had a beautiful wife and son, a house and successful career. I had chased and obtained most of life’s worldly possessions. I worship these idols. By the age of forty, my alcohol addiction had taken control of my life and I was drinking on a daily basis. My marriage fell apart and my wife and son left. A divorce soon followed, and eventually I became homeless. I began living in the woods, all due to life-dominating sin and alcohol addiction.
Where there is life there is hope. By the grace of God and a few believers, I was led to America’s Keswick at the age of fifty. Since coming here I have accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Savior and developed a relationship and a deeper understanding of Christ Jesus and His love and precious promises. I continue to grow spiritually through the Holy Spirit on a daily basis. He is working on my heart by an inward transformation of renewing my mind. I desire to follow Him in all things. Through His faithfulness, grace and mercy He has shown me that I no longer need to run. I need to live the exchanged life of peace and joy. Remaining obedient and abiding in the truth of His Word, I can live a victorious, abundant Christian life. I trust and rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
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