God has been so good to me in life, and I am so grateful for what He has done. I want to take a moment to reflect back on the morning when I realized I was about to be homeless and with child. It was truly the most fearful time of my life! I was alone, tired, discouraged and lost in my sin. I felt prisoner to the defeated thoughts in my mind that consumed me – constantly accusing me of failure. I was defeated by the thoughts of knowing I would soon introduce myself to my little girl as her first disappointment. Depression had its grip on me, my spirit was weak and I physically couldn’t do what my mind said was required to fix the mess I was in. Thanks to God’s love in spite of my own self destruction, His mercy kept me close and never let me go.

Early on a Wednesday morning, I was sitting in nervous anticipation waiting for the clock to strike 9:00 – I had to be the first call to come through the Maggie’s Place intake line. The phone was ringing and ringing, my lips were trembling, and I didn’t have a clue how to tell my story. But right before I put the phone down, a soft spoken woman answered. Shortly after that, I moved into The Elizabeth House, and that was truly the first day of the best days of my life. While living there, I prayed for God to turn my life around and break every chain that bound me to the failures that triumphed over me. Fast forward a few years to May 14, 2014, when I graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Public Policy and Public Administration, as a Dean’s Scholar. It was a dream come true to sit in the Sun Devil Stadium looking at all the bright lights and vivid colors of maroon and gold! God heard my prayers and I did it!

Because of Maggie’s Place and the family I made there, I learned that life will bring pain all by itself, but it is our responsibility to create joy and always remain grateful. My degree is a vehicle to a joy I never thought I could experience, but with determination and God’s guidance it was possible. I want to leave you with this scripture: Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done.” (Matthew 21:21)

By Michelle, A Former Maggie’s Place Mom