Ashley’s Testimony

Hi, my name is Ashley Lanier.  I am 23 and came from a broken home.  My Grandma raised my twin brother and me inSeattle,Washington.  When I was 16 I met my mother and shortly after I began to rebel and do drugs and lie and cheat and steal.  I was out of control. In September 2007 I moved to Scribner, Nebraska with a guy to get away from the lifestyle I was living.  I then justified my drug addiction and started taking prescription pills.  I would tell myself it was o.k. if a doctor prescribed it, but I found out that wasn’t true and ended up in Dodge County Jail.  I was then moved to Madison County Jail four days before my release.  I was scheduled to be released on September 15th but was let out on September 14th, a Sunday.  It was very cold that morning and I had no ride, so I walked about a block up the road to theFirstBaptistChurch.  I was welcomed into the church by a family that attended the church.  I began to share my story and they invited me to their home.  I went to their home and took a hot shower.  They gave me warm clothes and we had lunch.  Shortly after they began to share the gospel with me and all the wonderful things God has done in their life.  I then accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior.  We then drove toColumbus where Chaplain Ted was going to drive me toFremont.  We actually drove all the way to Fremont, but I decided to join the New Life Program at the Columbus Rescue Mission. Now that I look back I believe God has been working in my life all along.  I just refused to believe it for what it was.  There is a verse that sticks out in my mind.  It is Jeremiah 29:11, for I know the plans I have for you says the Lord, they are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.  I am now proud to say with my head held high; I am on the right path.