Before Mercy, I barely ate and struggled with an eating disorder. I watched tv all day and went to bed no earlier than 2 am. I was constantly fatigued and stumbling over my words. I did not socialize at all, and my anxiety was at an all-time high.
I found out about Mercy years ago. I was doing a Google search and came across it. I applied, but I went to insurance paid treatment centers instead. My dad was at a meeting learning about how to help me and the woman teaching the session mentioned Mercy. We had not thought about it in a very long time. I hesitated, but I knew it was my last hope because my medication was not working. I felt pretty sure I would be dead in less than a year. When I arrived, my anxiety was off the charts. I had very little hope.
During my time at Mercy, I learned that God still has a future for me, and I could never be written off. My biggest breakthrough occurred when I finally agreed to pray for myself and pray out loud with the staff. The more I did, the more confident I became in believing that God could help me and that I have the power of Christ in me. When I finally let myself worship and listen to God and put my crossed arms down and have an open posture to God, I began to feel free as well. It helped that I saw the other girls worship freely. I dreaded worship nights for months, but having guests come in to play was really enriching.
After Mercy, I have peace and hope as I hold fast to God’s word and promises. My depression is minor compared to before. I am stronger with Christ than I ever thought I could be. God works miracles. I know the truth that comes from God, and I know right away what is a lie from Satan.
To all the donors, the help I received at Mercy was far above and beyond any care I received at secular treatment centers. Mercy really took the time to help me see that I was worth being loved and could live a full life. Thank you!