And Suddenly…The Story of My Mother’s Redemption

Oh, what I beautiful day for a testimony! I feel so good inside that I can barely keep my feet on the ground.  Indulge me for a moment as I share my good news with you.

My mom has a history of alcohol abuse.  For as long as I can remember, she would drink several cans of beer every single night while watching television.  I knew that she inherited it from her father, who was an alcoholic.  Even as young girl, I knew that there was pain my mom was trying to numb.  It became even more apparent when her and my dad divorced after 25 years of marriage.  While that time was hard on all of us, it was especially difficult for my mom to cope. As a result, she increased her alcohol usage and became more belligerent towards all of us.

My brother was only a preteen at the time and did a great job of hiding his emotions. (He definitely takes after my dad.) I will probably never know if her drinking affected him as much as it did me.  But as an adult, I was keenly aware of her self-destruction.  Feeling powerless, all I could do was pray for God to intervene.

Dear God,

Please heal my mother.  You already know the situation. You already see what’s happening.  Please stop her drinking. Please.

I prayed that prayer every single night.  As a new Christian, my faith was low, so I stood firm on my hope.  I’m convinced now that the mustard seed-size faith I had was enough for God to move. Five years after my first prayer, my mom texted me this message:

Mom: “I just got back from the doctor.”

 Me:  “What did they say?”

Mom: “She said I need to take a different type of medication.  The doctors told me I had to stop drinking in order to take the medicine, so I’m going to stop.”  

And just like that, it was over.  After almost thirty years, my mom’s drinking episodes were over.  That was in 2010.  She hasn’t picked up a drink since.

I’ve held onto that testimony all this time.  I couldn’t believe that God answered my prayers! I knew He answered people’s prayers, but it’s a whole different feeling when He answers your own. I didn’t realize until now, though, that my answered prayer in 2010 was only the beginning of the transformation He would do on her.  Get  ready for miracle number two.

My mom was diagnosed with depression when I was eleven years old.  Since then, her diagnosis has increased to manic depression and borderline personality disorder.  After her and my father divorced, she became so fixated on her mental disease that she convinced herself there was no hope other than the cocktail of drugs she was taking.  To numb the pain, any pain, she increased her dosage.

Once again, I was on my knees, praying to God for her healing even though the doctors, books, and naysayers told her that she would be this way for the rest of her life.  For years and years, I prayed. But my mom’s state of mind remained the same – until recently.

Last week, my mom sent me another text (apparently, she enjoys this method of communication!) letting me know that she has talked to her doctors and she will no longer take antidepressants. (This is the short version of how this happened.  For just a little more context, my  mom nearly overdosed back in December because she was taking too many medications.  The doctors took her off all her medications and after retesting her for all illnesses, they realized that she didn’t need it after all.)

I couldn’t believe it.  All these years I’ve prayed for her. ALL THESE YEARS!! God’s love never fails.

Friends, I tell you this story because many people in this world are searching for hope. They are searching for answers. I’m here to tell you.  PRAYER WORKS. It really…truly… does.

We often want change to happen quickly, but this journey has proven that God chooses the right time to move.  This is the perfect time.  He’s redeeming her, and He can redeem you, too!

We all have things we are believing for. Continue to pray. Continue to believe that Jesus saves and He redeems.  He will lift you out of those broken places and create a new story for you to tell.  He will turn your broken life into a living testimony.  My mother is proof of that.
Stay strong, friends.  Hang in there.  Your blessings are on the way.

“And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” (Philippians 1:6 NLT)

 

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Elana Cole is a writer, educator, and professional coach who is passionate about helping others in their personal journeys towards a more beautiful life. She is the author of "The Midnight Experience" and creator of Empowered Narrative, a blog about transforming the way you live and love.

2 thoughts on “And Suddenly…The Story of My Mother’s Redemption

  1. Yes, this is my darling daughter Elana. I am so surprise she shared that message of me to the world. She is my ROCK, when I am down, and I truly love her. She has grown up with the ups and down. My daughter truly is my inspiration.

    Love you Elana!!

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