Sara F: A Story of a New Legacy
My name is Sara F. I have been at Gilgal since December 2017. On July 31, 2018, I will be 60 years old. Who dreams of spending their 60th birthday in rehab? That was not the plan I had envisioned for my life. But, as I am learning in classes at Gilgal, the life I live today is a result of decisions made in my yesterdays. If I want a different tomorrow, I need to begin changing my actions today. I am ready for change! I want different outcomes for me and my family. I have lots of work to do.
At 59, I realize that I am responsible for the choices I’ve made. I own them. They were not good decisions and I certainly would not wish my past on any other person. Yes, I am the child of an alcoholic father that was mentally, emotionally, verbally, and physically abusive. But, I adored him. The abuse was my “normal” as a child. I did not know differently. I was desperate for love and acceptance but, it was elusive. I was tired of trying to measure up. I decided to immerse myself in the culture of my teenage years: sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll. Little did I know at the time, that this would lead me right down the same path as my father…alcoholic and emotionally absent as a parent.
By the time I was fifty, I had spent time in every women’s prison in the state of Georgia. I had spent a total of fourteen and a half years in jail. What a legacy for my two beautiful daughters.
Today, I am excited about my future. I’m looking for employment and hopeful to find a company that can use my years of experience in the hospitality industry. I am more grateful than words could say for my time at Gilgal. Through the work of the Lord at Gilgal, I have found everything that I didn’t know I was missing and so much more. The hearts of people that come alongside Gilgal (volunteers, Staff, churches and organizations from the community) are so special that it is mind-blowing.
Thank you for your investment in me. I look forward to seeing you at the Gala.