Sara F: A Story of a New Legacy

Sara F:  A Story of a New Legacy

Sara F 2018

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.