My name is Abigail Romo. I am a firm believer in Jesus Christ. I am in recovery for drugs, alcohol and codependency. Today, the enemy wanted me to struggle and not give my testimony…but here it is!
I am 27 years old. I have been sober since January 2, 2019. I grew up in a “Christian” home, but I struggled with seeing a bad example of “Christianity” because I was verbally and sometimes physically abused as a child. I do not remember much of my childhood, except feeling scared and seeing anger and arguments around me. I did not want “Christianity” if it looked like my abuser.
My heart hardened over the years. I started to suffer from depression, and I rebelled. At the age of 15 I was in a terrible car wreck with all my siblings. The doctor said because of my head injury, I shouldn’t have lived. At the time, I remember wondering “Why on earth would I live through that?” I was upset and wished I had died. I began to turn to drugs, alcohol, and men to fill the void in my heart. The downward spiral began.
On October 9th, 2011, at the age of 19- I had my daughter, Scarlett Louise Early. She is so beautiful and precious. However, she was not enough for me to stop drinking and using drugs. Her father left the picture when she was one year old.
I would be sober from pills but drinking alcohol. Sober from alcohol but smoking weed. Sober from meth, but taking pills. This continued for about seven years. During those years, I suffered through abusive relationships. I also got married. He was abusive.
September 16th, 2016, we had my son, Emiliano Tomas Romo. I left my son’s father in March of 2017. I couldn’t take it anymore. I became so depressed because of my failed marriage that my drinking got out of control.
In July of 2017 I was drinking at a friend’s house any my son was with me. My friend wanted me to stay the night, but I decided to drive home. I wrecked my car and was about to go to jail for a DUI and Wanton Endangerment. From that day forward my addiction was full force. I felt so bad about what I had done that I couldn’t even look at my son. I only saw pain and darkness and I didn’t want to live. I attempted suicide, lost my job, my home and went to jail for 60 days due to my DUI. When I got out of jail, I kept going in the wrong direction. I wanted to stop but I couldn’t. Then, I met the needle. I began to suffer from meth induced paranoid psychosis and borderline personality disorder. I do not remember over a year of my life. Just bits and pieces. I hated myself and felt like I couldn’t be forgiven.
Last year, I started seeing changes in my brother. He used to hate God and now it was all I heard him speak about! Something powerful happened to him and I needed it too. I heard about this program called “Friends of Sinners” so much, but for some reason I thought they would call me without me turning in an application. I was also scared of change. The enemy was in my head telling me that “Friends of Sinners” would not work and that I did not need it, but fear is a liar!
I tried everything I could to get rid of my mental illness and addiction on my own, without God. I even checked into the psych ward. On December 18, 2018 I was released from the seventh floor of the hospital. I decided to go to church with my brother. I got down on my knees and prayed. I begged God to take all my pain and paranoia away. I promised him that I would live for him.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says “If you declare with your mouth ‘Jesus is Lord’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” The power of prayer is real! I stood up from the altar and my life has never been the same. My depression and borderline personality disorder are gone. The hurt and guilt and shame are all gone. I was miraculously cured. I know I am a child of God.
1 John 5:1-5 “Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves his child as well. This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands. In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.”
So, I finally applied to get into Friends of Sinners. I met with the house manager on January 2nd, 2019. She told me I had a bed and to come back with my clothes on January 3rd at 10 AM.
Well, I was at my mom’s that night and the detective knocked on her door. He said he had a warrant for me for trafficking meth. I was devastated. I explained how I was already doing better, and I had quit and got into rehab. They said they still had to take me to jail. So, I grabbed my Bible and spent a week in jail, getting closer to God. A week later I was released from jail to FOS. I am now court order to complete the program. I consider this accountability straight from Heaven.
Since I got into FOS, I have seen God work so profoundly that I can’t even explain it. When I need something, someone donates it, without me even asking for it. He opens doors that would otherwise be impossible for me to walk through. I am not who I used to be. I live to do God’s will, to hear him speak and to feel the Holy Spirit. I live to testify that Jesus Christ died for me and that he can and will save those who call on him, no matter what you have done. I have just a few weeks left in the house at FOS. I am so excited to see what God has planned for me. I am confident that he plans only to prosper me, and I lean on his promises daily.
1 John 5:11-14 “And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.”
I have an awesome job that I do not deserve. My boss is a Christian and asks only one thing of me to keep this job; to live for Christ. I have amazing friends from the sisterhood. My relationships with my family and with my kids have been restored. God is repaying me for the years that the locusts have eaten. The more I rely on him and trust in his plan, the more blessings I receive. I am forever grateful. With my life, I will tell of who Jesus Christ is. I desire every lost soul to know his name. Will you share this Good News?