Chris’ Testimony

My name is Chris Brown and I am sometimes called Breezy. I’m 40 years old born from my mother Debi, and father Chris. I am the oldest with both a brother and sister. My Mom and Dad divorced when I was a year old. A few years later my mom remarried and we moved to Angleton which is in south Texas. My Dad was in the Navy and was constantly on deployment or living a sailors life. My childhood was good and I never wanted for anything. Actually I was probably spoiled to a certain degree. I was raised around church and knew what it was to have faith in God. However, this did not keep me out of trouble. I was very rebellious and my school life suffered because of it. I stayed in trouble at school all the way into high school. I started using pot and alcohol when I was 13 years old. I was also a regular smoker by this time too. I got arrested when I was 14 for the first time for taking a van and getting in a 2 hour chase with the police. A few months after this arrest I was arrested again for public intoxication. During this time my mother and stepfather were beginning a bad divorce. This was hard on me for a lot of reasons. When I was 15 I moved to Dickson TN with my dad, stepmom, and little sister. I was not prepared for this move because it was exact opposite from what I was accustom to. I rebelled and rebelled hard. The rest of my teens were full of geographic moves and lots of hurt feelings. When I was 16 I moved to SW Houston with my mom. My substance use progressed. By the time I was 20 I had 4 DUI’s and was on my way to prison. This was my life until I was 27. In the between, I had only spent 6 months on the streets and out of jail or prison. At the age of 26, on a spree of Xanax, Oxycontin, and alcohol I hit a elementary school principal intoxicated. This would become my 5th DUI and put me back in prison. In 2011 I was allowed to parole to Hopkinsville KY. During this prior incarceration is when I finally recognized I had a real problem and needed help. I turned to God and prayed for him to come into my life and change my heart. Things got better but I hadn’t completely surrendered my life to Him.

“I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other! But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth!
Revelation 3:15‭-‬16 NLT

I was a lukewarm Christian and God let me have exactly what I wanted. In Hopkinsville I was introduced to Meth. Within 6 months I was an IV user and couldn’t get enough. In 2 years I caught 17 felonies in Kentucky and was looking at serious time. I was still on parole in Texas and had to pay the piper there too. 3 and a half years later I was finally back in KY and graciously given a chance at drug court in Judge Self’s courtroom. I completed drug court without a single sanction. I was finally free from drugs and alcohol and had God in my life but I still hadn’t completely surrendered.

But because you are stubborn and refuse to turn from your sin, you are storing up terrible punishment for yourself. For a day of anger is coming, when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed.
Romans 2:5 NLT

Inevitably without Jesus running the show I relapsed after 17 months of sobriety. I was devastated and I gave everything away. I fell into a depression and even doubted my salvation. Demons were circling my soul and they wanted me. I was further in than I had ever been. I was addicted, unhealthy, hopeless and living out of storage rooms. My family shunned me, I couldn’t even look at myself in a mirror.

For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
Jeremiah 29:11 NLT

In the last days of that part of my life I met a woman. We instantly hit it off and became partners in crime. I knew that this woman would forever be a part of my life. We went through every worldly struggle that a couple could possibly go through. God was setting things up though because that is who He is. He makes beauty from disaster. At the time I was on the lam from my probation officer with a 7 year prison sentence over my head. They finally caught up to me after a year of running and being on the streets. I was locked up and sent to serve my time. Something was different though and God started opening doors. I had already previously served enough time on my 7 year consecutive sentence that it served me out on 2 year sentence which left me with a 5 year sentence. Guess who’s courtroom that left me in? The honorable Judge Self who I went through Drug Court with. He gave me another shot at sobriety and on April 10th 2020 he granted me shock probation and released me to Friends of Sinners. God used FOS to show me how to completely surrender and live a life that Jesus would want me to have. He used FOS to mold me into the man I have become today. FOS has become my earthly cornerstone. Guess what happen to my partner in crime? In a series of events that led her to jail and to surrender to Christ, she was accepted into the lady’s FOS and graduated. She maintains her sobriety today, 3 years later. We were married on July 17 2021. God gave me a wife that I love and cherish today. He is also showing me how to be a good husband.
My story is not perfect though. After 18 months of sobriety I relapsed which was a major blow to me and everyone around me. However, this was different than any other time before. God was gentle with me and put people in my life that loved and supported me through it. All those people are a direct result of the relationships I made while at FOS. I didn’t realize it at the time but God was sanctifying me through my struggles and is still working on me today.

We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin.
Romans 6:6 NLT

The best advice I heard was to get up and dust myself off and continue with the good fight. That’s exactly what I have done and God continues to bless me and my life. He has restored everything that I might have lost. My fall has actually been a blessing and I am beyond grateful for my life today. He has been with me the whole time and His love is more Powerful than anything man or this world can provide. He is Love. It all started with FOS teaching me how to how to live…..