31 Dec Testimony by Abigail Romo, Friends Of Sinners
TESTIMONY ABIGAIL ROMO shared at Church For All, Owensboro, KY, on Sept. 15, 2019
Dear God, help me set aside all the hassles and noise of the world to focus and speak for You for the next few minutes. Help me live within today, seeking Your will and living this day as You would have me. It is my prayer to have others see me as Yours; not just in my words but, more importantly in my actions. Thank You for Your love, Your grace, Your perfect forgiveness. Thank You for all those You have placed in my life, for my program, my recovery, and my church family. Your will be done, not mine. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
2 Corinthians 9:13 “It is a proof of your faith. Many people will praise God because you obey the Good News of Christ — the Gospel you say you believe — and because you freely share with them and with all others.”
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 I am! I am 27 years old. Sober since Jan 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 that. My heart hardened over the years. I started to suffer from depression and I rebelled. At age 15 1 was in a terrible car wreck with all of my siblings. The doctors said that because of my head injury I should not have lived.
At the time I remember wondering why on earth I lived 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. At age 19 on October 9th, 2011 – I had my daughter; Scarlett Louise Early. She is so beautiful and precious.
However, she was not enough for me to stop. Her father left the picture when she was 1 year old. I would be sober from pills, but drinking alcohol… Sober from alcohol but smoking weed… Sober from meth but taking pills… and this continued for about 7 years. During those years I suffered through abusive relationships. I also got married. He was abusive. We had my son, Emiliano Tomas Romo on September 16th, 2016 and I left his father in March 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 1 was drinking at a friends house in Whitesville. My son was with me. My friend asked me to stay the night but I wanted to drive home to meet some guy. I do not remember leaving the driveway. I woke up in a ditch in Falls of Rough, KY with my son crying in the back seat. I climbed out of the ditch with him in my arms and walked a half a mile down the road for help. The woman who answered her door was so sweet, she held my son while the state trooper gave me a sobriety test. I failed. The officer told me I was going to jail for DUI and Wanton Endangerment.
However, he allowed my mom to pick up my son so that I would not lose custody. From that day forward my addiction was full force. I felt so bad about what I had done that I could not even look at my son. My children went to live with their grandmother, my mother. Sometimes I would visit them but I struggled with seeing them because I did not feel worthy to be their mother.
I only saw pain and darkness and did not want to live. I attempted suicide. Lost my job, my home, went to jail for 60 days for my DUI. Got out of jail, kept going in the wrong direction. I wanted to stop but I couldn’t. Then I started using any drugs I could find IV. I began to suffer from drug induced paranoid psychosis and borderline personality disorder. I do not remember over a year of my life, just bits and pieces. The things I do remember are horrible. I hated myself and felt like I could never be forgiven.
Late last year I started seeing changes in my brother’s heart, soul and mind. He used to be Atheist, and now God was all I heard him speak about! Something powerful happened to him, and I needed it too! I had heard about FOS so much, but for some reason I thought they would call me without me turning in an app (LOL). I was also scared of change. The enemy was in my head telling me that FOS 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. Even checked into the psych ward.
On Dec 18th, 2018 1 was released from the 7th floor of the hospital and attended an R&R meeting at Bridgepointe with my brother. I got down on my knees and was prayed over and I begged God to take all the pain and paranoia and cravings away. I promised Him I would live for Him.
Romans 10:9 & 13 “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 that 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 then I finally applied for FOS (LOL). I met with Jessica Lee on Jan 2, 2019. She told me I had a bed and to come back with my clothes on Jan 3 at 10am. Well, I was at my mom’s that night and Detective Wellman 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 in. So I grabbed my CR Bible and some whites and spent some time getting closer to God.
I was scared because I knew that I deserved to be in there and that I was guilty. But every time I opened my Bible, God spoke to me and comforted me through His Word. A week later I was released from jail into FOS. I am now court ordered to complete this program and on a 3 year felony diversion. 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. JESUS IS THE BEST DRUG IN THE WORLD! 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.
1 Timothy 1:7-8 “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord…” I have just a few weeks left in 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 this sisterhood. My relationships with my family and with my kids have been restored, they have forgiven me and shown me unconditional love. 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.
1 Timothy 2:3-4 “This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” Will you share the Good News?