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Natalie Lajas

Natalie Lajas

Hi, my name is Natalie Lajas, I’m 20 years old and from Cleveland TN.  I’ve been in Teen Challenge 10 1/2 months, and God has completely transformed me.  I’m not the same young lady who walked through the doors of this program.

I was adopted literally and figuratively.  First at the age of 3, into a family that I felt never really accepted or approved of me.  I felt different, unwanted, unloved, and unimportant.  I thought of myself as a mistake and never good enough.  My mother was never really happy with who I was.  Everything she tried to force me to be or do, I did totally the opposite.  My road trip to hell started when she spoke curses over my life.  I started making bad decisions, and fell into a life of partying and drugs.  I let in hatred, anger, pain, and despair.  I allowed my emotions to control the choices that I made, feeling sorry for myself.  That led to self-injury, which is a form of addiction along with the abuse of drugs.

All I really wanted was the approval of others, someone to love me.  I found that to be another addiction, because I was looking for it in all the wrong places and from all the wrong people.  I felt so alone in the world.  Then one night as I was crying in my bed feeling sorry for myself I heard the Lord speak to my heart telling me that I am more than this.  An overwhelming presence of peace took over as I submitted all that was left of me to HIM.

Since then, I have welcomed the Lord into my heart to take total control of me.  He is the lover of my soul.   I’m not who I once was.  I have a relationship with HIM who lets me know how loved I am, how important I am, how wanted I am.  And nothing compares to the knowledge of being a new creation, not a mistake; a child of the most high God, found and forgiven by HIS amazing grace; a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people set apart for God that I might declare HIS praise of HIM who called me out of darkness and into HIS wonderful light.

I live and breathe for God.  I have a reason to get up in the mornings.  Now I am a young lady with a purpose, and that purpose is to live for HIM.  His approval is all I need because on Christ the solid rock I stand.

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Adult and Teen Challenge is the faith-based SOLUTION for the drug epidemic. The scope of Adult & Teen Challenge has grown over the years, and now serves adults as well as teenagers. There are over 200 Teen Challenge campuses in the United States, and over 1000 centers world wide in over 80 countries, which provide Christian recovery services to individuals of every age and social background. Typically, these services are long-term residential recovery centers which provide a life-encompassing environment through which the participant is able to change their lifestyle and develop a plan for a future free from addiction.