Claire didn't know how to change her circumstances until one Easter when she went to church and everything changed.

Thanks to Living Hope Community Church for allowing us to share Claire’s story.

My grandparents took me to church from an early age which is something I'm thankful for 'cause it gave me a belief in God
It didn't stop me from turning away and rebelling
At about the age of 13 I started to drink
That led onto me taking drugs
I would get in a pattern of unhealthy relationships with older guys where drinking and drugs and cheating and violence were just the base of those relationships
I would get myself into some really terrible situations where I just thought I'm just gonna die here
I was so full of shame because of the things I'd done
I often thought if I just walk out in front of this car all that shame would just go away
I just didn't know how to stop my behaviour, I was in just such a vicious circle
That pattern went on for about 10 years and then I met Warren who was actually doing exactly the same things I was and I look back now and I know God brought us together so he could rescue us at the same time
He took himself to church and I eventually followed him one Easter Sunday and I did not know what hit me, the power of the Holy Spirit just had me in tears the entire time
I knew God was calling out to me and I knew I needed Jesus in my life
I needed his forgiveness, I needed his strength to change, and I wanted Jesus to take my shame away
So, I gave my life to Jesus and it's been the best decision that I've ever made
I have an amazing husband, Warren, we have a beautiful little girl
God has just took us on the most amazing adventure
He's just provided for us in so many ways
We've had our ups and downs but he's always seen us through
We have the love and support of our family, the love and support of our church family at Living Hope and most of all, Jesus did forgive me, Jesus gave me His strength to change and Jesus took my shame away
Colossians 1:13 to 14 says for he has rescued us out of the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption and the forgiveness of our sins
This is me, this is what God has done for me
He's brought me out of the darkness and into the kingdom of Jesus