Isaiah 43 has been the scripture the Lord gave us 19 years ago when we met - and of course the Lord kept His promise that He would be with us no matter what circumstance or trial we would face. Rick and I were married in October 2002, and at that time we had no idea of the storms of life that were going to come our way. God is faithful and true to His word.
When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown.
When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. For I am the LORD, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. Isaiah 43:1-3.
In 2008 I, (Robin) was struggling and bound by addiction to alcohol and mental illness, being diagnosed with Bi-Polar. At that time, I was taking over 18 prescription medications for function. We sure did go through rivers of difficulty and at times felt like we were being consumed by death. Our marriage was about to crumble.
The Lord opened doors for me to Total Freedom FL in 2008. Praise God, I came to the nine-month program and was delivered from every label of mental illness spoken over me and set free from addiction. In 2011, we felt the Lord leading us to move from Missouri and come to Total Freedom.
We came to Florida in September 2011 and were blessed with a home right around the corner from the ministry. Our life was impacted in ways that we would never have believed possible. I wish I could say that after that experience things were perfect, but after a couple of years, I began to compromise what I learned and had a few years of struggle again.
Addiction has become a scourge to the United States and has even touched us personally. Three years ago, we lost our son to an overdose. During this trial in our lives God opened another door for Robin to come to Total Freedom NY. Pastor John & Victoria outreached their hands of love, compassion, truth, and healing to us through one of the most difficult times in our life. We had a radical touch from the Lord, and knew that the flames and storms of life would not consume us. They were preparing a way for us to fulfill what God wanted in our lives individually, and as husband and wife.
After the storms of life hit us, and Jesus calmed the storm, we have dedicated our lives to help others have health, healing, hope, deliverance and FREEDOM. Coming to live and serve on staff here at Total Freedom NY has given us JOY that is unbelievable. The joy of the Lord is our strength and source, and we are so grateful to be part of a ministry that gives light in the darkness. To God Be All The Glory.
We lift our eyes to the hills-- where does our help come from? Our help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.
-Disciples Rick and Robin