My Story — His Glory

27th December 2018 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Cherye Leah's Sanctuary Spot,Ministry

I was born in Cape Town, Somerset West and brought up as a Jehovah’s Witness which completely shattered my family and our lives were in total chaos. We eventually left the religion…

From a very young age, I experienced many traumatic events. I was bullied at school for being chubby. I’ve been a victim of sexual abuse. This set in motion a cycle of starving myself. This pulled me into a death grip of bulimia, anorexia, laxative and diuretic abuse, dangerous relationships, drugs, physical diseases and mental health issues. From the age of 11, I was put on so much medication and was diagnosed as Bipolar which we have since learned was an incorrect diagnosis.

I developed a panic disorder and agoraphobia when I was 16, which forced me to drop out of school, spending most days in a hospital with extreme panic attacks. Eventually, I was housebound for a year. I feared everything and relied on drugs and other people to save me. I abused laxatives (up to 15 a night). I would crawl up in a ball from the stomach cramps and throwing up.

I began smoking cigarettes and pot at around age 14/15 and other dangerous substances at the age of 18, leading me into a full-blown addiction. I used to take sleeping pills, benzodiazepines and painkillers and smoke up to 15-20 joints a day. Day in and day out, I’d be high on weed and pills.

I saw what I was doing to my parents and the person who I had become. I totally despised the “thing” staring back at me in the mirror. I wanted to kill myself, tried but failed.

I went to rehab three times and have been clean from the harder drugs for 2 years and 8 months and clean for 10 months from sleeping pills, marijuana, painkillers and benzodiazepines.

I got totally clean 10 months ago when I surrendered my life to Jesus. I am now planted in a Ladies Home-cell Group. God turned my ashes into beauty. I got on my knees, repented and surrendered my life to His ways.

I pray daily for God to help me hate everything He hates, help my body to not crave substances. For my heart to always crave His presence and for Him to use me. He surprised me – I had no withdrawal symptoms from the sleeping pills which I was on for 10 years, nor the marijuana that I had smoked for 8 years. Joy came in the morning and blessed me with a clear head. “LORD YOU ARE GOOD. THANK YOU.”

God also healed me from health issues I had due to all the damage brought on by my eating disorder. I was diagnosed with IBS and acid reflux disease and was told that my colon looked like a leopard’s skin. I went for a gastronomy, a month ago, with results showing that I now have a brand new stomach, absolutely no sign of the previous diagnosis’s. The doctor himself proclaimed this as a miracle.

I feel good for the first time in my life and I experience actual joy! I CHOSE healing, I decided to be a warrior and fight for my life and to not be silent, to not be made small and unworthy in the eyes of society and to rebuke the enemy out of my body, mind and spirit. Mental health needs to be spoken about and brought to light more so than ever right now and I want to help as much as I can with the strength from the Lord.

I am only strong, brave and healed because of Jesus. There is no other way! I searched and searched and only found myself in the midst of total destruction and chaos over and over again until I came back home, to Jesus Christ.

I give all the glory to God for who and where I am today. I wouldn’t be alive today if it wasn’t for the Lord protecting me, waiting patiently for me to come running back into his forgiving arms. I am on fire for God and I thank Him with all my heart for blessing me with my church and for my mother who has been at my side through thick and thin.

I have so much love and respect for my spiritual Father and Mother. Thank you for leading us with love, passion, grace and encouraging us to work together to see souls saved. Thank you for making the church a home where everyone is welcome.



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