Freed From Bondage

posted Mar 7, 2016, 4:40 PM by John Hail

Before I came to GSM, only three years prior, I was saved and had accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior; however, I still lived in bondage and had no joy in my life; I was broken and I was an emotional mess. I had reached the end of 
my rope and didn’t know where to turn. 

I wanted so badly to do life different, I wanted to do life like Jesus has called me to do. Unfortunately, I did not have the tools to know how to live like we are created to live; every choice I made was based on my feelings and emotions and the life choices I had made, and the choices of others in my life. I lived every day 

with anxiety that had always been covered up by drugs and alcohol; I didn't know how to live without them. I had no joy, no peace, and no happiness and wanted these so badly; I was willing to do whatever it took. 

That’s when I was led to GSM, and I have honestly never been the same. I am free from that bondage that kept me stuck, I love life and know how to live life with a peace and a joy I 
had never known. Through the amazing counseling and classes provided through GSM I have confidence in myself and understand who God has created me to be. GSM has not only helped me through the journey of freeing that bondage that kept me stuck but they have helped me believe in myself so I can help others believe in themselves. Yes, I still have the scars from my life wounds, but GSM gave me the tools to heal the wounds and now only the scars remain as a reflection to remind me of what God has brought me through and gives me the confidence to help others that live with the struggles I once lived with. 

The counselors are amazing, they are spirit led like nothing I have experienced before, and they love you without judgment. It's their loving and caring nature that drives me to seek a life more Christ driven so I can experience the true blessing of what God has given me. 

I am by no means a writer, but I have spoken from my heart and my prayer is that I have made it clear to whoever is reading this how GMS has turned my life around! I pray that you would allow your heart to be opened and guided by GSM to help you as it has helped me. I am thankfully no longer a slave to sin, but a slave to righteousness. I am alive in Christ (Romans 6). I just celebrated my 3rd year anniversary of sobriety and it is only by the Grace of God and the wonderful friends I have met at and through GSM. 

Life is amazing! 

Blessings to all…….. 

Angie Ragsdale

Making Counseling Normal...

posted Nov 10, 2015, 10:21 PM by Good Samaritan Ministries Tri-Cities, WA, US   [ updated Dec 30, 2015, 10:52 AM by John Hail ]

Who I am today is a direct result of Gods love and grace to me through Good Samaritan Ministries.

When my husband suggested that I go to counseling I thought I was "ok" and that counseling was for people who were much worse off then I was. The fact was that I was going though a lot of physical as well as emotional brokenness and I needed help. I had been dealing with physical ailments that caused me to allow fear to set in and cause my physical limitations to be even more limiting. I was also dealing with the recent loss of my father and heard a lot of people say "there is no wrong way to grieve". However, no one gave me any practical ways to grieve so I stuffed it and became even more sad.

As I hobbled my way into my counseling sessions for the first few months I was so weak and unable to face many fears. However, over time I grew. God's grace showed through my counselor like it was so specific, just for me. Each week and month I became stronger as I learned how to grieve, how to let go, how to be brave and take steps even though they were scary.

Today if you ask me what I think about counseling I would say it should be a requirement for every person to see a Christian counselor. I didn't realize that childhood events and life's challenges could have such an effect on people. I am so thankful for Good Samaritan Ministries and the people who lay down their lives to see broken people, like myself, be able to live again! 


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