Testimony | No Longer in Bondage

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God's love calls forth Megan's true identity setting her free from bipolar disorder and addictions. 

By Megan

I had a good life while growing up, I had good friends, enjoyed the activities I was involved with, and was on the honor roll. I had a happy childhood, however, when I hit my teenage years I fell into a deep depression. I remember asking myself, "If there is a God why is there suffering in the world?" My depression worsened over time and led to a destructive path. I began self-harm, substance abuse, and attempted several suicides, and in addition, I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. By this point, there was not much faith left within me.

When I moved away to university, I met a friend who introduced me to the Christian faith (she had told me that one day I would be healed and stand on a stage sharing my story on how God healed me). At first I did not believe her, she then explained that Jesus could change my life and this was done simply through accepting Him as my personal Savior. As I accepted Jesus into my heart I began to converse with God, and my perspective on life changed drastically.

However, bipolar began to consume every ounce of my being so even my medications were not enough to alleviate my symptoms. Right before I was hospitalized for the third time, I overheard my friend watching Faytene Kryskow-Grasseschi on Youtube. She was on fire for God, and her words were powerful. I put on my headphones and blared worship music and listened to Faytene share on Youtube. As I began to fight for my life and my relationship with God, I felt Him fighting for me as well. I therefore surrendered my life over to God and made it my goal to commit myself to Him.

Doctors are surprised that I am still alive. I was told to take medication for the rest of my life in order to survive my symptoms. However, after six years of battling bipolar disorder and consuming over ten different combinations of medication, I am now free from bipolar. I no longer crave drugs or alcohol, I am fully sober after eight years of substance abuse (including countless lethal combinations) and after ten years of self-injury I am now healed.

At Freshwind 2013 I found myself standing on stage in front of hundreds of people explaining how I have been healed from all the “permanent” circumstances just as my friend had prophesied I would be. Afterwards, several people approached me privately to tell me that my story had either helped or inspired them.

Since I have fully committed myself to the Lord, the difficult circumstances don't hurt me as they did in the past, for first time in my life there is a continuous light at the end of every tunnel.