Alcohol, Tarot Cards, and Jesus
By Sandy Engel
The 700 Club
She had a fascination with horror and a need to know the future.
"The things that we were interested in were the dark side comic books,
horror movies and spook houses. Instead of asking God (about my
future), I had my chart done."
Janice Barchat began life in a loving home. No one would guess that
dark forces in her childhood ignited a burning search for spirituality.
Her search is shared by millions of people. In a desperate attempt
to control the future, they consult astrologers. They seek psychics.
Janice turned to tarot card readers.
"They started telling me things that actually happened -- so wow!
I got into it. Then I just went down, down, down "
Down a dark path propelled by alcohol. Janice hit the bars at age
19. "Drinking and dancing I'd found a home. It was like 'Oh, this
is neat. I'm grown up now. I can smoke. I can drink.'"
And drink she did. By the time Janice turned 21, she was working
in a bar. She was also addicted to alcohol. Janice explains, "When
I drank I didn't feel any pain. And after a while, it just became
a lifestyle. I had bad relationships through all of the drinking.
I was abused. One guy tried to kill me."
By this time Janice's fascination with the occult had escalated.
Now she was reading tarot cards.
"One card is a death card and that meant death or change. I would
get that with some people, and they would move suddenly, or they would
die, so I guess when it started to work, I thought there was power
But Janice found no power to change the downward spiral of her life.
"I hated myself. I wanted to kill myself drinking because I did so
many (bad) things; I just wanted to die!"
Yet Janice didn't die. She consulted another tarot card reader who
amazingly advised her to watch The 700 Club.
"This was around 1983. At first I thought it was phony. They're just
putting these people on and you know this can't be real; people can't
actually stop drinking like that."
Janice continued to watch. She even became a 700 Club partner. Yet
it wasn't until 1989 that her life truly changed.
"I saw the truth. I saw it in the people's faces that were on The
700 Club. I saw it with Pat. I saw testimonies on the show that
people could stop. They do stop. And I said, 'Please God take it away.
I can't take it anymore. I can't live this lifestyle anymore. I want
to change.' Really, it was amazing; it was a miracle. God took it
No more alcohol, no more tarot cards. Janice started a whole new
life. She began reading the Bible and she learned to trust Jesus with
"Just to be here -- living right now without alcohol. Having a life,
a real life. A husband, a wonderful husband -- things that I thought
I could never have. I don't have to be tied down to having a drink
every ten minutes. I don't have to have a cigarette. God took that
away. If He can do it for me, He can do it for anyone. God is just
so good! I just wish everyone could know how good God is. Just give
Him a chance! Ask Him! All they have to do is ask Him!
Jesus met Janice right where she was, in the middle of her alcoholism
and tarot cards -- and He changed her life! He can change your life
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