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700 Club Interactive: Smart Money Smart Kids - July 9, 2014

Rachel Cruze, daughter of financial guru Dave Ramsey, shares how saving and giving cab make your kids financially smart. Read Transcript


Terry: SHE'S DAVE

RAMSEY'S DAUGHTER, AND SHE

IS A CHIP OFF THE OLD

BLOCK.

MOM AND DAD WERE ALWAYS

TEACHING US ABOUT MONEY, BUT

THEY DID IT IN THE EBB AND

FLOW OF LIFE.

AND THEY LAID A GREAT

FOUNDATION FOR ME.

SO WHEN I WENT OFF TO

COLLEGE, I REALIZED, I HAVE

THIS COMMON-SENSE KNOWLEDGE,

SOMETHING MY PEERS DIDN'T

HAVE.

Terry: SMART MONEY,

SMART KIDS, ON TODAY'S "700

CLUB INTERACTIVE."

Gordon: ON "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE," WE USE

TECHNOLOGY TO PRAY FOR EACH

OTHER AND EXPLORE TOPICS

THAT MATTER TO YOU.

WATCH WHAT GOD IS DOING IN

THE WORLD TODAY.

GOOD MORNING, AND WELCOME

TO THE SHOW.

THERE IS AN EPIDEMIC

SPREADING ACROSS THE U.S.

ONE THAT'S AFFLICTING BOTH

YOUNG AND OLD.

AND IT'S CRIPPLING THEM FOR

A LIFETIME.

Terry: ONCE YOU FACTOR

IN THE COST FOR A CAR, A

HOUSE, STUDENT LOANS, CREDIT

CARDS, IT'S LITTLE WONDER

THAT AMERICANS ARE DROWNING

IN DEBT, AND ALL TOGETHER

THEY OWE OVER -- I SHOULD

SAY, WE OWE OVER

$11 TRILLION.

IT'S A MASSIVE PROBLEM.

Andrew: IT IS.

AND RACHEL CRUZ IS THE

DAUGHTER OF DAVE RAMSEY, AND

SHE SAYS THAT THE FUTURE IS

BRIGHT FOR THE NEXT

GENERATION, BUT ONLY IF THEY

LEARN THE VALUE OF SAVING

AND GIVING.

TAKE A LOOK.

Reporter: RACHEL CRUZ

SAYS SHE WAS BORN AT THE

PERFECT TIME, THE YEAR HER

PARENTS DECLARED

BANKRUPTCY.

SHE IS THE DAUGHTER OF

FINANCIAL EXPERT DAVE

RAMSEY.

INSTEAD OF SEEING HER

PARENTS LOSE EVERYTHING,

RACHEL GOT TO SEE THEM

REBUILD.

IN THE PROCESS, THEY TAUGHT

HER AND HER SIBLINGS HOW TO

MANAGE MONEY.

IN "SMART MONEY, SMART

KIDS," RACHEL USES THAT SAME

KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE

GROWING UP IN THE RAMSEY

HOUSEHOLD TO HELP EDUCATE

KIDS TO LEARN DEBT-FREE.

Terry: JOINING US IS

FINANCIAL EXPERT AND

DAUGHTER OF DAVE RAMSEY,

RACHEL CRUZ.

THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME

ON.

Terry: YOU AND YOUR DAD

HAVE A GREAT NEW

BOOK, "SMART MONEY, SMART

KIDS," AND YOU'RE GOING

AROUND THE COUNTRY TALKING

ABOUT HOW PEOPLE CAN RAISE

SMART KIDS IN THEIR HOMES.

TALK ABOUT GROWING UP IN

YOUR FAMILY AND HOW IT

CHANGED YO YOUR PERCEPTION

OF MONEY.

I THINK EVERYBODY THOUGHT

THAT GROWING UP AT DAVE

RAMSEY'S KIDS WE HAD MUTUAL

FUND PARTIES.

I'M THANKFUL THEY WERE NOT.

THEY TAUGHT US ABOUT MONEY

REALLY IN THE EBB AND FLOW

OF LIFE.

I'M SO THANKFUL FOR THAT.

IT WAS JUST IN

CONVERSATIONS.

IT WASN'T THAT EVERY DINNER

WAS MONEY FOUNDATION.

WHEN I WENT OFF TO COLLEGE,

I REALIZED I HAVE THIS

COMMON-SENSE KNOWLEDGE,

SOMETHING MY PEERS DIDN'T

HAVE.

Terry: I WAS GOING TO

SAY, DID YOU SEE THE

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN YOUR

KNOWLEDGE AND THE KIDS THAT

YOU WERE GOING TO SCHOOL

WITH?

YES.

BECAUSE THEY WERE SIGNING UP

FOR CREDIT CARDS, AND IT

TURNED INTO BIG MISTAKES.

Terry: SOME USE A

CHECKBOOK FOR THE FIRST

TIME?

YES, AND EVEN BALANCING

IT.

Terry: I LIKE THE WAY

YOUR PARENTS DID IT IN

EVERYDAY, PRACTICAL WAYS.

TALK ABOUT A VACATION WHEN

YOU WERE SIX YEARS OLD THAT

LEFT A MARK.

WE WERE GOING TO A THEME

PARK, AND I WAS TAKING MY

MONEY INTO SPEND.

MOM AND DAD SAID WE'RE NOT

GIVING YOU ANYMORE MONEY.

I SPENT MINE ALL IN ABOUT 20

SECONDS AT ONE OF THE

CARNIVAL GAMES.

AND I BEGGED MOM AND DAD FOR

MORE MONEY, AND THEY STOOD

STRONG AND SAID NO, WE'RE

NOT GIVING YOU ANYMORE

MONEY.

AND SO I LEARNED THAT MONEY

IS FINITE.

I'M SURE I POUTED, BUT I'M

REALLY THANKFUL FOR THAT.

Terry: THEY DIDN'T

CAVE.

THEY DIDN'T CAVE.

I REMEMBER THAT LESSON.

WHEN YOU TALK TO YOUR KIDS

ABOUT MONEY, OR YOU LET THEM

EXPERIENCE LIFE LESSONS WITH

MONEY, THEY REMEMBER IT.

Terry: DO WE BAIL OUR

KIDS OUT TOO FAST IN LIFE?

I THINK SOMETIMES, YES.

BECAUSE THERE IS A BALANCE.

I SAID TOO MANY RULES IS

LEGALISTIC, BUT TOO MUCH

GRACE IS ENABLING.

THERE ARE SOMETIMES -- IF

YOU'RE CHILD IS TALKING TO

HER MOM, AND THEY SAY IT'S

$1400 FOR A PLAYSTATION, AND

SHE SAID, THEY FORGOT ABOUT

TAX.

AND SO WE LEFT WITHOUT IT.

THAT'S A MOM WHERE I SAY,

NO, YOU PAY THE TAX.

IF THEY'RE DOING THE RIGHT

THING, HELP THEM OUT.

THAT'S OKAY.

BUT IF THEY'RE FLAT OUT

DOING SOMETHING WRONG, OR

THERE NEEDS TO BE A LESSON

TO LEARN, LET THEM FALL DOWN

AND MAKE THOSE MISTAKES.

LET THEM EXPERIENCE

CONSEQUENCES.

Terry: TALK A LITTLE

BIT ABOUT THE 401 DAVE

PLAN.

GROWING UP, MOM AND DAD

SAID THEY'RE NOT GOING TO

PAY FOR A CAR WHEN WE WERE

16.

WE HAD TO SAVE UP AND THEY

WOULD MATCH WHAT WE SAVED.

401K MATCHED.

AND WHEN I SAW MY SISTER,

WHO IS FOUR AND A HALF YEARS

OLDER THAN ME, GO THROUGH

IT, I REALIZED THEY REALLY

MADE IT.

I WORKED AND SAVED LIKE

CRAZY, AND I ENDED UP WITH

$8,000, AND SO I GOT A

$16,000 CAR, PAID FOR WITH

CASH.

IT WASN'T THE AMOUNT OF

MONEY I SAVED, BUT WHAT THAT

TAUGHT ME AT 16 YEARS OLD

WAS SACRIFICE.

IT TAUGHT ME PATIENCE.

IT TAUGHT ME DELAYED

GRATIFICATION.

AND WHEN I DROVE THAT CAR, I

DROVE THAT MUCH DIFFERENTLY

THAN MY FRIENDS WHO WERE

JUST HANDED CARS.

YOU TREAT THINGS DIFFERENTLY

WHEN YOU SACRIFICE FOR IT.

Terry: I THINK A LOT OF

PEOPLE SAY I WANT MY KIDS TO

FOCUS ON SCHOOL AND THEIR

STUDIES.

THAT $8,000 DIDN'T COME OFF

A TREE IN THE BACKYARD.

HOW DID YOU GET THAT?

THAT WAS THROUGH LOTS OF

BABY-SITTING.

AND I WOULD EVEN TRAVEL WITH

DAD ON THE WEEKEND AND WORK

THE BACK TABLES IN HIS

SEMINARS.

I MISSED FRESHMAN

HOMECOMING.

THINGS LIKE THAT.

I TRAFD JUS TRAVELLED JUST

TO MAKE MONEY.

BUT IT DIDN'T HARM ME.

I'M OKAY.

I SURVIVED IT.

Terry: ACTUALLY THE

BETTER FOR IT.

YES.

Terry: TALK ABOUT THE

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE

SPOILED CHILD AND THE

BLESSED CHILD.

I REMEMBER ONE OF MY MOM

AND DAD'S FRIENDS SAID TO ME

AFTER ONE OF OUR VACATIONS,

SHE SAID, RACHEL, THAT WAS

SUCH A NICE VACATION.

YOU'RE SO SPOILED.

SHE DIDN'T MEAN IT IN A RUDE

WAY.

SO I PICKED THAT UP, AND

WHEN SOMETHING NICE

HAPPENED, I WOULD SAY, I'M

SPOILED.

AND DAD SAID ONE NIGHT AT

THE DINNER TABLE, YOU'RE NOT

SPOILED.

SPOILED IS BAD.

WHEN YOU LEAVE FOOD TOO LONG

IT IS ROTTEN, SPOILED.

BUT YOU'RE GRATEFUL AND

THANKFUL FOR YOUR

OPPORTUNITIES, AND THAT

MAKES YOU BLESSED.

SO THERE IS A DIFFERENCE

BETWEEN KIDS WHO ARE SPOILED

AND KIDS WHO ARE BLESSED.

Terry: BUT WHEN YOU'RE

BLESSED AND YOU KNOW THAT

YOU'RE BLESSED, YOU ALSO

THEN HAVE THE ABILITY TO BE

A GIVER, TO BLESS OTHERS.

AND YOU SAY THAT'S

IMPORTANT, TOO.

IT IS.

TEACHING YOUR KIDS TO BE

GIVERS IS SO CRUCIAL.

SO CRUCIAL.

WE LIVE IN A WORLD WHERE WE

WANT TO CONTROL OUR MONEY

AND LIVE LIKE THIS.

AND IF YOU CAN TEACH YOUR

KIDS TO LIVE WITH AN OPEN

HAND -- IT IS AS SIMPLE TO

LET THEM DO CHORES AROUND

THE HOUSE.

AND THEY SAVE FIRST AND GIVE

SECOND AND SPEND THIRD.

WHEN THEY DO THAT WEEK AFTER

WEEK, MONTH AFTER MONTH,

YEAR AFTER YEAR, THEIR

HEARTS CHANGE.

BECAUSE YOU BECOME SELFLESS

INSTEAD OF SELFISH.

Terry: AND THAT'S

CHARACTER BUILDING.

THAT'S A LOT OF WHAT THIS IS

ABOUT, TAKING WHAT GOD HAS

GIVEN US, MANAGING IT WELL,

AND BLESSING OTHERS IN THE

PROCESS.

IF YOU'D LIKE TO READ MORE

ABOUT THIS SUBJECT, IF

YOU'RE PARENTING OR

GRANDPARENTING, WHAT A GREAT

OPPORTUNITY TO IMPACT YOUR

CHILDREN'S LIVES FOR THE

LONG HAUL.

DAVE AND RACHEL HAVE WRITTEN

A BOOK CALLED "SMART MONEY,

SMART KIDS."

IT IS ALWAYS GREAT TO HAVE

YOU WITH US.

THANK YOU.

IT IS ALWAYS GREAT TO BE

HERE.

Terry: WE'RE GOING TO

BACK WITH MORE OF "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE" AFTER THIS.

BEFORE THE BREAK, WE

HEARD FROM DAVE RAMSEY'S

DAUGHTER, RACHEL CRUZ.

SHE TALKED ABOUT THE

IMPORTANCE OF TEACHING OUR

CHILDREN THE VALUE OF BOTH

SAVING AND GIVING.

CORY CARTER KNOWS THIS

PERSONALLY.

HE MAY ONLY BE YOUNG, BUT HE

SAYS GOD HAS MIRACULOUSLY

PROVIDED FOR HIM BECAUSE HE

IS A GENEROUS GIVER.

Reporter: 18-YEAR-OLD

CORY CARTER HAS BEEN

LEARNING A LOT OF THINGS

THIS FIRST YEAR OF COLLEGE.

BUT WHAT HE HAS LEARNED

ABOUT MANAGING HIS MONEY

CAME FROM WATCHING "THE 700

CLUB."

I WOULD WATCH IT EVERY

MORNING.

GORDON WHAT TALK ABOUT

TITHING, AND GOD GIVES IT

BACK TO YOU WHEN YOU TITHE.

Reporter: CORY WASN'T

SURE ABOUT MAKING THE

COMMITMENT TO TITHE,

ESPECIALLY SINCE HIS HOURS

HAD BEEN CUT AT THE GROCERY

STORE, WHERE HE WORKS.

HE BECAME A "700 CLUB"

PARTNER ANYWAY.

I GAVE MY FIRST CHECK,

AND THEN I WALK IN AND I

LOOK AT MY SCHEDULE.

AND I WAS, LIKE, HUH, THAT'S

A LITTLE STRANGE.

I'M BACK UP TO 28 HOURS.

Reporter: CORY ALSO

NEEDED A NEW CAR BECAUSE HIS

OLD ONE WAS READY FOR THE

JUNK PILE.

IT LOOKED HIDEOUS.

IT WAS UGLY AS SIN.

I WANTED A FORD RANGER THAT

WAS BLUE.

I WAS LOOKING ON CRAIGSLIST,

AND THEY WERE ALL, LIKE,

$8,000, $7,000.

Reporter: CORY ENLISTED

HIS UNCLE TO HELP HIM.

I GOT THAT PHONE CALL ONE

DAY AND HE SAYS I HAVE A

FORD RANGER HERE, AND ITS

BLUE.

AND I SAID, HOW MUCH IT IS,

6,000, $7,000?

AND HE SAID, I TALKED HIM

DOWN TO FOUR GRAND.

TITHING, YOU GET REWARDS FOR

IT AND BLESSINGS FOR IT.

AND IT'S NOT JUST STRAIGHT

CASH.

I THINK HE DOES IT IN OTHER

WAYS.

I THINK I ONLY GOT THAT

VEHICLE BECAUSE I STARTED

TITHING AND TOOK THAT RISK.

Reporter: CORY SAYS HE

ESPECIALLY LOVES GIVING TO

CBN.

IF YOU WANT SOMEBODY TO

REALLY MAKE A DIFFERENCE, IF

YOU WANT YOUR MONEY REALLY

TO GO SOMEWHERE.

YOU GIVE TO CBN, AND THEY

SHOW YOU WHERE IT GOES.

THEY HAVE "ORPHANS'

PROMISE," AND THEY GO INTO

ANY COUNTRY THAT NEEDS

HELP.

THEY ROLL THE TRUCKS IN.

THEY DON'T CARE WHAT IT

TAKES, AND THEY HELP

PEOPLE.

Reporter: CORY STILL

TITHES FAITHFULLY, AND HE IS

CONFIDENT THAT GOD WILL

CONTINUE TO PROVIDE.

WHEN I TALK TO PEOPLE

ABOUT IT, I ALWAYS TE TELL

THEM IT IS GOING TO BE GIVEN

BACK TO YOU.

YOU SHOULDN'T TITHE JUST TO

GET STUFF BACK.

YOU SHOULD JOYFULLY GIVE,

BUT JUST DON'T THINK YOU'RE

THROWING YOUR MONEY OUT OF

THE WINDOW BECAUSE YOU WILL

BE BLESSED FOR IT.

HE KEEPS HIS PROMISES.

HE'S DONE IT FOR ME.

HE WILL DO IT FOR ANYBODY.

Terry: CORY SAYS IT

BETTER THAN I COULD ATTEMPT

TO SAY IT.

HE GETS IT.

HE HAS GOT IT RIGHT.

GOD INVITES ALL OF US TO

WORK HAND AND HAND WITH HIM,

TO TOUCH THE WORLD IN A WAY

THAT MATTERS.

HE SAYS WHEN WE DO THAT,

WHEN WE CARE ABOUT THAT, AND

WE GIVE FROM WHAT HAS BEEN

GIVEN TO US, THERE IS A

BLESSING THAT COMES AFTER

THAT.

AND THERE IS A JOY IN THE

GIVING THAT IS JUST AS

SIGNIFICANT.

WE WANT TO INVITE YOU TO BE

PART OF WHAT CBN IS DOING

AROUND THE WORLD.

IF YOU'RE LIKE ME, SOMETIMES

YOU SAY, I'D REALLY LIKE TO

MAKE A DIFFERENCE, BUT I'M

NOT REALLY QUITE SURE HOW TO

DO IT.

WE'VE BEEN AROUND FOR 50

YEARS, AND WE'VE BEEN

HELPING PEOPLE AROUND THE

WORLD AND HERE AT HOME.

WE'RE DOING THINGS FOR

PEOPLE MEDICALLY, HELPING

FEED PEOPLE, TRAINING

CENTERS FOR ORPHANS AROUND

THE WORLD.

ALL KINDS OF THINGS.

AND IT IS ALWAYS DONE WITH

THE MESSAGE OF GOD'S LOVE.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE A

PART OF THAT, JOIN "THE 700

CLUB" TODAY.

IT'S 65 CENTS A DAY, $20 A

MONTH.

ALL HAVE YOU TO DO IS CALL

THE NUMBER THAT IS ON OUR

SCREEN, 1-888-777-1999.

JUST SAY, I WANT TO JOIN

"THE 700 CLUB."

AND YOU CAN ALSO DO THAT BY

LOGGING ON TO CBN.COM.

ANDREW?

Andrew: THANK YOU,

TERRY.

COMING UP, A MOTHER FIGHTS

FOR HER DAUGHTER'S LIFE.

WHEN YOU HAVE A CHILD

WITH THIS KIND OF PROBLEM,

YOU HAVE TO GO TO WARFARE

FOR THEM.

IT'S A BATTLE.

Andrew: HEAR HOW SHE WON

THE BATTLE AFTER THIS.

Andy: AMY LAMBERT

STRUGGLED WITH AN ADDICTION

THAT MERELY COST HER HER

LIFE.

HOWEVER, SHE HAD A SECRET

WEAPON FIGHTING FOR HER

SOBRIETY.

A MOTHER WHO NEVER STOPPED

PRAYING.

THIS IS THEIR STORY.

I REMEMBER WHEN I LEARNED

SHE WAS SHOOTING UP.

THAT WAS SUCH A DARK MOMENT

FOR ME.

I REMEMBER I WAS DRIVING

DOWN THE ROAD.

I REMEMBER WHERE I WAS.

AND THE LORD SPOKE TO ME

THROUGH A SONG THAT WAS

PLAYING ON THE RADIO.

AND HE SAID, YOU CAN TRUST

ME.

PIE STARTED USING DRUGS WHEN

I WAS 12 YEARS OLD.

IT CAME THROUGH MY PARENTS'

DIVORCE.

I TURNED AWAY FROM THE

LORD.

I TURNED AWAY FROM THE

CHURCH.

I DECEIVED MY FAMILY INTO

THINKING I WAS GOING FOR A

NICE SLEEPOVER AT MY

GIRLFRIEND'S HOUSE.

BUT WE WOULD GO OVER THERE,

AND I WAS INTRODUCED TO HARD

DRUGS, MARIJUANA, PAIN

PILLS, COCAINE.

SHE HID IT VERY, VERY

WELL BECAUSE I CHECKED UP ON

HER AND CHECKED HER ROOM.

I DID ALL OF THE THINGS THAT

MOMS DO.

AFTER I GRADUATED FROM

HIGH SCHOOL, I BASICALLY

WENT OUT ON THE STREETS.

IT WAS REALLY HARD.

IT WAS A REALLY HARD TIME

IN MY LIFE, NOT KNOWING

WHERE AMY WAS AT, WHAT WAS

GOING ON IN HER HEART.

MY MOTHER'S HEART WAS

CRYING.

I'LL NEVER FORGET BEING AT A

FRIEND'S HOUSE ONE NIGHT.

AND THE PEOPLE I WAS WITH

SAID IF YOU SHOOT IT UP,

YOU'LL FEEL IT A LOT MORE.

I MADE A DECISION THAT NIGHT

TO INJECT.

AND I WAS INSTANTLY ADDICTED

TO THE NEEDLE.

MY DRUG OF CHOICE WAS

OXYCONTIN.

AND I STARTED SELLING.

THROUGH THAT, MY ADDICTION

GOT TO THE LEVEL I WAS

INJECTING 20, 30 TIMES A

DAY.

I LIVED IN CRACK HOUSES,

HEROIN HOUSES, OUT ON THE

STREETS, ABANDONED

BUILDINGS.

AND IT JUST CONSUMED MY

LIFE.

YOU KNOW, WHEN YOU HAVE A

CHILD THAT HAS THIS KIND OF

PROBLEM, YOU HAVE TO GO TO

WARFARE FOR THEM.

IT'S A BATTLE.

AND EVERY DAY IT WAS MY

MISSION IN LIFE, AND I WAS

NOT GOING TO RECEIVE NO FOR

AN ANSWER.

I KNEW I WASN'T.

AND I KNOW THAT GOD IS

ABLE.

AND HE IS A BIG GOD.

ONE NIGHT THE LORD WOKE

MY MOM UP.

AND HE WOKE ME AND TOLD ME

TO GO NOW.

AND HE SAID GO NOW.

NOW, PRAY AS YOUR SEED.

BREAK THE POWER OF THIS

ADDICTION OVER HER LIFE.

AFTER THAT PRAYER, IT WAS

LIKE THE HOLY SPIRIT WAS ON

ME.

I WOULD BE OUT RANDOM

PLACES, AND GOD JUST STARTED

SENDING STRANGERS UP TO ME

AND TELLING ME THE SAME

THING OVER AND OVER.

GOD LOVES YOU.

HE HAS A FUTURE FOR YOU.

HE HAS A HOPE FOR YOU.

AND THE LORD REALLY USED

THAT TO SOFTEN MY HEART.

DURING THIS TIME PERIOD, I

WAS ALSO TALKING TO MY

BROTHER A LOT ON THE PHONE.

AND I WAS POURING MY HEART

OUT TO HIM.

AND HE INVITED ME TO GO TO

CHURCH WITH HIM.

I REMEMBER SITTING IN THAT

SERVICE, AND MY HEART WAS

BEATING OUT OF MY CHEST.

BECAUSE AFTER THE SERVICE

WAS OVER, THIS LADY WALKS UP

TO ME AND SHE SAID, THE LORD

TOLD ME TO COME AND TELL YOU

THAT SERVICE WAS FOR YOU.

SHE GAVE ME HER PHONE CALL

AND SAID, IF YOU EVER NEED

ME, KIF ME GIVE ME A

CALL.

I DIDN'T KNOW HOW TO RESPOND

TO THAT, SO I CONTINUED WITH

MY ADDICTION.

THE MOST IMPORTANT THING

IS DON'T EVER, EVER GIVE

UP.

NO MATTER HOW DARK IT GETS,

HOW BAD IT LOOKS, DO NOT

GIVE UP.

I WAS LAYING IN THE BED,

AND I HEARD A REALLY

DISTRESSED MOM, AND THERE

WAS NO AMY.

AND I KNEW AMY WAS IN

DISTRESS.

SO I GOT UP AND BEGAN TO

PRAY FOR HER.

THAT NIGHT I WAS IN A

CRACK HOTEL, AND I SHOT UP

70 TIMES.

I DIDN'T REMEMBER.

AND I DRANK A BOTTLE OF

LIQUOR BY MYSELF.

I SHOT UP AND COMPLETELY

MISSED THE VEIN IN MY ARM.

I RECEIVED A PHONE CALL

ABOUT 5:00 AND THE MORNING

SAYING, MOM, I'M IN

TROUBLE.

COME AND GET ME.

MY ARM HAD ABSCESSED AND

SWELLED UP THE SIZE OF A

GRAPEFRUIT.

I'LL NEVER FORGET, I WAS

WAITING FOR HER TO PICK ME

UP, AND I WAS IN SUCH SEVERE

PAIN BECAUSE OF THE ABSCESS

IN MY ARM, BUT I WAS STILL

INJECTING IN MY OTHER ARM

BECAUSE I PHYSICALLY NEEDED

THAT TO SURVIVE.

SO I HAD TO GO TO GET MY

DAUGHTER AND TAKE HER TO THE

HOSPITAL.

THEY ALMOST HAD TO

AMPUTATE MY ARM BECAUSE OF

THE ABSCESS.

BUT THEY WERE ABLE TO SAVE

IT.

AND THEY PULLED MY FAMILY IN

A ROOM AND TOLD MY FAMILY

THAT OF THE STAGES OF DRUG

ADDICTION, THAT I WAS AT THE

LAST STAGE BEFORE DEATH AND

TO PREPARE FOR MY FUNERAL.

I REMEMBER THAT LADY FROM

THE CHURCH, AND I SAID, I

WANT YOU TO CALL HER AND

TELL HER I'M READY TO TALK

TO SOMEBODY.

AND SO SHE CAME AND SHE

BEGAN TO PRAY.

GOD USED HER TO SPEAK THINGS

INTO MY LIFE THAT THERE IS

NO WAY SHE COULD HAVE KNOWN

ABOUT.

AND I BROKE.

I STARTED BALLING.

AND SHE SAID, AMY, ARE YOU

READY?

ARE YOU READY TO SURRENDER

YOUR LIFE TO CHRIST?

AND SHE SAID YES.

SO WE ALL WITNESSED IT, AND

THE WHOLE FAMILY WAS THERE.

I WAS CHANGED FROM THE

INSIDE OUT.

AND EVEN THOUGH THE PHYSICAL

ADDICTION WAS STILL THERE, I

CHANGED ON THE INSIDE.

AND SO IT WASN'T AN

INSTANTANEOUS DELIVERANCE

FOR ME.

I WENT TO MERCY MINISTRIES,

AND THAT'S WHERE I WAS IN

THE PROGRAM FOR A YEAR, AND

THAT'S WHERE I REALLY WENT

THROUGH INTENSIVE

COUNSELLING AND I WAS ABLE

TO OVERCOME THE ADDICTION.

MY PASSION IS FOR THE LOST.

HE HAS CALLED ME TO BE AN

EVANGELIST.

AND MY HEART IS FOR THOSE

THAT ARE JUST LIKE I USED TO

BE.

THERE IS NOTHING ELSE

THAT CAN BE SAID EXCEPT THAT

IT IS A MIRACLE.

BECAUSE IN REALITY, SHE

SHOULDN'T BE ALIVE.

WHEN PEOPLE LOOK AT ME

NOW, THEY CANNOT IMAGINE

THAT I CAME FROM THAT

LIFESTYLE.

BUT I TELL THEM, I HAVE THE

SCAR THAT STILL REMAINS, THE

SCARS OF MY ARM.

TO WALK UP TO PEOPLE AND SAY

TO THEM, I WAS STRUNG OUT.

I WAS ADDICTED, BUT THE LORD

BROUGHT ME OUT, AND HE CAN

DO THE SAME THING FOR YOU.

THERE'S SUCH POWER IN THAT.

Andrew: IT LOOKED

HOPELESS FOR AMY.

IT LOOKED HOPELESS, LIKE SHE

HAD NO FUTURE AT ALL.

THE APOSTLE PAUL IN THE BOOK

OF ROMANS TALKED ABOUT WE

CAN BECOME SLAVES TO SIN.

WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT AMY

DYING, AND ONE ARM IS IN

SERIOUS TROUBLE, AND IN HER

OTHER ARM SHE IS STILL

SHOOTING DRUGS.

AND THAT IS A SLAVE TO THAT

DRUG.

AND WE BECOME SLAVES TO SIN,

THE APOSTLE PAUL SAID.

BUT HE ALSO SAID WE CAN

BECOME SLAVES TO

RIGHTEOUSNESS AND WHAT JESUS

CAN DO IN OUR LIVES.

I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT TO

REMEMBER WE NEED TO CHANGE

OURSELVES ON THE INSIDE

BEFORE WE CHANGE OUR

BEHAVIOR.

I THINK SOMETIMES WE FEEL,

TERRY, THAT I'M GOING TO

CHANGE AND IF HE DOESN'T

INSTANTLY CHANGE US, WE

THINK PRAYER DOESN'T WORK.

BUT A LOT OF TIMES GOD IS

DOING A GRADUAL WORK.

AND WE SEE AMY'S PRAYING

MOTHER.

DOESN'T THAT GIVE US GREAT

ENCOURAGEMENT WHEN WE

SOMETIMES FEEL LIKE GIVING

UP.

WE NEED TO BE DILIGENT.

Terry: IF YOU'RE A

PARENT, YOU'RE GOING TO FIND

YOURSELVES ON YOUR KNEES FOR

YOUR KIDS.

IT MAY NOT BE THE SAME

SITUATION AS AMY, BUT YOU

WILL.

GOD IS FAITHFUL.

SOMETIMES HE OPENS HIS

HEARTS TO US AND IT IS AN

INSTANTANEOUS DIFFERENCE.

BUT EVEN SHE SAID, AS SHE

WENT TO MERCY MINISTRY, SHE

OPENED HER HEART UP.

AND GOD MET HER RIGHT WHERE

SHE WAS AT.

Andrew: AND SHE TALKED

ABOUT IT TAKING UP TO A

YEAR.

Terry: YES.

IT IS A PROCESS.

WE GET OURSELVES IN THIS

DEEP MUD, AND WE EXPECT TO

COME OUT OF IT LIKE THAT.

WE NEED TO CHANGE THE WAY WE

THINK.

Andrew: WHEN WE BECOME

DISCOURAGED, I'M NOT SEEING

A CHANGE IN MY SON OR

DAUGHTER, OR HUSBAND OR

WIFE, BUT WE NEVER KNOW WHAT

THE HOLY SPIRIT IS SEEKING

TO DO WHEN WE CAN'T WITNESS

IT.

HER MOTHER NEVER GAVE UP.

AND PRAYER IS VITAL.

WE WANT TO PRAYER FOR YOU

HERE ON "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE."

WE HAVE RECEIVED YOUR PRAYER

REQUESTS FOR YOUR CHILDREN.

LET'S GO OVER TO JESSICA TO

FIND OUT WHAT IS HAPPENING

ONLINE.

Reporter: ANDREW, TAMMY

WRITES IN, "I DON'T KNOW

WHAT TO DO WITH MY

DAUGHTER.

HER DAD IS AN ALCOHOLIC, SHE

DOESN'T LIKE SCHOOL AND HAS

STARTED CUTTING HERSELF.

ON TOP OF THAT, I CAN'T FIND

A GOOD CHURCH.

WHAT CAN I DO TO KEEP MY

DAUGHTER FROM LOSING IT?"

AND WE HAVE A PRAYER REQUEST

IN FROM WENDY.

SHE SAYS, "MY 27-YEAR-OLD

SON NEEDS SALVATION AND

DELIVERANCE FROM METH AND

PILLS.

HE IS HOMELESS AND WITHOUT A

CAR OR JOB.

HE REFUSES TO ACCEPT HELP,

BUT I WON'T STOP PRAYING FOR

HIM.

I'D APPRECIATE YOUR PRAYERS,

TOO."

ANDREW.

Andrew: LET'S PRAY FOR

WENDY AND HER SON.

HERE IS ANOTHER GREAT

EXAMPLE OF HOW WE SHOULD

NEVER, EVER GIVE UP.

AND THEN WE'LL FIELD THAT

QUESTION.

FATHER, WE LIFT UP WENDY AND

HER SON WHERE THINGS SEEM

HOPELESS.

FATHER GOD, YOU DO NOT GIVE

UP ON US.

WE THINK OF THE PRODIGAL SON

WHO WANDERED AWAY FROM HIS

FATHER, HEN WA AND HE WAS

AFRAID TO COME BACK, BUT THE

FATHER WAS WAITING FOR HIM,

LOOKING FOR HIM.

FATHER, YOU WELCOME US

BACK.

YOU WELCOME US BACK.

WE PRAY FOR ALL OF THE

PARENTS OUT THERE PRAYING

FOR THEIR CHILDREN WHO

STRUGGLE WITH DRUG

ADDICTION.

WE ASK YOU, HOLY SPIRIT, TO

INTERCEDE, AND ALSO, HOLY

SPIRIT, THAT YOU CONTINUE TO

IN FUSFUSE THE PARENTS WHO

ARE PRAYING.

GIVE THEM HOPE.

THANK YOU, FATHER, THAT OUR

PRAYERS ARE HEARD, AND THAT

WE, AS PARENTS, NEED TO

STAND IN THE GAP.

AND YOU'RE A LOVING FATHER.

LORD, WE PRAY FOR FAMILIES,

FOR HEALING.

PARTICULARLY IN THIS FAMILY

NOW.

IN JESUS' NAME.

AMEN.

TERRY, THAT QUESTION CAME IN

EARLIER.

TAMMY SAID SHE DID NOT KNOW

WHAT TO DO WITH HER

DAUGHTER.

SHE IS CUTTING HERSELF, AND

HER DAD IS AN ALCOHOLIC.

SHE SAYS, WHAT CAN I DO TO

KEEP MY DAUGHTER FROM LOSING

IT.

TOUGH STUFF.

Terry: IT IS TOUGH

STUFF.

WHEN YOU HAVE SOMEONE WHO IS

CHEMICALLY DEPENDENT IN YOUR

HOME, EVERYBODY IS IMPACTED

BY THAT.

THAT'S WHY THERE IS NOT JUST

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, A.A.,

BUT ALSO AL-ANON, WHICH IS

FOR THE FAMILY OF THE PERSON

WHO IS DRINKING.

I REMEMBER BEING IN THAT

SCENARIO ONCE IN MY OWN LIFE

YEARS AND YEARS AGO, AND

GOING TO AL-ANON AND

THINKING, I'M NOT THE ONE

WHO NEEDS THIS.

THEN REALIZING HOW MUCH MY

BEHAVIOR WAS AFFECTED BY THE

PERSON WHO WAS DRINKING, THE

PERSON I CARED SO MUCH

ABOUT.

I WOULD SUGGEST, TAMMY, YOU

HAVE CANDID CONVERSATIONS

WITH YOUR DAUGHTER.

SOMETIMES WE'RE NOT OPENLY

COMFORTABLE TALKING WITH

EACH OTHER ABOUT IT.

I DON'T KNOW WHETHER YOU'RE

GOING TO AL-ANON OR NOT, BUT

I WANT TO STRONGLY SUGGEST

IT TO YOU, OR SOME OTHER

CHURCH ORGANIZATION FOR THE

FAMILIES OF PEOPLE WHO

SUFFER WITH ADDICTION, AND

TAKE YOUR DAUGHTER WITH YOU

IF SHE'LL GO.

MOST OF THE TIME OUR KIDS

ARE UNSETTLED IF THEY FEEL

LIKE WE ARE UNSETTLED.

Andrew: AND TAMMY SAYS,

WHAT CAN I DO TO KEEP MY

DAUGHTER FROM LOSING IT.

TAMMY, AS YOU MENTIONED, SHE

NEEDS TO SPEND QUALITY TIME

WITH GOD, ASKING HOW TO

HANDLE THIS SITUATION.

Terry: RIGHT.

HOW DO I SPEAK INTO HER

PAIN?

AND HOW DOES GOD WANT TO

SPEAK INTO HER PAIN.

IT IS ALL IN HIS WORD.

HE HAS GOT IT FOR US.

TIME WITH THE LORD AND

ACTIVELY PARTICIPATE IN A

HEALING OPPORTUNITY.

FOR YOU TO FIND SOMETHING

FOR YOURSELF AS WELL.

GOD HAS A PLAN FOR ALL OF

US, AND TAMMY, WE WILL BE

PRAYING FOR YOU AND YOUR

DAUGHTER BUT TRUST GOD.

TRUST YOUR DAUGHTER TO GOD

AND TRUST HIM WITH YOUR

HOUSEHOLD.

PSALM 127: 3: "BEHOLD,

CHILDREN ARE A HERITAGE FROM

THE LORD.

THE FRUIT OF THE LOOM IS A

REWARD."

TREASURE YOUR CHILDREN.

KEEP OPEN CONVERSATION WITH

THEM ABOUT THE ISSUES OF

LIFE, AND KEEP GOD IN THE

CENTER OF ALL OF THAT.

THANKS FOR JOINING US.

WE'LL SEE YOU AGAIN NEXT

TIME.

GOD BLESS YOU.

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