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700 Club Interactive - December 11, 2017

Rejected by her drug addicted parents, a young woman looks for love in all the wrong places until she surrenders to God. Read Transcript


I JUST DID ALL OF THE

DRUGS I COULD GET MY HANDS

ON.

Gordon: HOW ONE

ADDICT CAME CLEAN AFTER 15

TIMES IN JAIL.

HE SAID HE'D GO WITH ME

AND GIVE ME STRENGTH.

YOU'VE NEVER BEEN TO

THE JAIL.

NO, LORD, I HAVEN'T.

Gordon: HER INSPIRING

STORY ON TODAY'S "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE."

> WELL, WELCOME TO THE

SHOW.

ALBUQUERQUE POLICE OFFICER

RYAN HOLZ THOUGHT HE WAS

MAKING A ROUTINE CALL.

HE WAS RESPONDING TO A

POSSIBLE THEFT AT A

CONVENIENCE STORE.

WELL, IT WAS ANYTHING BUT

A USUAL CALL.

AS RYAN LEFT THE STORE, HE

NOTICED A COUPLE LEANING

AGAINST A NEARBY WALL, AND

THEY WERE SHOOTING HEROIN.

HE ALSO NOTICED THAT THE

WOMAN WAS PREGNANT.

SO HE APPROACHED THE

COUPLE AND TRIED TO

CONVINCE THE WOMAN NOT TO

HARM HER BABY.

WELL, SHE TOLD RYAN THAT

SHE HAD BEEN AN ADDICT HER

ENTIRE LIFE, AND SHE

COULDN'T STOP, AND SHE

DESPERATELY HOPED SOMEONE

WOULD ADOPT HER BABY.

WELL, IN THAT MOMENT, RYAN

SHOWED HER A PICTURE OF

THIS WIFE AND HIS FOUR

CHILDREN, AND THE YOWPGHT YOUNGEST

WAS ONLY 10 MONTHS OLD.

AND HE SAID SOMETHING

UNUSUAL.

HE SAID, I'LL ADOPT YOUR

BABY.

OF COURSE, RYAN HAD TO

BREAK THE NEWS TO HIS

WIFE, REBECCA, AND WHEN HE

TOLD HER THE SITUATION,

SHE DIDN'T HESITATE TO SAY

YES.

AND ON OCTOBER 12, BABY

HOPE WAS BORN.

SADLY SHE DID SUFFER THE

PAINFUL PROCESS OF GOING

THROUGH DETOX.

WENT THROUGH WITHDRAWALS,

AND EVEN HAD TO GO THROUGH

A METHADONE TREATMENT.

RYAN LATER SAID, I WAS LED

BY GOD TO TAKE A CHANCE.

GOD BROUGHT US ALL

TOGETHER.

I REALLY DON'T HAVE ANY

OTHER WAY TO EXPLAIN IT.

AND THAT IS A WONDERFUL

THING.

BUT HERE IS THE TRAGEDY

FOR YOU: WITH THE CURRENT

OPIATE EPIDEMIC THAT WE

HAVE IN THE UNITED STATES,

OPIATE-ADDICTED BABIES ARE

BORN EVERY 25 MINUTES.

AND THAT IS A STATISTIC

THAT SHOULD CAUSE US ALL A

CHECK.

WHAT DO THESE BABIES DO?

HOW ARE THEY GOING TO BE

RAISED?

HOW ARE THEY GOING TO BE

PROVIDED FOR?

AND HOPEFULLY GOD WILL PUT

IT ON THE HEARTS OF MANY

PEOPLE, JUST LIKE THAT

WONDERFUL OFFICER, TO SAY,

I'M GOING TO STEP UP.

I'M GOING TO MAKE A

DIFFERENCE.

WELL, IF YOU FEEL LIKE

CHRISTMAS IS HAVING A

COMEBACK, WELL, HERE IS

MORE EVIDENCE: DISNEYLAND

RECENTLY HELD ITS ANNUAL

CANDLELIGHT CEREMONY,

WHERE CHOIRS SANG CLASSIC

CHRISTMAS CAROLS AND THE

GOSPEL IS PROCLAIMED.

THIS YEAR THE BIBLE WAS

DONE BY NONE OTHER THAN

"THOR," ACTOR CHRIS

HEMSWORTH.

THE GLORY OF THE LORD

WAS SHOWN.

AND THE ANGELS SAID TO

THEM, DO NOT BE AFRAID,

FOR BEHOLD I BRING YOU

GOOD TIDINGS OF GREAT JOY

FOR ALL PEOPLE.

FOR THERE IS BORN TO YOU

THIS DAY IN THE CITY OF

DAVID A SAVIOR, WHO IS

CHRIST THE LORD.

*

YOU WILL FIND A BABY

WRAPPED AND LYING IN A

MANGER.

Gordon: MERRY

CHRISTMAS.

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO DISNEY,

AND MERRY CHRISTMAS TO

CHRIS HEMSWORTH.

> ELEVATION CHURCH

COFOUNDER HOLLY RECENTLY

SHARED SOME THOUGHTS

REGARDING WHAT WE POST ON

Facebook.

HER THOUGHTS HAVE NOW GONE

VIRAL.

HERE IS A CLIP FROM THAT

MESSAGE.

I'M NOT SUGGESTING,

WHEN I TALK ABOUT

VULNERABLE -- I'M NOT

SUGGESTING FOR YOU TO FIND

YOUR HEALING THAT YOU WILL

HAVE TO AIR YOUR DIRTY

LAUNDRY ON Facebook FOR

EVERYONE TO SEE.

IN FACT, LET'S TALK ABOUT

Facebook FOR A MINUTE.

[LAUGHTER]

LADIES, BEING

VULNERABLE ON SOCIAL MEDIA

IS COUNTERFEIT

VULNERABILITY.

[APPLAUSE]

[CHEERING]

OKAY?

WHEN WE VOMIT A POST WITH

ALIN A POST,OR ALL OF OUR DISHES IN

THE SINK, WE'RE NOT

WANTING VALIDATION.

I HAVE PILES OF LAUNDRY,

TOO.

I UNDERSTAND WE'RE TRYING

TO BE REAL AND FUNNY AT

THE SAME TIME.

BUT THE WAY I KNOW IT IS

NOT TRUE VULNERABILITY FOR

MYSELF IS BECAUSE EVERY

TIME I DO THIS, IT LEADS

ME FEELING EMPTY IN MY

LIFE, AND NOTHING CHANGES.

VULNERABILITY -- REAL

VULNERABILITY, IT TAKES

COURAGE.

VALIDATION IS SEEKING

LIGHT.

VULNERABILITY IS BEING

REAL WITH SOMEONE REAL, A

REAL LIVE PERSON.

[APPLAUSE]

IT IS SAYING TO A

TRUSTED FRIEND, WHO HAS

EARNED THE RIGHT TO HEAR

MY HONESTY -- NOT JUST

ANYONE, NOT JUST ANYONE --

A TRUSTED FRIEND WHO HAS

EARNED THE RIGHT TO HEAR

MY HONESTY, FOR ME TO SAY,

I'M NOT DOING OKAY.

WILL YOU PRAY FOR ME?

WILL YOU CHECK ON ME?

AND WILL YOU ASK ME HOW

I'M DOING?

THIS IS WHERE CHANGE

BEGINS.

Gordon: THAT OUGHT TO

GO VIRAL.

WE NEED TO RESTORE

RELATIONSHIPS.

IF YOU WANT TO BE

VULNERABLE, DO IT TO

SOMEBODY IN PERSON.

> HISTORY WAS MADE AT

THE RECENT MINNESOTA

U.S.A. PAGEANT.

MICHAELA BECAME THE FIRST

WOMAN WITH DOWN SYNDROME

TO COMPETE IN THE PAGEANT.

SHE DID WIN TWO SPIRIT

AWARDS FOR COURAGE AND

ENTHUSIASM, WHICH EARNED

HER A STANDING OVATION

FROM THE CROWD.

THE 22-YEAR-OLD IS A

STUDENT.

WHEN ASKED WHAT IS NEXT,

MICHAELA SAID SHE WANTS TO

GRADUATE, DO MORE PAICHTS,

PAGEANTS, MODEL AND DO

MORE DANCING.

> AT THE AGE OF 70,

BETTY KOFFMAN HAD A

CONVERSATION WITH GOD.

LITTLE DID SHE KNOW THAT

THIS ONE INTERACTION WOULD

EVENTUALLY SEND HER TO

O JAIL.

JAIL.

GOD ALWAYS DOES

SOMETHING NEW OR

UNEXPECTED THAT WE CAN'T

EVEN DREAM OR THINK ABOUT

HARDLY.

MY STORY BEGINS BACK IN

THE YEAR 1995, HERE IN

QUINCY, ILLINOIS.

I HAD BEEN DOWN TO THE

SALVATION ARMY.

AND AFTER I LEFT THERE,

RIGHT ACROSS THE STREET IS

OUR ADAMS COUNTY JAIL.

AS I WAS DRIVING BY, I

LOOKED UP AT THE SCREENS

AND THE BARS ON THE

WINDOWS AND THOUGHT, THERE

ARE WOMEN IN THOSE JAILS

RIGHT NOW.

SOMEHOW MY HEART WAS SORT

OF SOFTENED AND SADDENED

BY THE THOUGHT OF THE

WOMEN UP THERE.

AND ALL AT ONCE IT WAS

LIKE THE LORD SPOKE VERY

CLEARLY TO ME IN MY HEART

AND SAID, YOU'VE NEVER

BEEN TO THE JAIL.

I SAID, NO, LORD, I

HAVEN'T.

AND THEN I BEGAN TO TRY TO

JUST FJUSTIFY MYSELF.

I SAID, LORD, I'VE HELPED

THOSE WHO ARE HUNGRY, AND

I'VE TAKEN A BOWL OF SOUP

TO A NEIGHBOR.

WHEN THE GARBAGE MAN CAME

BY IN THE SUMMERTIME, WE

OFTEN OFFERED THEN A DRINK

OF COOL WATER.

AND I HELPED TAKING CARE

OF MY GRANDMA DURING MY

HIGH SCHOOL DAYS.

I JUSTIFIED MYSELF BEFORE

GOD.

AND THEN JUST AS CLEARLY

THE SAME VOICE SPOKE TO MY

HEART AND SAID, YOU HAVE

NEVER BEEN TO THE JAIL.

AND I SLIPPED DOWN IN MY

SEAT A LITTLE, AND

RESPONDED MORE SERIOUSLY

THIS TIME: NO, LORD, I

HAVEN'T.

AND THEN I REMEMBERED IN

MY TRUNK, MY HUSBAND AND I

HAD SOME BIBLES WE WERE

USING TO GIVE TO PEOPLE.

AND I WENT OUT AND GOT THE

BIBLES, AND WENT THERE,

AND I THOUGHT, I'VE DONE

MY LITTLE THING, I'VE BEEN

TO THE JAIL.

BUT THE LORD WOULDN'T LET

ME GO.

THIS KEPT COMING TO MY

MIND OVER AND OVER, THAT I

NEEDED TO GO IN THE JAIL,

TO THE WOMEN.

AND I BEGAN -- I SAID,

LORD, YOU KNOW I'M GETTING

OLDER.

AS IF HE DIDN'T KNOW THAT.

AND ALMOST IMMEDIATELY

THIS MESSAGE CAME TO MY

HEART AS WELL: I JUST WANT

YOU TO START THIS WORK.

I WILL GIVE YOU PLENTY OF

WOMEN AND PEOPLE TO HELP

YOU.

BEFORE LONG WE HAD A TEAM

OF 12 WOMEN READY TO GO TO

THE JAIL.

AND TWO OF US WENT EVERY

SATURDAY.

WE SAT OUT IN A WALK-WAY

IN FRONT OF THE CELLS ON

CARTONS TURNED UPSIDE DOWN

AND BEGAN TO MINISTER TO

THE WOMEN.

I THINK THERE WERE TWO

THINGS WE DIDN'T EXPECT --

AT LEAST THAT I DIDN'T.

I DIDN'T KNOW I COULD LOOK

INTO A WOMAN'S EYES THAT I

HAD NEVER SEEN AND FOUND

OUT THAT I LOVED HER.

AND IT WASN'T MY LOVE.

IT WAS JESUS LOVE FLOWING

THROUGH US.

AND THE SECOND THING, THAT

SHOULDN'T HAVE SURPRISED

ME, WAS THAT BECAUSE WE

WERE IN THE JAILS -- WE

WEREN'T THE FIRST ONES TO

VISIT THERE.

GOD WAS ALREADY THERE,

WAITING FOR US TO COME AND

BRING HIS MESSAGE OF GRACE

AND MERCY AND LOVE TO

THOSE WOMEN.

THE BIG THING THAT WE

FOUND THAT THEY WERE

DEALING WITH WAS THAT THEY

WERE NO GOOD.

SOME OF THEM GREW UP IN

GOOD HOMES; SOME OF THEM

GREW UP IN BAD HOMES, BUT

THEY DID NOT KNOW JESUS.

SOME DIDN'T KNOW HOW TO

TURN TO HIM.

BUT THROUGH GOD'S WORD AND

HIS HOLY SPIRIT, WE HAVE

SEEN LIVES CHANGED.

WE KNOW THAT IS WHAT CAN

HAPPEN FORTUNATE ANY WOMAN

OR ANY MAN IN ANY

CIRCUMSTANCE.

AS TIME WENT BY, THOUGH,

WE KNEW THERE WERE WOMEN

HURTING AND THEY COULDN'T

MAKE IT WHEN THEY GOT OUT.

AND ALL OF US WANT A PLACE

TO LAY OUR HEADS AT NIGHT.

A PLACE TO CALL HOME AND A

PLACE WHERE WE CAN FEEL

SAFE AND SECURE.

SO WE BEGAN TO PRAY ABOUT

A HOUSE.

AND GOD, IN HIS MIRACULOUS

WAY, SENT US FUNDS AND WE

WERE ACTUALLY ABLE TO

PURCHASE A HOUSE, RIGHT

DOWN THE STREET FROM THE

JAIL, JUST A FEW BLOCKS

AWAY.

AND WE ARE THANKFUL THAT

WE HAVE A HOME CALLED "THE

WELL HOUSE."

IT GOES WITH THE STORY IN

JOHN 4, WHERE JESUS MET

THE WOMAN AT THE WELL.

SHE CAME FOR WATER, AND

JESUS SAID TO HER, I WILL

GIVE YOU THE LIVING WATER.

AND THIS CHANGED THAT

WOMAN'S LIFEMEN LIFE.

AND SHE SAID, AS SHE LEFT

THERE TO GO OUT INTO THE

COMMUNITY, SHE SAID, COME,

COME AND SEE THIS MAN.

IS HE NOT THE CHRIST?

AND THAT'S WHAT WE'RE

SAYING WITH OUR HOME, WITH

THE WOMEN THAT ARE THERE,

COME AND SEE IF THIS IS

NOT THE CHRIST.

Gordon: WE WOULD LIKE

TO THANK OUR FRIENDS AT

THE CHRISTIAN GROUP,

MOVING WORKS.

> COMING UP, AFTER 15

ARRESTS, ONE ADDICT

EXPLAINS WHY SHE WAS

WILLING TO GO TO JAIL.

I JUST SAID, I WANT OUT

OF THIS.

I AM SO READY TO BE

DIFFERENT.

BUT HOW DO THE GET OUT OF

THE LIFESTYLE, THE ONLY

THINGS YOU KNOW.

Gordon: HEAR HOW SHE

BROKE FREE FROM HER PAST.

THAT'S UP NEXT.

Gordon: IN HER SMALL

TOWN OF ALABAMA, ASHLEY

DALEY WAS FAMOUS FOR BEING

BAD.

HER MUGSHOT WAS OFTEN ON

THE FRONT PAGE OF THE

LOCAL NEWSPAPER.

BUT AFTER YEARS OF BEING

THAT BAD GIRL, ASHLEY KNEW

SHE NEEDED TO CHANGE, AND

SHE KNEW SHE COULDN'T DO

IT ALONE.

I LOVED MY DADDY.

I WANTED MY DADDY TO LOVE

ME.

I WANTED TO BE ACCEPTED BY

MY DAD.

BUT I NEVER FELT THAT.

Reporter: ASHLEY

LONGED FOR HER FATHER TO

DOTE ON HER, BUT HIS

ATTENTION WAS ELSEWHERE.

HE WAS DRUNK, HIGH,

WHATEVER.

I DON'T KNOW.

I KNOW HE WAS MESSED UP.

SO I EXPERIENCED A LOT OF

REJECTION.

THE FACT HE WOULD SAY HE

LOVED ME SO MUCH AND THEN

HE WOULD LEAVE REALLY

CONFUSED ME.

Reporter: HER PARENTS

DIVORCED WHEN SHE WAS SIX.

AFTER THAT, ASHLEY SAW

EVEN LESS OF HER DAD.

I FELT LIKE SOMETHING

WAS WRONG WITH ME.

THAT I WASN'T GOOD ENOUGH

TO BE LOVED, BECAUSE IF I

WAS GOOD ENOUGH, MY DAD

WOULD LOVE ME.

I WAS MAJORLY INSECURE

BECAUSE OF THAT, MAJORLY

DEPRESSED.

Reporter: THEN HER

MOTHER STARTED GOING OUT

DRINKING AND DOING DRUGS,

WHICH ISOLATED ASHLEY EVEN

MORE.

I WAS VERY MAD AT MY

MOTHER AS A CHILD.

WE DIDN'T HAVE MUCH OF A

RELATIONSHIP.

Reporter: ASHLEY

STILL LOVED HER DAD AND

HOPED ONE DAY HE WOULD

COME BACK INTO HER LIFE.

BUT WHEN SHE WAS 16, HE

DIED FROM A DRUG OVERDOSE.

I WAS MAD AT HIM.

YOU LEFT ME MY ENTIRE

LIFE.

AND NOW THE THING YOU HAVE

CHOSEN HAS KILLED YOU AND

I WILL NEVER HAVE YOU

AGAIN.

Reporter: ASHLEY

STARTED SMOKING POT, WHICH

LED TO PILLS AND COCAINE.

ALL OF THAT ANGER, THAT

PRESSURE, THAT HATE AND

DEPRESSION I HAD

EXPERIENCED MY ENTIRE

LIFE, WHEN I WAS HIGH, IT

WAS LIFTED.

AND I FELT THINGS I HAD

NERNEVER EXPERIENCED BEFORE,

AND I LOVED IT.

I WENT THROUGH A LOT OF

BOYFRIENDS DURING THAT

TIME, LOOKING FOR MALE

ACCEPTANCE.

Reporter: JUST BEFORE

HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION,

ASHLEY LEARNED SHE WAS

PREGNANT, AND FOR THE SAKE

OF THE BABY STOPPED USING

DRUGS.

I WAS SO MISERABLE.

I WAS MAD BECAUSE I WANTED

TO BE HIGH.

I DID NOT LIKE THE WAY I

FELT SOBER.

I HAD NO GOALS, NO DREAMS.

I WAS JUST DEPRESSED AND

HOPELESS.

Reporter: ANY JAYLEE

WAS BORN, ASHLEY TRIED TO

STAY CLEAN, BUT THE

TEMPTATION WAS JUST TOO

GREAT.

I WOULDN'T DO THE DRUGS

IN FRONT OF HER.

I WOULD HIDE.

I STARTED DATING A GUY,

WHO SOLD DRUGS AND DID

DRUGS.

AND I WAS DESPERATE TO BE

LOVED, SO I WENT WITH IT.

Reporter: WHEN

JAYLEE'S DAD LEARNED ABOUT

ASHLEY'S BOYFRIEND, SHE

TOOK HER TO COURT AND WON

CUSTODY OF THEIR DAUGHTER,

WHO IS NOW TWO YEARS OLD.

AND NOW I HAVE THIS

GUILT AND SHAME BECAUSE I

COMPLETELY BETRAYED MY

DAUGHTER AND I LOST HER.

Reporter: SHE SAW HER

DAUGHTER ON OCCASION, BUT

SPENT MOST OF HER TIME

STRUNG OUT ON CRYSTAL

METH.

SHE WAS IN AND OUT OF JAIL

ON DRUG CHARGES.

15 TIMES IN ONE YEAR

ALONE.

I DID ALL OF THE DRUGS

I COULD GET MY HANDS ON.

AND I'M JUST LIKE MY DAD.

Reporter: WHEN A

GRADE SCHOOL FRIEND

INVITED ASHLEY TO CHURCH,

SHE WAS RELUCTANT, BUT

DECIDED TO GIVE IT A TRY.

I JUST REMEMBER THEY

WERE WORSHIPPING, AND I

WAS LISTENING TO THE

SONGS, AND I JUST BEGAN TO

WEEP.

I WAS JUST WEEPING AND

WEEPING.

IT FELT SO GOOD.

IT WAS SUCH A BEAUTIFUL

FEELING.

IT FELT LIKE PURE LOVE AND

ACCEPTANCE, AND I LOVED

IT.

Reporter: DESPITE THE

EXPERIENCE, ASHLEY WAS

STILL ADDICTED TO METH.

I LEARNED HOW TO READ

MY BIBLE, BUT I DIDN'T

UNDERSTAND IT.

I DIDN'T HAVE ANYONE TO

DISCIPLE ME OR TEACH ME.

I VERY EASILY GAVE UP.

I CHASED THE DRUGS.

THAT WAS ALL I CARED

ABOUT.

BUT I NEVER AGAIN DOUBTED

IF GOD WAS REAL OR NOT.

I KNEW HE WAS REAL.

Reporter: YEARS

LATER, WHEN PREPARING TO

GET HIGH, ASHLEY HAD HAD

ENOUGH.

I WAS AT A PLACE WHERE

I WAS GETTING TIRED OF IT.

TIRED OF LIVING LIKE THIS.

IT WAS LIKE GOD PUT A

MIRROR IN MY FACE.

FOR THE FIRST TIME IT

MATTERED.

IT MATTERED.

IT WASN'T OKAY ALL OF A

SUDDEN.

AND I JUST STARTED

BALLING.

AND I SAID, GOD, PLEASE

HELP ME.

I WANT OUT OF THIS.

I'M SO READY TO GET OUT OF

THIS.

AND I SAID, I'LL GO TO

JAIL, I'LL GO TO REHAB,

WHATEVER IT TAKES.

AND I JUSTED SAID, AS LONG

AS YOU'LL GO WITH ME AND

YOU'LL GIVE ME THE

STRENGTH.

Reporter: FOUR DAYS

LATER SHE WAS ARRESTED AND

SENTENCED TO A SIX-MONTH

PRISON SUBSTANCE ABUSE

PROGRAM.

I WANTED TO CHANGE, BUT

AT THIS POINT I FELT LIKE

IT WAS TOO DIFFICULT.

I WANTED TO BE DIFFERENT.

BUT HOW DO YOU GET OUT OF

THIS LIFESTYLE, THE ONLY

THINGS YOU KNOW.

Reporter: AT THE

FIRST OPPORTUNITY, ASHLEY

ATTENDED A CHAPEL.

I KNEW GOD WAS THE ONLY

WAY.

THEY PRAYED A PRAYER, AND

I REPEATED IT.

LORD, I TRUST MY LIFE TO

YOU.

FORGIVE ME OF MY SINS.

Reporter: ASHLEY USED

HER TIME IN THE PROGRAM TO

GET OFF DRUGS AND GROW

CLOSER TO GOD.

I WAS READING MY BIBLE

AND PRAYING AND GOING TO

ANY CHURCH SERVICE THEY

HAD IN THE JAIL, AND

LEARNING MORE ABOUT GOD.

HE WAS STARTING TO SPEAK

TO ME, AND I WAS BUILDING

A RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD.

Reporter: AND SHE

ALSO LEARNED TO FORGIVE

HER PARENTS.

I WAS SO ANGRY AT MY

DAD AND MY MOM.

I WAS HOLDING ON TO THIS

UNFORGIVENESS.

FORGIVE MY DAD TOOK

100 POUNDS OFF ME.

Reporter: AFTER HER

RELEASE, ASHLEY WAS

DRUG-FREE AND ON HER WAY

TO HER NEW LIFE WITH

CHRIST.

TODAY SHE IS MARRIED AND

HAS A 3-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER.

SHE ALSO SHARES CUSTODY OF

HER FIRST DAUGHTER,

JAYLEE.

MY RELATIONSHIP WITH

GOD FILLS EVERY NEED I'VE

EVER HAD.

THERE ARE HOLES THAT ONLY

GOD CAN FILL.

I SOUGHT IT IN EVERYTHING

ELSE AT THAT TIME, DRUGS,

FRIENDS.

THE CLOSER I GET TO HIM,

THE MORE SATISFIED AND

FULFILLED I AM IN EVERY

WAY, AND HE IS ALL THAT I

NEED.

THAT'S ALL THAT I NEED, IS

JESUS.

Gordon: HE IS ALL

THAT YOU NEED.

IT'S THAT GOD-SHAPED VOID

THAT IS IN YOUR HEART.

AND THE ONLY THING THAT

WILL FILL IT IS GOD.

FOR ASHLEY, SHE THOUGHT IT

WAS BEFORE HER DAD WASN'T

AROUND, AND HE HAD HIS OWN

PROBLEMS WITH ADDICTION.

AND HE JUST WASN'T THERE

FOR HER.

SO SHE THOUGHT, WELL, I'VE

GOT TO FILL UP THAT HOLE.

AND SO SHE USES DRUGS.

SHE USES MEN.

SHE USES THINGS TO TRY TO

FILL UP THAT HOLE.

BUT IF YOU'RE TRYING TO DO

THAT, JUST AS ASHLEY WAS

TRYING TO DO IT, YOU'RE

LOOKING IN THE WRONG

PLACE.

BECAUSE THAT HOLE, THAT

VOID, WAS ACTUALLY PUT

THERE BY GOD.

IT WAS NOT PUT THERE BY

SOMEONE LEAVING YOU OR

SOMEONE ABUSING YOU, OR

SOME BAD THING THAT HAS

HAPPENED.

GOD'S PUT IT IN THERE.

THE BIBLE IS CLEAR ABOUT

IT.

HE HAS PUT ETERNITY IN OUR

HEARTS.

THAT'S WHAT SOLOMON WROTE,

ETERNITY.

THAT VOID, THAT CONSTANTLY

LOOKING FOR SOMETHING, AND

WHETHER THAT IS DREAMS OF

SUCCESS OR MONEY OR

POSSESSIONS, IT DOESN'T

REALLY MATTER.

IT WON'T FILL UP ETERNITY.

IT WON'T FILL UP THAT

HOLE.

THE ONLY THING THAT WILL

DO THAT IS THE ETERNAL

ONE.

WE WERE MADE TO HAVE A

RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM.

THAT'S THE PURPOSE.

AND WHEN YOU GET THAT AND

YOU FILL THAT HOLE WITH

HIM, THEN EVERYTHING ELSE

MAKES SENSE.

AND YOU COME INTO A

REALIZATION THAT YOU'RE A

CHILD OF GOD, THAT HE

LOVES YOU INFINITELY.

THAT HE WANTS TO GUIDE AND

PROTECT YOU ALL OF THE

DAYS OF YOUR LIFE.

YOU WILL BUILT FOR THAT

RELATIONSHIP.

AND BECAUSE OF THAT, START

IT.

NOW, HOW DO YOU DO THAT?

HOW DO YOU FIND HIM?

WELL, THE BIBLE IS REALLY

CLEAR.

WHEN YOU SEEK ME WITH ALL

OF YOUR HEART, THEN YOU'LL

FIND ME.

YOU CAN'T DO IT CASUALLY.

YOU CAN'T DO IT ON A WHIM.

YOU CAN'T DO IT ON A DARE.

IT HAS TO BE WITH ALL OF

YOUR HEART.

AND FOR ASHLEY, SHE CAME

TO THE END OF HER

EVERYTHING.

AND IT WASN'T WORKING

ANYMORE.

AND SO SHE SAYS, OKAY, ALL

RIGHT, GOD, I HEAR THIS.

I'LL TRY THIS.

SO FOR YOU TODAY, DON'T

LET ANOTHER DAY GO BY.

LET TODAY BE THE DAY THAT

YOU START THAT

RELATIONSHIP.

AND IF YOU HAD THAT

RELATIONSHIP YEARS AGO,

AND FOR WHATEVER REASON

YOU WALKED AWAY, I'VE GOT

GREAT NEWS FOR YOU. GOD

IS STILL WAITING.

HE WILL STILL RECEIVE YOU.

THE STORY OF THE PRODIGAL

IS FOR YOU.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS TURN

AND COME TO HIM.

SO IF YOU WANT THIS, DON'T

TURN AWAY.

LET'S PRAY AND ASK GOD

RIGHT NOW.

AND HE'LL COME TO YOU.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS PUT

ALL OF YOUR HEART IN IS,

AND HE'LL ANSWER.

SO LET'S PRAY TOGETHER.

BOW YOUR HEAD AND PRAY A

VERY SIMPLE PRAYER, AND

LET'S LET GOD DO ALL OF

THE REST.

JESUS -- THAT'S RIGHT, SAY

HIS NAME AND SAY IT OUT

LOUD.

JESUS, I COME TO YOU, AND

I WANT YOU IN MY HEART AND

IN MY LIFE.

SO, JESUS, FORGIVE ME OF

EVERYTHING I'VE DONE

WRONG.

SET ME FREE FROM ANY HABIT

THAT I HAVE, AND FILL ME

WITH YOUR PRESENCE.

AND, JESUS, IF YOU'LL DO

THIS FOR ME, I WANT TO

FOLLOW YOU ALL OF THE DAYS

OF MY LIFE.

HEAR MY PRAYER, FOR I PRAY

IT NOW IN JESUS' NAME.

AMEN AND AMEN.

IF YOU PRAYED WITH ME, I

WANT YOU TO DO ONE MORE

THING.

I WANT YOU TO MAKE A PHONE

CALL AND LET SOMEBODY

KNOW.

1-800-700-7000.

WHEN YOU CALL, I'VE GOT

SOMETHING ABSOLUTELY FREE

FOR YOU.

IT'S CALLED "A NEW DAY."

THERE IS NO FINANCIAL

OBLIGATION AT ALL.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS CALL

AND SAY, I WANT THAT

PACKET.

I WANT THAT C.D. TEACHING

OF WHAT DO I DO NOW.

IN THERE IS A DESCRIPTION

OF WHAT YOU DO NOW.

HOW DO YOU LIVE A

CHRISTIAN LIFE?

WHAT DO CHRISTIANS

BELIEVE?

SO MAKE THAT CALL:

1-800-700-7000.

> STILL AHEAD, A FAMILY

OF SIX STRUGGLES AFTER

DAD'S HOURS ARE CUT BACK

AT WORK.

SEE HOW YOU HELPED HIM GET

Gordon: TIM RAY IS A

HARD-WORKING TRUCK DRIVER.

WHEN HE IS NOT ON THE

ROAD, HE IS SPENDING TIME

WITH HIS WIFE AND FOUR

CHILDREN.

LIKE MANY FAMILIES,

THEY'VE HAD FINANCIAL

SETBACKS, AND FOR A WHILE,

THEY EVEN HAD TO LIVE IN A

TENT.

Reporter: TIM AND

VICKI RAY AND THEIR FOUR

CHILDREN ENJOY EVERY

MOMENT OF FAMILY TIME THEY

HAVE.

WE LOVE GOING TO THE

PARK.

WE LOVE PLAYING SPORTS

TOGETHER.

WE HAVE A LOT OF FUN.

I LOVE MY HUSBAND A

LOT, AND I'M THANKFUL FOR

THAT MAN EVERY DAY.

HE IS A HARD WORKER.

I NEVER MET A MAN THAT WAS

SO DETERMINED TO WORK AND

MAKE SURE HE COULD SUPPORT

HIS FAMILY.

Reporter: WHEN TIM'S

HOURS OF WORK WERE

DRASTICALLY CUT, THE

FAMILY RAN OUT OF OPTION,

ANS,AND FOR A WHILE, THE ONLY

PLACE THEY HAD TO LIVE WAS

A SMALL CAMPING TENT.

IT CAN BE TOUGH

SOMETIMES, AND YOU DON'T

KNOW WHAT YOU'RE GOING TO

DO, AND HAVE YOU TO LOOK

FORWARD AND KEEP GOING ON.

Reporter: WITH EACH

STRUGGLE, THE RAYS HAVE

LEANED ON GOD.

I'VE LEARNED, YOU CAN'T

LOOK AT THE DOWNS.

YOU HAVE TO LOOK AT THE

UPS IN LIFE WHEN YOU'RE ON

THE DOWN TIMES.

THERE ARE TIMES WHEN WE

DON'T KNOW WHERE WE'RE

GOING.

WE'VE HAD TO SIT DOWN AND

EITHER PAY A BILL OR EAT.

Reporter: THE RAY

FAMILY SAYS THEY

EXPERIENCED GOD'S

PROVISION THROUGH

"OPERATION BLESSING"

PARTNER "JOSEPH'S STORE

HOUSE."

SEEING THE WHEEL

BARRELS COME OUT AND

SEEING HOW MUCH FOOD THEY

GIVE, IT'S, LIKE, WOW.

IT'S WAY MORE THAN YOU CAN

GET IN A LITTLE SHOPPING

CART.

AND MY KIDS -- THEIR EYES

WERE, LIKE, OH, MY GOSH.

"OPERATION BLESSING"

AND "JOSEPH'S STORE HOUSE"

HAS HELPED US OUT.

IT MAKES A HUGE

DIFFERENCE.

IT HELPS.

PEOPLE WHO ARE ABLE TO

DONATE AND GIVE TO

"OPERATION BLESSING," I

THINK IT IS AN AMAZING

THING WHAT YOU'RE DOING.

BECAUSE YOU'RE NOT JUST

GIVING.

YOU'RE SHOWING THEM THE

LOVE OF GOD THROUGH YOUR

GIFT TO THEM.

Gordon: BE A PART OF

IT.

BE A PART OF EVERYTHING

WE'RE DOING AROUND THE

WORLD.

IF YOU WANT TO SEE THE

GOSPEL PREACHED AROUND THE

WORLD, JOIN "THE 700

CLUB."

A PORTION OF EVERY GIFT

GOES INTO THE WORK OF CBN

INTERNATIONAL TO DO JUST

THAT.

IF YOU WANT TO SEE PEOPLE

HELPED RIGHT HERE IN

AMERICA AND AROUND THE

WORLD, JOIN "THE 700 CLUB"

BECAUSE ANOTHER PORTION

GOES INTO THE WORK OF

"OPERATION BLESSING" TO

HELP PEOPLE.

AND WE'RE FEEDING THREE

MILLION AMERICANS EVERY

SINGLE MONTH.

AND IT ALL HAPPENS BECAUSE

PEOPLE LIKE YOU CARE

ENOUGH TO GIVE.

SO IF YOU WANT TO, NOW IS

THE TIME TO DO IT.

GIVE US A CALL:

1-800-700-7000.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS SAY,

I WANT TO JOIN "THE 700

CLUB."

IT'S JUST $20 A MONTH, AND

THAT'S 65 CENTS A DAY.

SO DO IT NOW.

> HERE IS A WORD FROM 1

JOHN 4: "THIS IS REAL

LOVE, NOT THAT WE LOVE

GOD, BUT THAT HE LOVES US

AND SENT HIS SON AS A

SACRIFICE TO TAKE AWAY OUR

SIN."

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