Triumph Over Trials

J Cook

Hope Through the Hurt

My story

When I think of my story, the word redemption comes to mind. Though my childhood was for the most part normal, my adulthood, not so much. As an adult I've hit many low points, due to my own selfish irresponsible acts. Over the past 10 years I've (in no particular order): battled alcoholism, gone through two divorces (the second of which was primarily due to my unfaithfulness), turned my back on my faith and literally cursed God, had my driver's license suspended (twice), got arrested, lied, cheated, did drugs, became temporarily homeless, got hooked on pain killers... And who knows what I can't remember due to  drunkenness.  On top of all of these self-inflicted and self-made problems, I suffer from anxiety related to PTSD. However, in mid 2014 I began a journey of redemption. I dug my heels in and fully re-dedicated my life back to Christ. I wrote a song that came out of the ashes of hitting my lowest point. In 2015 I released my first single, Nothing Compares, on iTunes, Amazon, etc... I made a music video, and I became a paid musician. I also got married to the most amazing woman I've ever met. For the first time in my life, I now know what true unconditional love is. She pushes me to be the best possible version of myself, and she's my biggest fan. Now, going into 2016, I've been appointed youth pastor of my church. I have a beautiful family and I'm looking forward to continuing on my road to redemption. In Jesus' name, Amen.