I started smoking weed at the age of 12 because I thought it was normal. Everyone else was doing it, so why couldn’t I?
The abuse that Stephanie Steadman suffered at a tender age paved the way for a string of negative events, which turned her from a happy child into a victim of all types of abuse.
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing…” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-17)
My story has a sad beginning. With a childhood that was lacking a father and a home that looked like hell, my mother, brothers and I were all sad and oppressed.
“And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.” (Deuteronomy 6:6-7)
My brother was involved in many gang-related activities. He used to sell and smoke weed; he would get into a lot of fights with people around our area…
“But your iniquities have separated you from your God; And your sins have hidden His face from you, So that He will not hear.” (Isaiah 59:2)