Josie Madrid

 

God uses U-Turn for Christ in my life every day. Before coming here my life characterized by selfish, dishonest and self-centered desires. Today, even though I fall short, my life is improving and my hearts desire is to help others because of the grace I have been shown.

I used to live in a world that was painful and destructive to now settling in world that is at peace and content with who I am. I used to sweep in like a tornado leaving wreckage all around me. 

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Today I ask the Lord to use me to help other ‘tornados’ find Him, cause thats what changed me. God used police officers and many years in jail to rescue me from me. I just wanted to die. 

While locked up I remember falling to my knees and asking God to remove everything and everyone that was blocking me from Him. I also remember that was when I felt the Holy Spirit dwelling within me, and realized was I was sinning against God and Him alone. After that I felt freedom from the bondage of my sin and understood that I am redeemed not condemned as I was used to telling myself. 

At U-Turn for Christ I am taught obedience and what putting Jesus Christ first in my life really means. I am taught how to have love and compassion for others. I am taught how to ‘die’ to self and serve other women with my whole heart. I am taught how to not be ashamed of my past knowing that God can use my story to help others find Him.

Philippians 4:11-13 says, “I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through Him who gives me strength”. Thank you Jesus! 

Josie has now been in the ministry for almost 2 years and has been the overseer of the Women's Ranch for 1 year this July.