Several years ago, I was on a mission to write a book about my life. I figured it's my life, it should be easy. As I began to write, it was going great until I got to parts in my life that I vowed never to speak of again. I locked those memories away, very far away, I almost forgot that those things happened in my life. As I begun to dig up and write down those old memories, I hit a brick wall. That was it, I decided I could not do it. "Why would anyone want to read this book? Why would I want to bring up those horrible memories about my life?" As I sat on my bed weeping, I called out to my husband and told him, "there is no way I can write this book." He reassured me that I could do all things through Christ who gives me strength. (Philippians 4:13 NIV) I mustered up what little strength I felt God gave me and continued to write. I cried some more and wrote some more. This book has helped me face some of my fears and ultimately learn from them. I realized that my past does not determine my future, but it has molded me for who I am now. As you read this book, I trust that God will allow you to see Him in my story and give you the courage to face your past head on and recover from the things that you have been through or even going through now. I refuse to be held back by my past and my prayer for you is for you to move forward from what is behind you and reach out to a greater future.