The Journey Begins Here
I have been through many hard times for the past couple of years. I have been homeless due to my addiction of drugs. I have been through and seen things you only see on television. I hated doing my chores, and gave problems. Esther would always talk to me – try to help me. My life has been a struggle until now. Guiding Light House has given me hope and strength for a better stronger tomorrow. I am learning to be a spiritual independent woman. Never thought I would get close to God but with the help of the wonderful women in Guiding Light House I tried talking to God as I see the other women did and started to feel a form of peace that I never felt before – my life began to change. I spend a lot of time talking with Esther and every time we finish talking she prayed for me. Three months later I moved on – I moved to another recovery house in Philly. When I got there believe it or not I was the one who was up at night cleaning the house. To top it off there was another woman in the house who so reminded me of Esther. She prayed with me and talk to me just like Esther – I called Esther to let her know – we both was cracking up with laughter – Esther said, “Tasha told you that I would rub off on you.” All in all, I am truly thankful for the time I stayed at Guiding Light House and Esther being so patient with me. I am a better person today.
The Guiding Light Recovery House in my opinion is a one of a kind recovery house. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming from the moment you arrive. The house is very clean and homey. Being overwhelmed your first few days is made easier by the friendly women in the house. You set off to look for a job, go to meetings, find a sponsor, and do your chores. At the end of your day you feel safe and secure knowing the house you were coming back to.
Part of your recovery is going to meetings and getting a sponsor. In doing so, you will learn a 12 step program. My favorite part of being at the Guiding Light house was the fact that it was a faith based house. In learning your steps you get a closer understanding of a God as you know him. At this house the transition is made so much easier for you. You will learn how to pray to him in an uplifting way. It helps you to get a better understanding of the 12 steps in recovery. When I first got sober I struggled with the third step. In the 3 years I had sober I still wasn't sure I was praying the correct way or if he was even listening. Esther taught me how to pray to God and in doing so I learned he was listening and even was answering my prayers. In my short stay at the Guiding Light House I learned enough to fill me with a lifetime of happiness. It was one of the best experiences in my life.
The day I arrived at Guiding Light House I was in awe from the warm clean feeling of beauty. My faith and utmost trust in God led me to this loving family environment to recover from my addiction to a higher growth in God. Living in this house for the last six months uprooted my soul into a spiritual foundation that I've never experienced before. The atmosphere of receiving counseling in a faith based environment has been an uplifting journey that has created many positive avenues to becoming a new woman. I found the missing elements within my recovery by loving God which anchored a new birth that has healed my soul. I am learning and becoming fully educated in all areas in the recovery bible which lead me into a spiritual acceptation within my daily walk of life struggles. This experience and guidance has put a structure back into a once wounded hopeless and destructive soul into a recovering fulfilled humble human being.
Guiding Light House has been such an inspiration to my life. I have been able to become so spiritual. We are a family and pray every night. We ask God to put a hedge of protection over the women in the house as a whole. Esther is an angel who overlooks the women who she comes in contact with. She is truly an advocate for God and I love her very much.
GUIDING LIGHT HOUSE
When I came into the Guiding Light House I received a very warm welcome from Esther and some of the ladies already residing here. They were all helpful and friendly explaining the rules and the little things that make this house warm, comfortable and keeps it running smoothly. I was very impressed that the house is so well kept and clean. After a short period of time I realized that because of Esther’s methods it is very easy to keep things clean and running smoothly. And the food is great!!!
I am also impressed with the way the rules are maintained. Esther is strict but so very fair and understanding. Her ways of giving advice (and she’s usually right!) and offering comfort truly makes the house a pleasant place to live. I was concerned about maintaining my sobriety when I first arrived but I find serenity with Esther and the other ladies. I do believe that some, if not all of us will retain lasting friendships.
All I can say is Guiding Light is exactly that….A light that has guided me and is taking me on a journey to live freely without addiction. I was filled with fear upon entering. However once I stepped into these doors a calm came over me. I realized how grateful I am to be here. I have had the opportunity to optionally take advantage of the spirituality offered here, and….Today I am convinced I am here because of God’s work. This house is special and has saved me in more ways than one.
My journey continues and I am certain the tools made available if I work as I should, will provide me with a great shot for my future of becoming the woman and mother that I wish to be. That is one walking with Dignity and Honor. If you want to live and really recover, the special home away from home is where you belong. Welcome….
Upon leaving the hospital, I had both a feeling of contentment and fear. I made arrangements to move into the recovery house named “Guiding Light”. The peace came to me immediately after talking to the owner, Esther on the phone. She informed me of being a “faith based” house, working together, and insured me of the support that would come from women in home, and outside resources. The Fear came from the feeling of abandoning my life in my home town, moving to Levittown, and being unfamiliar to people and the area.
When driving down the Northeast extension, I prayed. I got onto Rt. 276 headed to Levittown. The first underpass I traveled under was a Street named after my son. WOW, did I now believe that the heavens had opened up and sent me a sign….I was meant to make this move.
I wish I could say it has been all “rosy”. That would be a complete lie. However, each day brings learning experiences, joy, frustration, happiness, tears etc. As long as I remember to bring God along with me each morning, I am blessed with the freedom to grow and be fed by His love. I am practicing the principles of AA, and remaining sober. I am grateful to have selected this home…..or shall I say I am grateful it selected me?
My name is Rachel and I am currently a resident of the Guiding Light recovery house. Since I have been here at the house I feel better than I have ever felt before. Just a few months ago, I almost drank myself to death. I found myself in Doylestown Hospital….at that time I requested to go to rehab. The doctors agreed. After six long days in the hospital I found myself at Eagleville hospital, where I spent the next thirty days.
The hospital arranged for me to go to a recovery house. I called and they welcomed me with open arms. Every day I thank God for this opportunity to get my life back. Today I feel great , loving life and appreciate things a lot more. The friends I have made through this program are priceless.