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Prison Stories: Shamine Marie’s Test turns into a Testimony


Hello! My name is Shamine; pronounced (Shuh-mean) and I am grateful and humbled to be able to share my testimony with you. I pray that by the time you finish reading it you will be praising God for what He has done in my life. I won’t be speaking of every gory detail of my testimony because I do realize that this is being shared on a blog; therefore I will share ‘just enough’ for God to be glorified
because at the end of the day, that’s all that matters anyway!
I started experimenting with drugs at the young age of 12 and by the time I was 18 years old I was on a plane on my way to a rehabilitation facility in Chesapeake, Va. After my stay of 30 days in rehab. I was on my way back to New Jersey unchanged and still bound by the chains of addiction. Although I was able to stay clean for 6 months, I eventually went back to what I knew “oh so well”. I used on and off for the next eleven years and when it was all said and done, I had arrived at a place called, “Rock Bottom”. By this time, I was strung out on cocaine, heroin, pills, alcohol and cigarettes. I would say that my drug of choice was “Everything”! I was running the streets, running wild and going nowhere…real fast! I did what I had to do (short of killing someone) to feed my habit and that included robbery, theft and a host of other things. At this point, I knew I needed help but I couldn’t stop using the drugs on my own and in my own strength. I didn’t realize it but God had a wonderful plan for my life. I had cried out to Him on several occasions to help me and to deliver me from active drug addiction and He truly heard my cry. My answer came in October 1999 in the form of a police car, handcuffs, and a year later, a five year prison sentence for robbery and receiving stolen property. While lying face down in the middle of a New Jersey highway (along with two other people) with guns pointed at me by the police (after stealing from Bloomingdales), in was in THAT moment that my Help had arrived. It was in THAT moment that I felt such a relief. I realized that the “gig was up” and that I no longer had to live the life I was living. This was the beginning of my end!
Within the first week of my incarceration a wonderful thing happened. During a church service in the county jail before going to state prison, I got saved and received Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior. He delivered me from drugs and I was now a part of HIS team! Satan’s plan was to kill me while I was out on the streets but he couldn’t trump God’s plan for my life. God was with me every step of the way during my time of incarceration and it still amazes me that He came to see about me when I was at my lowest, He cared and loved me enough to save me and for that I am forever grateful.
I was released from prison in August of 2003 and I haven’t looked back. Life hasn’t been easy but it’s been better! I enrolled in college and I will be graduating (with honors) from Rutgers University in the Spring of 2015; I have my own apartment and this is something that I never had before I went to prison. I’m currently writing my first book and therefore I am a soon-to-be published author. I am a mother, daughter, wife-in-waiting and most importantly I am a child of the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords! If God can change someone like me for the better, He can change anyone. Just know and understand that there is HOPE and that HOPE is found in Jesus Christ. I pray that my testimony has helped, encouraged and inspired you. If you think that God does not have a plan for you, I’ll leave you with this: “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of good and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (NKJV)


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