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God is in Control

By July 25, 2011August 1st, 201918 Comments

God’s dominion over my life is hard to put into words.  As I try, there are words going thru my head like; masterly, orchestrate, dominion, life, direction, surrender, hope, love, sovereign, trustworthy, ruler, grace, and abundant.

The long road I went down as an addict led me to complete destruction and despair.  I came to the end of that road at the hands of an abusive boyfriend.  There wasn’t a day that went by, when all was said and done, that I didn’t hear the Holy Spirit gently urging me to turn from my sins.  See, I knew God from an early age.  I was His and He wasn’t letting go of His control over my life.  Even though He allowed me to make so many bad choices, He masterly orchestrated the events in my life to draw me close to Him.  At the time I didn’t realize it.  All I knew was I couldn’t stay where I was or I would die.  Looking back I can see the dominion of God over my life.  He didn’t force me, but He knew my heart and what it would take for me to turn in a different direction.  Months prior to the final event, I called Miracle Hill’s Renewal Center and requested an application and was told there was a 3 month waiting list.  So I filled out the application and waited.

On the very day of my hopeless desperation with my will being broken, the wait had come to an end.  A bed at Renewal opened up for me.  My heart had been assaulted far too long and I was ready to surrender.  I was like Cinderella at the ball, being romanced by God.  He had invited me to the Grand Event of LIFE and I finally rose to the occasion.  Hope was found that day at Miracle Hill’s Renewal Center and the healing began.  Going from such a dark and gloomy lifestyle, to being immersed in Christ’s love by the staff at Renewal, was and still is, a treasure in my heart.

Although I may still fall and the world battles for my heart, the war has already been won.  My Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ will be right there to catch me, pick me up and place my feet on solid ground.  I will gladly surrender to His rule because He is sovereign and trustworthy.  His grace and mercy is abundant and I am so thankful to Him for His patience in directing me to Renewal.

1 Timothy 1:15-16  by the Apostle Paul, best describes me.  “Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst.  But for that very reason I was shown mercy, so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life.”


  • sandra howard says:

    Kyla, you are so awesome! you are the most inspiring best friend anyone could ever ask for. you have helped me thru thick and thin and i love you for this. this brought tears to my eyes. i am so very proud of you. God is using you to help others and to inspire others. this i beleive was his purpose for you. you go girlie. i love you so very much! SAM

    • Kyla says:

      Sam, your encouragement means a lot to me. You and I have been through so much together, you have seen me at my worst. I am praising the Lord for how He has changed both of our hearts and our desires. I am proud of you too. When we go through tough times, we must look to God for strength. His grace is sufficient for anything we go through. Never forget, He loves you so much and will be right there with you every step of the way! I think you are one strong woman and totally amazing!!

  • Judy Albert says:

    I am so proud of you, and I know your Mom is also..You have came a long way and I am sure you have touched and blessed many others with your are so brave to share this
    with others. There are so many hurting people looking for the peace that only God can give the sad thing is that do not realize that is what they are searching for and what their heart and soul are missing.
    Love You
    Judy Albert

    • Kyla says:

      Thank you Judy! I am honored to be able to tell what God has done in my life. Thank you for your encouragement. I love you too.

  • Lynn Irby says:

    Kyla,I have watched the Lord work in you and I thank and praise Him every time I look at you,I dont see Kyla,I see Jesus shinning in and through you.It is my prayer that the Renewal Ladies see what I see.You are truly a trophy of God’s amazing grace and loving kindness.Your sweet spirit is contagious and God is using you.I love you,Kyla.
    Lynn Irby
    …for nothing will be impossible with God-Luke 1:37

    • Kyla says:

      Lynn, thank you for your encouraging words. You are a testimony of that same grace as well my friend. I am proud of you and how you are serving the Lord at Renewal, church and Shepherd’s Gate. I know you are such an encouragement to all. God Bless you for your obedience and your servants heart. I love you too!

  • Cindy Kelly says:

    Kyla, your blog was wonderful! We were honored to have you serve on the banquet committee for Greenville this year. Maybe next year you can give a testimony to the ladies and share how God has changed your life through the ministry of Miracle Hill.
    Blessings, Cindy Kelly

    • Kyla says:

      Cindy, It was a true honor to serve on the banquet committee, you are a pleasure and a delight to be around. I enjoyed it very much and I learned a lot about fundraising. You do such a wonderful job at that. I would love to give my testimony whenever and wherever God wants me to. Blessing to you too!

  • Ann Greb says:

    I am so proud of you. You have come a long way. And I am sure that God has much more in store for you. He is using you to reach others who are traveling the same road you traveled. But praise God you have been redeemed. God is in the process of taking you where He wanted you to be all along. God made you special and didn’t give up on you when you made mistakes or wrong choices. There is no doubt that you will help others out of the same horrible deep pit you were in. Our father, God, has forgiven your past and you can live today fresh and clean to be a blessing to others because of what He has done for you. Your best days are still ahead.
    Love and peace to you my dear neice.

    • Kyla says:

      Ann, I am so thankful for you and the rest of my family for never giving up on me. Your love, forgiveness and prayers have shown me the grace and mercy that God has to offer and has caused me to thank him and praise Him, even though I am not deserving. God has healed me and my relationships. Your the best aunt in the whole world. I love you!

  • Karen Hubbard says:

    Go Kyla! It’s great to see you giving God your talents and time. Thanks for encouraging me and so many others through this blog.

    • Kyla says:

      Karen, you are so sweet. Thank you for reading the blog and for your encouragement. I hope the blog is a source of hope for those who are lost in the world of addiction and abuse.

  • Roxane Lightcap says:

    You are such an inspiration and have been a blessing to have spent time with at Celebrate Recovery. I’m so happy for you and hope to see you again soon.

    • Kyla says:

      Roxanne, thank you. You are so sweet. Thank you for reading the blog and taking the time to comment. It means a lot to me. I hope to see you soon as well. Take care and many blessing to you and your family.

  • Rose Jordan says:

    My Sweet Daughter,

    Words cannot express how proud I am of you and how the Lord is using you for His Glory. I am thankful to Him for allowing me this time with you as a changed person and to see how He is working in your life. Your life does shine with His radiance and I pray His continued blessings on your life and those you come in contact with.


    • Kyla says:

      Thank you mom! Your example, tough love and prayers are part of the reason I finally wised up. I am so blessed to have you as my mother. I love you and wish to honor you the rest of our days together. Thank you for all you do for me and Jacob. Praising God with you my dearest mother.

      Your redeemed daughter,

  • Mary Ellen Fisher says:

    Kyla, you have come so far! yes each day is a challenge in life but you really have Christ in your life and it shows- I know the lord has great plans for you and you do not know how the positive influence affects other peoples life-my son is in the over comers program and his life has changed thru Jesus- praise God for this program thru Miracle hill

    • Kyla says:

      Thank you Mary Ellen! I’m so happy your son is in the Overcomers Program. That’s wonderful, I know it will be a blessing to him and to your family. With Christ all things are truly possible! He will gain so much he will be overflowing!