My Name is Cody McMurry and I am 41 years old. I was only 12 when I first started using drugs, with my mother. She taught me how to sell drugs at a young age, and I began to live that lifestyle. I did not even know it was bad, because it was how I was taught to live. I only used marijuana, until I was a teen. At 16, I began to drink and use methamphetamines, as well as the usual, “other drugs”. I stayed on that path of destruction over the next 28 years. I was in and out of prison. I crushed every relationship, from my wife and children, to anyone else who loved me. Addiction had created a hard-hearted monster in me! At 39 years of age, I came to the Hope House, a broken soul. I had a born-again experience and truly found the Lord. He began restoration in all of my relationships, teaching me “His” ways, and training me up in discipleship, that I could begin helping other men who have walked in my shoes. I thank God for His Grace and Mercy. I thank Him for teaching me how to forgive myself and others, that I might be forgiven.
I have struggled with alcohol and drugs for 18 years. April 3, 2016 I hit a new low, even for me. I was at "rock bottom". My wife called pastor Ed Chapman and proceeded to tell him that I was on my way. She was going to drop me off at the Hope House and divorce me. For the next few weeks, I dropped to my knees, surrendering my heart to God. I turned to him in prayer and fasting. I repented of my sins. In this, God saved my soul. He breathed life into these dry bones and delivered me from the chains, and bondage, of alcoholism and drug addiction! As for me and my house, two years later, we are still serving the Lord! I have experienced full restoration in my home, with my wife, my children, my relationships, jobs, and finances. I have learned that only God can provide such restoration. All the money In the world cannot buy love, joy, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, self-control and peace that surpasses all understanding! God has definitely pulled me out of that hog pen that the world has to offer, which is death and misery! He has set my feet upon the rock of salvation! He has put a new song of praise in my mouth!
Today I am very much "plugged in" to my church, Living Hope Outreach ,here in Hamilton. I am the multi-media man in the sound booth, one of the assistant pastors, and I lead bible studies at the Hope House. I truly give all the glory and honor to Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior.
My name is Cody Lain. I am from the small town of Strawn Texas. My upbringing was like many others, a broken home, where dad was absent, leaving my mother to raise my older brother and me. Because my mother had to work two jobs to provide for us, that left my brother and me to raise ourselves. Drugs were a normal part of our everyday life, so naturally we began to use at a very early age. I had no idea how much the drugs would take from me. Before I knew it, I was a full blown meth junkie with no hope or direction for my life. That is when I found out about the Hope House, in Hamilton TX.
This program did so much to change my life and for that I am truly grateful. I have been clean for 16 months now and preach on a regular basis. God has been so faithful in restoring not only my life, but also the lives of my family. I look forward to seeing what God has in store for my family and me, in the days ahead. I was a hopeless dope addict, but now I'm a dopeless hope addict. Praise God!
I am currently 36 years old and have been in and out of addiction for most of my life. I have lost everything, including three of my children and my wife. I was nothing but a homeless meth addict, who was scared, tired, and defeated. As thoughts of suicide ran through my head, God revealed his plan for me. He had given me the strength and courage to reach out for help. Thank God my cousin had a Hope House card on hand from brittle he had bought. That was two years ago, (Praise Jesus). God has given me my wife back and he's in the process of giving us our children back. Not only does he guide us, but he is preparing us to be Godly parents. To teach and raise our children in the ways of the Lord. It feels so good to be clean and sober knowing that God has a plan and a purpose for my life.
I came to the Hope House on October 2, 2016. I had been addicted to drugs and alcohol for 25 years. My life was in complete shambles. My wife left me, my son had been taken by CPS and my oldest son had followed in my footsteps and was also bound by addiction. Never, had I experienced the love of God, until I attended the church service at Living Hope Outreach that October morning. That morning I surrendered my life to the Lord and have been serving him faithfully for 11 months. My relationship with my wife, children, and mother have been fully restored. CPS has given us full custody of our son. Living Hope Outreach and the Hope House has changed my life forever, I now have a purpose and drive to stay clean and sober. My passion is to serve the Lord with all I am.
My addiction started when I was a young child, I experienced things as a child, that no child should experience. Over two years ago I came to the Hope House. I was broken, I had lost my family because of my addiction. I never thought I'd be clean, sober, and have my family back. But with God and the Hope House my family was restored. I have a beautiful wife and we have two great kids together. I now run the kitchen and also sell brittle for the Hope House Ministry. With God, all things are possible!