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  • Writer's pictureErik Frederickson - Life Coach and Recovery Coach

From Hopeless to Hope Dealer

Updated: Sep 1, 2022

For those caught in the struggle.

I’ve lived in my car, and my copilot was alcohol and drugs.

Even a couple of years into my recovery journey I would still get nervous when cops were behind me because my mind carried a residue of fear after living in active addiction for over a decade.

I stared down the barrel of a gun that I was holding contemplating if life was worth living. This sad reality happened more than once.

I’ve had multiple active warrants out for my arrest all at the same time. I don't miss living in that fear.

I’ve gone a couple of days without food because I used my last dollars for gas in the car.

And I thought that was how life was supposed to be lived.

I know what it’s like to hide in a dark room and pull a blanket over my head afraid of people and the sunlight. My heart still goes out to people trapped in this dark reality.


I also know what it’s like to have all my legal consequences wiped clean in a day. Only the grace of God could do that!

I also know what it’s like to be used by God to stop someone else from suicide while they were holding a noose. From hopeless, to hope dealer...only God can do that.

I also know what it’s like to live over a decade drug and alcohol-free. When God enters the scene so does real freedom.

I also know what it’s like to love people so much that I chase them down on the street to pray for them sometimes. Once you experience His love, you become possessed to give it away.

I also know the unspeakable joy of being a husband and father. A true gift.

I also know what it’s like to know God, not just know about Him, but know Him.

There is a BIG difference. Knowing Him is the joy of my life.

No matter how low you’ve gone, God can RADICALLY transform your life. As a matter of fact, it’s what He’s best at.

Give God an inch, and He will give you a mile.


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