I grew up in a very abusive home and I tried to cover up my pain with drugs, alcohol, painkillers, sex, people, excitement, and work. Anything that would make me feel good or take away the emotional pain. I was filled with a rebellious attitude, self-hatred, and blamed everybody else. I chose a destructive path in life that left me with a sense of zero self-worth and a compulsion toward destructive behavior. I was morally and spiritually bankrupt in every area of my life.
Not to mention that I, too, am a Veteran of the Vietnam Police Action. When I came home, I experienced the hatred of the folks here at home for what we did in Vietnam, even though I was answering the call of my country. After I got home, I was called a "baby killer." I wish I had died overseas, so that I could be rid of the pain and self-loathing I had for myself. I did not want to come home and deal with me.
I actually thought that I was too bad for heaven and not good enough for hell; I was mad at God.
So, how did I come to where I am now? Not to sound like a cliche, but Christ got a hold of me. I discovered that there was a God-man who died on the cross for me. I discovered that I was loved by someone who truly loved me - I thought no one could ever love me. I discovered that I could not clean up my life by myself. I needed something different, I needed a Savior. Truly, Jesus Christ is that Savior and when I recognized the work that He did on the cross by dying for my sins, I got on my knees, repented of my sins, and asked God to forgive me. He did forgive me; and now, Jesus is the Lord and Savior of my life. I owe everything I am today to Him. Does that mean that everything in my life is easy? NO! But because of Christ in my life, I have a peace and a joy that I have never known before. And that's no lie. If you are struggling, I would like to help you to discover the peace and freedom that I know you are looking for.
You might say, I have a heart for the lost, the ones whom the world has thrown away.
My name is Lanny Parker and I have been in the counseling field for more than twenty-five years now.
I have worked with men and women who have struggled with drug and alcohol addiction, been incarcerated, worked with families and children, survivors of horrific abuse, and those who have served this country.
My motto is: I alone can do it, but I can't do it alone.
I am a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ. Without Him, I, too, would still be in my mess - or dead.
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