LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - An East Texas mom is using her battle with drug addiction and the loss of her children to offer hope to other parents going through a similar issue.
Jena Edgar is now able to spend her days with her three daughters but it was not always that simple.
"I started using back in 2008," Edgar said. "I was hooked on meth and Xanax."
The drugs brought temporary pleasure to Edgar and would hurt her relationship with her family.
"At the time I was extremely mad at her because it was her fault in my eyes," Edgar said. "I would do what was needed for CPS. I would stay clean and get clean for however long I needed to and then go right back to using."
In 2008, Edgar would hit her low point and get into legal trouble in Orange County. Edgar loss her two children and would get put on probation. At that point she needed a fresh start.
"I lost my house and my cars," Edgar said. "My kids ended up in foster care. The using started getting worse because I felt like I lost my kids and I didn't think I would get them back."
Edgar would move to Lufkin to be closer to her children in foster care and try to get clean. She found a job as a waitress at El Chico's in Lufkin and she ran into a family that would offer hope.
"We always try to ask people if we can pray for them," Jan Knox said. "We went to the restaurant that day and we got Jena and I asked if we could pray for her. She said I have some personnel problems going on and I would love for you to pray for me and my girls. The next time we came and she walked over and said, 'I feel I can trust you and she started to tell us everything."
Edgar found the relationship to be a meaningful one that would play a big role in her sober living.
"When i was using I did not have faith," Edgar said. "I did not think God loved me. This just shows that God was working in me to get me right."
Edgar was able to gain her children back from CPS and form a new relationship.
"It was hard at first," Edgar said. "We had to get used to some changes but it is worth it to have them back."
Knox has remained friends with Edgar and was even invited to her baby shower for her third girl. Even though Edgar has moved to Beaumont, Knox still finds time to pray for her.
"I hope people will see that if you trust others to pray for you, encourage you and you continue on the path to get things back like they should be to restore that family that it can happen," Knox said.
Edgar is a stay at home mom but is looking to do whatever she can to spread the message of hope. On April 7, Edgar will be the guest speaker at the Child Abuse Prevention ceremony in Lufkin. The event will be at the courthouse starting at 10 A.M.
"I've been clean for three years now and it is not hard for me," Edgar said. I would just want them to know that they can change. I've been talking to my mom about maybe helping people to see what i can do to speak to someone that is going through what I am going through. I feel like it is an honor for people to know how far gone I was and to see where I am today is really a big change."