If you are in a storm in your life, you will find that God is with you to help you walk through the storm and as you draw near to him, a growth process occurs and you will develop patience, love, and peace in the midst of your despair. My story is written to allow others to share my experience such as pain and get encouragement to not give up, but press on. Remember that no matter what happens in life, God is with you and loves you. He is only a prayer away. LaNell Adams was born in Lubbock, Texas on May 20, 1956 to Eddie and Vernell Tates. She is the oldest of five children. She attended schools in East Lubbock and graduated from Paul Lawrence Dunbar in May 1974. LaNell went on to pursue her studies at Texas Tech University and graduated with Bachelor of Science Degree in Restaurant Hotel Institutional Management in 1993. LaNell accepted Jesus Christ at the age of 24.