Faith is the driving factor to us going forward into this new year with purpose and meaning. The Apostle Paul taught that faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1). And in Alma 32:21 we read that ...faith is not to have perfect knowledge of things;
Taming of the Tongue
When someone explodes, I am responsible to realize that it is always best to be mindful and remain silent. I want to remind myself that such outbursts only reveal the individuals own unhappiness and dissatisfaction. I move to detach myself from making the situation far more worst by taking seriously what they say.
Why are you angry?
The Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry, and why has your face fallen? ~ Genesis 4:6, ESV ~ Anger, unchecked, is a problem that correlates with problems we have within our relationships. Some of us may have held back our anger and resentment and bitterness has blossomed. Others may have indulged in their anger and… Continue reading Why are you angry?
When Conflicts Arise
What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? ~ James 4:1, ESV ~ Part of our recovery and spiritual growth is learning to navigate conflicts that arise within our relationships. Some of us may have been brought up in an environment where… Continue reading When Conflicts Arise
Are We Easily Offended?
The vexation of a fool is known at once, but the prudent ignores an insult. ~ Proverbs 12:16, ESV ~ A mindful and spiritual recovery moves us away from our sense of self-importance. This is because it is our greatest threat to living out our authentic sense of being. Carlos Castaneda shares this insight: Our self-importance… Continue reading Are We Easily Offended?
Putting Off the Old Self and Put on the New Self
to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness ~ Ephesians 4:22-24, ESV ~ Christianity offers… Continue reading Putting Off the Old Self and Put on the New Self
Looking up and moving on
Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. ~ Ephesians 4:31-32, ESV ~ The greatest obstacle to serenity, happiness, and successful recovery is being stuck in the mire of bitterness,… Continue reading Looking up and moving on
Quick to Hear and Slow to Speak
Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. ~ James 1:19-20, ESV ~ One of the five intense emotions a person in recovery begins to manage is that of anger. It is a natural human emotion. Sometimes… Continue reading Quick to Hear and Slow to Speak
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