How is it that my words do not give Him the glory due His name? how is it that I do not verbally credit Him with every blessing? Perhaps I don't want to sound overly pious. Perhaps I've noticed how obnoxious our society perceives people who constantly speak of God. I've allowed present cultural influence intimidate me into never mentioning His name. In many of my circumstances my Heavenly Father remains unglorified.
Getting My Grief Unstuck
The solution in getting unstuck from our grief is attending meetings, seeing a counselor, and giving ourselves permission to let go. The willingness to allow ourselves to be vulnerable lessens our need to resist and lower those defenses. It is difficult in the beginning. And when we willingly allow ourselves to be vulnerable, keep ourselves in a community and fellowship of others, we begin to grow in trust with God, ourselves, and others around us.
When I do not feel much support
Often times I feel like I am not receiving what I desire from others because I am not willing to allow myself to be open enough to receiving. It's as if I have a little shop set up for people to come in and yet maintain locked doors.
Worship is Our Act of Service
I appeal to you therefore, brothers,by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.~ Romans 12:1, ESV ~ Worship is not part of the Christian life, it is the Christian life~ Gerald Vann ~ I have come to learn that a… Continue reading Worship is Our Act of Service
Value of Spiritual Growth
The Gospel of Jesus Christ demands that I focus my attention toward healing and restoring my soul. Not toward analyzing another. For, when I look to another and ask how they are able to justify their behavior - I am walking in a spirit of condemnation. Another individual's life and behavior does not help me focus on my own struggles and difficulties.
Does a 12-step based recovery program work?
There appears to be some aversion to attending, participating in, and following the 12-steps of sober support meetings. The underlying question: does a 12-step program help people achieve sobriety? In Chapter 2, of the second edition of the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, we read the following introductory statement: WE, of Alcoholics Anonymous, know thousands… Continue reading Does a 12-step based recovery program work?
Many sides made whole in Christ
For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit. ~ 1 Corinthians 12:12-13, ESV ~ The greatest… Continue reading Many sides made whole in Christ
Deep Inner Work is the Heart of Christian based Recovery
Where it all begins One of the most beautiful passages of scripture is that of John 3:18-21. Jesus is conversing with Nicodemus. In this conversation, we are intimately taught that Christ is the light that has come into the world. Yet, many of us rather remain in the darkness, avoiding the light. Because we remain… Continue reading Deep Inner Work is the Heart of Christian based Recovery
Mighty Power Unto Deliverance
Today's reading: 1 Nephi Chapter 1 ...I, Nephi, will show unto you that the tender mercies of the Lord are over all those whom he hath chosen, because of their faith, to make them mighty even unto the power of deliverance. ~ 1 Nephi 1:20 ~ A mindful and spiritually focused recovery program empowers an… Continue reading Mighty Power Unto Deliverance
Becoming whole and well through Christ
Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it. ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24, ESV ~ The process of becoming a whole person, becoming a true person, and finding spiritual enlightenment… Continue reading Becoming whole and well through Christ
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
3 key elements of spiritual growth for authentic Christian living
There are 3 Key elements of simple spiritual growth within the Christian life. Whether you are a new believer in Christ, estranged yourself from the Christian life, or are experiencing a drought in your spiritual journey - these simple principles will ignite a fresh spiritual growth. The central point is to come to know the… Continue reading 3 key elements of spiritual growth for authentic Christian living
Hungering and Thirsting after Sobriety
Addiction is an appetite of desire. It's powerful grip holds the individual captive. Our most inner drive moves us to hunger and thirst after alcohol and/or drugs. The greater our hunger and thirst, the deeper we sink into the abyss. In order to recover from this hold our addiction has on us, we must begin… Continue reading Hungering and Thirsting after Sobriety
At Peace with your purpose
In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your body and refreshment to your bones.. ~ Proverbs 3:6-8, NASB ~ Are you at peace with the direction of your recovery… Continue reading At Peace with your purpose
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