Our “Gethsemanes” are those places where our will wrestles to find its way to God’s will. As God patiently wrestled with Jacob and his will, He also wrestled with Jesus the Son of Man, His will and His request in the Garden of Gethsemane. As Adam represented mankind by wrestling his way out of the … Continue reading Having A Gethsemane Experience toward Spiritual Transformation
We come to accept the good, the bad, the ugly, and the indifference of our own sense of being. There is a stark contrast between love and hate. Either we love ourselves, love others, and have a love for life; or, we hate ourselves, hate others, and hate our lives. Love and hate are polar opposites. Where there is genuine love hate has no room to grow. Where there is hate there is no real genuine love. This is true with genuine and mindful forgiveness.
The ability to mindfully and critically read information is to objectively learn new ideas and concepts. To accurately take notes is to translate what you have gained insight on and share that with others. What you do not want to do is to develop content that is merely copy-and-paste of other peoples writings. This is only done when you are quoting from another person.
When we are sick, unhealthy, and feeling less than adequate - we suffer depression, anxiety, and even spiritual deprivation (meaning, lack of meaning and purpose - feeling unfulfilled). Any casual research will show that there is a definitive link between unhealthy eating habits, sleep, and depression and anxiety.
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.
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.
I was uncomfortable with the idea of fearing God. I defended Him as One whose love is so great He needs not be feared. This was based on my own understanding of 1 John 4:18: “Perfect love drives out fear.” Today, I have come to understand that when the scriptures calls our attention to fear … Continue reading Where Wisdom in Recovery Begins – Damascus Way Recovery
The best way one is able to begin expressing gratitude is by keeping a journal. Doing so allows an individual an opportune moment to not only write private expression of thankfulness that helps us recognize the blessings bestowed upon us. It is a treasure of reflection and meditation for us to turn to in times where we may forget what brings us comfort and joy. It highlights those good things we share in our lives with others.
Last year, the theme was Focused. Making 2019 a year of focus entailed understanding how to grow spiritually through mindfulness. This year will be centered on the theme of Impact. The goal is to further our spiritual growth as Christians in order to make an influential and spiritual impact in our lives and the lives … Continue reading A New Year for Spiritual Influence and Impact
The aim of living in recovery is to deepen our transformation and help us become more like Jesus Christ. For this reason, when we engage in recovery, we’re not just looking for new information; we want to become a “new creature” (2 Corinthians 5:17). This means relying on Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ to help us change our hearts, our views, our actions, and our very natures.
The antidote to our spiritual captivity is rooting ourselves in Jesus Christ. This is where our mindful and prayerful study through the Book of Mormon will take us this year. Want to have a true and real authentic spiritual influence and impact in your life? Spend some time reading through the Book of Mormon.
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?
Today, many individuals face problems where there is no easy solutions. Yet, we must face those challenges. A person needs clear vision and pure intentions to lead themselves into a place where they have a significant spiritual impact and influence on those around them. Daniel writes: And they that be wise shall shine as the … Continue reading Spiritual Impact and Influence
For thou art my hope, O Lord God: thou art my trust from my youth~ Psalm 71:5, KJV ~ ~ January 7, 2020 Devotional ~ Discouragement is a natural part of our existence. Even the most devout Christians are discouraged. We read about how many of God's people face discouragement in the scriptures. However, we also … Continue reading Confidence in our Christian Faith
The Lord will give strength unto his people; the Lord will bless his people with peace. ~ Psalm 29:11, KJV ~ Through Christ - We have a Spirit of Peace ~ January 8, 2020 Devotional ~ There is a shallow and empty sense of contentment and peace in the world today. The happiness that the world promises is incomplete. It is fleeting … Continue reading Genuine Christian Peace
When thou art in tribulation, and all these things are come upon thee, even in the latter days, if thou turn to the Lord thy God, and shalt be obedient unto his voice; (For the Lord thy God is a merciful God;) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them.~ Deuteronomy 4:30-31, KJV ~ ~ January 9, 2020 Devotional … Continue reading Facing Difficult Days
He is in the way of life that keepeth instruction: but he that refuseth reproof erreth.~ Proverbs 10:17, KJV ~ Wise mentors teach others the importance of discipline through actions. Disciplined mentors understand that God doesn't reward laziness or misbehavior. What God expects is His people to lead lives that are above reproach. And, He punishes those who walk in … Continue reading Teaching Christian Discipline
Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.~ 1 Thessalonians 5:11, KJV ~ When we encourage one another - we build each other's character and integrity ~ January 11, 2020 Devotional ~ We are called of God to spread the good news of Jesus Christ. We are called to reach out and say unto … Continue reading Encourage One Another
There are those oft days of light and happiness that dispel the sadness. Yet, they are fleeting. As fleeting as the summer days we've so far experienced here for June. Inevitably, the rain comes, the darkness swells, and the days grow gloomy and despondent. We either allow ourselves to sink deeper and withdraw further into our suffocating sadness; or, we do the courageous and difficult task of pulling ourselves out of despair by focusing on the hope and light of God's love, mercy, and grace.
Photo by Callum Hilton on Pexels.com ...for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.~ Luke 15:32, KJV ~ There once was a man with two sons. The younger made a request to his father to attain his inheritance. Once he received his allotment he took up his … Continue reading What is Your Prodigal Story?
In order to be healed. We have to take the steps. There are some Christians who may disagree with me on this. However, in recovery, we have to do the work necessary to bring our sins, our shames, our guilt, our distressing emotions to the alter and offer them up to God in order to receive forgiveness and healing. We are called to repent of those things we have done wrong. Without true and sincere repentance, we may not fully experience the joy and forgiveness that Christ offers us.
What then is the recipe to get on the other side of our wrestling match with God? First, we ought to remember to always seek after truth in our own lives. Not only seek after it, live it out as authentic as possible. Remember that just as God validates our own sorrows, our own struggles and our own doubts and fears, we too must validate other's who are going through their own season of wrestling with God. Secondly, we ought to be ready to be of service to those who are wanting to find their own personal revelation. Though, we are not able to give to them their own revelation about God, or receive answers for them. We are, instead, able to encourage, empower and support their ongoing means to find their own blessing, testimony and faith in God. Much like Jacob had to wrestle with God and receive the blessing afterward, we too must do this alone - not without the support of others around us though.
Goliath appears to be more powerful in the lives of those who suffer from the motivation and enslavement of their addiction. It appears there is no one courageous enough to come out and face the enemy. Yet, for the alcoholic and addict - it is the courage and faith to stand alone facing their addiction that brings about the defeat of their enemy once for all. Meaning, it is not merely enough to slay their addiction - it is to overpower their addiction and subdue it to the point of decapitation so that it no longer has breath in the addicts life.
There is an awakening that occurs in the heart and minds of every person who is suffering and perishing. Those who awaken to their awful condition and state of being see the destruction for what it really is. We see ourselves as unclean. Filthy. And, a great burden is on our back that weighs us down. As much as we do not want to face this truth - we must face it or continue to suffer and perish. This is where we find Christian. Faced with the reality of a coming destruction. The reality of the burden he bears.
It is through Christ's infinite and profound atonement that we are able to come to a place where we place our hope and trust in God. This hope and trust provides for us an assurance for whatever challenges may lay ahead in our spiritual journey. We may face desperate circumstances. Personal adversity. And seemingly impossible social upheavals to contend with. Yet, He is faithful toward us because he has called us into a fellowship with his Son - Jesus Christ (See, 1 Corinthians 1:9, paraphrased). And, his promise stands to protect us and strengthen us (See, 2 Thessalonians 3:3).
Christ has overcome the world and brings us peace of mind, wisdom, strength, love, and grace.
Recovery is a dark journey for most of us. Through our faith in Jesus Christ, we come to full knowledge of His light, love, and truth. Do we forsake others struggling in their own darkness and journey? God forbid. This is the heart and foundation of recovery support groups.
Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.~ Matthew 6:34, KJV ~ Photo by Wallace Chuck on Pexels.com ~ June 6, 2020 Devotional ~ Has present circumstances and situations cause you to be anxious? Struggling with how … Continue reading Courage in Times of Change
Authentic recovery separates those who are being in recovery and those who are doing recovery. Much like the Christian faith - this means an individual cannot escape their Garden of Gethsemane. We are tasked to experience the painful awareness of our behaviors that were the results of our dependence on substances, sex, food, gambling, et al. It is the painful process of moving toward the new life. Putting to death the old man in order to rise up with a newness of life. Unfortunately, many rather be in recovery instead of actually doing recovery.
That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.~ 2 Thessalonians 1:12, KJV ~ ~ January 16, 2020, Devotional ~ Friends influence us in ways that are subtle and powerful. We must ensure that the … Continue reading Honoring God Through Friendships