What you may not know

James Pack maintains his own website and wrote up quite a profound and honest piece. A very honest and straightforward perception on one's experience with feeling abandoned. And, the most gut-wretched profound insight was this: ...where is everyone else? What happened to all the people who said they cared about me? I claim part of … Continue reading What you may not know

Confidence in our Christian Faith

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

Facing dark days

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.

Suffering in silence

Depression forces the individual into a feeling of sadness that persists for long periods and significantly interferes with one’s ability to perform everyday tasks, at home, school or work. ~ Krishnee Appadoo It is a very dark place to be. At least when it comes in like a flood. Suffocating any sense of reason. Once … Continue reading Suffering in silence

Christ brings peace and purpose

This is a lasting and eternal peace that gives us confidence, wisdom, and empowerment to endure. It is different than the false sense of security and peace that the world may offer us. Instead of chasing after our illusion of happiness - let us chase after the reality and truth that is found in Jesus Christ.

On Being an Encouraging Person

We show kindness toward others. After all, isn't this what Jesus taught us to do? Show kindness and mercy to others? Is not what his teachings centered on - showing mercy, grace, kindness, and love toward others? How many more souls are we to save and add to the way when we show the same level of compassion, kindness, grace, and mercy toward others who are downtrodden, hopeless, and crumbling faith?

Courage in Times of Change

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

Going forward without full knowledge requires faith

By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. ~ Hebrews 11:8, ESV ~ Obedience to God's will and purpose requires that we "go out" into a place where there seems to be no … Continue reading Going forward without full knowledge requires faith

Finding peace that is like unto a river

Oh that you had paid attention to my commandments!    Then your peace would have been like a river,    and your righteousness like the waves of the sea; ~ Isaiah 48:18 - ESV ~ We all look back and remark on the many regrets of missed opportunities, mistakes, and chosen paths we have taken. Our thoughts revolve around … Continue reading Finding peace that is like unto a river

Nothing has the power to separate us from God’s divine love

For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. ~ Romans 8:35-39, ESV ~ What fears do … Continue reading Nothing has the power to separate us from God’s divine love

The shield of our faith rests in God

Today's Reading: Genesis 15 - 16:16; Ps. 5:1-7; Prov. 2:6-9; Matthew 6:19-34 "Do not fear, for I am a shield unto you" One of the greatest, and simple, truths is this: Our very own lives do not belong to us. Our life belongs to the Sovereign God who created all things. It is too Him … Continue reading The shield of our faith rests in God

Do not be of an anxious mind

I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, … Continue reading Do not be of an anxious mind

Recovery isn’t for you

Having been a moderately seasoned counselor for the last six years, I've come to realize that recovery isn't for you. Before you start drawing some conclusions, keep reading. Sitting in counsel with many patients, conducting and facilitating various therapy groups, and utilizing all the best practices and evidenced-based material, I've come to realize the strength, … Continue reading Recovery isn’t for you

Clothed in obedience for promised blessings

Today's reading: Gen. 11 - 12:20; Ps. 4:1-3; Prov. 1:28-33; and Matt. 5:27-48 Abraham's faith came through his obedience to God The major characteristic of a truly mindful Christian is their obedience to the sovereign will of God. We grow, through our obedience, by establishing our faith in God and His promised blessings. Our confidence … Continue reading Clothed in obedience for promised blessings

Costly Recovery

There is a stark difference between costly and cheap recovery. Cheap recovery is the single most deadly enemy. An enemy of one’s effort toward a healthy and well-meaningful and purposeful life. We are fighting for costly recovery. What is cheap recovery? It is a cut rate recovery journey where there is minimal cost with supposed … Continue reading Costly Recovery

Fellowship and sharing words of hope

And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another... ~ Hebrews 10:24-25 ~ We begin to learn the fellowship aspect of recovery. Coming together with other individuals, sharing our stories becomes a contagion of hope. Hope … Continue reading Fellowship and sharing words of hope

This is His day and I will rejoice

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. ~ Psalms 118:24, ESV ~ Everyday we engage in recovery, let it be a day of celebration. This is what the 118th Psalm reminds us of. As we surrender our life and will over to a Sovereign God, we are given … Continue reading This is His day and I will rejoice

Actions reflect our personal beliefs and values

But whoever has doubts is condemned ... For whatever does not proceed from faith is sin.  ~ Romans 14:23 ESV ~ Recovery helps us rediscovery our own personal values. These values become our reflection of what we believe. They help us live a true, authentic, and practical life. This is not only demonstrated by our … Continue reading Actions reflect our personal beliefs and values

Hope for our journey

So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper;  I will not fear; what can man do to me?” ~ Hebrews 13:6, ESV ~ Since we are finding our way through recovery, we become aware of our hope. A genuine and sincere hope for the future. No matter how dire our circumstances appear. There is a divine … Continue reading Hope for our journey

God’s Assurance

I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” ~ John 16:33, ESV ~ One is either developing confidence in their recovery, or, are continually plagued with uncertainty and doubt. If we truly surrender our life and will over to … Continue reading God’s Assurance

Our Refuge and Our Fortress

I will say to the Lord, "My refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust." ~Psalm 91:2 - ESV ~ ~ Read: Genesis 7-8; Psalm 3:1-4; Proverbs 1:20-22; and Matthew 4:1-25 ~ On April 22, 1864, Congress approved the national motto "In God We Trust" to be printed on the 2-cent coins. Thereafter, … Continue reading Our Refuge and Our Fortress

Nature and Power of Belief and Hope

Imagine you are walking along a very narrow path. The forest is thick and dark. As you struggle your way along the path, you notice a possible clearing up ahead. In haste, you rush along the path. The clearing becomes more and more welcoming. At last, you take your last step out of the darkness … Continue reading Nature and Power of Belief and Hope

Assurance in Troubled Times

He is not afraid of bad news. His heart is firm, trusting in the Lord. His heart is steady, he will not be afraid, until he looks in triumph on his adversaries ~ Psalms 112: 7-8, ESV ~ Recovery teaches us to live courageously in a troubled world. We are living in a fear-based world. … Continue reading Assurance in Troubled Times

The Power of Prayer

And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Therefore, confess your sins ... that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.  ~ James 5:15-16, … Continue reading The Power of Prayer

Becoming Wise

Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom.  ~James 3:13, ESV~ As we engage in our journey through recovery, wisdom is the guiding light that helps us live a life free from substance use. Where does this wisdom come from? It comes … Continue reading Becoming Wise

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

Pursuing hard after God

Authentic Christianity begins with one main experience: pursuing hard after God. What does it mean to pursue hard after God? My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me ~ Psalm 63:8, ESV ~ A. W. Tozer writes: We pursue God because, and only because, He first put an urge within us that spurs us to … Continue reading Pursuing hard after God

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