Faith teaches us to act in a manner to which we believe God will help us, strengthen us, and give unto us what we need to withstand the storms in our lives. Scripture is firm on the nature of our faith as it relates to God. Christ constantly chastised the disciples - O ye of little faith. Christ commented on the simplest acts of faith - I have not seen such great faith. Faith even may bring healing into our own lives - Thy faith has made thee whole. Each time Christ ministered to those individuals it is because they had sought him out.
~ JANUARY 3, 2020 ~ Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31, KJV Yes, God does have a plan for our lives. However, He expects us to do our fair share of the work in order to be presentable living sacrifices. While many, outside … Continue reading Mindful Christian Service
Living an authentic life is where a Christian lives true to his or her core values and beliefs. For the Christian, to live contrary to their core values and beliefs, is to live an inauthentic Christian lifestyle. Yes, it is a struggle when we take a look at the way social culture is going. However, we do not have to appear fake and pretend in order to be considered well-mannered.
We see great benefits when we read and meditate on the word of God. The Bible teaches us, corrects us when we are in error, trains us for righteousness in order for us to be complete, and equipped to engage in ministry through Christ.
It is not enough to merely confess Christ as our Lord and Savior that makes a spiritual and significant impact. We must walk in obedience to God's will. Study the scriptures. Live in the center of His divine sovereign will. By doing so, we increase in our faith. We grow in His Grace and truth. We become healthy and strong in the Lord.
It is our responsibility to heed those instructions and live by them. There is powerful virtue and value in living out the instructions and guidance of a Sovereign God
Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord. ~ Psalm 27:14, KJV ~ As we deepen our commitment to a strong and mature Christian spiritual experience and life, we see a conflict between our old self and new way of living. When we drop our … Continue reading Being of Good Courage
We all have certain fears. However, when it comes to living authentically, living mindfully, and living out a genuine spiritual life - there is an inherent fear of stepping out in faith and living completely and totally surrendered to God. In fact, one of my biggest resentments I've held against God is asking Him to draw me … Continue reading What is your greatest fear?
Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. ~ Matthew 6:34 (cf Matthew 6:25-34), ESV Living in this very moment is all we have to concern ourselves with. There is the constant desire, and impulsive need, to live for the future. … Continue reading Live in the Present Moment
By looking at the results you are creating, it is quite simple to find out what you are committed too. And, majority of the time, we do not realize how committed we are to a particular task. Especially those tasks that are troubling for us. We spend an enormous amount of time and energy on things we … Continue reading Do you know what you are committed too?
Prove me, O Lord, and try me test my heart and my mind. ~Psalm 26:2, ESV ~ Our Heavenly Father knows our hearts and He stands ready to help us recognize our weakness and faults. He is there to help us overcome the shame of our past deeds and mistakes. He knows our nature and humanity. Through Him, … Continue reading He Knows Our Heart
A spiritual and mindful recovery program is a journey toward health and wellness. It is a learning and healing process. Focusing on our journey as a learning opportunity, we are shifting our paradigm where we are empowered to add a richer depth to healing. Part of this learning experience is being open to opportunities that … Continue reading Am I open to Learning Today?
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
Our journey began exploring what it means to focus ourselves toward a more mindful and spiritual Christian experience and journey. This is accomplished through daily devotions, engaged in reading through the scriptures each day, and discovering ways to begin implementing guiding principles toward a more meaningful spiritual Christian life. This required us to commit to saying … Continue reading On the Path of Mindful Spiritual Living
Today's reading: Genesis 39 - 40:23; Ps. 10:1-11; Prov. 4:1-6; Matthew 13:31-58 And the Lord is with us Want to know the secret to success in this life? It's a prized desire for all of us to achieve success. Healthy relationships, profitable endeavor through employment, healthy families, and being a productive member of society. The … Continue reading Through Faithful Stewardship we Are Blessed
And the Pharisees and their scribes grumbled at his disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” ~ Luke 5:30, ESV ~ When other people do not measure up to our perceived expectations, we begin to grumble and murmur. Our nature is to be overcritical and causation for our irritability. A common … Continue reading When Other People are not Measuring up
Today's Scripture Reading: Genesis 1-2; Psalms 1; Proverbs 1; and Matthew 1 The invitation is extended to each one of us to Come follow after Christ. This requires our surrender to the will of God. The beginning of one's recovery is established through a radical surrender unto God. It is defined by the first three steps of … Continue reading Surrender into the intimacy of God
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
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
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. ~ James 1:5, ESV ~ We grow and assimilate into a recovery lifestyle where everyday life is an exercise in managing change. This change involves relationships being repaired and restored. Our bodies are changing … Continue reading Correcting our course
If anyone serves , he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him. ~ John 12:26, ESV ~ We are set free from the bondage and enslavement substance use has brought upon us because we follow in the footsteps of our … Continue reading In the Footsteps of the Master
So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the name of the Lord from a pure heart ~ 2 Timothy 2:22, ESV ~ Making one's journey through recovery requires a right way of living. A true pilgrimage through the process is one where an individual strives … Continue reading A Right Way of Living
As a moderately seasoned counselor, one of the frustrating aspects of working with individuals suffering from substance use is the lack of motivation and engagement in their treatment and recovery. I become frustrated because they appear to be unmotivated, and underachieving. In my attempt to work with these individuals I am experiencing some consternation. This … Continue reading The Mystery of the Unmotivated patient
Who doesn’t desire happiness? A peculiar question to ask. Yet, most people may not appear to fully achieve happiness. We may have a desire for happiness, talk about ways we are wanting to achieve a sense happiness; and yet, never seemed to possess happiness. That may be quite shameful. Why is this? Many of us … Continue reading Happiness: One day at a time
Blessed are ye when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely for my sake ~ Matthew 5:11 ~ One of the challenges facing each of us are those who continue to be torn with hate. They despise the turning and transformation of our lives toward … Continue reading When we return good for reproach
All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way ... ~ Isaiah 53:6 ~ All of our troubles, dysfunctions, illusions, and what brings us back to using is selfishness. It is a vicious preoccupation with our own comforts and with our own means to satisfy our own appetites. … Continue reading Be aware of the evils of selfishness
Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth ~ Matthew 5:5 ~ Many people share their stories of brokenness. How their substance use caused significant loss in their relationships with family, co-workers, loss of employment, loss of health, and even loss of one's freedom. They refer to this moment of awakening to spiritual … Continue reading Having become meek and humble