Month: June 2011

What’s Inside?

“People spend a lifetime searching for happiness; looking for peace. They chase idle dreams, addictions, religions, even other people, hoping to fill the emptiness that plagues them. The irony is the only place they ever needed to search was within.”

-Ramona L. Anderson

When I came home from work tonight my wife and youngest son announced ‘the Internet is not working’. I proceeded to check the modem and the pc network. Deciding I was to tired to look any further at it tonight I turned of the pc, intending to look at it tomorrow. Tonight I walked past the desk on which the pc sits to discover the telephone cable was not in the modem. The result, this post and the thought:

When something goes wrong we often look for solutions in the wrong places. There is one solution to recovery from addiction. Like the telephone cable we sometimes can’t see what’s right in front of us because we are tired or distracted.

The Solution PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP with Jesus…

Focus on the power source of recovery

Life is full of good intentions. As we grow in recovery we try new things, with good intention but the reality is they don’t always work out the way we plan. When we focus on our problems we often lose sight of the power source of our recovery. Our desires  get mixed up with our capabilities.  We make promises to others based of our own power, which often result in failure and bad judgement.

Change in our lives relies on us focusing on God (the power source of recovery) and living our lives as He directs not as we wish.

God’s Timing


The nature of God’s timng requires
that we practice Trust..

Now Jesus himself was about thirty years old when he began his ministry.
He was the son, so it was thought, of Joseph, the son of Heli,
Luke 3:23

Discipline

God will never give us more than we can handle. (1 Corinthians 10:13) No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. God is faithful and He will not allow any of us to be tempted without providing a way for us to resist it.

Temptation is a test and each time we overcome it, it shows God, others and ourselves how much we have grown since we ceased using.

Give us today our daily bread

Matthew 6:14 In prayer there is a connection between what God does and what you do. You can’t get forgiveness from God, for instance, without also forgiving others.

We ask each day for bread. The bread of life, that teaches us sobriety and temperance. We ask only for what we need, not for what we do not need.

We ask for our daily bread; which teaches us constantly to depend upon God.

We ask God to give it us, not sell it to us or lend it to us. We all need to learn to rely on the mercy of God in recovery.

Personal Journey – Communal Purpose

Recovery is to be a story of personal experience. “Go to your friends and tell them the great things the Lord has done for you and the compassion He has shown you.”

Romans 11:32 One way or another, God makes sure that we all experience what it means to be outside so that he can personally open the door and welcome us back in.

The right Attitude

You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Philippians 2:5

In recovery we must humbly admit our faults ao we can begin to change our destructive habits. If we follow Christ in humility, learning to admit our failures, nothing will be able to get in the way of successful recovery. (Philippians 2:5-11)

Wednesday 22nd June 2011

John 21:17 Then he said it a third time:”Simon, son of John, do you love me?”Peter was upset that he asked for the third time,”Do you love me?”so he answered,”Master, you know everything there is to know. You’ve got to know that I love you.”Jesus said,”Feed my sheep.

Out on night outreach last night armed with this.

Peter is asked to show how much He loves Jesus through demonstrating God’s love for them and feeding them God’s word. We to are called to demonstrate what God is doing in our lives through personal testimony and demonstration of the difference He makes in us.

Are you showing God’s love to others in your circle of influence?

Tuesday 21st June 2011

‘In your life you will have trouble’, it is a given and it is in the Bible. Rebelling against who we are or what we have gone through will not change it. Or change us! Recovery is a time for learning to find serenity whilst accepting the realities of life. Discomfort leads to action. If we really want to be different and live different then we are going to have to put in the effort to make it happen. There are no free meals in recovery….

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