2016 Day 109
Simply trusting every day.
Trusting through a stormy way,
Even when my faith is small,
Trusting Jesus, that is all.
Normally I would start my posts with a Step and a Bible verse. But today is different! Different because I am different and God has called me to ‘BE DIFFERENT AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE’
Over the last ten years I have produced this blog, unsure of whether God wanted me to share my experience of recovery or of living life recovery. You might say “What’s the difference?” The difference as I see it, after spending the morning talking to God about it is this:
To share my experience of recoveryall I have to do is tell you my understanding of someone elses curriculum and how they recommend you apply to your life. And, don’t get me wrong IT WORKS! To share my experience of living life recovery means sharing my own personal experience of recovery, telling you what God has done in my life, how it has changed me and what He is doing in my life right now.
Twice now (probably more but I can only remember two at the moment) people have said to me “Is Living Life Recovery for Archie or for everyone?” I don’t know the answer. All I know is through living life recovery God has change me and I am a better person because of it.
Living Life Recovery has twelve steps. They are based on the process I took to get sober, stay sober and give my life to Jesus.
Living Life Recovery is structured into three areas of life RECOVERY – REPENTANCE – RELIVING. Because that’s how I changed ny life. I didn’t come into recovery looking for God, I came in looking for recovery and through the process of learning and adaptig the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous to my life I discovered the need for spiritual progress and the only way I knew how to get spiritual progress was through relationship with the God of the Bible. Who I learned about by attending The Salvation Army Sunday school and The Boys Brigade as a kid.
When I realised I needed spiritual progress I realised I realised I needed to change me because there is no way the God of the Bible would approve of how I was living my life the way I was – That’s why I had to REPENT.
When I repented and God into relationship with God I knew I had to change my way of living so I started studying God’s Guide Book for Living and applying what I learned from it to my everyday living.
Living Life Recovery, not a lot of people know has a slogan which is: RECOVERY IS ABOUT LEARNING TO LIVE LIFE… LIVING LIFE IS NOT JUST ABOUT RECOVERY… You see I tried early in my recovery to do things the A.A. way, and I love A.A. it’s a program of living that taught me how to stay sober and it saved ny life, but it didn’t teach me how to live. Life is not all about meetings and remembering. It’s about developing your own way of living in accordance to God’s Guide Book , discovering what He wants you to be doing and getting on with it. God has an individual recovery plan for all of us, nobeody else can live mine and I can’t live theirs and the only way to discover yours is through personal relationship with God’s Holy Spirit, who knows everything.
This is the original logo God gave to me for Living Life Recovery. The dross reperesents Jesus as The Way to recovery. The hands represent me, reaching up to Jesus for His help, and the dove represents the Holy Spirit meeting me at the cross when “I decided to follow jesus, No turning back.”
Living Life Recovery has a preamble. I was developed in discussion with the Holy Spirit after attending numerous recovery fellowships Christian and secular. It is I believe the way God wants me to condusct myself in the reovery groups I attend and lead.
When you talk to people about recovery, in the church and outside of the church they all believe recovery is for the addicted. Yet the Bible tells us we have all sinned and fall short of the glory of God. We have all made mistakes, intentinally of unintentionally and we all need help to recover, repent and relive.
Is living life recovery just for Archie or for everybody? I don’t know the answer, but I have a blog on which I will keep writing and sharing my experience, strength and hope with others. Hoping that God will use it to reach those who need to be reached and will helpt them to find His recovery plan for them and encourege them to follow it.
The sone at the top of this post is a song I learned in The Salvation Army that helped me to put my recovery in persepctive and move forward. Trusting Jesus, even when my faith is small. The Bible tells us ‘faith as small as a mustard seed can move mountains.’
If you are struggling with life at the moment and don’t lnow how to cope, visit your local church and speak to the Pastor or drop me an email firstname.lastname@example.org and I will try to point you in the right direction