Step Towards recovery and Wholeness

Mary treasured these things and continued to think about them.
Luke 2:19

In this verse Mary shows us how thoughts of God and His will for us can life out spirits and give us the courage we need to take the next step on our recovery journey.

Take time to pray about what God wants and meditate on it. Doing so on a regular basis will lead you towards a life of recovery and wholeness.

God as a Heavenly Father

Today at Belgrave South Baptist Church Pastor Andrew Fisher spoke about looking at the characteristics of ‘God our Heavenly Father.

The message today made me think about my characteristics as ‘Dad, the earthly Father.’ I can say to anyone of my three children “Guess what” and they will each reply “I know Dad you love me.” They know that because I like to tell them as often as I can.

Today I found myself asking myself “do they really know it?” “would I want me as a Father.” I need to answer honestly -SOMETIME.

Today at Belgrave South Baptist Church God challenged me to make sure when I ask that question in future to my three wonderful children to make sure they understand what it means to love them unconditionally, constantly no matter what they do, say or become as they move from childhood to adulthood.

When you tell your kid’s you love them, do they believe you and understand what it means?

Abstinence to Living Life Recovery

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My recovery journey began in 1986.That is when I was introduced to Alcoholics Anonymous and the Twelve Steps. I learned them and applied some of them.

I listened in meetings when they suggested you ‘take what you want and leave the rest.’ Looking back now I think that was also my attitude to the Steps. The result of this was periods of abstinence and periods of relapse.

In 1989 I began ‘Living Life Recovery’ Up till now (because I haven’t really thought about it) I credited it to the prayer I prayed at the side of my bed, where I heard the voice of Jesus say “You don’t have to live like this anymore,follow me and I will lead you!” Which I still believe was a big part of my transformation. But, it was also due to a Bible Study I was introduced to early on in recovery:

NAVIGATORS, nine weeks of studies in Christian living that set spiritual disciplines in my recovery early and gave me a thirst for God knowledge that has continued in me till this day.

Successfully living life recovery I am certain requires we develop a yearning to understand God’s purpose for our lives, seek to find it and apply it on a daily basis to every area of our lived.

Be well balanced (temperate, sober of mind), be vigilant and cautious at all times; for that enemy of yours, the devil, roams around like a lion roaring [ in fierce hunger], seeking someone to seize upon and devour. [1 Peter 5:8 AMP]

Thought for Today – Archie Boyle

Nehemiah 1:1-4 In late autumn or the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes reign, I was at the fortress if Susa. Hanani, one of my brothers, came to visit me with some other men who had just arrived from Judah. I asked them about the Jews who had survived captivity and about how things were going in Jerusalem. They said to me, “Thins are not going well for those who returned to the province of Judah. They are in great trouble and disgrace. The wall of Jerusalem has been torn down and the gates have been burned.” When I heard this, I sat and wept. In fact, for days I mourned, fasted and prayed to the God of heaven.

Today at Belgrave South Baptist Church Pastor Andrew Fisher asked the question:

What breaks your heart?

He then went on to encourage the congregation to take the next step in doing something about the things that burden us through following the example of Nehemiah.

HOW?

Nehemiah

  • Sat down to cry.
  • Knelt to pray.
  • Stood up and acted.

Prayer in our lives needs to become a first response not a last resort.
When something ‘breaks our heart’ we need to do something about it.

Take time to pray today for God to direct you to the next step in whatever is troubling you,