God Has a Plan

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Jeremiah 29:11 says  I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

Do you know God’s plan for your life? If you do What are you doing to make His plan your reality in daily living?

My name is Archie and I am recovered alcoholic. Recovered through the saving grace of Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit living in and through my life on a daily basis. Words I have spoken thousands of times since I have been involved in recovery since 1987 and as a Christian since 1989. Words that I wonder “Do people really understand.” Do people realize what I have gone through to become the person I am today?

Right now in my life for the first time in many, many years I am not involved in or leading a recovery group. Circumstances in my life have led me to have to withdraw from involvement. Exhausted through the demands of my life I stopped and I prayed the same prayer I have prayed for many, many years “Lord show me the next step.”  What came was the verse Matthew 11:28 “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest.” So for the last few weeks, I have been resting, learning from Jesus how to “take a real rest.”

The last time I took such a rest was 3 years ago when I was diagnosed with prostate cancer. During that time I learned to rely on God and lean on Him more than I have ever done in my life. At that time, inspired by the Holy Spirit I also wrote a book of 365 recovery thoughts. Initially written under the title ‘Discussion Starters for Recovery Leaders.’ The book now finished but never published is now the product of many of my blog posts on Living Life Recovery  under the topic heading ‘Living Life Recovery Reflections.’

Since taking that last rest, writing that book and learning from God how to‘recover my life.’ I now feel encouraged, with the Holy Spirits prompting to write another book. Based on the Twelve Steps of Living Life Recovery 

I also want, eventually to write my autobiography but that’s an ongoing project that will take more time than I have right now.

The title of the new book is Recovery is a Choice! Many, many people enter the recovery process, unaware of what it is all about, of what they need to do to achieve and maintain lasting successful recovery. My hope in writing this book is it will help me to fulfill God’s purpose for my life, which I believe is ‘to introduce others to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ through understanding and applying the Twelve Steps of Living Life Recovery to their lives.’
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No Easy Recovery

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Hebrews 6:12 Don’t drag your feet. Be like those who stay the course with committed faith and then get everything promised to them.

The battles of life ahead of us ensure we will all experience degrees of excitement. No two days will ever be the same. Our involvement or lack of involvement in them will determine how we fill our days. Each of us decides for themselves how we will move forward.

God urges us to decide selectively. Wrong choices can bring woeful results. Our inward drive to think and do the wrong things needs to be repelled. Hard times and hefty blows will be aimed at us. Harmful remarks will fall on our ears. Hurtful practices will get to us. Recovery is not a bed of roses. But it is the best life, not boring, fulfilling. Partnership with Jesus.

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#24-Be Patient

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Psalms 40:17 I am poor and needy. May the Lord be concerned about me. You are the One who helps me and saves me. My God, please don’t wait any longer.

God cares about you. He created you in His image and He wants to help you discover who He intended you to be.

For the last thirty two years I have been involved in recovery through one form of fellowship or another. Through those thirty years I have learned much. I have applied a lot of what I have learned to my daily living.

Recovery started to work in my life when I accepted God loves me, cares about me, has a plan and a purpose for me. And, He will help me to achieve it if I put my faith in Him.

  • What or who do you trust?
  • How’s that working out for you?
  • Do you need to refocus your faith?

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