To Know Christ Should Be Our Goal.

Philippians 3:8 All the things I once thought were so important are gone from my life. Compared to the high privilege of knowing Christ Jesus as my Master, firsthand, everything I once thought I had going for me is insignificant–dog dung. I’ve dumped it all in the trash so that I could embrace Christ
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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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Put God in Charge

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Proverbs 16:3 Put God in charge of your work, then what you’ve planned will take place.

Does God go to work with you? Right now in my work life, it is pretty hectic. Circumstances beyond my control or my companies control have made it necessary for us to move from one work site to another in order to keep providing services to our client. Which in turn means working longer and working harder for everyone.

When this happens in my life I find myself having to rely on God more and ensuring the lines of communication with Him remain open 24/7 and that I take time throughout the day to pause, Listen to Him and pay attention to Him. The Bible says in Matthew 11:28  “Come to me all of you who are tired from the heavy burden you have been forced to carry. I will give you rest.” The Message Bible, it says “Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest.”

Circumstances in our lives, not just our working lives but in every area of our lives don’t always go according to plan. That is why every day in every situation and circumstances we need to remember 2 Corinthians 1:9, which says “We felt like we’d been sent to death row, that it was all over for us. As it turned out, it was the best thing that could have happened. Instead of trusting in our own strength or wits to get out of it, we were forced to trust God totally–not a bad idea since he’s the God who raises the dead!”

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