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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“I Will Give You Rest”

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You have created us for Yourself,
and our heart cannot be stilled till it finds rest in You.

logo_transparent_bgEverybody needs recovery. But recovery for us all looks different to that of other people. Some of us find it in Alcoholics Anonymous, some in Narcotics Anonymous. others in Celebrate Recovery some of us through other support groups. The bottom line, however, is “All groups lead to a relationship with God”

Jesus said, “Come to Me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you. Let Me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

Proverbs 16:9 says “We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.”
Proverbs 20:24  says “The Lord directs our steps, so why try to understand everything along the way?”

The Message Bible in Matthew 11:28-30 says “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. Walk with me and work with me–watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

I have heard people over many years of recovery use Matthew 11:28 like it’s a get out of jail free card. But it isn’t. Jesus is pretty clear when He says “I will show you how to do it.” “Walk with me – watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace.”

Everyone needs recovery and many people get it in many different ways but if you want real rest through the process there is one way I know to get it and its found in John 14:6 Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through Me.”

  • Rest is important to maintaining life balance
  • Rest is an important part of God’s ultimate plan
  • Rest is a gift from God

Hebrews 4:9-11 There is a special rest still waiting for the people of God. For all who have entered into God’s rest have rested from their labors, just as God did after creating the world. So let us do our best to enter that rest. But if we disobey God, as the people of Israel did, we will fall.

Emptiness sometimes follows spiritual success

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1 Kings 19:3-4 Elijah was afraid and ran for his life. When he came to Beersheba in Judah, he left his servant there, while he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness. He came to a broom bush, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, LORD,” he said. “Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.”

Elijah experienced emptiness after spiritual victory. Defeating the prophets of Baal and answered prayer for rain.

In our lives, emptiness sometimes also follows spiritual success. Yesterday was my last day at work for 2017. For the next couple of weeks, I don’t have work or recovery meetings to focus and leaving work today that made me feel a bit empty. And then I remembered Matthew 11:28  which says  “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest.” 

It is important for us all in the process of recovery to remember it is important to take time to rest and refresh. God’s plans and purpose for our lives are life-long and to accomplish it we need to take time to take care of our physical, spiritual and emotional health.

Day 333, 2017

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Rest is important

 

Psalms 127:2 It’s useless for you to work from early morning until late at night just to get food to eat. God provides for those he loves even while they sleep.

 Rest is an important ingredient in the recovery formula.

Rest is important in maintaining balance in our lives. We live in a world where there always seems to be too much to do.

Rest is an important part of God’s plan for us. On the seventh day, God rested not because He was tired, but to indicate the task was complete. Our full and complete rest begins when we trust Him to complete the task He has begun in our lives through the process of recovery.

  • Do you rest regularly?
  • What do you do to relax?

Prayer: Lord let me rest today so I can be ready to do whatever You want me to do.

Rest in Him

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Long enough I’ve carried this ton of trouble, lived with a stomach full of pain. Long enough my arrogant enemies have looked down their noses at me. True to your word God you let me catch my breath and send me in the right direction. Keep company with Him and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly. That promise of resting in Him pulls us on to His goal for us. We need to be careful that we’re not disqualified.

Daily Reflection November 28, 2016

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Psalms 127:1-2  If God doesn’t build the house, the builders only build shacks. If God doesn’t guard the city, the night watchman might as well nap. It’s useless to rise early and go to bed late and work your worried fingers to the bone. Don’t you know he enjoys giving rest to those he loves?

Adequate rest is an important ingredient in the recovery formula.

Rest is important for maintaining balance in our lives. We live in a world where there always seems to be too much to do.

Rest is an important part of God’s plan for us. On the seventh day, God rested. Not because He was tired, but to indicate the task was complete. Our full and complete rest begins when we trust Him to complete the has He has begun in our lives through the process of recovery.

  • Do you rest regularly?
  • What do you do to relax?

Prayer:  Lord let me rest today so I can be ready to do
what You want me to do ….

 

Daily Reflection November 3, 2016

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 Pray about Problems

Romans 16:20 The God who gives peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. May the grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.

Problems don’t disappear because we are in recovery. We just learn new ways of dealing with them.

Problems in our lives can be times of faith testing. We need to learn to use problems to get a better understanding of ourselves, God and life.
There are no problems in our lives that will occur that are too big for God. We need to learn to trust Him when problems come and know that if we do all we can to solve a problem He will do the rest.

Romans 8:28 says “We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him.” Remember God when next you have a problem.

 

  • Do you pray about your problems?

  

Prayer: Lord help me today not to stress about my problems.
Teach me to do all I can do to fix them and to leave the rest to You.

Our happiness should be measured by our relationship with God

Living Life Recovery Daily Devotion
Bible Reading: Galatians 5:19-21
Focus Verse: Galatians 5:19


It is obvious what kind of life develops out of trying to get your own way all the time: repetitive, loveless, cheap sex; a stinking accumulation of mental and emotional garbage; frenzied and joyless grabs for happiness; trinket gods; magic-show religion; paranoid loneliness; cutthroat competition; all-consuming-yet-never-satisfied wants; a brutal temper; an impotence to love or be loved; divided homes and divided lives; small-minded and lopsided pursuits; the vicious habit of depersonalizing everyone into a rival; uncontrolled and uncontrollable addictions; ugly parodies of community. I could go on. This isn’t the first time I have warned you, you know. If you use your freedom this way, you will not inherit God’s kingdom. Galatians 5:19-21

At some stage in the recovery process we all become restless and dissatisfied. We wonder : – I’ve been at this a while now. If I am in God’s will why am I so tired and unfulfilled? What’s the point of me doing this for the rest of my life? When I feel like that the first thing I do is take inventory on my life. and ask myself the questions. Who am I serving? What character flaws am I expressing in my behaviour that separate me from God’s will for my life today? What do I need to do to change my attitudes and my behaviours?

When we take a good long hard look at ourselves in times of restlessness and dissatisfaction, in my experience the problem is always me, not God. If you are feeling down today, take time to stop and to take a searching and fearless moral inventory of your attitudes, actions and the things you are doing you know you shouldn’t be and take appropriate action to change them.

Galatians 5.19

Don’t try and get your own way all the time.

God help me today when I am feeling restless and dissatisfied to look within and change whatever I need to change to bring my thoughts and behaviours back in line with your plan

August 23, 2015

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“The Lord is in his holy Temple.

    Let all the earth be silent before him.”
                   Habakkuk 2:20

It can be hard to define silence. It is paradoxical. It is invisible, yet we are conscious of it. It is intangible, but can be felt. Noiselessness can be deafening.  Silence through voicelessness can be louder than words. ‘Silence can be extremely powerful.’ It is in the silence that life changing situations are resolved, inspiration is stimulated, vital process takes place. In silence roots spread deeply and vigorously, buds open to light, the sun, the moon and the stars fulfill their task.

Silence is called for as a mark of respect in remembrance. God is best acknowledged in humility, worship and silence. Not necessarily for long periods of time, but this kind of exercise means we allow God opportunity to speak to us.

To take time to be quiet. To get along with God. To settle for some silence and rest in his presence is a good habit to practice. It is a valuable means of meditation.

TAKE TIME REGULARLY TO REST, REPAIR AND REGULATE YOUR LIFE…

2015 – Day 19

HALTHebrews 4:9-11 The promise of “arrival” and “rest” is still there for God’s people. God himself is at rest. And at the end of the journey we’ll surely rest with God. So let’s keep at it and eventually arrive at the place of rest, not drop out through some sort of disobedience.

God rested on the seventh day not because He was tired, but to indicate the completion of creation. The job was finished and God was satisfied.

On Sunday, at a church here in Victoria I listened to a message from Todd White. In His message Todd spoke about ‘The Peace of God‘ and no one being able to take it away from us.

God’s peace is not an assurance that nothing bad is ever going to happen to us, because life is life and stuff happens (good and bad)

God’s peace is our assurance that nothing is going to take away the inner peace that He has given us because of our faith in Him. God’s peace is eternal!

Our full complete rest in Christ begins when we trust Him to complete His good and perfect work in us.

Prayer: Just for today I will be all that God calls me to be and do that all God calls me to do, confidently knowing that by turning my life over to Him on a daily basis He will keep me on the right track.