Do not be ashamed

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Romans 10:11 Scripture says, “The one who believes in him will never be put to shame.”- Isaiah 2 8:16 (ERV) Anyone who trusts in that rock will not be disappointed.

 We should never be ashamed of being in recovery. One of my biggest problems in recovery has been the number of people who come to me to share with me confidentially a struggle they have overcome in life with God’s help.

 Maybe I am too much the other way, to open. Who knows? I believe that God rescues us all for a purpose. I believe a part of that purpose for all of us is to find a way to share with other and encourage them.

 There is a cliché I learned in A.A. many years ago and I believe it still. “If you want to keep it you have to give it away.”

 The process of learning and applying the Twelve Steps to everyday living is ‘Service to Others’ You don’t get there by keeping it to yourself.

 

  • Who are you sharing your recovery experience with?

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Living Life Recovery Reflections

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Daily reflection is a big part of daily recovery. Download your free Living Life Recovery Reflections pdf file today. This book contains 365 Daily Reflections from my daily recovery walk.

This book was written in 2016 whilst I was going through prostate cancer and a time of much questioning in my life where God challenged me to write down some of my recovery experience, strength, and hope.

I hope you find it helpful and if you know anyone else who might make use of it feel free to share the link with them

Archie Boyle

Living Life Recovery Reflection #229

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Philippians 2:4 None of you should look out just for your own good. You should also look out for the good of others.

 Progression in the process of recovery brings us into a relationship with others who may not be as far down the recovery road as we are.

I want to start with a word of warning. The first two years of recovery are about getting to know God and yourself. I would not advise anyone with any less than two years’ recovery up to Sponsor anyone else. That being said we all have something to offer each other. I would encourage everyone, no matter where you are on this spiritual journey to do what you can to help others.

  • Always be ready to share your experience, strength, and hope.
  • Only talk about your own experience.
  • Before you share take the time to talk to God about it.

 

Prayer: God open my eyes and heart to being used by You to help others where I can.

Living Life Recovery Reflection #220

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Luke 19:8 Zacchaeus stood up. He said, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of what I own to those who are poor. And if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay it back. I will pay back four times the amount I took.”

God knows the things we have done wrong. He knows the people we need to  put on our list. Yet He leaves it up to us. He does that so we can learn the importance of honesty in the process of recovery.

When we write our list it can be tempting to leave people of because we didn’t hurt them very much, they hurt us just as bad or because we don’t think God really cares about that one.

Our list needs to include everyone we can remember hurting or who has hurt us. Remember the list isn’t going to be shared with anyone so be as honest as you can.

  • Is there anyone you have left off your list intentionally?

 

Prayer: Lord help me be as honest as I can when making my list.

Recovery Devotion 155,2017

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BE AN EXAMPLE
Romans 6:11 In the same way, consider yourselves to be dead as far as sin is concerned. Now that you believe in Christ Jesus, consider yourselves to be alive as far as God is concerned.

Recovery changes us and we need to live lives that demonstrate we believe that. We should not be ashamed to show others the changes God has made in us. We should not be embarrassed about making different choices of acting differently than we used to.

If we are in recovery and act like we have always acted why would anyone want what we have?

Through the process of recovery, we are reborn into a new way of living. A way that is available to anyone who wants to pursue it and we have a responsibility to introduce them to it.

– When did you last share your experience, strength and hope with others?.

Prayer: Lord, use me today to encourage those in my sphere of influence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share the Vision

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The Spirit of the Lord and King is on me. The Lord has anointed me to tell the good news to poor people. He has sent me to comfort those whose hearts have been broken. He has sent me to announce freedom for those who have been captured. He wants me to set prisoners free from their dark prisons. He has sent me to announce the year when he will set his people free. He wants me to announce the day when he will pay his enemies back. Our God has sent me to comfort all those who are sad. He wants me to help those in Zion who are filled with sorrow. I will put beautiful crowns on their heads in place of ashes. I will anoint them with oil to give them gladness instead of sorrow. I will give them a spirit of praise in place of a spirit of sadness. They will be like oak trees that are strong and straight. The Lord himself will plant them in the land. That will show how glorious he is. Isaiah 61:1-3

Recovery puts us in the unique position to share out experience, strength, and hopes with others in the process and still experiencing the negative effects of addictive and compulsive behaviors. God has anointed us to ‘Share our Vision’ with others. Join us this week for Living Life Recovery at our Hastings (Monday 7:30 pm) or Dandenong (Thursday 7:30 pm) meetings as we look at ‘Sharing our Vision through Sharing our Stories’

Daily Reflection November 2, 2016

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         Bible Reading: Romans 6:9-21

Focus Verse: Get along with each other; don’t be stuck-up. Make friends with nobodies;
don’t be the great somebody
. Romans 12:16

We are made for community. None of us were created to be loners, even though that is how many of us ended up. We were born to share with others, care for others and take care of others.

A large part of the recovery process is learning to get along with others. Hebrews 10:24-25 says “Let’s see how inventive we can be in encouraging love and helping, not avoiding worshiping together as some do but spurring each other on.”

Attending meetings and sharing in meetings is an important part of recovery process. Both for our benefit and for the benefit of encouraging others, who may have been brought into meetings to hear what we have got to say.

  • Are you attending meetings regularly?
    Or do you make excuses to avoid them?

Prayer: God help me to get up and go to meetings,
even if I don’t want to.

It’s about relationships

It’s about relationships:-  Romans 12:14-21 Bless your enemies; no cursing under your breath. Laugh with your happy friends when they’re happy; share tears when they’re down. Get along with each other; don’t be stuck-up. Make friends with nobodies; don’t be the great somebody. Don’t hit back; discover beauty in everyone. If you’ve got it in you, get along with everybody. Don’t insist on getting even; that’s not for you to do. “I’ll do the judging,” says God. “I’ll take care of it.

Daily Reflection August 16, 2016

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Philippians 2:4 None of you should look out just for your own good. You should also look out for the good of others.

 Progression in the process of recovery brings us into relationship with others who may not be as far down the recovery road as we are.

I want to start with a word of warning. The first two years of recovery are about getting to know God and yourself. I would not advise anyone with any less than two years’ recovery up to Sponsor anyone else. Than being said we all have something to offer each other. I would encourage everyone, no matter where you are on this spiritual journey to do what you can to help others.

  • Always be ready to share your experience, strength and hope.
  • Only talk about your own experience.
  • Before you share take time to talk to God about it.

Prayer: God open my eyes and heart to being used by You to help others where I can.