Category: August

Thought For Today

“Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met. “Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6:33-34‬

What should we seek? God-reality, God-I initiative, God-provision.

How should we seek it? Giving all our attention to what God is doing.

When should we seek it? NOW!

What can we expect if we do? God will help us cope with whatever comes our way.

This scripture encourages us to stop worrying about our concerns being met. We need to learn to put our faith more and more in Gods hands through trusting Him, listening to Him and focusing on what He wants, not what we want.

Spiritual Foundations – Workbook

Spent the day today creating 1st of 7 Living Life Recovery Curriculum Workbooks. Been on the cards for a while but just haven’t got to it. 6 more to go.

Hold Your Tongue

“The wise accumulate knowledge—a true treasure; know-it-alls talk too much—a sheer waste.Proverbs 10:14

There are times in all our lives when we say things without thinking. Embarrassing things, that we wish immediately we can take back. Alcohol and drugs seem to inflame our vocabulary. “The wise accumulate knowledge” Proverbs 10:19 says “The more talk, the less truth.” The trouble for most of us is when we should speak up, we don’t. My Mum used to say to me “you’ve got a good Scots tongue in you mouth, use it.” In my working life I had a boss who used to say to me “you know more about this thank anyone else in the meeting but you don’t speak up.”

Learning the art of when to speak up and the right thing to say and when to say nothing is a lifetime process. Self-control requires restraint, even with our words. We can refrain from saying the wrong thing by allowing God to teach us when to speak up and when to be silent.

Jesus spoke with authority, but lovingly. One of my favourite saying in life is ‘talk about what you know and you will know what you are talking about.’ Another is ‘ If you can’t make a difference, don’t make a fuss.’

Speaking the truth with conviction is impressive. What we say reveals what we are, who we are and what we know. Taming our tongues requires divine intervention sometimes.

Thought For Today

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Listen to me! For I have important things to tell you. Everything I say is right, for I speak the truth and detest every kind of deception. My advice is wholesome. There is nothing devious or crooked in it. My words are plain to anyone with understanding, clear to those with knowledge. Choose my instruction rather than silver, and knowledge rather than pure gold. Proverbs 8:6-10

Think

Understanding what God is saying to us is important because what He is saying to you isn’t necessarily what He is saying to me. God is a personal God, He knows us all individually. He has a plan for us all individually. For some of us that may be something that has never been seen or done before. He created us in His image, yet He created us all individually.

He speaks plainly to us all (if we are willing to listen) and what He has to say to us individually is more valuable than anything we can ever come up with in our own strength or from a group. But, He may use someone in a group to give us the message He wants us to hear.

Having a Sponsor and/or a mentor in recovery is an important part of the process. They make us look at life from a different perspective and give us insights into the life we have not yet discovered or tried to apply to our daily living.

Pray

Pray today that God will show you the individual or individuals in your life He has chosen to help you on the road to recovery and changed life. And, ask Him to give you the courage and strength you need to approach them and ask them to walk with you, support and guide you as you walk the path God has prepared for you.

Live

Just for today open your mind to the opportunities God has prepared for you and to the inclusion of the people He has chaosen to walk with you.

God is striding ahead of you.

Deuteronomy 31:8God is striding ahead of you. He’s right there with you. He won’t let you down; he won’t leave you. Don’t be intimidated. Don’t worry.”

GOD CAN HELP US TO OVERCOME INTIMIDATION
This is the family tree of the human race: When God created the human race, he made it godlike, with a nature akin to God. Genesis 5:1

GOD DOESN’T FORGET US WHEN WE ARE INTIMIDATED
God said, “I am the God of your father. Don’t be afraid of …………. I’m going to make you a great nation there.
Genesis 46:3

WE DON’T NEED TO BE INTIMIDATED
Unfazed by rumor and gossip, Heart ready, trusting in God, Spirit firm, unperturbed, Ever blessed, relaxed among enemies, Psalm 112:7-8

GOD WILL EMPOWER US WHEN WE RELY ON HIM
God is a safe place to hide, ready to help when we need him. We stand fearless at the cliff edge of doom, courageous in seastorm and earthquake, Before the rush and roar of oceans, the tremors that shift mountains. Jacob-wrestling God fights for us, God of angel armies protects us. Psalm 46:1-3


Stop worrying about how you look.

Matthew 6:27-31Has anyone by fussing in front of the mirror ever gotten taller by so much as an inch? All this time and money wasted on fashion—do you think it makes that much difference? Instead of looking at the fashions, walk out into the fields and look at the wildflowers. They never primp or shop, but have you ever seen color and design quite like it? The ten best-dressed men and women in the country look shabby alongside them. “If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving.

Stop worrying about how you look and start paying attention to how you are acting and reacting to the things God is doing in and through your life. He has got you!

Matthew 5:16 says “Let your light shine in front of others. Then they will see the good things you do. And they will praise your Father who is in heaven.”

Step 12: Having gone through these steps and discovering the importance of an individual relationship with God through Jesus, I will try to live according to His principles and to lead others to a personal relationship with Him.

*People who know us are watching how we are living, observing the changes in us since entering the recovery process. How we act and react to life can have a big effect on others’ decisions to enter a life of recovery.


Time to Listen

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Isaiah 22:9-11 You found the weak places in the city walls that needed repair. You secured the water supply at the Lower Pool. You took an inventory of the houses in Jerusalem and tore down some to get bricks to fortify the city wall. You built a large cistern to ensure plenty of water. You looked and looked and looked, but you never looked to him who gave you this city, never once consulted the One who has long had plans for this city.

Think

The leaders of Judah did what they could to prepare for war: They got weapons, inspected the walls, and stored up of good intention which really won’t give us what we need. We balk at the thought of having to rely on God. After spending so much time and energy learning to rely on ourselves. Recovery is war, against our own selfish desires, false pride, and self-reliance. We have looked and looked for the ‘easier softer way’ it speaks about in the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous. Having not found it we need to take notice of the cliche that hangs in many a recovery room and ‘THINK! THINK! THINK’ about our trials and failings and look to the One who has already planned our escape route and strategy.

Pray

Pray today that God will give you the strength to have faith in His ability and availability to help you consult Him, listen to Him and follow His leading ‘Just for Today in order for you to understand His strength in your weakness, establish and build a personal relationship with the Holy Spirit and move forward on the road to recovery.

Live

For the next twenty-four hours take time to listen to God, to do what He tells you to do. And, at the end of the day before you go to sleep evaluate His involvement in your day and give Him thanks.

Thought For Today

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I want to report to you, friends, that my imprisonment here has had the opposite of its intended effect. Instead of being squelched, the Message has actually prospered. All the soldiers here, and everyone else too, found out that I’m in jail because of this Messiah. That piqued their curiosity, and now they’ve learned all about him. Not only that, but most of the Christians here have become far more sure of themselves in the faith than ever, speaking out fearlessly about God, about the Messiah. Philippians 1:12-14

Think

Paul suffered much for being a Christian. He was thrown in jail but refused to let incarceration destroy his faith. Instead, he saw it as an opportunity for further witness Ephesians 6:20  I am in chains now for preaching this message from God. But pray that I will keep on speaking out boldly for him even here in prison, as I should. Philippians 1:12  I want to report to you, friends, that my imprisonment here has had the opposite of its intended effect. Instead of being squelched, the Message has actually prospered.

Often when we come into recovery we think we have got the rough end of the stick. Feel sorry for ourselves that we have had to give up our drug of choice. (even though it was destroying our lives and slowly killing us) Our recovery can become the launching pad, from which God wants to move us forward in becoming all that He is calling us to be. I have heard so many times in my spiritual recovery “God wants to use your deepest hurts as His weapon of reaching others who still suffer.” How true that is! The doors He has opened for me in my life, in ministry, and in mission are doors I could never have opened on my own. And, He wants to do the same for you.

Pray

God is waiting to deliver us from the damaging echoes of our past. He is just waiting for us to ask Him/ It says in the Bible “You don’t get cause you haven’t asked.” Take time now to ask God to help you to surrender to His will and help you to overcome the things from your past that are holding you back. Stopping you from becoming all that He wants you to be and doing all that He wants you to do.

Live

After you have spent time praying live this week as if God has already answered your prayer. STOP being ashamed and afraid of the fact that you are in recovery. You are a child of the all-powerful God and He has not brought you this far to drop you. START appreciating where He has brought you from and where He is taking you to.

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