Tag: Jesus

I Don’t Belong In a Church

I have been reflecting on my time and my experiences with Celebrate Recovery, and although I don’t attend meetings anymore, there are so many things that this program taught me. It is okay to be *exactly* who you are inside of an actual church: During one of the very first large group sessions that I …

Christianity and Science.

There haven’t been any supernatural phenomenons curing me of this sleeping monster. Jesus saved my life. Gave me life. Forgave me. Having faith in Jesus has allotted me power and strength to break free from my strongholds and keep away from substances.. to build a new life.. to find a new identity… to have a …

Good Grief.

  The stages of mourning and grief are universal and are experienced by people from all walks of life. Mourning occurs in response to an individual’s own terminal illness, the loss of a close relationship, or to the death of a valued being, human or animal. (Psychcentral.com) I used to run and hide from any …

Unexpected Gifts of Living in Recovery.

  Using substances may have been some of the darkest, saddest, loneliest & scariest times of my existence, but that wasn’t where I first started to lose myself. That started long before. I think pain & trauma can make for fertile ground for that to happen, especially if it is not addressed. I began hiding as …

Husband Q & A

Relationships.  Let’s say you are a couple. You love each other and value one another. One of you ends up with an addiction and becomes dependent on a substance. It tears them apart and dismantles who they once were. That person that you fell in love with  is gone. All you are left with is …

So THIS is Love.

  When I began to believe that God did exist and I actually began to feel and see the evidence of Him in my life, the way that I experienced love immediately changed. Unlike most other aspects of change in recovery from addiction (and underlying issues) this change was almost instant and didn’t require work. No …

Guts.

Justice means much more than the sort of thing that goes on in the court of law. It is the old name for everything that we now call fairness; it includes honesty, give and take, truthfulness, keeping promises and all that side of life. and Fortitude includes both kinds of courage- the kind that faces …

About Me.

Most personal blogs, specifically Recovery blogs, have a detailed ‘my story’ or ‘about me’ section. Often, they choose to start from birth, work their way up to their addiction forming, proceed to telling the story about how rock bottom felt, and work their way to the present. I really don’t see any problems with it and …

Recovery Is Real.

HOPE: 1 of 10 guiding principals of in SAMHSA’s working definition of Recovery: “The belief that #Recovery is real provides the essential and motivating message of a better future. People CAN and DO overcome the internal and external challenges, barriers and obstacles that confront them. #HOPE is the catalyst of the #Recovery process.” #SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental …

Why Did You Change?

For family members or friends of people who are addicted, we often wonder if they will ever change. We worry. We lose sleep. We wish we had answers or effective words or more powerful love. What it will take for them to finally be ready? How much more will they have to lose? How many …

A glimpse of —her.

This is a picture of my mother and I. This short visit happened on April 13, 2013. It has taken a lot of learning to trust in God’s word and personal growth on my part to be able to say that I am truly grateful for her, and genuinely happy that she has thought about …

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