“All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be enslaved by anything. 1 Corinthians 6:12 ESV Addicts have surrendered their lives to alcohol or drugs. They have become slaves to drugs and/or alcohol. Paul tells us that as Christians, all things […]Read more "Recovery Meditation #22"
Hard times are part of life. Saint Paul knew something of hardships. He wrote: We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about the troubles we experienced in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we […]Read more "Recovery Meditation #20"
I have been thinking a little about Lent. I looked it up in Merriam-Webster: Lent comes from the Middle English word lente, meaning “springtime,” which is itself descended from the Old English lencten. Lenten remains a word in modern English, though little used, and has the meanings of “of or relating to Lent,” “suitable to […]Read more "Lent 2017"
More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. Romans 5:3-5 ESV Rejoice in suffering? You […]Read more "Meditation #19"
I just read a newspaper article about the increasing number of people who declare themselves atheist or agnostic. Sadly, it seems a number of these people think that the answer to life’s questions lies in science. Obviously, they do not have a reason to believe. It is interesting to me how these people somehow turn […]Read more "Reason to Believe"
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. James 1: 2-3 Once you have chosen to take the road to recovery, do not expect life to be a bed of roses. Life will still be hard […]Read more "Recovery Meditation #18"
Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8 ESV Addictive thinking can persist even after sobriety is achieved. Alcoholics Anonymous uses the term “dry drunk” to describe people who no longer drink but continue to think and behave in dysfunctional ways. This […]Read more "Recovery Meditation # 17"
Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. James 5:14 If you pray for a miraculous healing, and I believe you should, remember that God sometimes prefers people to work through their problems rather than […]Read more "Recovery Meditation #16"
An intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge. Proverbs 18:15 ESV It is good to have head knowledge about your addiction. This will help you learn to recognize when you are slipping into dysfunctional patterns of thought and help you to interrupt these patterns. It is also good to have […]Read more "Recovery Meditation #15"
Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance. Proverbs 1:5 ESV The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 1:7 ESV The Bible clearly considers learning to be of importance. Part of addiction treatment is unlearning old dysfunctional patterns of […]Read more "Recovery Meditation #14"