Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Shh...I'm Resting


Genesis 2: 2-3 “And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.”

Spread Too Thin is the continuing thread during the devotionals these past few days. Today’s topic really fits in well with recoveryBox, the Addiction Recovery iPhone App.
It’s about sleep and rest. In our society it’s so hard to rest and be at peace with it too. But it’s important to slow down our minds and take pause. It’s during these times that we can evaluate what we are doing and if it all makes sense.
And sleep, well how many of us actually get at least 7 hours of sleep. The author writes ” So a question for you: when was the last time you had eight continuous hours of shut-eye? ..Once rested it’s amazing how our rewired minds can process information much more clearly.”
That’s why Sleep is a G1 in recoveryBox. It’s part of the foundation of Physical Self-Care. You can’t possibly take care of emotions, schedules, beating an addiction, without enough sleep to help process it all.
If you are working on 3 to 4 hours sleep then try and make that a priority..perhaps build up to 7 hours. If you are not getting it because of poor habits then it’s time to change those habits. If you never sit and rest, try 15 minutes to do a devotion, or pray or have a cup of coffee with friends.
I promise that a little bit of sleep or rest will go a LONG way during the day. And having a well rested mind will help you make better choices today.
— 1 Year Book of Inspiration



Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Addiction to Activity

You may say, “I am allowed to do anything.” But I reply, “Not everything is good for you.” And even though I am allowed to do anything, I must not become a slave to anything. 
—1 Corinthians 6:12 (NLT)

What is all the commotion about? It seems that everyone is rushing about, trying to work through our to-do lists so that we can… add more items to our to-do lists. Let’s get some perspective here! We are not doing ourselves any favors by living life at supersonic speed. Today, we cram more and more activity into our lives because our culture encourages us to do so and because we can.

This addiction to activity has also infected the church. It’s wonderful that so many churches today can offer a wide variety of ministry services in order to address a wide variety of life issues. But, far too many Christ-followers cram their schedules with too many (good) things: ministry meetings, program meetings, small group Bible studies, accountability groups, recovery groups, and even meetings to plan more meetings! And, as a result life loses its balance.

Remember, just because we can do something, doesn’t mean we should! Busyness for busyness sake—even when the busyness is ministry oriented—is counterproductive at best, and simply sinful at worst.

When I look at Jesus’ life, I see a man who was not ruled by His schedule. He seldom seemed rushed. For instance, I love that while He pursued plans, He would welcome interruptions from people in need. From what we know, Jesus never said anything like this to anyone, “I’m sorry, I can’t help you. I need to be in Jericho by sundown.”

Wouldn’t it be refreshing to cut back on our pace of activities and actually live more like Jesus? Wouldn’t it be helpful to become more of the salt and light that Jesus called us to be in our neighborhoods and communities and spent less time in activities and meetings just talking about it?

Today, give some thought to the pace of your life. If necessary, begin the process of weeding out activities from your life that may be good, but actually prevent you from living a balanced life.

GOING DEEPER:
1. What good activities are you involved in that could actually be (or become) obstacles to your spiritual health and effectiveness in serving Christ?

2. Are you simply too busy? If so, what steps can you take this week to get your schedule under control?

FURTHER READING:
Luke 7:11-17; 10:38-42; Matthew 5:13-16; Psalm 46:10



Monday, January 26, 2015

Allow Faith to Dispel Fear

There are few people who do not harbor fear in one form of another. It is a strange fact that many people cannot explain the fear that haunts them but it is nevertheless a burning presence in their lives.

There is only one sure cure for a life that is dominated by fear, and that is living faith in Jesus Christ. Fear and faith cannot co-exist in the same life. Faith nurtures faith and fear nurtures fear. Place your trust in God.

At first, in the little things in your life, His love and wisdom will be revealed and confirmed, and in time, the bigger things in your life will be under His control too.

He said to His disciples "Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?"

Grace for each Moment
Feb 26th

I think fear is the number one reason that addicts hold onto the old way of life. Questions rattling around in one's head:: What is I just can't give it up? What is someone finds out I go to AA? Will my wife leave me if I reveal to her my addiction to pornography? It takes courage to finally take a stand and say "Enough insanity!" and to let it all go. But fear leaves our hands grasping that bottle or joint or whatever your addiction.  But FAITH will release it. You don't have to have all the answers.  But by faith He, our Jesus Christ, will begin to lead your life out of that pit. But ONLY if you let him.



Sunday, January 25, 2015

The Lord Will Fight For You

The Lord will fight for you; You Only Need to Be Still ~ Exodus 14:14

When I was a little girl, I dreamed of having someone come and rescue me. In fact, my sister and I would run around the yard pretending such silly things. But as I grew older I realized that there is no such thing a a Prince Charming. Even as much as I wanted my spouse to be that person, I discovered that I placed my hope and trust in the wrong person. Because, even my spouse fails me.

So, is there really a Prince Charming, or is that only in fairy tales? About three years ago, my life got turned upside down in such a short period of time that I felt like I was drowning. My spouse admitted his addiction to me and I soon realized my own habits that made my own life unhealthy. And the vision I can offer was me bobbing going under the water and literally I felt like I was a goner. I thought someone was going to rescue me - someone - anyone. But no one came. Yes, I had friends but like my spouse, they couldn't rescue me. One day, literally down on my knees I cried out for help, a hand reached down and swooped me out of the water and placed me on solid ground. 

That was my God!  I needed to admit that I was powerless to do "this" on my own and cry out and just declare that I needed help and He was there. His grip was strong and I had no fear of falling. That is an amazing feeling.

I love the verse for today's devo. The LORD will fight for me!  That means despite all my flaws (and I have a lot of them), that He wants me so much that He will fight for me!  And because of that, I am determined to work harder on my bad habits. Fighting for me implies action. The Lord is actively working so that I will be free of these horrible habits in my life so that I would have a greater and deeper  relationship with Him. Yes, I have lots of work to do on my own, but some of his "action" is empowering me with the tools I need to recover.

In the fairy tale, the girls falls in love with the Prince and they get married and live happily ever after. And here is the truly amazing part of this devo - I AM his bride and He my bridegroom (Isaiah 54:5) and I can honestly say I am head over heals in love with Him. And I do get to live happily every after eternally in heaven. Have you met this Prince yet? If not, perhaps today you might take a little time to cry out to Him and let Him rescue you.



Saturday, January 24, 2015

Where are you headed?

119 

Psalm 119 1-4 You’re blessed when you stay on course,    walking steadily on the road revealed by God.You’re blessed when you follow his directions,    doing your best to find him.That’s right—you don’t go off on your own;    you walk straight along the road he set.You, God, prescribed the right way to live;    now you expect us to live it.

It is not always easy to choose which road you should follow. But accepting Christ as Lord of your life puts divine powers into action. Your values in Him will provide you with an inspiring yet practical goal.
Choosing your goal and objectives with Christ will put you on the right road and will bring joy, confidence, and enthusiasm into you life.
- Grace for each moment
Each day I purposefully place my values in Him and that let my goals will be practical and inspired!!
Yes, I want my road to recovery to be filled with practical goals but I want them to be inspiring!!
Have a great day and be inspired!!



Friday, January 23, 2015

Troubled and Uncertain Times

"Listen to this, Job; stop and consider God’s wonders." Job 37:14

"We live in troubled and uncertain times where basic values and integrity have been pushed aside. Sadly, many people have given up trying to promote a sense of morality and have chosen to just go with the flow."
Those who are in recovery for addiction suddenly have their eyes opened to all the temptations that we just don’t want to return to. And once that commitment is made to no longer live in our world of addiction, our battle to fight it begins. And I do believe in this world it is a battle.
"Listen to this, Job; stop and consider God’s wonders." Job 37:14
"If you are in this position then,like Job, you should pause and consider God’s wonders.
Reflect on the wonderful deeds of God. Out of chaos and darkness He created this beautiful earth. He loved us so much that he saved us from the sins and death.”
Yes, today I choose to sing a song of praise for all my blessings. I choose to not return to my dark world.



Thursday, January 22, 2015

Remember Who You Are

so God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him. Genesis 1:27

"When it seems as if nothing in your life is working out, when loneliness takes hold of you and despondency descends upon you, it is time to remember a few spiritual facts.
You were created in the very image of God. You are a spiritual being with rich spiritual heritage.
You do not need to be at the mercy of moods and emotions beyond your control. You have been created for spiritual greatness, and when you live in the awareness of God’s presence, you will be fulfilled.”
- so God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him. Genesis 1:27”
Grace For Each Moment
Well, for me not living in emotions is so hard. Being CoDependent I have a hard time separated true emotions. I used to derive my joy if others where happy and if I disappointed someone then I would be miserable. And I have learned that I can’t make everyone happy nor is that what God made me for. Thankfully now I understand how to separate those feelings, thoughts, and emotions. But when I couldn’t I would be an emotional wreck. Thank goodness I no longer derive my joy from others. My joy is in The Lord!!
As always, thanks for letting me share my daily devotions with you.