Christians and non-Christian alike battle with addictions and other behaviors that they find themselves struggling to leave behind. Through faith in Jesus Christ and placing emotional and spiritual health as attainable goals, we can all be overcomers.
This blog, produced by Certified Recovery Specialist Beth Livingston, is for people to exchange struggles and victories of breaking free from addictions and other hurtful behaviors.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
So are you ready to change your mind about, and have a completely different experience with, the world around you? Are you ready to stop being conformed to the ways of the world and be transformed by the renewing of your mind with and through God’s word (Romans 12:2)? You are not alone.
Thus we must enter into the love relationship, first through Christ, second through His Spirit, and third, through His word. God said to Israel in Deuteronomy 6:4-5 and to the church in Matthew 12:30-31 that we must love God with all our mind, heart, soul and strength. These are in a particular order for a reason. We need God’s word in our mind so it can then enter our heart, soul and actions.
Friday, February 21, 2014
Everything and everyone is beautiful until that one person causes us harm, or that one prayer seems unanswered, then our once active prayer life becomes a periodic prayer life. Our actions reveal an attitude that “God is gonna do whatever He wants weather I talk to him or not.” Not true.
Friday, February 14, 2014
I believe that recovery can be attained if you do it the way that works best for YOU and your family. We are all individuals; we learn differently, have unique beliefs and certainly each have our own truths. That does NOT prevent any of us from accepting the pieces of the process that work for us and traveling a path less known or accepted if that helps us and our fractured families achieve our dreams, sanity and sobriety.
Friday, January 17, 2014
We have to move God from the marginal consultant we call on in times of need, to the center of our lives. He wants us to experience the love that has given us all things with Jesus Christ (Romans 8:32). God has given us an advantage over this world and all the things in it that we cannot control.
Friday, December 13, 2013
The holidays can be busy and full of gatherings of family and friends. But for us in our recovery these can be stressful and hard to handle. They can send us thinking that we should be back out there using our addiction for comfort. We might need some tips for getting through the holidays clean and sober.
Friday, December 06, 2013
Where is your heart today? Locked in anger? Fear? Despair? Sometimes the past can encase our hearts in stone. But God can and wants to change that for us (Ezekiel 36:26-27). Trust Him. Ask Him in Jesus name, and He will do it, and abundant life will begin to flow through you in ways you could never imagine to ask! You will see the beauty that surrounds you in perfect peace.
Friday, November 01, 2013
Sometimes we have to dig around the dirt in order to plant something new, beautiful and well-rooted. This post is the first of two parts of a teaching on healing the past. Before you go forward, stop and pray. Ask God to open the eyes of your understanding to anything He may want to reveal to you.
Friday, October 25, 2013
Sometimes we complicate our own lives. I know, quite an understatement for most of us. We indulged in addictions or behavior partly to sooth ourselves in the complicated mess we were in, and the result was…more complications.
Monday, October 14, 2013
Looking back at what our slavery to __________________ (name your area of addiction or destructive behavior) has cost us can be both beneficial and harmful. The indicator of which side we are on is discovered by asking ourselves, “Does this thinking result in gratitude or regret?”
Friday, October 11, 2013
In recovery we will always encounter people and situations that want to divert us from the path of wellness and wholeness. The Lord promises us a way out when we are challenged to fall back (1 Cor. 10:13). But the decision is always ours whether to take his way or our old way.
Friday, September 27, 2013
It is important for us to understand depression triggers (fear and anger being the most common), first, so that we can see the signs and take action against depression before it arrives, and second, so that we can ask God for specific helps.
Thursday, September 26, 2013
Few people like change. It has a destabilizing effect on us. And if we do not accept it, before we know it, we begin thinking of that one consistent thing in our lives—our addiction. It has been said that resisting change is like holding your breath; if you succeed, you will die.
Saturday, September 21, 2013
If we have not walked a few miles in their shoes, we do not have the right to pass sentence on their motives. The best we can do is to listen to the heart of the matter and follow a few simple guidelines. Obviously, the addict’s actions must be policed and consequences must become reality. That still does not mean that we “understand.”
Sunday, July 21, 2013
The enemy of our souls takes the same approach – his plan starts with a decision too – exactly opposite from any healthy life-changing program. He wants people to deny that they’re powerless over anything. Since the beginning of time, the devil’s agenda has been to trick man into thinking that he doesn’t need God. Satan knows that he’s already got a foothold on you if you have an addiction and he never wants you to get better.
Friday, July 12, 2013
Some examples of lies we believe and tell ourselves is "Nobody cares about me", "I am not important", "I am not worthy"; "No one cares", "I will never get better", "I am such a loser", and many more. It is so interesting that this verse says we have made a lie our refuge and falsehood our hiding place.
Friday, May 31, 2013
Get a grip on our anger. Many times as we begin this journey from our addictions, we find that underneath the substances or sexual addiction there is anger. After we have left the addiction and have become abstinent from it, then the anger comes with a vengenance.
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Many people for a light that will shine far brighter than the inward shadows of despair and fear. Life could be hard and uncertain. The question of our hearts is, "Wom can I turn to for answers?"
Friday, April 26, 2013
The Apostle Paul felt that he “had” to oppose Peter. He could NOT stay silent! When we talk about addicts and addictions, there comes a time when the people in your life cannot take your behavior any longer. Someone has to stand up and yell, “Enough.” Unfortunately, if this does not happen, and if everyone continues to enable and support the addict, they will continue to get worse. It calls for a confrontation.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
In this recovery journey we have struggles that seem like battles. We are waging a war against the enemy and we must have the proper equipment to defend, aid in our safety and help us in our focus.