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.
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.
Friday, March 01, 2013
Many programs use chips as timeline markers of the miracles the Lord God has done in their lives. Whether it’s 24-hours, a week, a month, a year, or several years – there’s something special about having a chip to hold, to carry in your pocket or keep in a special place in remembrance of the progress God is helping us with in our life changes.
Friday, February 08, 2013
Once God made it clear to both of us He wanted to restore our marriage, sexual intimacy was incredibly hard for me. How could I not picture the other women he'd been with? How did I know he wasn't picturing them as well? I prayed through the first time we were intimate again.
Friday, January 04, 2013
My plan is to GROW this year. Somehow, I have to believe that is your true desire as well. Yes, goals should be specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-sensitive. (SMART). Yet, if our attitudes are right and we go for the heart source of change, outcomes with be natural, organic if you will. So, let’s think through a few principles of spiritual growth that anyone could follow.
Saturday, December 29, 2012
If I asked you, “What is most important to you?” What comes to mind first? For many it's family. We know the “right” answer is to put God as our first priority. But do we? In my own life God wasn't first on my list. My security and sense of well being came from my husband. In my eyes, he could do no wrong, I made him my rock.
Friday, December 07, 2012
I reached for the Bible on my desk and opened it to Psalm 34:6. Listen to this verse, “This poor man called, and the LORD heard him; he saved him out of all his troubles” (NIV). I closed my Bible and asked, “Have you prayed and asked God to help you with your Christmas season troubles?”
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
True or False:
__ “Love conquers all.”
__ “All you need is love.”
__ “Love heals all wounds.”
__ “God is love.”