The Role of the Holy Spirit in Recovery

The Role of the Holy Spirit in RecoveryAre you being held back by addiction, or do you know someone who is? If so, breaking free may seem impossible. The harder you try, the more addiction seems to hold power over you. Though it may seem impossible to experience freedom, if you have a relationship with God, never forget that you have been given the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Triune God. Remember, “Everything is possible with God” (Mark 10:27, NLT).

What is the role of the Holy Spirit in recovery? Here are some of the ways the Holy Spirit helps with recovery. (more…)

Benefits of Believing in a Higher Power

Benefits of Believing in a Higher PowerDo you have unhealthy habits and turn to the wrong things to numb your pain? Have you tried to stop on your own but couldn’t? You must look for help from the One who has the power to help you…Christ. Life Recovery Step Two says, “We came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.” If you’re wondering whether you should believe in a Higher Power, check out the benefits you’ll reap from believing in Christ as your Higher Power.

1. You will be more likely to succeed in sobriety.
Is there a connection between sobriety and believing in a Higher Power? Yes, absolutely! Research shows there is a connection between sobriety and believing in a Higher Power. A case study was published in Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly, where 195 juvenile offenders were included in the research. (more…)

Simple Ways to Make Christmas More Peaceful

Simple Ways to Make Christmas More PeacefulLet’s face it: Christmas is stressful. Of all the seasons of the year, this is the time of year when we feel the most powerless over the circumstances around us.

At Christmas, we’re not in the driver’s seat. After all, we must be patient while waiting in line to find a parking spot. We have much to do on our to-do list but not enough time or money to get everything done and buy all the presents. When spending time with extended family, we must be mindful of others’ schedules, feelings, and ideas. Often, the whole experience is uncomfortable and frightening. But during this stressful time of year, we can find hope and serenity in the promises of God.

Mary was in her early teens when destiny took her by the hand. (more…)

Here’s Why Love is a Choice—Not a Feeling

Here’s Why Love is a Choice—Not a FeelingThis is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has on one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. – John 15:12-13

What is love?

Theologians, musicians, writers, and even Hollywood directors, have attempted to define, explain, and quantify love throughout history. But there has yet to be a consensus reached so far.

When it comes down to it, however, love is a choice.

A person can choose to act lovingly toward others or selfishly toward them. There is no mistaking that the foundation of genuine love is not feelings that change from day to day, from week to week, and sometimes even from moment to moment. There is no doubt that true love requires effort because it is a decision—one must be willing to do their part to build a lasting relationship. (more…)

Life Recovery Step Two: Believe in a Power Greater Than Yourself

Life Recovery Step Two: Believe in a Power Greater Than YourselfJesus alone did what no one else could: He rose from the dead. And this is why Life Recovery Step Two says, “We came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.”

This same power that brought Jesus out from the grave is the same power that a person stuck in addiction can plug into and bring them to—and help them maintain—sobriety.

If the lamp is not plugged into an outlet, a lightbulb is of little value. Likewise, a person’s life will not shine to their family, friends, coworkers, and neighbors if not connected to God’s power source. It takes work, but the results are well worth it.

One way to plug into God’s power source is to connect to Him by talking to Him daily. This happens through a daily quiet time of prayer. But for the individual in recovery who has gotten away from this habit, it will be only a matter of time before they are tempted to use—which is always crouching around the corner—and fall prey to relapse. (more…)