The great English writer G.K. Chesterton once wrote, “You say grace before meals. All right. But I say grace before the concert and the opera, and grace before the play and pantomime, and grace before I open a book, and grace before sketching, painting, swimming, fencing, boxing, walking, playing, dancing, and grace before I dip the pen in the ink.”
Wow! What a reminder! There’s no doubt that one should give thanks more often. Time is set aside for being grateful at mealtimes, Sunday mornings, and Thanksgiving. But a person in recovery from addiction should not let an hour go by without giving thanks . . . for work, school, kids, health, spouse, friends, blessings, and even challenges. (more…)
Taking a daily personal inventory is essential to recovery and personal growth. Life Recovery Step Ten says, “We continued to take personal inventory, and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.” Unlike Life Recovery Steps Four through Nine, which focuses on the past, Step Ten focuses on the present.
Before going to bed, spend a few minutes thinking about the good and the bad things that happened that day. Record answers in a journal. Consider asking the following questions when taking a daily inventory:
1. “What do I have to be grateful for today?”
Take the time to write down all the things that happened that day to thank God for. Write down as many things as possible each day—whether it’s a compliment from a coworker, an opportunity to reconnect with an old friend or an answer to prayer. Seeing life through the lenses of gratitude can give hope to prevent relapses or giving up altogether. (more…)
Life can zap us of strength!
We want to live full, energized lives. But we’re too tired, depressed, or anxious to do the work to change our lives. There is a simple step that can reinvigorate us—gratitude!
Solomon penned these words, “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength” (Proverbs 17:22).
The word “cheerful” means joyful or glad. When we engage our whole being in thanksgiving—body, mind, and soul—it is a medicine that heals us.
In other words, gratitude changes our lives. How? Gratitude helps us in three ways. (more…)
Are you going through a crisis right now? Though your circumstances may seem bleak, take heart—there’s hope! You may be discontent right now during these hard times you are going through. The Apostle Paul struggled with difficult days, too, but he learned that it’s possible to be content with very little. 1 Timothy 6:6 says, “True godliness with contentment is itself great wealth.” Here are some tips to help you find contentment in a crisis.
1. Ask for Help.
Since going through a crisis is difficult, if not impossible, you may need to get help. If you need resources, whether it is financial, spiritual, or something else, your church may be a good place to start. (more…)
Many of you may be striving for freedom from depression, anxiety or addictive behaviors this holiday season. The “most wonderful time of year” can be one of the lowest times of the year if you’re already struggling and susceptible to the usual holiday triggers. You can be impacted in ways you don’t even realize.
Here’s a few suggestions to help you recognize those holiday triggers, avoid relapsing in your recovery, and in the midst of the sorrow and sadness that may fill your heart, (more…)