Just Keep Going

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Just keep going.

Winston Churchill is often quoted as having said, “If you are going through hell, keep going.”  I looked it up, and there is no real proof that he actually said that. But it’s a pretty good quote anyway. The nearest quote I could find was this:  “Someone once asked a man how he was. He replied, “I’m going through hell!” Said his friend: “Well, keep on going. That is no place to stop!”  Good advice.

Winston Churchill actually said, “Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never—in nothing great or small, large or petty—never give in.” Also good advice (in terms of working towards getting clean and sober. Maybe not the best relationship advice ;P )

The month of January is filled with many good resolutions, goals, intentions, whatever you want to call them. It does seem like a good time to start- at the beginning of the year. New year, new goals and all that. But as many (most) of us have experienced however, by the third week in January most of our resolutions, goals or intentions have fallen by the wayside often never to be revisited again until next January. I certainly fell into that category for most of my adult life. And surprisingly enough, I actually never changed. I basically stayed the same person for many, many years. I WANTED to change. I PLANNED to change, I HOPED to change, I ENVIED those who were able to change, but just didn’t seem to have the “oooomph” I needed to actually effect a change.  And then my alcoholism and drug abuse spiraled out of control. So it was time. It wasn’t January. But it was time to do something different. I went to rehab. I went to AA, I went to NA, I went to therapy. And I was able to get clean and sober. That was 25 years ago. And you know what? I STILL work my program like it is day ONE. Because to me, that is what it means to “keep going”.

So now, it’s February. How are you coming on your New Year Resolutions/Goals?  If you are still plugging away at them- GOOD!  YAY!!!  WOOT!!!!  If you have hit a road block, and maybe need some support in getting back on track, Celebrate Recovery can help.  We meet every Wednesday night to work on our hurts, habits, and hang-ups in a SAFE and NON-judgmental community.

Whatever you struggle with: finances, drugs, relationships, alcohol, depression, pornography, overeating, spending, gambling, loneliness– Celebrate Recovery can help you start, and more importantly, keep going on the road to recovery and a good life.  You don’t have to wait until Monday, the first of the month, the first of the year, summer, spring, fall, you name it. You can start right now!!!!!  We meet every Wednesday night, offer FREE child care, provide a very low cost delicious dinner ($3.00 can’t beat that!), and connect you with a compassionate and caring community of people who have kept going and are experiencing the freedom you may be looking for. To participate, all you need to do is show up!  Dinner is at 6:00, the main program starts at 7:00.  Come on by and check us out!

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Why Wait?

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Resolutions. Again.

Resolutions. Again.

It’s that time of year again: “The Time of Resolutions”, which most often (at least in my life) used to be quickly followed by that lovely time of “forget it”, it’s too hard.  I suspect that for many of us, the same old resolutions are at the top of the list. For me, year after year, I used to make the same decision to cut down on my drinking, eat better, watch tv less, and exercise more.  Usually, by the end of January, most of my resolutions were forgotten.  But this year can be different. It really can.

What would it be like to find yourself at the end of January, still working on those resolutions?  And again in March, still making progress?  In June, you could definitely check off another box in your new Bullet Journal, (because you are STILL journaling!), and in December you could celebrate a year of hard work! I know, I know, it sort of sounds like one of those, “Lose weight while you sleep” kind of gigs, but honestly, it’s not. Celebrate Recovery is a Christian based program designed to help us all with our hurts, hang-ups and habits.  It works.  It really does.  Through music, teaching, fellowship and small group book work, CR helps us to figure out why we do what we do, and make the necessary changes to move towards freedom from the things that ensnare us.  I discovered that freedom isn’t what I COULD do, freedom is what I am free NOT to do-I am able to say NO to the things I don’t want to do.  Think about it.

Come check us out- we meet every Wednesday night at Creekside Community Church at 951 MacArthur Blvd San Leandro, CA 94577.  510.430.0607.  If you want more information, click here about how it works.

To participate- just show up!

 

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Fruit of the Spirit

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Fruit of the Spirit

Fruit of the Spirit

I was reading in the Celebrate Recovery Daily Devotional and read a great reminder of how to keep our recovery on track.  The comments are based on Galatians 5:22-23. “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”

“In recovery and in life, how do we know we are making progress?  The best way is to check ourselves daily to see if the fruit of the Spirit can be seen in our lives.  At the end of the day, we should ask ourselves these questions:

Was I loving toward anyone today?  Did anyone see God’s love in my life?  If so, how?  If not, why not?  Was I joyful today?  How did I respond in situations that tested my joy?  How is my serenity?  Did I allow anything to steal my peace?  Was I patient with others today?  Did anything cause me to lose my patience?  How kind was I today?  Did I act in an unkind way toward anyone?  Could I describe this day as “good”?  Have I demonstrated God’s goodness to others?  How was my faith today?  Did I act unfaithfully?  How was my gentleness?  If I needed to have a confrontation, was I gentle?  How was my self control?  Did I give in to something instead of standing firm?

Answering these questions might take some time at first, but soon they will become second nature to us, inspiring godly behavior and healthy habits.”

What a great way to keep our recovery on course! ~ Marion

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Who Is In Control

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You Are Loved

You Are Loved

Recovery is about finding healing and sometimes that can be a difficult process. That can mean being humbled by choices we have made. However, I have found that those humbling moments can bring me back to truth. When I forget that God is in control of everything in my life, I can make unwise decisions and those decisions can bring uncomfortable consequences.

I recently read a devotional written by Sarah Young from her book “Jesus Today”. It is written from the perspective of Jesus speaking directly to you. I thought it was worth sharing.

“Sometimes my Sovereign hand – My control over your life – places you in humbling circumstances. You feel held down, held back and powerless to change things. You long to break free and feel in control of your life once again. Although this is an uncomfortable position, it is actually a good place to be. Your discomfort awakens you from the slumber of routine and reminds you that I am in charge of your life. It also presents you with an important choice: You can lash out at your circumstances – resenting My ways with you – or you can draw closer to Me.

When you are suffering, your need for me is greater than ever. The more you choose to come near Me, affirming your trust in Me, the more your can find hope in My unfailing Love. You can even learn to be joyful in hope while waiting in My Presence – where Joy abounds. Persevere in trusting Me, and I will eventually lift you up. Meanwhile, cast all your anxiety on Me, knowing that I care for you affectionately and am watching over your continually.”

The important thing to remember is that God loves us unconditionally, even when we mess up. When we correct our thinking by trusting Him and allow Him to be in control of our life we can again move forward in our recovery.

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Hello This Is Marion

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Coming Soon

Coming Soon

We are testing a new web site for posting my weekly comments.  Look for the actual posts in the near future.  Have a great day. ~ Marion

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