Growth Through Trials and Sorrow

Do you believe there’s a higher purpose to your pain, trials, and suffering? Click here to watch today’s live radio  bit about experiencing growth through trials and difficulties! “The same God who allows our suffering also showers us with compassion” (Lamentations 3:31).

Gratitude is a Verb

In recovery meetings gratitude is often described as an action. Simply put, If we’re grateful, how will we express it? In the bible Jesus heals ten lepers and only one comes back to thank him: “Didn’t I heal ten men? Where are the other nine? Does only this foreigner return to give glory to God?” (Luke 17:17-18)….

He Can Rescue the Broken

Life on earth is so short. No amount of fame, money, brilliance, talent, charisma or good looks can bring happiness. They’re all transitory. I know that if God hadn’t intervened in my life, I would have eventually been overtaken by addiction and despair. The difference today is that I HAVE God in my life. My God…

Gratitude

When we thank God every day for our blessings, our successes don’t go to our head and our failures don’t destroy us. It’s all Gods anyway. “The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it.” (Psalm 24:1)

Broken Angel

Today I’m eleven years sober from drugs and alcohol. My family’s been torn apart by an addiction that killed my only brother 13 months ago.  I have a great life with Christ at the center; and my brother Casey is dead. I always ask: Why me? Why am I alive? Why is he dead? What did…

Today’s difficulties; tomorrow’s victories

The bible says “finishing is better than starting,” and “patience is better than pride” (Ecclesiastes 7:8). Both humility and patience are learned through life’s difficulties and trials. Therefore, thank God for today’s difficulties; they just might be tomorrow’s victories.      

Did God Suffer When Jesus Died?

Like many people I’d heard about the Father, Son, Holy Spirit Trinity for years but never gave it much thought. In John 17:5 when Jesus is about to be crucified He says: “Now, Father, bring me into the glory we shared before the world began.” I admit that I often struggled to identify with the…

The Power In Our Weaknesses

I feel Gods presence the most in my darkest times. His power seems greatest in my weakest moments. Sometimes pain exposes our vulnerability and opens the door for God to do a work in us that can become a powerful testimony. The apostle Paul begged God 3 times to remove the ‘thorn in his flesh,’…

Who Do You Thank For Your Success?

 “What makes you better than anyone else? What do you have that God hasn’t given you? And if all you have is from God, why boast as though you have accomplished something on your own?” (Corinthians 4:7) It’s easy to rely on ourselves and our own intellect when life’s going good, but where does that…

How Do You Express Gratitude?

I recently posted the question on Facebook: How do you express gratitude? Some people said hugs and cards. For others, it was through prayers and acts of service. And for many people expressing gratitude simply meant maintaining a good attitude regardless of their circumstances. No matter how you express it, it’s important that you do….

Why Didn’t I See This Sooner?

Occasionally I get discouraged that I’m just now realizing what led to my past troubles. While I’m grateful God has given me these epiphanies, sometimes I find myself saying things like: “why am I forty two years old and just now figuring this out?” ‘More will be revealed’ is a popular motto in recovery. It…

My Take on Gratitiude Part 1

I’m thankful for many things, but gratitude feels different; sort of like deep inner peace that comes from being grateful even in difficult times. Sometimes it wells up inside me and tears spring forth as I think about how much God has blessed me in my sobriety. I believe grateful hearts can lead to happy…