Category: Devotional

Live in the Present Moment

Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. ~ Matthew 6:34 (cf Matthew 6:25-34), ESV Living in this very moment is all we have to concern ourselves with. There is the constant desire, and impulsive need, to live for the future. ...

Fight the Good Fight

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. ~ 2 Timothy 4:7, ESV ~ Our innate desire to control may lead us to an overemphasis on achieving certain outcomes. This may be related to our need for competitiveness and belief that winning is everything. No matter how we ...

When Conflicts Arise

What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you?  ~ James 4:1, ESV ~ Part of our recovery and spiritual growth is learning to navigate conflicts that arise within our relationships. Some of us may have been brought up in an environment where ...

Hope in the New Way of Living

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, ~ 1 Peter 1:3, ESV ~ Recovery and spiritual growth may sometimes feel quite overwhelming in the beginning. We may feel ...

Spiritual Values

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. ~ 1 Peter 2:9, ESV ~ Spiritual growth and maturation includes living according to established values. We choose to align ourselves to those values and strive ...

He Knows Our Heart

Prove me, O Lord, and try me test my heart and my mind. ~Psalm 26:2, ESV ~ Our Heavenly Father knows our hearts and He stands ready to help us recognize our weakness and faults. He is there to help us overcome the shame of our past deeds and mistakes. He knows our nature and humanity. Through Him, ...

God Listens When We Pray

I cry out to the Lord; I pray to the Lord for mercy ~ Psalm 142:1 ~ Meaningful prayer is a conscious connection with Our Heavenly Father. This may take many forms. For some, prayer is a constant moment-to-moment silent conversation. For others, it is a devoted time of solitude where meditation is incorporated. Regardless ...

Do Not Forsake the Fellowship of Others

not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. ~ Hebrews 10:25, ESV ~ In recovery, we learn the importance of the fellowship we have with other people. Many lessons are learned from hearing the story of other's ...

In Solitude We Find Intimacy

And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed. ~ Mark 1:35, ESV ~ Spending time in solitude is beneficial for an intimate and deep enriching relationship with our Heavenly Father. Christ sets the example for us to follow. He ...

Are We Easily Offended?

The vexation of a fool is known at once,     but the prudent ignores an insult. ~ Proverbs 12:16, ESV ~ A mindful and spiritual recovery moves us away from our sense of self-importance. This is because it is our greatest threat to living out our authentic sense of being. Carlos Castaneda shares this insight: Our self-importance ...

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