Reflections


"Once the Holy Spirit resides in us it ought to lead to Him presiding over us which can inspire us to do what is required of us." (Psalm 32:8-11, 73:24; Micah 6:8)

 

"God doesn't want to reside in our hearts without also presiding over our minds." (Psalm 63: 1-8; James 1: 17)

 

"We must take the time to spend with God that we thought we didn’t have." (Psalm 61)

 

"The more time we spend on self, the less time we have for God." (Isaiah 56:9-12)

 

"God can do more with our time than we can, so lets get out of the way." (Haggai 2:4-9)

 

"The attitude of entitlement is a by-product of ingratitude." (Luke 17:11-19)

 

"If you don't do what you are called to do, it won't get done." (Numbers 14:36-38)

 

"When you know what to do and you're not sure, do what you know." (Psalm 56:11; Romans 13:11)

 

"Giving our love back to You because all the love we have comes from You." (1 John 4:19)

 

"The freer we get, the freer we become, thus, the freer we are." (John 8:32,36)

 

"It is not our business what others think about us; our business is about what we and God think about us." (Jeremiah 20:10-11; 1 Corinthians 4:12)

 

"When we keep on doing what we did to get what we got, we keep it." (Psalm 119:33; Luke 11:28)

 

"Our life is manageable until we attempt to control it." (Matthew 6:25, 31-34)

 

"The journey is always in the beginning stages." (Numbers 33:2)

 

"Grateful, but, is not really being grateful." (1 Thessalonians 5:18)

 

"Busy doing nothing can be something." (Isaiah 28:12; Hebrews 4:9-10)

 

"Experiencing God’s boomerang effect means we are useful to His kingdom building purpose." (Mark 4:26-29; 2 Corinthians 5:17-20)

 

"You don’t rewrite your past you accept it, so that you can be present in the now and begin to discover the promises for your future." (Psalm 37:37; Matthew 25:23)

 

"The truth is not the problem, we are." (John 18:38; Proverbs 12:17)

 

"Because He is risen, we are privileged to live in God's presence eternally." (John 3:16)

 

“Because He is risen, we don't have to turn back, no matter what." (Philippians 3:12-14)

 

"Everlasting life means being in God's presence eternally." (John 3:16)

 

“Because He is risen, superabundant possibilities are endless.” (Ephesians 3:20)

 

"Because He is risen, internal transformation is just a ask away." (2 Corinthians 5: 17)

 

“Because He is risen, our real self can come out of hiding.” (Psalm 63: 8)

 

“When we long to spend more time with God even though we are already spending time with Him, we will begin to realize He is becoming the sole object of our worship.” (Mark 12:30)

 

“A paradigm shift in our attitude is when we go from feeling like we have too many other things to do in a day to spend much time with God, to feeling there is no such thing as spending too much time in a day alone with God.”  (Psalm 27: 4)

 

“Will-power is flesh-driven; self-control is Spirit-given. What are you under the influence of today?” (2 Timothy 3:1-5; Galatians 5:22-23)

 

“You can’t leave until you grieve or else you haven’t really left.” (Genesis 37:34; John 16:20)

 

"Walking into a hole to fill a hole and realizing it doesn't work; yet again, walking near the hole and falling back into it while knowing it won't fill your hole. So when do you decide not to walk even near the hole that takes more than it gives?" (Jeremiah 18:12; Psalm 37:4)

 

“God alone is the One who can satisfy our deepest longings that will protect us from the traps of anger, anxiety, and depression.” (Psalm 42:5,6; 147:3; Philippians 4:4-7)

 

“Secure and permanent love comes only from Him who is Love.” (1 John 4:8,16)

 

"It takes time to transition good resolutions into godly habits, but it's worth the effort." (2 Peter 1: 3-11)

 

"How we live is a result of where we live." (Romans 6:16-18)

 

"We wait on earthly confirmation to a heavenly reality." (Romans 4:16-21)

 

"The more we realize we are dead to sin and alive to God, the less we will take orders from our body." (Romans 6:11)

 

"Satan wants our negative emotions to lead us to sin, while God wants our every emotion to lead us to win." (Daniel 3:19; Ephesians 4:26)

 

"You can believe strong and still be dead wrong about something." (Colossians 2:20-23)

 

"Crucifying the flesh involves a paradigm shift from flesh reality to faith reality that brings fruit and joy from the Most High." (Psalm 57:2; Galatians 5:16-25)

 

"False solutions result in a low level of satisfaction; truth makes way for a high level of contentment." (Proverbs 30:8; 1 Timothy 6:6)

 

"Sometimes we have to get down and dirty to get clean." (2 Kings 5:10-14)

 

"Many are tempted to take advantage of your heart, and a few do." (Luke 6:45)

 

"The recovery process involves cut back before get back." (Isaiah 18:5; John 15:2)

 

"Oftentimes, we suffer more for the bad than for the good as a result of trying to avoid any suffering at all." (Genesis 41:52; Romans 5:3-5)

 

"Satan feeds on the sinfulness of mankind taking up more and more of his freedom with every bite." (1 John 3:8; 1 Peter 5:8)

 

"Our addiction when active takes hold; our recovery when engaged unfolds. What does it take for your recovery to stay alive?" (Galatians 5:22-25 AMP)

 

"The less time we spend with God the less time we have." (Psalm 63:1-8; Ephesians 5:16)

 

"God can get so much more out of our pain and suffering if we just let go rather than cry no." ( Psalm 119:71; 1 Peter 4:12-13)

 

"Marginalized, stigmatized, and traumatized are realities that are so painful that denial temporarily relieves some pain that doesn't really leave; and in fact is just hidden behind a wall of defenses." (Proverbs 14:13; Ephesians 4: 26-27)

 

"The disease of addiction feeds on unprincipled living; whereas recovery is about learning to make principled choices." (Colossians 3:23-24; Matthew 25:21)

 

"Fighting against our own best interest is a point of interest." (Deuteronomy 30:15-20)

 

"Persistence in pursuing equals commitment." (2 Corinthians 8:10-12; 11:23-29)

 

"What's lacking with a head full of knowledge and a heart empty of understanding?" (Proverbs 19:2; 1 Corinthians 2)

 

"Whenever we try to dictate when and where our gifts are used we are trying to create our own plans rather than discover His reality for our life." (1 Corinthians 12:7-11)

 

"God makes room for our gifts because they come from Him, not us; and His purpose is for them to be fulfilled through us." (Proverbs 18:16; 1 Peter 4:10)

 

"All too often we are not fully utilizing the Source of all our resources." (Psalm 62:5-8)

 

"Sometimes it is uncomfortable to accept what we are called to and receive what we long for." (2 Timothy 1:3-7)

 

"Emotional pain coupled with emotional isolation usually triggers a return to self-defeating behavior." (1 Samuel 13:5-14)

 

"The nature of reality is this: the truth is not the problem." (John 8:30-36)

 

"Even at our best we are still a mess." (Romans 3:9-12, 23)

 

"Some of our so-called friends have made our enemy list appear shorter." (Matthew 26:14-16, 20-25)

 

"God is waiting for us to allow Him to be God in our lives." (Isaiah 30:18)

 

"Analysis paralysis can stunt our spiritual growth by depending on the gift of intellect more than listening by faith to the Giver of all gifts." (Colossians 2:8; 2 Timothy 3:7)

 

"Own, bemoan, and dethrone involves acknowledging our self-willed actions, grieving over the hurt and pain we have caused, and then letting go of it by accepting God's love and mercy that covers all our confessed shortcomings." (Psalm 32:1-7)

 

"Own, bemoan, and dethrone is a healing process that brings joy and peace beyond our understanding." (Nehemiah 9:1-3, 8:7-10)

 

"When we are too focused on what we have lost and could lose, we are not open to looking at what God is wanting to do for us in the transformative present and future." (Mark 5:11-17)

 

"Tender approaches with questions serve us better than assumptions with accusations." (Proverbs 16:24; Colossians 4:6)

 

"We can't step forward into a brighter future until we feel secure enough to live in the reality of our present." (Genesis 13:1-18; Acts 11:19-30)

 

"God only gets us when we allow ourselves to be got" (Matthew 22:14)

 

"Our neediness can get in the way of our calling, so we have to be careful to make sure meeting our needs and living out our calling are in alignment with God's purpose." (1 Corinthians 12:4-11; Ephesians 4:1-6)

 

"Awareness of making an unprincipled decision in the dark is difficult to accept, because it goes against my already established belief system in the light." (2 Peter 1:2-9)

 

"Like dew falls to the earth in stillness and cold to do what it does to saturate the ground and bring life; so it is that we must quiet ourselves for the Holy Spirit to fall on us in such a way that we feel refreshed and insulated enough to rest in His presence." (Hosea 14:5; Titus 3:5)

 

"A fulfilling life is operating with power and authority; giving to others out of our fullness without losing ourselves." (John 15:13; 1 John 3:16-19)

 

"It is important to embrace our emotions without allowing them to dictate our actions." (Daniel 3:12-15; Mark 3:1-6)

 

"Our identity in Christ makes it possible to experience victory over darkness." (John 1:12; Colossians 3:1-3)

 

"Accepting love from the Source makes it easier to give and receive it from His resources." (1 John 4:7-8)

 

"Truth-sound on self, Grace-bound with others, makes for a safe environment for many to become faith-ground in God." (Hosea 3:1-5)

 

"Spending prime time with God often minimizes hellish events and instead makes all heaven break loose." (Psalm 31:1-5)

 

"Contentment is remaining joy-full and fruit-full despite what we think we lack or deserve." (Habakkuk 3:17-19; Hebrews 13:5-6)

 

"Freedom comes with responsibility which involves boundaries that without adherence turns to bondage." (1 Peter 2:16)

 

"We cry out to prevent ourselves from the die out that comes when we don't sell out to God." (Psalm 34:17-18)

 

"Being open is a precursor to listening, learning, and living a new life with God in recovery." (Isaiah 50:4-5)

 

"When we are perturbed by the reaction of our loved ones in the midst of a dialogue, we may need to examine our behavior in the past that is influencing their disposition in the present." (James 1:19-20)

 

"When we talk about everything, we have a better chance of acting out over nothing." (Psalm 139:23-24)

 

"When we own our own stuff it makes it more difficult for others to disown theirs." (Galatians 6:5-6)

 

"Yearning to understand others more than yearning to be understood by others is the way to live responsibly in God's economy." (Matthew 5:43-45; 22:37-40)

 

"In God's economy life often unfolds like this: Tests + Timing = Triumph!" (Hebrews 6:15; 11:17-18)

 

"Recovering from our seemingly hopeless state happens in transition with God living in us to Him reigning through us." Psalm 1:1-3; Philippians 2:12-13)

 

"Being religiously unspiritual is an experience of spiritual confinement, but being spiritually religious opens the door to spiritual freedom." (Philippians 3:4-11)

 

"We turn in our diseased habits for living in return for spiritual principles to practice." (Ephesians 4:25-32)

 

"Recovery is an ever never arrive process of reflecting God's character. Are you in?" (Romans 12:2; Colossians 2: 6-7)

 

"The cost for living by God's design is surrendering our self-will; then slavery to self is exchanged for freedom from self." (Luke 12:13-31; John 12:23-25)

 

"To be an effective leader you must be willing to follow a leader who is being led by God." (Philippians 4:9; Acts 18:24-26)

 

"Solitude has much to do with refueling to help maintain a surrendered life; while isolation is running from living a life on God's terms and conditions." (Proverbs 18:1; Matthew 14:23 NKJV)

 

"A man cannot give a woman more of himself than he is willing to give to God." (Acts 13:22; Romans 16:3-5)

 

"The combination of a man's behavior and a woman's tongue can have a debilitating effect on the outcome of relationships." (Judges 14:10-20; Proverbs 12:18 NLT)

 

"Our misguided identity can allow despair to mask self-pity that influences us to give up on life as God sees it." (1 Kings 19:1-4)

 

"In order to bring refreshment to others we have to stop blaming someone for our condition in life; and/or condemning whosoever to make our wrongs seem less in comparison." (Luke 11:37-53)

 

"Relying more than not on past history to live in the present can abort an opportunity for future progress." (Philemon 1:1-22)

 

"Just like a toothache is often a symptom of a root canal issue, so is obsessive-compulsive behavior a symptom of a worship issue." (Romans 1:21-32)

 

"Sometimes our agenda is only our agenda; not God's." (James 1:5)

 

"Men are period as they think in isolation; women are process who prefer to do it through conversation." (Genesis 38:1-30)

 

"Parking your emotions while the other is in process about a decision-making issue is an other-centered choice." (Romans 12:10)

 

"Seeking drugs or counseling resembles each other because both are looking to change how a person feels." (Ecclesiastes 3:12-15)

 

"If God is never late, perhaps we should learn better to wait." (Psalm 130:5-6)

 

"God says, you are made in My image, but that doesn't make you Me!" (Genesis 1:26; Isaiah 37:16)

 

"Often people who know our past history are too close to who we were to see who we have become." (Acts 9:26-30)

 

"The cost of compromise has heavy consequences that can introduce generational complications." (Exodus 23:32-33)

 

"Learn from your past while you let go of it." (Proverbs 20:22)

 

"Learn to work with what you have to work with until you have more." (Proverbs 12:11 NIV)

 

"God's grace allows us to no longer work so hard at being a failure." (2 Corinthians 12:9-10)

 

"As followers of Christ, no turning back can mean not even looking back." (Luke 9:57-62)

 

"There is no turning back as you turn it around, over, and up towards God." (Philippians 3:12-14)

 

"Recovery is not a magical mystery tour; it's learning to lead a Spirit-led principled life." (Psalm 119:153-160 NLT)

 

"We need to discern between wishful thinking and believing prayer, because contemplation without action is like faith without works, fruitless." (James 2:14-18,26)

 

"Protecting our emotional-spiritual, and even social wounds provide a breeding ground to grow weeds of fear, resentment, despair, doubt and denial about the possibilities of healing, transformative change that happens through exposure." (2 Corinthians 12:9-10)

 

"There is an old saying,"practice makes perfect". Did you know you can practice getting perfect at living outside the will of God for your life? How are you living?" (Romans 12:2)

 

"Friendship and freedom go hand-in-hand. A genuine friend sets us free to be who and what we are." (Proverbs 17:17; 18:24)

 

"Hearing is only listening when the evidence of listening is revealed through the learning to live, differently." (Proverbs 2:1-11)

 

"The difference between a shallow life and one of depth is the ability to monitor impulses, impressions, instincts, intuitions, and circumstances, so they do not control and therefore determine our course." (2 Peter 1:2-9)

 

"Yesterday helps prepare us to reach today, but yesterday living is not sufficient to meet today's challenges." (Philippians 3:13-14)

 

"We can't afford to not take the time to speak with the God who created time without losing time in the midst of our attempt to save it." (Psalms 63:1-8)

 

"When we are looking for what's right in others and we own what's wrong in us, we see what they are and what we're not; and it seems to draw us closer to one another." (Matthew 7:1-2)

 

"We are not necessarily responsible for where we find ourselves, but we are responsible for where we are going." (Ezekiel 18:2-4,14-18)

 

"Has anyone tried to affirm their love for you and you have rejected it because it doesn't seem good enough? If so, when you did that did their shame and isolation increase or decrease? And what if Jesus loved us like that?" (John 21:15-19)

 

"Our God may drench us with grief, but He will refresh us with His mercy" (Job 5:17-18).

 

"Material gain won't shorten emotional pain, but it can lengthen it. The peace and joy we long for comes from God, fellowship, and service." (Ecclesiastes 4:8)

 

"Our relationship with God is always in tact, even if our fellowship is out of whack from being religiously unspiritual" (Galatians 3:1-4).

 

"Sometimes when you hurt people they will unconsciously place the blame for all their pain on you to carry away. Whenever you feel the burden to carry the pain of another, think again, and be grateful that God has agreed to do the same for us by being our scapegoat" (Leviticus 16:20-22).

 

"Our denial doesn't change the facts; no matter how much energy we exert through our contrary acts." (Ecclesiastes 3:16-17; 4:1)

 

"A so-called expert defense attorney and chemist without the credentials is some of the character flaws of an active addict." (Jeremiah 14:13)

 

"Recovery is about an exchange; God-like characteristics for our character defects, which is a spiritual experience that happens when we are willing and humble enough to ask" (Galatians 5:19-23).

 

"How do you reverse the curse of a dysfunctional history when recycling it seems to be on automatic pilot?" (Genesis 12:11-13; 20:1-5; 26:7-11)

 

"We need a fresh awareness that our sin nature has been fatally wounded through Christ's death on the cross; then we can accept God's power that transforms us through the action we take of believing what He promised." (Romans 6:5-11)

 

"Solitude is God-centered activity; isolation is self-centered activity, where are you?" (Matthew 14:22-23)

 

"Radical worth and unrevealed beauty is under the ugliness of our problems, wounds, sins, and disease of addiction." (Psalm 139:13-16)

 

"Demanding our own will is living dead while waiting to die." (Proverbs 8:34-36)

 

"Sometimes being uncomfortable is necessary when learning to discern the will of God." (Matthew 16:24-26)

 

"Sometimes we don't get what we got coming because we get what we got and then go to running." (Acts 13:13-14)

"Little transformation can take place unless the victim can get pass their own victimization." (2 Samuel 13)

 

"When we allow God to fill our love-tank, we drive with confidence to our destination; yet when pain, suffering, and temptation appear and shame and fear take over, we often wind up on a dead-end street minus a joy-filled life." (Psalm 119:41,64; 2 Thessalonians 2:16,17)

 

"God wants us to move away from the goal of measuring up and instead show up and grow up, which means we open up to God's mercy and grace that makes up for any mess ups." (Romans 5:15,17,20)

 

"We can extend their stay where we don't want them to play when our boundaries have no say." (Jude 1:3-7)

 

"Hope finds strength in surrender." (Psalm 62:1,5)

 

"God wants the mindset of His children to change from empty to enough and finished to fullness. What part can you play in all this?" (Romans 8:37; Ephesians 3:19-20)

 

"God repeats Himself to us because of our amnesia; we tend to remember what sin does for us and forget what it does to us." (Psalm 19:7-11)

 

"Oftentimes, the quickest way to any progress is slowly." (Ecclesiastes 9:11)

 

"When you put ego ahead of the best interest of family, friends, and even yourself, you provoke your own humiliation." (Daniel 4:24-26,30-31,33)

 

"Have you ever thought once you are saved everything is under the blood, and miss the reality of an unaddressed issue swept under the rug?" (Proverbs 28:13)

 

"Don't resent, just consent to the grace of God moving in without rent." (Titus 3:4-8)

 

"Too much assessing the situation can cause undue stress because your focus is misdirected on what's ahead instead of on the Head, the ever Present One." (Matthew 6:33–34)

 

"Bringing humanity to Deity is the most powerful lesson in the importance of humility." (Mark 10:45)

 

"God produced saving power through the pain suffered by His Son; leaving us an example of how beneficial pain can be in a life surrendered to Him." (Hebrews 9:11-12)

 

"Hopeless case, empty place, without His grace." (Galatians 5:4)

 

"A sign that you are engaged in the recovery process is a return to sensitivity and humility that tenderizes your heart; giving you the ability to hear with the ear of your heart what The Lord is saying." (Ezekiel 36:26-27; Hebrews 3:8)

 

"God's sensitivity and humility is what caused His love to breakthrough our insensitivity and pride; permitting us to be open to receive the indescribable gift, The Christ." (2 Corinthians 9:15)

 

"Isolation and despair perpetuate unnecessary pain; integration and encouragement precipitate unavoidable pleasure." (Hebrews 10:24,25)

 

"Being in the valley without any mountaintop experience will leave one lost in a pit of morbid realism, which favors an attitude of self-pity." (Proverbs 17:22)

 

"Being on the mountaintop without any valley experience will leave one lost on a plateau of lofty idealism, which leans toward a self-righteous spirit." (Daniel 4:19-37)

 

"Lofty idealism or morbid realism keep us out of touch with our true selves." (Titus 3:1-7)

 

"We need to detach from attachments that lead to a dead end, so that we can attach to the only One and ones who can make it possible for us to win." (Ephesians 5:14–21)

 

"Just the right degree of pain from despair and isolation can drive us to be open to receive the gift of desperation, which ultimately sets us up to embark upon a journey of recovery." (Isaiah 61:3-4)

 

"Because we often want to be more than we are, we end up denying who we really are; needy and vulnerable people who cannot thrive without God and others." (Matthew 5:3-5)

 

"Acting out or acting in is rooted in the same issue; distorted view of self, others, and God, which leads to a desire for over or under physiological stimulation." (Ecclesiastes 2:1-3; Luke 12:6-7)

 

"Unmet needs inevitably lead us down the road to acting out; met needs enable us to have a positive influence on our surroundings, which is more like acting up." (1 Thessalonians 5:14-15)

 

"Neediness works in my best interest unless I deny that I am; then I don't get my needs met." (2 Corinthians 7:5-7)

 

"Punishment provokes behavior modification; discipline promotes internal transformation." (Ephesians 6:4)

 

"Witnessing while waiting can be a challenge when you are discontent in your present circumstances; remember that it is not always just about you." (Acts 1:1-11)

 

"It is crucial to remember not to forget what we remember is necessary to engage in spiritual battle, effectively; that our fight is one of faith." (1 Timothy 6:12)

 

"There is a cost to not being the boss." (Luke 9:23,24)

 

"Believing is seeing until we actually see what we had already believed." (John 20:24-29)

 

"No need to escape when you're already free." (Acts 16:25-34)

 

"To glorify poverty or condemn wealth is to live in misunderstanding of what God wants our focus to be. Develop a rich relationship with God; believing He will provide, enough, one day at a time." (Luke 12: 13-21)

 

"Whether you're stuck on stupid or stuck on smart, the keyword is stuck. The antidote for stuck is stick. Stick with the winners; God being the first." (Mark 2:1-12)

 

"The gift of freedom in the hands of active addiction becomes a weapon of destruction, but the gift of freedom in the hands of active recovery is a tool of construction." (John 8:31-36)

 

"Be careful about making a sport of judging others and yourself; it is a sign of pride that leaves the door to condemnation and self-hatred wide open; and the acknowledgement of the ultimate Judge, God, nonexistent." (Luke 6:37)

 

"Idealism minus realism equals false-ism, which puts the axe to truism." (1 John 1:8)

 

"Praising and praying without ceasing will cause the releasing of the power of God." (Psalm 34)

 

"We have either fallen, failing now, or on the verge of a fall, so keep God and recovery first before ANYTHING else; vigilance is the answer." (Psalm 38:1-22)

 

"Who can show you the way while you are learning the way?" (1 Samuel 19:18)

 

"We need to live our way into right thinking until our thinking gets right." (1 Corinthians 4:14-17)

 

"We begin the process of choosing to allow God to fill those empty places in our soul only when the pain experienced the morning after is greater than the pleasure sought the night before." (Proverbs 7)

 

"Do not block the unfolding of a natural crisis with a cover-up because it can hinder someone's chance to grow up." (Proverbs 19:19)

 

"Like the burning of a candle is necessary to provide light; pain and suffering cannot be avoided without missing God's vision for you to be useful to others." (Daniel 6:25-27)

 

"The purpose of fire from God is not to consume, but to refine us." (Job 23:10)

 

"If religion can be a bridge to recovery and a relationship with God, it's important not to stay stuck while crossing over." (Acts 9:1-20)

 

"Head knowledge plus heart understanding equals true wisdom." (Job 28:28)

 

"Post-traumatic strength can be the outcome of the struggle, if we don't abort the necessary stress process." (2 Corinthians 4:7-12)

 

"When we get pass self we help self." (Proverbs 29:23)

 

"The way you have been is the way you will be if you don't change who you are, which changes what you do." (Ephesians 2:10)

 

"A small amount of faith can make a huge difference." (Matthew 17:20)

 

"We learn as we live when we are diligent about learning to listen." (Proverbs 1:5)

 

"Often what we discount is what really counts."

 

"The experience of surrender involves the letting in of reality that becomes possible when we are ready to let go." (Psalm 25:1-5)

 

"When reality is something we attempt to create, we are choosing distortion over clarity." (2 John 1:7-9)

 

"The disease of addiction has a mission to make it possible for the positive to be impossible." (Titus 3:3)

 

"The words discipline and delight don't seem to have much in common unless God is involved." (Proverbs 29:17)

 

"We often breach our conscious contact with God because of our one-track mind on self." (Philippians 2:3)

"When you are going through challenges in your life is the purpose of the heat to destroy something or refine (it) you?" (Titus 2:13,14; II Peter 3:10-12)

 

"Who's tragedy will you allow to be your prevention from active addiction?" (Acts 5:1-11)

 

"When humility is disregarded, humiliation stays on the list of our agenda, whether we acknowledge or even realize it." (Proverbs 25:6,7)

 

"Must get our house in order to be responsible for what is right in God's sight." (1 Corinthians 4:40; Colossians 2:5)

 

"We can miss what is real by depending on what is wrong." (Colossians 2:8,16,17)

 

"The only requirement for salvation and recovery is to recognize our need for God and accept the precious gift He is offering." (Romans 6:23)

 

"The words desperate and delight don't seem to have much in common unless God is involved."

 

"Spiritual truth is proven by experience. Have you ever made it home without going there?" (I Corinthians 2:12-13)

 

"We must decrease our interest on the world and increase our interests in God; as we do this we become more attuned with the Father and the Son." (John 17:20-26)

 

"Oh God, insulate us from the natural arena so we can experience Your presence in the spiritual realm." (Psalm 64:10)

 

"Pride is an enemy of unity because there is no room for diversity." (I Corinthians 12:4-6,12)

 

"Living out what God has already laid-out won't become our experience without being real, still, and filled." (Psalm 91)

 

"God won't do what we can do; nor can we do what only God can do, so what do you need to do?" (James 4:7-10)

 

"Our disease of addiction is an expert defense lawyer when it comes to making a case for nonsense actually being good sense." (Proverbs 14:12)

 

"Resentments are to us what termites are to wood... Do you seek relief from your resentments by retaliation or forgiveness?" (Ephesians 4:31-32)

 

"God's voice is the one we need to listen to in order to be more kind to another's virtues and somewhat blind to their faults." (Proverbs 10:12)

 

"How hungry are you for your own understanding when God's main course is trust? It is time to acquire an appetite for trust, so you can experience peace, satisfaction, and fulfillment." (Proverbs 3:5-8)

 

"Lack of self-discipline is a commitment to self-destruction." (Proverbs 1:3; 5:23)

 

"Seeking constant comfort obstructs our conscious contact with God." (Psalm 62:1,2,5-8)

 

"The only difference between cleaning house and house cleaning is one deals with the past and the other with the present. Have you dealt with what's behind so you can address daily what's in front?" (Lam. 3:40)

 

"We reap what we sow, and learn as we go, or else we fail to grow." (Galatians 6:7-10)

 

"Recovery is a process of unlearning to learn to relearn."

 

"When we are engaged in our recovery journey, we can be assured of some progress with the healing process."

"Wrestling against God only prolongs our agony; clinging to Him relieves it. What needs to be broken in you before you stop fighting and hold on for dear life?" (Genesis 32:22-28)

 

"50% of something often appears better than 100% of nothing when it comes to personal relationships."

 

"It's possible to have went but not really go anywhere because you weren't sent."

 

"Yesterday helps prepare us to reach today, but yesterday living is not sufficient to meet today's challenges."

 

"You can't keep what you have without doing what you did to get it."

 

"God can do more with less when we seem to do less with more, so give Him what He wants so you can get what you need."

 

"Trouble won't last always; but when it lingers longer than you could have ever anticipated, take some time to search for its significance."

 

"If you're a prisoner to others dysfunction, you've chosen to relinquish your responsibility to allow them to experience the consequences of their choices."

 

"Just for today: God, help me to get the focus off them and they, so I can allow You to have me Your way."

 

"Coming to the end of ourselves is a prerequisite for a new beginning in Christ." (II Corinthians 5:17)

 

"We often use our compulsive behavior as a solution to cure the heavy emotions we deny we even have."

 

"A personal relationship with Jesus Christ is designed to free us from searching in vain to be understood, valued, and loved by someone, something, or someplace that is incapable of delivering what it offers." (Romans 10:8-13)

 

"The length of our pain is often determined by our level of acceptance."

 

"There is an attitude of healthy selfishness that protects us from taking an unhealthy selflessness approach to unhealthy people."

 

"Humility will take us to unfamiliar territory that often brings discomfort with the growth."

 

"When humility is resisted, we remain trapped in our comfort zones." (Romans 12:3,16)

 

"What would happen to our connection with God if we called on Him even half as much as we use our cell phones?" (Matthew 6:21)

 

"A resolution usually ends in disappointment; a revolution leads to results." (Jeremiah 13:23; Acts 2:1-21)

 

"When a wise friend tells you to try something that you find yourself fighting against, perhaps it's what you really need, even though it's not what you necessarily want."

 

"Revelation comes through meditation, which calls for dedication to be an imitation of Christ."

 

"Revolution of our attitudes can be the solution to countless unfulfilled resolutions." (Romans 12:2)

 

"No authentic transformation happens if the information doesn't translate to application that is noticeable by someone other than ourselves."

 

"Life can take on new meaning as we participate in leading others to the One who secures peace." (Luke 2:13-14)

 

"Oftentimes, our own heartache can be cured through the joy of working with others."

 

"If we miss out on what we give out, self-deception has won out."

 

"What price do you pay for missing out on what you give out?"

 

"The less we concentrate on being more than we are, the more we are."

 

"It's better to get better than to stay bitter." (Romans 12:14, 17, 18, 21)

 

"When you make your bed hard you have to sleep in it; not someone else."

 

"In order to leave our character flaws that keep us out of the will of God, we must grieve their loss; then the vacant rooms of our heart will have a place for spiritual attributes to abide."

 

"We must grieve before we can leave the character defects that keep us bound."

 

"We must grieve the loss of our old life as we knew it before we will find the grace to accept God's plan for our new life." (Mark 8:34-36)

 

"What mathematical system are you using when it comes to asset and liability, gain and loss? Oftentimes, what we count as loss God counts as gain. Are you willing to leave self behind and follow Him?" (Philippians 3:7-9)

 

"Winning the gold chain will never be a reality without embracing the iron one first."

 

"Can you sense God's presence in the midst of suffering? If not, perhaps your focus is on your chain instead of God's fame."

 

"The best things in life don't always come with happiness but instead pain; so don't miss out on a lesson God might be wanting you to learn that turns into a blessing that equates discomforting gain."

 

"Without wounds our lives tend to be shallow; lacking the depth to be gracious with the broken people we encounter, including ourselves."

 

"A wound can hurt badly and even leave a lasting scar, but it can also help us find who and where we truly are."

 

"If after calculating the numbers you believe the cost to be the boss is too expensive, what other recourse do you have?" (Proverbs 4:7)

 

"Pride and fear don't travel with humility and courage; and if you go with the former you'll probably get to a destination quicker; question is, who'll be waiting at the finish line?"

 

"Empathize, pray, and stay out of God's way."

 

"To under analyze everything is a setup to over justify anything."

 

"Life can squeeze you till there seems to be nothing left to give; so you start to give up while God is coming up to replenish your life with more than enough."

 

"Submission can be done on a conscious level with a carnal mindset; surrender happens on a unconscious level with a spiritual heartset."

 

"Hell works hard on God's saints while heaven is working even harder on Satan's aints; God won't desert either of them."

 

"Be honest about your condition, hopeful bearing your new position, and faithful concerning your transition."

 

"When you engage every fiber of your being in worship and praise, at least two things happen, God is glorified while the devil is horrified." Psalm 100 & 150

 

"Since your haste can make waste, try to be patient for His purpose."

 

"When we're swimming in a sea of despair; it makes for a good time in the ocean of prayer."

 

"The redemptive blood of Jesus Christ cannot forgive and cover our sin until we discover the mess we are in."

 

"Pretending what's true isn't doesn't make it false."

 

"We are not saved by good works; we are saved for good works... so what are you waiting for?"

 

"If we stay when God says move, we may be welcoming an opportunity to lose."

 

"If we move when God says stay, we may give the enemy his way."

 

"What do you do when you can't make sense of the outcome of what you are sure were God-lead choices? Do you take the easy route and blame Satan, or will you trust God's Word, Romans 8:28, no matter what?"

 

"Uncomfortable detours can teach us life lessons that we could never learn otherwise, but we must be open to receive the often disguised blessing."

 

"Are the sorrows of life moving you closer to God or are you perplexed and depressed, and thinking, this is odd?"

 

"Shame plus rejection equals isolation; grace plus acceptance equals integration, where are you headed?"

 

"It's better to be in God's will even if without than self-will and with."

 

"When religiosity directs the way we act, the Holy Spirit cannot."

 

"If we measure our acceptance spiritually by whether or not we perform certain religious behaviors, we are still walking in the flesh."

 

"Dead faith depends on our performance; living faith depends on God's performance."

 

"God's smallest blessovers can coverup our greatest messovers."

 

"Our limitations can lead us to God's limitless provisions."

 

"We often choose to obsess on things that have no lasting or eternal value; leaving little time and space to ponder what really can make a difference in our present and future."

 

"Easy what we read and say, but harder to walk that way."

 

"If your life looked more like heaven in 2011, you'll probably experience less hell in 2012."

 

"Our commitment to commitments happen when we are committed to the God of commitment."

 

"You'll know if you had a break-through by the way you choose to follow-through."

 

"Openness is the evidence of genuine brokenness."

 

"Thanksliving is what Thanksgiving should look like for those who are in Christ."

 

"It's not about you getting them to get it, it's about you getting you to get it."

 

"When you cling to the hand of God your desperate situations become a delight to the heart of God."

 

"Your spiritual progress is not dependent upon someone else's perfection."

 

"Whenever you are in the light of godly success, pride is lurking in the shadows...waiting for an opportunity to sabotage your progress."

 

"Pain can lead to plenty if you see your problems in the right perspective."

 

"If we don't deal with our issues straight, they will deal with us crooked."

 

"If you're wrong you don't have a defense, if you're right you don't need a defense."

 

"Pride is being self-absorbed with the desires of the flesh."

 

"Humility is being preoccupied with the will of God." (Psalm 143:10)

"When we get in the way of God's plan for someone else's life by trying to fix a situation, we become a relief to their pain that God wanted to use to bring their lasting change."

 

"Unless our real selves shows up we won't grow up." (2 Corinthians 10:12)

 

"Fearful moments do not cancel out courageous days." (Joshua 1:6,9)

 

"When we dumb down we give opportunity to smart up." (Isaiah 35:5-6)

 

"A sharp mind can lead to a dull spirit." (1 John 4:1-3)

 

"Without hope courage fails; then we become cowards." (Galatians 6:9)


"God grant me the serenity to accept the people I cannot change, the courage to change the one I can, and the wisdom to know it is me."


"Failure is only a temporary test to prepare us for permanent triumphs." (John 16:32-33)


"Recovery is a process of allowing God to heal our wounded soul so that we can help others in the process of healing." (Philippians 2:3-5)