Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Never Forgetting - from WHEN LOST MEN COME HOME - not for men only

Never Forgetting
As we progress in our recovery, it is easy to feel as if we are “recovered,” which can result in us becoming complacent and blind to the insidious nature of sexual addiction. Perhaps your spouse has returned to you, your boss is happy with your work again, and your bills are getting paid on time. These are all good things of course, but to keep recovering from your addictions, you must not lose sight that there is still more work to be done. There are more questions to be asked and more answers to be revealed.
            Monitoring ourselves thoroughly and recognizing our character defects honestly and consistently provides life-giving insight for our lives. How have our character defects impacted the lives of others? Have our selfish actions ever turned out well for us or for anyone else? Do we display kindness and goodness to others sincerely, or is our kindness just an act that hides our selfish desires? Forgetting important lessons we have learned along the way is catastrophic.
Good friend, don’t forget all I’ve taught you, take heart my commands.
They’ll help you live a long, long time, a long life lived full and well.
Proverbs 3:1, 2 MSG
To admit discontent and hunger for redemption requires that we face our part in the problem and compels us to yearn and dream of more.
Dr. Dan Allender, The Healing Path pg 85
         Do you think about how God is working in your life? Do you ponder the progress you’re making, the fellowship you have discovered and the better life that you have today? These are all gifts from God who, even before you ever first admitted your need for help, has been working to bring you the help He knew you needed.
            Keep a remembrance journal, or carry a small notebook to record your thoughts. Share your thoughts — good or bad — with those who support you in your recovery work. The journal notes you make will be an exciting real time history of the growth of your new life. And this will enable you to see the work of God to be amazingly, miraculously more than anything you could ever have done on your own. Thanksgiving and gratitude will become even more alive in you, further strengthening you for your continuing journey to healing and wholeness.  The best is yet to come!!
I am filled with awe by the amazing things you have done. In this time of our deep need, begin again to help us, as you did in years gone by. Show us your power to save us.
Habakkuk 3:1, 2 NLT
This is an excerpt from WHEN LOST MEN COME HOME, not for men only  ~ Copyright David Zailer, 2011

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