Cleaning House!

By Kareena Holloway, Fellowship Bible Church NWA Celebrate Recovery Women's Encourager Coach
Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.  See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. 
Psalm 139:23-24

We had put our house on the market a few years ago.  Before we could do that, we needed to clean it out.  In the process of that,  we had to go through all of the rooms and decide what was to be donated, thrown away, or stored away for later use.  In other words, we had to take a look at things we'd been hiding away or shoving away in there!  As the family worked through the process, we each went through the usual, expected resistance at one time or another of just not wanting to confront it.  Being 100% honest, it had been so easy to just push it away in a closet and pretend it wasn't even there.  However, we pushed through it and got the jobs done.  

In doing all of that, I couldn't help but think of the similarit…

What's Your One Word for 2018?

By Eric Hutchinson, Fellowship Bible Church NWA Celebrate Recovery Men's Encourager Coach

​ It’s hard to simplify life. Narrowing the focus seems impossible. Over this past year, you may have been asked hundreds of times, “How is it going?” Your response was probably something like, “I have been SO busy!” You never hear anyone say, “I’ve had so much time on my hands and I’m looking for something new to do.” That person doesn’t exist.

You have tons of responsibilities, and your schedule is crazy. You feel like you’re sprinting in life. That’s why we need to be intentional about clarifying and simplifying life.  In Philippians 3:13-14, Paul uses the phrase "
one thing" to bring focus and clarity to his calling. In Luke 10:42, Jesus says to Martha, "only one thing is needed." Both Luke 18:22 and Mark 10:21 include His words to the rich man and express a lack of "one thing." John 9:25 also includes this phrase as the blind man tells the Pharisees, "One t…

Big Plans!

By Kareena Holloway, Fellowship Bible Church NWA, CR Women's Encourager Coach, 1/3/2018

Happy New Years!  Do you have plans? I remember years and years where I would make New Year's resolutions to do less, do more, stop doing, begin doing, keep doing...on and on!!  This year I just want to grow in who I am to God and put my focus on glorifying Him.  Last year, however, it was to do more of journaling.  With the holidays, I was "too busy" to get it done every day and therefore would do it about 2-3 times a week instead of daily.  I also decided to STOP letting the enemy tell me that I am not worthy, not good enough, not forgiven.  I am mentioning this because I am thinking it's probably not only me who he's whispered these things too..that somehow my past mistakes means that I should not be serving where I am today.  That is crazy talk!  We have all done things we have not been proud of, but we are in a family at CR where we can admit those things, and we not o…

Childlike Faith

By: Carl Kimbro, Fellowshp Bible Church CR brother, 12/27/2017
Do you have Childlike Faith?
My granddaughters pray trusting that God answers prayer. They don’t pray hoping He answers, they expect He will answer. I don’t want them to be disappointed, so I say things like “God hears you, but He doesn’t always answer the way we want him too”. Yet, their simple faith has proven me wrong. Camp War Eagle drop off day came and it was raining. I told B. that I was sorry her first day at camp was ruined. She replied “It won’t rain all day. I asked God to make it stop so all the campers could have fun”. Once again, I tried to soften the blow. Drop off time came and it suddenly (and I mean suddenly) stopped raining. It stayed that way the rest of the day. I was excited for B. and had already forgotten her prayer. But she told me “God answered my prayer.” No doubt in her mind at all. Her faith in prayer made me re-examine my prayer life. I asked “How can I too have such child-like faith”? That led to…

Worth the Wait

By Carol Holmstrom, Celebrate Recovery National Assimilation Coach, December 20, 2017

A little over 25 years ago, we were anticipating the birth of our first child. It was a difficult pregnancy and there were many concerns that he would be born prematurely. Even though he was born a little before his due date, I remember being so thankful that the timing of his birth was perfect. Looking back, the months we waited for the birth of our son were short, but at that time, it seemed like an eternity. I can't imagine the anticipation of Elizabeth and Zechariah awaiting the miraculous birth of their son, John. They knew that he would "be called a prophet of the Most High, for you (John) will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him." (Luke1:76). As a parent, I have had many days of anticipating what my children would become. How incredible it must have been for Elizabeth and Zechariah to know that their son was set apart to be a "prophet of the Most High." Mary …

What do you treasure?

By Kareena Holloway, Fellowship Bible Church NWA, CR Women's Encourager Coach, 12/13/2017
No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other,  or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. Matthew 6:24 NIV
How's your heart this Christmas season?  There's so much going on with all the parties, the celebrating, the gifts, the decorating, the how's your heart?  Are you feeling  HURT EXHAUSTED ANGRY RESENTFUL, or  TENSE? If you are feeling any of these, take a moment and pray about it with God.  Ask Him to recenter you around the "why" of Christmas.  
The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be.  But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus.  H…

What's Your Net Worth?

By: Carl Kimbro, Fellowshp Bible Church CR brother, 12/06/2017

What's YOUR Net Worth? When asked this question, we add up our bank account, stocks, home value, and any other assets we have. We review our jobs and our earning potential. It's the natural reaction living in a society that values success and physical appearance above all else. As a result, we might feel like we don't measure up because we don't have those things society views as important. Or maybe we have been put down by others and have low self-esteem. Maybe we just plain feel unloved and unlovable. When we feel like we don't measure up, we can quickly turn to destructive habits and addictions to find the satisfaction and happiness we seek. Soon we find ourselves locked in a destructive behavior that leads to isolation and loneliness. The feeling of failure keeps us from seeking help because we think that  "no one cares anyway" So we might as well do what we "think" will make us fe…