What Are You Chasing?

Written by: Rodney Holmstrom, Celebrate Recovery National Director West,  Fellowship NWA Celebrate Recovery Ministry Leader
What Are You Chasing? "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."Jeremiah 29:11 Someone once said, "When you stop chasing the wrong things you give the right things a chance to catch you."  I was reflecting this AM on how blessed we are to have the tools of Celebrate Recovery in our life that help us to stop chasing the wrong things that only lead to dead ends in our life. And boy, did I chase some ugly toads in my day.

All my Hope

By Carl Kimbro, Fellowship Bible Church CR Devotional team member 4/11/2018

Is God at the Center of my Recovery?

Usually, we start our sharing by saying something like “I am a grateful believer in Jesus Christ who struggles with (fill in the blank) and my name is (fill in the blank)”. What does it mean to us personally when we say “I am a grateful believer in Jesus Christ”? We know it signifies that He is in control of our lives and our recovery. But I have to ask myself (and maybe you can ask yourself, too), do I really approach my recovery as grateful?

Addiction, depression, divorce, and other things can send our lives spinning out of control. Coping becomes a full-time job. We try to hide it from others and just attempt to make it through the day. In desperation and fear, we call out to God for help. With Jesus at the center of our recovery we can put our trust in God as David did in Psalm 28:7 when he said “The Lord is my strength and my shield, in Him my heart trusts, and I am he…

Embracing God's Timing

By Susan Nichols, Fellowship Bible Church CR Devotional team member 4/4/2018

Learning How to Wait Well I once knew a couple who wanted a baby more than anything. They prayed earnestly and waited patiently for God to provide. There were times when they stood firm in their faith and times they wondered if they'd actually heard God promise them a child. Finally, when God decided the time was right, they had a son. They waited 18 long years to hold the answer to their prayers. Have you ever dreamed of something that seemed forever out of your reach? Have you felt the sting of the delayed answer to prayer? The Bible is packed with stories of people who waited on God. Here are just a few: 1 Samuel tells the story of Hannah, whose womb had been closed by the Lord. "...year after year..." Hannah remained barren until, at last, God allowed her to have a son--Samuel (vv. 3-8).David waited 11 years from the time of his anointing by Samuel (1 Samuel 16:13) till he became king over all …

Paid In Full

By Kareena Holloway, 
Fellowship Bible Church NWA CR Women's Encourager Coach 3/28/18
18 For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors.  And it was not paid with mere gold or silver, which lose their value. 19 It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God.  1 Peter 1:18-19

How do I do it?    
How do we ever pay Jesus back for all He has done for you and me?  
Jesus freely chose to die for yours and my sins--the ultimate sacrifice so that we could have Heaven with him for eternity.  There is no greater love than this.  It is out of complete humility and grateful hearts that all of us give back to God the way we do.  We dedicate our lives to glorifying God in our thoughts, speech, and actions, telling others about Him and what He's done in each of our lives.  We lift each other up in prayer, and we praise Him with everything we have.  

As we go through this Holy Week together, and as we gather with loved one…

Who is your 3?

By Rodney Holmstrom, Celebrate Recovery National Director West,  Fellowship NWA Celebrate Recovery Ministry Leader Who is your 3? “Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.” Ephesians

Yes, Jesus loves me!

By: Carl Kimbro, Fellowship Bible Church CR brother, 3/14/2018

You are loved!
"God loves you!" How many times have we heard that and said: “That can’t be true for someone like me. Not after all the things I have done. How can God love me when I don’t love me”? Sound familiar? Why is it so hard to believe this truth of scripture?

Many times in our past we have been rejected, been told we don’t measure up, or told outright we were not wanted or loved. In a world filled with hurts habits and hang-ups, if told this often enough we will begin to believe it. It is easy to believe that we have no value when we “mess up” so often or so badly. And if others close to us don’t love us, or if we don’t love ourselves, can a perfect all powerful God love us? The answer is a resounding yes!

Isaiah gives us a vivid picture of God’s unmovable unchangeable love in Isaiah 54:10: 
Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covena…

Fill My Cup

By Kareena Holloway, Fellowship Bible Church NWA CR Women's Encourager Coach 3/7/18

Have you ever been doing something for so long you just get tired?  Take running for example.   What are some key components to running a long distance?  
You need to: dress the part!  You can't run a mile in clothing that's too thick or doesn't breathe, and you want to have good shoes on! No flip-flops!"Therefore, put on every piece of God's armor so you will be able to  resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm." Eph. 6:13  hydrate and fuel your body before and for the extent of the distance."But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again.  It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life." John 4:14 get and give some encouragement as you go.  You're not in this alone!"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help…