A Well-Timed Fortune Cookie

By Sarah Bryant, Fellowship Bible Church, Celebrate Recovery Devotional Team 9/18/19

The God of glory thunders. The voice of the LORD is powerful and majestic. It breaks the
cedars. It hews out flames of fire. It shakes the wilderness. It makes the deer to calve and strips the forests bare. (Psalm 29) It is mighty (Psalm 68). It’s like the sound of many waters (Ezekiel 43). It comes in a whirlwind (Job 38), from the midst of a fire (Exodus 3). It comes on the mountain tops (Exodus 19). It comes in a…fortune cookie? OK, I don’t have a scriptural reference for that one…but today, for me, I believe it did.

A few years back I’d struggled with some suicidal thinking. I seriously doubted my worth and value. I was hopeless, and exhausted. But God saw me through that in an amazing way through CR and therapy. This past year, however, has been a little rough, and recently some of these worthless and hopeless feelings have started to rear their ugly head again as I find myself working through issue…

Destination Unknown

By Kareena Holloway, Fellowship Bible Church Rogers Celebrate Recovery Ministry TEAM Women's Encourager Coach 9/11/2019

I’ve got a big question for you.Here it is:
Have you ever felt like you were heading towards an unknown destination with an unknown certainty?
WOW, how’s that for a starter!? A couple weeks ago, my husband and I got the joy of serving in the band for the 4th and 5th graders of Fellowship Bible Church, Mosaic.We always stick around for the lesson, so I was really excited when I saw the lesson would be taught by my good friend Laura’s son, Logan.I didn’t yet know what the lesson would be about, but once he started, I was drawn in!

As Logan taught, he talked about how God wanted Abram to pack up all of his belongings, leave everything he knew, including some of his family, and travel to an unknown destination to face an unknown certainty.God made some amazing promises to Abram! He said, ‘“I will make you into a great nation. And I will bless you. I will make your name gr…

So If You Think You're Standing Firm..

By Carl Kimbro, Fellowship Bible Church, Rogers, Celebrate Recovery Devotional Team 9/4/19

“Teach my song to rise to you, when temptation comes my way. When I cannot stand I’ll fall on you, Jesus you’re my hope and stay.” (Lord I Need You by Matt Maher)
“So if you think you’re standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall”. No matter how well things are going, temptation can be waiting to trip us up and send us back to the very thing that we have sought so desperately to escape. Everyone faces temptation, and giving in to that temptation can result when we let our guard down. There are two common reasons we let our guard down and risk relapse.
Time & Distance from our hurts/habits/hang-ups Many years of recovery isn’t a guarantee of continued sobriety. Yes, it makes it easier to resist the temptation, but it can also be the cause of a relapse as well. The longer we have freedom from our sins, the easier it is to think we have it beat. Satan knows this too! Paul warns us to be read…

You are a Letter written by God

By: Eric Hutchinson, Fellowship Bible Church NWA, Celebrate Recovery, TEAM Training Coach 8/28/19

My son is currently in Basic Training with the Army division of our Military.  He has been gone for several weeks now, and every now and then he sends us a letter.  It’s funny how excited my wife and I get when we see that letter from him in our mailbox.  It’s like Christmas!  If my wife checks the mailbox earlier in the day, she opens the letter before I get home because she can’t wait to see and read the words written from our son.  I come home and ask, “did we get anything in the mail?”  The words we read on that paper are surreal and are a lifeline to us as this is our only form of communication with our son for now. 
I was reading the passage below in Corinthians recently and was impacted by Paul’s words.  He says, “Clearly you are a letter from Christ…”  What an incredible metaphor!  You and I are letters from Christ to others.  When you give your testimony at CR, open share, step st…


By Susan Nichols, Fellowship Bible Church Celebrate Recovery Devotional Team, 8/21/2019

I woke up one morning determined to put God first.  Lately, I’d given up on having
quiet time and felt convicted, so on this day, I re-doubled my efforts.  I read two devotionals and meditated on the Word. After spending time in prayer, I shared some scriptures with a friend who’d been on my mind.  I was proud of myself and felt satisfied the day would go off without a hitch. What actually happened?  Read on to find out!

I couldn’t get the comb through my daughter’s tangled curls.  I yanked and she cried. The more she cried, the more irritated I became.  I yelled at her for losing her pom-poms and couldn’t find anything to wear despite having multiple piles of clean clothes.  Toys and boxes were scattered everywhere around my messy house.  Did I mention we were in the process of moving?  To top it all off, we were late to cheer at a basketball game.

I sat down in the midst of the chaos to calm down, a…

The Power of a Yud!

By: Eric Hutchinson, Fellowship Bible Church NWA, Celebrate Recovery, TEAM Training Coach 8/14/19

What’s a Yud?  A Yud is one of the smallest letters in the Hebrew language.  Just a little slash before a name or word.  It precedes the two greatest names in the Hebrew language, Yahweh and Jesus. 
Why is this significant? 
Well, I just find it interesting that something so small can precede something so big.  Yahweh was a name of God that was so holy, some Hebrews wouldn’t even say it out loud for fear of being struck dead.  Jesus is the name of our Savior, our Lord, our Messiah.  When the disciples would cast out demons they would say, “In the name of Jesus I command you.”  These two incredible, powerful names preceded by a little slash called a Yud. 
Think for a moment what precedes a life change miracle?  Stepping out of your car, walking across the parking lot and going to a Celebrate Recovery meeting, picking up a blue chip, lifting your phone to call your sponsor or accountability …

Journeying Through Depression

By Susan Nichols, Fellowship Bible Church Celebrate Recovery Devotional Team, 8/7/2019

For most of my life, I wondered what was wrong with me. I don’t remember exactly when I had my first bout with the “black cloud,” but I do know I’ve always related to Eeyore, the Winnie the Pooh character.  That poor little donkey had a black cloud that hung over his head on even the best of days. Like Eeyore, I tried to be a ‘glass-half-full’ person, but life felt overwhelming and exhausting.  I had my first suicide attempt at 18, the next at 20. When I threatened a third attempt, my counselor had me admitted to an inpatient facility.  Not to sound cliché, but it’s only by God’s grace that I’m alive today and more emotionally healthy than I probably have ever been.  Having the total support and understanding of my family at home and my Celebrate Recovery family has been instrumental to my healing. I’d like to share a few key lessons I’ve learned along the way. Seek help when there’s a problem.  I had …