Here for us!

By Susan Nichols, Fellowship Bible Church CR Devotional Team 1/16/2019

When is He There for Us?
When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.  (Isaiah 43:2, NLT)
‘When’—what a meaningful word!  It asks a question:“At what time or period?  How long ago?  How soon?  Under what circumstances?”Then, it gives us the answer,“At any time. Whenever.” I like to read it this way, “At what time will He be with us?  At any time!”   “Under what circumstances does He promise to help us?  Whenever we need Him!”
Isn’t it just like God to ask a question, then provide the answer?  Jesus promised us we’d face trials: “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world."  (John 16:33) Then He also promised, “Teach these new di…

Finding My Strength in the Lord

By Carl Kimbro, Fellowship Bible Church NWA Celebrate Recovery Devotional Team, 1/9/2019

Whenever we struggle or feel weakness in the face of temptation, rest assured someone will give us this advice: “Don’t go back to old habits and hang ups. Find your strength in the Lord. He alone can encourage and strengthen you”. It’s great advice, but what does it really mean?
Psalm 119:38 – My soul melts and is weary with sorrow;  strengthen me according to your word.
David loved the Lord and had a desire to live for Him. Yet he struggled with sin and sorrow as he sought to live a life that was pleasing to God. When David wrote this, the pain was so great he felt it deep in his soul. His soul was melting due to the grievous troubles and temptations he faced. But God promised in His word to provide strength to those who love Him. In faith, David was asking God to provide him with this promised strength. He knew he would fail on his own. But if he called upon God, he knew God would provide him with t…

Big Plans!

By Kareena Holloway, Fellowship Bible Church NWA Celebrate Recovery Women's Encourager Coach

Have you made plans for the coming year?  Did you join the masses and make a 2019 New Years Resolution?  It's okay if you did, but I just want to encourage you with something.  It's a reminder that God's plans are far greater for you than you can ever fathom.  Whatever you're in the middle of right now, be encouraged to remember that God's plans are to prosper you. To restore you.  He has plans to give you hope and a future!   

"Lord, you have never left us. The enemy would have us believe that we have been all alone in those darkest times. The enemy lied and said we were better off all alone. The enemy deceived us and said we weren't even worthy of having you near. Our perception of you became clouded, and we forgot what your unchanging word says. We forgot that in Thessalonians 5:11 we were told to encourage one another. We forgot in James 5:16 that we're s…

Mary's Song

CraigDuffy, Community Team Lead, Celebrate Recovery, Fellowship Bible Church. 12/19/18
“And Mary said: ‘My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior…'”LUKE 1:46-47 NIV

In Luke 1:46-56, Mary responds in praise as God calls her to be the mother of the Messiah. This is confirmed when she visits her cousin Elizabeth, who has experienced her own miraculous pregnancy. Mary found herself in very uncertain circumstances: a pregnant, unmarried teenage girl who had received a vision from God – who had been silent over 400 years. Who but Elizabeth might even believe such a thing? How was Mary’s pregnancy to be accomplished? What would be the reaction of her betrothed, Joseph? Yet as Mary surrendered to God’s call on her, despite her legitimate concerns, her soul overflowed with praise for God, His redemptive plan, and His promise to use her for His glory.
In a vastly lesser degree, I found myself in an uncertain situation in the spring of 2010. Having done the same work f…


Kareena Holloway, Fellowship Bible Church NWA Celebrate Recovery Women's Encourager Coach 12/12/18
Emmanuel.  A Hebrew word, meaning, "God with us". 
Let those words sink in.
He is with us when:
When we are at our worst.When life gets hard. When life just seems hopeless.
Remember His holy face and those precious words.  He is with us!
Remember that, like the wind which we cannot see but know it is there by the way things are moved.  We can see He is with us by the way life moves and progresses us to the next step.
We can look to other times where God has moved mountains, healed our friends and family, inspired us, brought us little miracles, put a song in our head, etc. He IS there...He IS with us!

You, my dear sweet friend, are never alone.
No matter what you're going through, no matter how hopeless you feel, HOLD ON! You WILL make it through this, and you WILL see that God NEVER left your side the entire time.

God loves you sooo much that He was born a t…

Friendship with God

By Eric Hutchinson, CR Ministry TEAM Men's Encourager Coach,

Who is your BFF?  
I was reading today out of 1 Samuel 18:1 “After David had finished talking with Saul, Jonathan became one in spirit with David and he loved him as himself.”  I have had several extremely close friends in my life.  It seems that no matter what I am going through there is a friend that I can turn to for help and encouragement.  Who is that person in your life and how did they become so close to you?  Friends are those special people with whom we can laugh, cry, celebrate and mourn within the different seasons of life.  Just the word friend can bring a memory of a person to mind and almost always brings a smile to our face.  Whether it’s the person you call when you get good news or the person who accompanies you through your dark valleys, that friend is a rich gift from God.  But, the greatest gift of friendship that God gives us is a friendship with himself.  Think about this for a moment.  The creator of…


By Rodney Holmstrom, Celebrate Recovery National Director West, Fellowship NWA Celebrate Recovery Ministry Leader

ThanksLIVING “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”Philippians 4:6-7 ESV What are you thankful for today?
You might be thinking, “Isn’t thanksgiving over now?” Yes, it is, but what I love about Celebrate Recovery is the understanding that gratitude and a heart of thankfulness is a central part of how we stay present with what God is doing. Gratitude keeps me in the here and now, focusing on and seeing what God is doing right now. Gratitude keeps me focused on the GIVER rather than just on the GIFTS. When we focus on Him, while giving thanks for the gifts, it helps us in those seasons where the things around us may be tough and harder to face.
The GIVER of LIFE has gi…