Showing posts from May, 2011

Feeling squeezed? positive or negative results?

My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. Psalm 62:1

Guys, today this verse means so much to me and I am claiming it as His sweet words whispered into my heart.

I was doing some mediation in Psalm 119:65-80

The word of God can encourage you in times of affliction. What life does to us depends on what life finds ‘in” us. If the Word is in our heart and mind, affliction can bring out the best in us. If not, then it may bring out the worst in us. The school of suffering never graduates any students as one commentator says. So we must learn to ask God to teach us the lessons we need to learn. “teach me Your decrees” vs. 68b
Isn’t it true that no one knows us better than Him and He should therefore manage our life

As someone once said, tough times do not develop character but rather expose what character we have. It is so much easier said than done but we need to lean into Him and not allow the flesh reaction get to us and bite back as we may be tempted to do at first gl…

Maintaining Momentum

When we get complacent or start thinking we have it all under control is when we are most at risk. We never know what might be lurking around the corner....

Are you the same at church, work, at home, and with friends? Character is what you are when no one is around.

One huge way we can stay on track in our recovery is thru our daily gratitude list.

1 Thessalonians 5:18
"Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus."

Great reminder for me today that even when things are not going good and our circumstances may not be what I desire that I can still rejoice for what He has given me.
What are you thankful for today. First pray about it, “Lord, show me what blessing I have in my life” The take a couple minutes and write them down. It may be hard at first and may start with:
1. Thankful that I am breathing
2. Thankful that I have my health
3. Thankful that my house is still here after the storm, etc. etc

Once you get going, things start popping in y…

Home Run Trailer


John and Cheryl Baker, CR founders are reading thru the script this past week and filming is set to begin this summer. Exciting stuff!
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Beauty from ashes

Sometimes in the earthquakes of our life it can seem that nothing good can come out of this madness and destruction. But....that is when God can show off His greatest beauty and find the beauty in the midst of the ashes that is the Mosaic of our life. We are all broken, all matter and only One gets the Glory! Our name is now NEW CREATION!

Passage taken from the Celebrate Recovery Bible 2 Cor 5:11-21
Character Study page 1455 "My Name is New Creation"

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Life's Healing Choices in Middle East!!!

Success!!!! Thank you Lord for Your leading us thru this time. Thank You for the many seeds that were planted in Your name!

Thank you so much for praying with us and for our team in our travels to present LHC to Egypt, Jordan, Palestine, Israel, (Bethlehem, Jerusalem), and Kuwait. God did and continues to do amazing things. Many seeds were planted.
See below for a small sampling and some specific answered prayers.

Leadership for me as the team leader to lead my team well and lean on Christ as the ultimate leader of our group- We had very minor illnesses with a few team members but all of them came at times after the work needed to be done. Thank you personally for helping me as the leader to lead our great group of servant hearts on this journey. We had great chemistry and amazing work accomplished.
– Prep time leading up to trip- thru May 11th- We were all extremely prepared and God provided a great view to see Him at work
– Health of our team leading up to and thru the…

First leg complete

Wow! Where are we and what day is this?!? Time has stood still since arriving here and yet it feels like we have been gone for months. Missing my friends and family dearly.
We just got done saying goodbye to our friends as we wrapped up our first conference of the two. It is never easy to say goodbye.
Lots of hugs an lots of tears.
Imagine a generation of young adults that have now tasted what healing can be like once we submit our life and will to Him and His power.

Picture a group of men and women standing in a circle holding hands (mind you it is not acceptable for this to happen in public) praying, worshiping God. What we they praying for?
"We are the next generation and we can make an impact for life change. We can break the cycle"
That is one example of what is happening here!
Many people came up telling us that "we have been given hope that there can be a better life and freedom in Christ.
We are learning that we can share in safe group.
People came up sharing of prayi…