Friday, February 28, 2014

Are you Dwelling, Delighting, Committing, Trusting?

As you walk through your day with your Father, do you…
Trust Him? Do you dwell in His presence?  Is the ride with Him a delight or ????
If we trust Him, dwell in his presence and enjoy or delight in our time with Him, then…..we are in a place where we are able to fully commit to our Abba Father.

These are the words that jumped out at me this morning in reading:
Psalm 37:3-5
3 "Trust" in the LORD, and do good;
    "dwell" in the land and befriend faithfulness.
4 "Delight" yourself in the LORD,
    and he will give you the desires of your heart.
5 "Commit" your way to the LORD;
    "trust" in him, and he will act.

Does that sound familiar? This is principle's one, two and three of Celebrate Recovery. When we marinate in these principles then we can live in trust to face life’s struggles much better.

Rodney

Friday, February 21, 2014

"Little girl, get up!"


"Little girl, get up!"
An interesting statement from the lips of Jesus in the gospel of Mark.
Reminds me of my life and recovery. 
For so long I was the little boy in a man's body struggling thru life on my own.
When we are sick in our junk, with unresolved hurt, hang ups we just can't get past, and maybe even some habits that have us stuck, we revert back to the little girl or boy that stays hidden from everyone.
The good news though is that we just have to reach out with our heart and Jesus will meet us where we are.

Maybe it's time for you to let Jesus take you by the hand and then respond to His plea. Maybe today is the day that you finally get up and stop hiding as a the little child so you can grow into what He has called you to be.
He did it for me and I know He can for you too.

"He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum!” (which means “Little girl, I say to you, get up!” 
Mark 5:40-41

Come see us tonight at CR and start the maturing process in your life.
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Monday, February 17, 2014

God-Sized Vision


"I am afraid Rodney" These were my mother's words in her final months of her life.

Mom and I had many discussions about her fear of dying.
I remember waking up about 2:00am in her hospital room and hearing my mother's voice.
I looked over at her lying in her hospital bed and saw my mother’s hands raised to the ceiling, eyes closed, as she talked with her Heavenly Father.
She was saying, “Father, I am not afraid anymore. Please take this fear from me and give me Your peace.
I saw a complete peace come over her face as she ended this prayer.

 
What happened? My mom began believing the truth that God’s power is much greater than her fear that consumed her. He is bigger than any obstacle we may face here on earth.
Here is the thing I can’t miss in this story, & that is her circumstances didn’t change.
She died four months later.
What changed? She changed and her perspective on who was in control of her circumstances changed.
She let go of her fear and had serenity unlike anything I’ve seen before. She died with peace and not despair and misery.

 It is important to have “faith” but it is just as important to have the right “vision”. When you feel tempted to close up in despair and have an ‘earth sized’ vision that leaves you focusing on your problem, remember, God is BIG and He has a ‘God-sized’ plan for you.
Lift up your eyes from the problem toward the Solution, Jesus Christ.
He is better, He is stronger.

Isn’t it great to know we don’t have to carry our stuff nor are we expected to be strong enough to do it? He is our Higher Power and has the power, and desire to help us thru our circumstances.
Hope is believing He can change us and then allowing Him to do it even when our circumstances don’t change.

Have a great day!
 
Rodney Holmstrom

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Keep Dropping Those Nets


"I just can't do what you are asking me to do Lord.”

“I have tired that so many times and it’s just not working."

“Do what?!? Are You crazy?!”

Have you ever had those thoughts or conversations with God?

Jesus told Simon,
“Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.” Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked all night and haven’t caught anything.” Luke 5:4-5a

In other words… “we’ve tried that already and it’s not working.”

 
Isn’t it interesting that the same fears that people had then, we have today?

“Deep water? Persevere? Keep rowing? Keep dropping my net? But that hasn’t worked up until now…”

The process of maturing, growing, recovering from past wounds and hurts is difficult and seems like too deep of waters to enter, but when we follow what He asks us to do in His timing, we will see the fruit in our life He is promising us.

We see Simon come to this revelation in verse 5b, “’But’ because you say so, I will let down my nets.”

When we step out in faith and not allow feelings of fear to hold us back, then we experience His blessings unlike ever before. The peace, joy and purpose we find when we surrender all those anxieties to Him, will bring a ‘boat’ overflowing with His goodness. (see vs. 6)

If you are having doubts about continuing in the process and instructions Christ has given, hang on, His way is better, He is better. Maybe today your conversation with God is “but….because You say so Lord, I will do it.”

He desires to overflow your heart with so much that your net literally breaks.

Now that’s a good thought to chew on this morning.

Have a great day!

Rodney

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Are You Packing?


Packing my bag for the gym yesterday...
✔ change of clothes 
✔ deodorant 
✔ belt
✔ shoes 
✔ shampoo 
✔ soap

It felt like something was missing...
I get to the gym, workout, take my shower and it hits me what I forgot...
A Bath towel! Doh!!!!
Have you ever dried off using a paper towel? Just not the same.
My daily walk is the same way. At times I can walk out the door without putting on my full armor of God, daily time with God, prayer and meditation. 
Then when I face opposition, trials and struggles, it hits me, DOH! 

In life (recovery) I am learning that sometimes I don't notice the things I should do until I stop doing them. 
Trust me, packing our daily bag for battle is something we don't want to wait until later to see its value.

"The Lord's word is pure" Psalm 18:30.

Rodney