Monday, April 21, 2014

They're Just Words....Right?

What’s the big deal?! They are just words. I used to be so bad about the stinkin’ thinkin’ and damaging self talk. I would think things like, “I am worthless, stupid, and good for nothing!” “No one would miss me if I left this earth” and “I will ‘never’ experience happiness in my life”

Are they just words? No, that’s a big bunch of lies huh? Words and thoughts like this are exactly what the enemy wants us to believe. Words really do make an impact on us.
If you are still having trouble figuring out if those kinds of words and thoughts are damaging, imagine how painful it would be to take those same sentences and speak them to someone close to you.
Honestly, they would be crushed to hear them and so would you.
So, if it wouldn’t be appropriate to talk to others that way, why do we allow ourselves to be persuaded by the enemy in believing that it’s ok to talk to our self that way?
“From a wise mind comes ‘careful’ and persuasive speech.” Proverbs 16:23
“Say only what is ‘good and helpful’ to those you are talking to (even to myself) and, what will give them a blessing.” Eph 4:29

This week, let’s guard our tongue and thoughts in how we talk to not only others but to ourselves as well.
This week, let’s “Keep a close watch on all we do and think. Stay true to what is right and God will bless you and use you to help others (including myself). 1 Tim 4:16
Let’s speak and think truth into our own life today.

Here’s a few to start with:
“I am God’s temple!” 1 Cor 3:16
“I am God’s workmanship” Eph 2:10
“I may approach God with freedom and confidence” Eph 3:12
“I am loved” John 3:16
Be blessed,

Rodney

Monday, April 14, 2014

Watering the Grass

You may have heard the expression, "the grass is always greener on the other side...." Well that's just a lie isn't it? In our sinful nature it is easy to always be looking over the fence, believing that there is something better. Then, sometimes in our haste and impatience we may jump the fence only to realize it's not all it's cracked up to be. In fact, the grass we were hanging out on before was much better.
There is an enemy who is in the business of false advertising to get our attention off of and away from the very blessing we have right under our nose.

The truth is, "the grass is always greener where it is being watered."
This week, if the enemy starts to feed you his line of bologna that says "what you have is not good enough" remember, Jesus is always better and He always takes care of His children even if it doesn't feel like it. Even if where you are today doesn't seem ideal, convenient, or even feel or look very green, remember, He is sovereign and Spring always follows winter. Hang in there friend. God has a plan. Keep praising God and watering your own lawn, taking care of what He has entrusted you with and in His timing, the brown, dead winter lawn will soon experience the bright hope of spring.

Even if it doesn't look the same as your neighbors, remember, it's yours and yours given by a Father that loves you dearly. Take some time to not only take care of what He has given you but also thank Him for always taking care of you and never abandoning you.
Have a great week!

Rodney Holmstrom

Friday, April 11, 2014

Hey Past, I'm Done With You!


"Remember what you did?" 

Yeah, I hear that lovely attack question sometimes too. The enemy will try to keep us believing and reliving the lies and destruction from our past. But...God sent his son so we wouldn't have to live there anymore.
"I am done with the past, & the future has plenty of room for change.”
Each day is a growing process but my focus moves from shame and regret from my past to now a daily trust in Him to change me for the future.

"Don’t be conformed to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds" Romans 12:2

What about you? What lies are you still believing? Are you ready to begin working on your future starting right now?

Come see us tonight at Celebrate Recovery at Fellowship 6pm. Freedom and change is possible!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Chasing the RIGHT Things

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 CR 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.
Sure, they promised a hope and a future, but all those "wrong" things I chased for so long only led to greater pain and destruction in me life.

Today, through CR, we can now choose something better can't we? We can choose Christ every time and win without a doubt. I thank God for giving me the strength to stop chasing the wrong things so that THE Right ONE, Jesus Christ could catch me in His loving pursuit of me and you.

Let's never forget how He pursued us in our recovery and remember to continue to pursue Him in all we do today.

"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
Rodney Holmstrom