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What a Coincidence

What a coincidence....
-When I went to CR the first time there was someone there who had walked through that same situation years earlier
-When I shared my deepest pain, no one judged me.
-When I shared my testimony, I saw in the crowd the leader that led my first newcomer meeting.
-When I came back to CR after missing a week, people missed me.
-When I stumbled and went back to God, He was still there.
-When I stopped trusting God, He never changed.
-When I was fearful and lashed out at God, He still showed compassion on me.
-When I blamed God, he taught me how to take responsibility for my action...and loved me all the way through it.
-When I shared my deepest secrets with an accountability partner, contrary to what I believed, I actually lived through it.
-When I called out to God for help, He was there holding tight to my hand.
Sometimes we can look at life and the things that happen and see them as coincidence. But, make no mistake about it, there are no coincidences wi…

Let It Go! Let It Go!

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I remember hearing this song for the first time. I had not seen the Disney movie, Frozen, at that point. I had only heardthat characters named Olaf, Sven, Elsa, Anna, and Kristoff had mesmerized a lot of the local college guys. They were known to see the movie again and again and had learned all of the songs. I admit I dismissed the whole thing as to too much time on their hands and not enough time with their noses in their books.Eventually, curiosity got the best of me. I admit to hoping on YouTube more than a time or two to listen to several of the songs from the movie.  What do a hit pop song, a bunch of made up characters, and a story adapted from Hans Christian Andersen’s The Ice Princess have to do with real life and recovery? Well, from my perspective, here are some things that struck a chord with me. I never know when, where or how a life lesson may appear. Let’s start with denial.No, it’s not just a river in Egypt. (Poor attempt at humor, I know.) Denial holds us back from embr…

Airplane Mode

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I was flying back from the first National One Day training in Sacramento, CA yesterday and the flight attendant got on the intercom to give the familiar message to all the passengers. She said, "At this time, please turn your phones to airplane mode so as to not create interference with flight communication."

I got to thinking about this as a practice in our daily walk. Do we make time in our daily time with God to put our life, daily planners, meeting agendas, to-do lists and busy life on airplane mode, so-to-speak? All those things create interference and daily flight with the Father's strength.  Do you realize that if we gave just 15 minutes of our day to God in "airplane mode" (non-interference to our communication to our Father) that would be just 1% of our day?  

Life can be so crazy and God wants to be a part of our whole day but having those times of uninterrupted, phone silenced, computer logged off time with our Father is so critical get us centered and…

Miracles thru Celebrate Recovery

“Don’t quit before your miracle happens!”  That is something we say often around here at Celebrate Recovery and I love it.
It’s interesting how we can overlook the miracles in our life and recovery. The miracle for you tonight could be just getting here to CR.
Yes, our life is made up of many little miracles in this process that gives us our miracle we've been waiting for.
That miracle could be sobriety from some sort of substance, internet addictions of all sorts, relationship issues, maybe unhealthy and destructive anger, depression. Or maybe it’s just getting unstuck from our mess and learning the process of moving forward.
Whatever it is, don’t discount the biggest miracle, the miracle of learning how to apply God’s principles of CR to “ALL our affairs” and not just those that brought us into recovery.
Many people, in fact, an estimated 2 million plus people have gone through Celebrate Recovery worldwide.  Many miracles happening right before our eyes.
Maybe you could be the ne…