Friday, September 11, 2015

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 with God.
His will is a beautiful expression of His unconditional love. Take a look around you today and see what He is doing. Even in the difficult & hard to explain situations, God's WILL, will shine through it and He will not allow that hurt to go wasted.
You are breathing today and have a body of CR believers that are here and ready to walk through any and all junk with His help. That is no coincidence.

God is still in the business of miracles.

Be blessed today!

Rodney Holmstrom

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Let It Go! Let It Go!

I remember hearing this song for the first time. I had not seen the Disney movie, Frozen, at that point. I had only heard that 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 embracing who we really are and from living freely. I can choose to pretend something has not happened or that I have not been made a certain way that I think I would prefer, ultimately resulting inliving in conflict or resentment. OR, I can choose to Let It Go! I can be honest with my hurts, habits, and hang-ups. I can admit that I am powerless to do the wrong thing. I can choose to move beyond unmet expectations, mine or someone else’s
How about acceptance? Once we step out of denial it doesn’t necessarily mean the next step is acceptance. Sometimes there is a suspended state in between called limbo. I admit what did or did not happen; yet I am not willing to fully accept or embrace an alternative idea or reality. Have I fully accepted the truth? Am I able to Let It Go and move on toward healing?
When we step out of denial and into acceptance, we have made a decision. Are you familiar with the idea that not making a decision is in and of itself, making a decision? Awareness does not equal a decision. I am aware of a lot of things that would make me healthier and my life “easier”. It doesn’t mean I do them. True decision means changing. Part of the Latin root of the words decide, decides, and decision is “caedree” meaning to cut off. A real decision eliminates other options. It is a real way to Let It Go.
Have you ever played a scenario in your mind over and over? Rehashed the story with family and friends again and again? The tighter we hold onto hurts, habits, and hang-ups, the harder it is to let go. If I have my fists clinched around something, fighting to hold onto what I know, whether I really want it or not; I am not open to receive something that might be better or at a minimum release the strain and stress of holding on by relaxing or releasing my grip.
When Anna stopped living in denial and anger over her reality and began to accept the facts, she had a decision to make. She could continue to struggle, mourn, and freeze out others OR she could release her expectations, her hurts, habits and hang-ups. It was up to her.  Just like it is up to us. What will you do today? Are you willing to Let It Go?
If so, throw your arms out wide, hold your head up high, decide and declare it! Let It Go!
Daphne- CR leader and volunteer, Fellowship Bible Church

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Airplane Mode

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 flying in ministry the way He intended us to.  Principle 7: Reserve a daily time with God for self-examination, Bible readings and prayer in order to know God and His will for my life and to gain the power to follow His will.

A daily time of "airplane mode" time with the Father helps us know His will and gain power to follow His will. How is your "airplane mode" time these days?

What would happen if all our church leaders, ministry leaders and followers of Christ gave just 1% of our day to Him?  

Have a blessed week friend. God bless you.

Rodney Holmstrom

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Friday, January 16, 2015

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 next. Maybe the one you invite into this process could be the next to experience their own miracle toward healthy living in all their affairs.
Come see us tonight and give that brother or sister a call that God has been putting on your heart lately.
A great testimony, great worship, small groups that strengthen us and wonderful fellowship.
6pm Celebrate Recovery @ Fellowship Bible

Rodney Holmstrom

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