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Power Washed!

By LaDwana Whittenberg, Fellowship Bible Church TEAM Training Coach, Devotional Team 8/15/18

This past week while I was power washing God started talking to me. Part of the house, just looking at it, it looked fine and didn’t need washing, but as soon as it was hit with the water it shed a whole new light on the matter. It was amazing the difference.
As we moved around the house my step dad said, “we don’t need to worry about this section because it was just added on last year, so it shouldn’t need it,” He was right, that it wasn’t that bad, but there was a difference. If I left it alone and didn’t clean it, then by next year it would be worse and take more time to clean. So, if I deal with stuff as it comes up and not stuff it or deny it and pretend it isn’t there, then I can process through and deal with things more quickly than if I let it build up. “You can’t whitewash your sins and get by with it; you find mercy by admitting and leaving them.”  (Proverbs 28:13

Back to the house, thi…

Am I Loved?

By Kareena Holloway, Fellowship Bible Church NWA Celebrate Recovery TEAM Women's Encourager Coach, Devotional team 8/8/2018

As someone who has struggled with Love and Relationship Addiction as well as Codependencyfor years,  the lines can sometimes become blurry when looking for signs that I am loved. 

I learned early on in life to do and say what I needed to in order to win the affections of those around me.  I was a chameleon, changing who I was in order to feel loved and accepted.  I see clearly now that for all of those years, what I really was doing was controlling and manipulating everyone around me so that I didn't have to feel the sting of rejection or abandonment from anyone.  I just wanted to feel loved, accepted and adored, so that was how I coped.
Over the eight years that I've been at Celebrate Recovery,  God has helped me to learn three very important truths which I can use as tools in my recovery toolbox whenever the enemy whispers the lie that I am unloved.


Mind Games

By: Eric Hutchinson, Fellowship Bible Church NWA Celebrate Recovery Men's Encourager Coach, Devotional Team,  8/1/18

Our enemy works so hard to distract us and keep our minds occupied with anything other than our God and his plan for our life.  The media, trends and advertising, secular philosophy, and materialism are all examples of distractions that Satan will put before us.  In my own struggle against pornography, the mind is where the real battle takes place.  I heard the following quote earlier today and I have been chewing on it:  “Our lives move in the direction of our strongest thought.” – Craig Roeschel
What do you think about?  Are there reoccurring thoughts in your mind?  What do you dwell on?  I’m not talking about work-related thoughts.  What do your thoughts move toward when it is not occupied by work?  My sponsor told me very early in my recovery that God was going to re-wire my mind if I let him.  You know what?  He was exactly right!  My thoughts used to move towar…

Stolen Identity

By Susan Nichols, Fellowship Bible Church CR Devotional Team 7/25/2018

“I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called--his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance.”  (Eph. 1:18, NLT)
Have you ever been a victim of identity theft?  That’s when someone uses your personal information without your permission to gain some benefit for themselves.  A friend of mine recently had someone charge hundreds of dollars to his credit card.  He had to fight to clear his name and get his money back.  What would you do if someone took out loans in your name?  Or used your social security number to get a copy of your birth certificate? Would you let them take money out of your bank account?  Would you let them steal your identity?  I think you’d do whatever it took to protect your name and keep the identity thief from ruining your life. Now the question becomes this:  If you’d do whatever it took to protect you…

Finding the Rhythm

By Carl Kimbro, Fellowship Bible Church Celebrate Recovery Devotional Team 7/18/18

Things are going great. Family life couldn’t be better. Bible study, fellowship with Christian friends and our relationship with God are at their best. Our hurts, habits, and hang-ups have been turned over to God. Then suddenly, the rhythms of life change when you least expect it. Everything spirals out of control. Chaos reigns and it seems hopeless.

When this happens we can get off track and stopped trusting God. We go into fix-it mode. Maybe we pray about it, but we tell God how we want it fixed and go down the path of making it work out that way. We may even just give up and fall back on destructive habits. In short, our life can become unmanageable. We feel alone, hopeless, and abandoned by God. And the more we try to fix it ourselves, the worse it gets.

When the Israelites were trapped between the Red Sea and the Egyptian army, God gave them 1 simple command in Exodus 14:14
"The Lord will fight fo…

That's amazing!

By Kareena Holloway, Fellowship Bible Church NWA Celebrate Recovery TEAM Women's Encourager Coach and Devotional team 7/11/2018
FIRST, let's start by looking at the very definition of the word AMAZE:
a·maze əˈmāz/ verb past tense: amazed; past participle: amazed  surprise (someone) greatly; fill with astonishment.
Isn't it AMAZING how God can take each and every one of us in whatever mess we're in, and turn it around for His glory while healing us from hurts, hang-ups, and bad habits?  As many of us look around the room at Celebrate Recovery, whether it's in Worship time, Open Share, Solid Rock, The Landing, and even the little ones over at Celebration Place, we stand amazed at what God has done in us, you, and everyone else!  We are humbled by seeing the broken come through the doors and watching as they too work the 12 Steps, and put God FIRST.  We've all been there and look at where where God has brought us! 

Philippians 3:12-16:  "I’m not saying that I have t…


By: Eric Hutchinson, Fellowship Bible Church NWA, Celebrate Recovery, Men's Encourager Coach 7/4/18

Brother number 1 was born a rebel.  His idea of freedom was to step across all boundaries and do whatever he desired.  He was always in trouble as a kid because he never obeyed.  As a teenager, he wanted to try everything.  He spent a lot of time in Juvenile Detention and as soon as he could move out on his own, he did.  It wasn’t long before he was incarcerated and even in prison, he made choices that ended with him sitting in an 8x5 dark solitary room. Brother number 2 always felt that his borders were there to protect him.  He obeyed his parents and as he grew and matured his boundaries were expanded.  He chose to work hard while in school and chose to participate in groups that seemingly put more restrictions on his life.  He attended church, volunteered for community service and worked part-time at the local grocery store sacking groceries for customers.  He graduated college, go…

Lessons Learned in the Garden

By Susan Nichols, Fellowship Bible Church CR Devotional Team 6/27/2018 Lessons Learned in the Garden For many years, we had a huge vegetable garden where we grew tomatoes, cucumbers, corn, okra, purple hull peas, greens, and more.  We loved growing our own food and sharing fresh vegetables with friends and neighbors.  I must admit, however, that while caring for the garden was satisfying, it took continual effort to make sure it was productive. 
One of the biggest chores was weeding.  My favorite tools for this were my two hoes.  The pointed ends of my crescent hoe (below left) were for precision work—reaching under individual weeds to pull them up, turning over the soil and exposing the roots in the process.  My heavier grub hoe (below right) helped overturn larger patches of weeds or unwanted grasses whose roots ran deeper into the soil.  

Just like that vegetable garden, we all have weeds—the effects of trials, traumas, and tribulations that have changed us emotionally, mentally, physi…

God’s Perfect Peace

By Carl Kimbro, Fellowship Bible Church CR Devotional Team 6/13/2018
God’s Perfect Peace
Peace is such a restful word. It implies so many things. When I think of the word peace, I think of a relaxed person in tune with both God and the world around them. A person at peace has a mind that doesn’t feel mentally fatigued and is free from worry and stress. I view peace as something that comes from turning our troubles, worries, fears and cares over to God.
Turning our troubles, worries and cares over to God can be a struggle. For myself, I know the problem. It’s me not trusting Him to give me peace. I hold onto the hurt and worry. But scripture clearly gives us the truth that we can find peace in God. 1 st Peter 5:7 clearly states God cares: 
“Cast your anxiety on Him because He cares for you”.
In the proceeding verses, Peter is explaining God’s expectations for behavior amongst His people. That this command falls in the midst of those behavioral things shows God expects trust to be a behavior …

Perspective Changes Everything

By: Tim Kelley, Fellowship Bible Church NWA, Celebrate Recovery Devotional Team, and TEAM Training Coach 6/6/18
God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them. And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world. Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love.” ‭‭1 John‬ ‭4:16-18‬ ‭NLT‬‬
Can I be honest? There was a time when these verses, above, were so hard for me to hear or read. The reason was that I was always in fear of judgment. My view of the Father at that time would not, and could not, allow me to see Him as anything but a harsh judge. This was my view because I had not dealt rightly with my sins, character defects, hurts, habits and hang-ups. I was carrying them, I was trying to make myself righ…

Service With A Smile

By: Carol Holmstrom, Celebrate Recovery National Assimilation Coach, Fellowship NWA Celebrate Recovery Ministry Staff 5/30/2018
Service With A Smile “For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.” Galatians 5:13 (ESV)