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By Katie Treadway, Fellowship Bible Church, CR Devotional Team, 5/23/2018


What a beautiful day the Lord has made! Between the rain and the sunshine, our grass is growing so much and it’s been kind of difficult to keep up with keeping it trimmed. But an interesting thing has been happening around our house when it comes time to mow.

Our house is backed up to a cattle field where cows graze. We had our builder give us a 4 ft fence (instead of the standard 6 ft) so that we could get a better view of the cows and the field. It’s brought with it an unexpected bonus! When we mow our yard, Justin will throw the grass clippings behind the fence. I use to scorn him for this! “What if that creates mold?!” “What if that attracts BUGS!?” “Justin…. You KNOW those clippings will be a safe haven for snakes now.” Unlike Justin’s natural tendency to just go with the flow (flow = whatever the wife says), he, for whatever reason, didn’t listen, and it’s brought about an interesting situation. Somewhere al…

The Storms May Come

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By: Kareena Holloway, Fellowship Bible Church NWA, Celebrate Recovery, Women's Encourager Coach 5/16/18
Do cloudy, dismal skies get you feeling kind of cloudy and dismal yourself?  I can relate!  I admit, sometimes I forget to look beyond the clouds and to remember that the most beautiful blue skies are right on the other side. I catch myself forgetting that very fact.  I focus on what's right in front of me, or what the sky looks like, and I forget.  If I let it go too long, I start wanting to isolate, and I feel down.  

How about those real-life storms? There are bound to be those days where you can't seem to lift your face because there is so much going on in your own life or the life of a loved one. In these times we need to reach out for prayer so that we remember God's truths. This is why God's Word is so vital to yours and my health.  His truths and promises keep us on track,  inspire us to reach out to like-minded people for prayer, and encourage one another.…

It's Not the End!

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By Carl Kimbro, Fellowship Bible Church CR Devotional team member 5/9/2018

As it happens so often in our lives, we are moving along in a close relationship with God,
serving Him, praising Him, living for Him. Things seem so good, and then suddenly it
happens. We may relapse, we may stumble in our walk, we may get caught up in circumstances around us and fall flat on our face. We may tell ourselves “this has happened too many times. I just can’t do this anymore. It’s impossible for me to get past my hurts, habits, and hang-ups. They own me now and they always will.” Doubt creeps in and we wonder if we are really a child of God. If this sounds familiar, you are not alone. We all go through this. In our shame, failure can seem like the end, but is it?

The psalmist wrote in Psalm 73:26;
My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the
strength of my heart and my portion forever.”

We don’t have to fear failure because failure is NEVER final. God is our strength, not us. God will pick us back …

The 5 W's & the H: What 7th Grade English Taught Me About Trusting God

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By Susan Nichols, Fellowship Bible Church CR Devotional team member 5/2/2018
Have you ever heard of the "5 W’s & 1 H—Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How?"  I think it was my 7th grade English teacher who taught that asking these questions when writing helps make sure the reader gets all the important details.  Well, I love to have all the details, so somewhere along the line, I came up with my own 5 W’s and 1 H that I’d ask God.  They went something like this: “Who is going to help me?”
What do you plan to do about this, God?”  “Lord, when will you deliver me from (fill in the blank),” “Where are you taking me, Lord?” “Lord, why are you making me go through this?” “How am I going to fix this?” I asked these questions because I wanted to be in charge of my own life.  I knew what I wanted my life to look like and didn’t want to be patient with God.  However, the harder I tried to control my life, the faster it spun out of control.  I got myself into some uncomfortable situat…

"Hello God, it's me."

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By: Kareena Holloway, Fellowship Bible Church NWA, Celebrate Recovery, Women's Encourager Coach 4/25/18
"Let's pray real quick." I've said that before,  many times.  One day,  though,  I got to thinking about that,  and wondered "Why am I making prayer something seemingly shoehorned into my life?" I like it when God gives me those little wakeup calls. 
He wants me to remember the importance,  the significance,  and the preciousness of prayer.  
Prayer is important because it is a communication line between us and God that can even be understood if all you have is groanings.  Romans 8:26 (ESV)s ays : "Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words."  Prayer is significant because it is how we request help from our Heavenly Father in time of need. Philippians 4:6 (ESV): ​ tells us "Do not be anxious about anything, but in…

What Are You Chasing?

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Written by: Rodney Holmstrom, Celebrate Recovery National Director West,  Fellowship NWA Celebrate Recovery Ministry Leader
What Are You Chasing? "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 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 Celebrate Recovery 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.

All my Hope

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By Carl Kimbro, Fellowship Bible Church CR Devotional team member 4/11/2018

Is God at the Center of my Recovery?

Usually, we start our sharing by saying something like “I am a grateful believer in Jesus Christ who struggles with (fill in the blank) and my name is (fill in the blank)”. What does it mean to us personally when we say “I am a grateful believer in Jesus Christ”? We know it signifies that He is in control of our lives and our recovery. But I have to ask myself (and maybe you can ask yourself, too), do I really approach my recovery as grateful?

Addiction, depression, divorce, and other things can send our lives spinning out of control. Coping becomes a full-time job. We try to hide it from others and just attempt to make it through the day. In desperation and fear, we call out to God for help. With Jesus at the center of our recovery we can put our trust in God as David did in Psalm 28:7 when he said “The Lord is my strength and my shield, in Him my heart trusts, and I am he…

Embracing God's Timing

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By Susan Nichols, Fellowship Bible Church CR Devotional team member 4/4/2018


Learning How to Wait Well I once knew a couple who wanted a baby more than anything. They prayed earnestly and waited patiently for God to provide. There were times when they stood firm in their faith and times they wondered if they'd actually heard God promise them a child. Finally, when God decided the time was right, they had a son. They waited 18 long years to hold the answer to their prayers. Have you ever dreamed of something that seemed forever out of your reach? Have you felt the sting of the delayed answer to prayer? The Bible is packed with stories of people who waited on God. Here are just a few: 1 Samuel tells the story of Hannah, whose womb had been closed by the Lord. "...year after year..." Hannah remained barren until, at last, God allowed her to have a son--Samuel (vv. 3-8).David waited 11 years from the time of his anointing by Samuel (1 Samuel 16:13) till he became king over all …

Paid In Full

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By Kareena Holloway, 
Fellowship Bible Church NWA CR Women's Encourager Coach 3/28/18
18 For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors.  And it was not paid with mere gold or silver, which lose their value. 19 It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God.  1 Peter 1:18-19

How do I do it?    
How do we ever pay Jesus back for all He has done for you and me?  
Jesus freely chose to die for yours and my sins--the ultimate sacrifice so that we could have Heaven with him for eternity.  There is no greater love than this.  It is out of complete humility and grateful hearts that all of us give back to God the way we do.  We dedicate our lives to glorifying God in our thoughts, speech, and actions, telling others about Him and what He's done in each of our lives.  We lift each other up in prayer, and we praise Him with everything we have.  

As we go through this Holy Week together, and as we gather with loved one…

Who is your 3?

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By Rodney Holmstrom, Celebrate Recovery National Director West,  Fellowship NWA Celebrate Recovery Ministry Leader Who is your 3? “Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.” Ephesians

Yes, Jesus loves me!

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By: Carl Kimbro, Fellowship Bible Church CR brother, 3/14/2018

You are loved!
"God loves you!" How many times have we heard that and said: “That can’t be true for someone like me. Not after all the things I have done. How can God love me when I don’t love me”? Sound familiar? Why is it so hard to believe this truth of scripture?

Many times in our past we have been rejected, been told we don’t measure up, or told outright we were not wanted or loved. In a world filled with hurts habits and hang-ups, if told this often enough we will begin to believe it. It is easy to believe that we have no value when we “mess up” so often or so badly. And if others close to us don’t love us, or if we don’t love ourselves, can a perfect all powerful God love us? The answer is a resounding yes!

Isaiah gives us a vivid picture of God’s unmovable unchangeable love in Isaiah 54:10: 
Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covena…