Showing posts from 2018

I've Got This!

By Kareena Holloway, Devotional Team and CR TEAM Encourager Coach for women at Fellowship Bible Church NWA 10/10/18

Proverbs 3:5-6 says to "Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;  in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight".  
I think, no matter how far any of us have been in recovery, there have been those  times when we think "Oh yeah, I've TOTALLY got this!" 

We start off THINKING "WOW!  I'm doing pretty well.  I've got this!" , and then ..
Something else gets us!   "So if you think you're standing firm be careful that you don't fall".   1 Corinthians 10:12

Now don't get me wrong here!  It is fine, even GREAT, and TOTALY ENCOURAGED to celebrate where you are and how far you have come in your recovery!  I know just as well as you do, that real lasting life change IS possible!  However, we need to always remember something very important!  We literally NE…

Worship, Near or Far

By: Eric Hutchinson, Fellowship Bible Church NWA Celebrate Recovery Men's Encourager Coach, Devotional Team,  10/3/18

Whenever Moses went out to the Tent of Meeting, all the people would get up and stand in the entrances of their own tents. They would all watch Moses until he disappeared inside. As he went into the tent, the pillar of cloud would come down and hover at its entrance while the Lord spoke with Moses. 10 When the people saw the cloud standing at the entrance of the tent, they would stand and bow down in front of their own tents. 11 Inside the Tent of Meeting, the Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend.” Exodus 33:8-11

Wow, what a scene the above scripture paints.  Moses would meet God in a tent.  As he did the people of Israel would stand at the entrance to their own tent and watch.  When God descended down to the tent where Moses was waiting, the people would bow and worship God from afar.  Two things to note when reading this scripture:


WITH One Another

By: Rodney Holmstrom Celebrate Recovery National Director West, Fellowship NWA Celebrate Recovery Ministry Leader, 9/26/18

Don’t miss the huge value of our recovery.  What is that value? “With”

"And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrews 10:24-25 NIV 
In Celebrate Recovery, it can be easy to buy into the lie that we have to face life’s struggles on our own. If I have to ask for help, I must be weak right? Not hardly. The scriptures are pretty clear about ensuring that we stay connected with each other and God Himself in the good and the bad times.
There is an incredible power in going from praying for someone to praying with them. In Celebrate Recovery, we don’t just congratulate each other in our recovery journey milestones like picking up that first 30-day coin. Or finishing our first 4th step, mak…

Got Accountability?

By Carl Kimbro, Fellowship Bible Church, CR Devotional Team, 9/19/2018

During my first open share at Celebrate Recovery, I was told I needed an accountability partner. Over the next 3-4 weeks, I began to understand what that was and saw it as a “great idea” I need to be a part of. So I asked a couple of guys to be my accountability partners and they agreed. Because I or they didn't reach out, that was the end of the story. I never called them and they never asked me anything that would hold me accountable. Over the next few years, the process repeated itself often. Sometimes people asked me to be their accountability partners and sometimes I was the one doing the asking. But the end result was the same. There was no accountability either way. I was fine with this because I didn’t have to give an account for my lack of progress. I could continue on with little or no change in my life.

The Bible points out that God holds us accountable for our words, our actions, and our relationship …

Overflowing or Balanced?

By Kareena Holloway, Fellowship Bible Church NWA CR TEAM Women's Encourager Coach, Devotional team 9/12/2018
Have you ever seen someone so busy that they're just frazzled, rushing, inpatient, or just plain confused?  Does that ring a familiar bell with you, maybe in your own life?  I can tell you that I, personally, have felt this!  
What I felt, was that I was just overwhelmed with all that was on my plate.  The reason why is because I had everything pretty much organized...and then school started!  My daughter is in 5th grade and has attended a Christian academy school (since kindergarten) which partners with parents so that the child can have classroom time but also have homeschool experience 3 days a week.   
What happened is that I wasn't keeping my plate balanced!  

Instead of keeping my plate balanced, I had become occupied with just "getting it done".  Perhaps the fact that my husband and I have been grieving one of our sons moving away to go to the Navy was …

YOU matter!

By Amanda Allen, Celebrate Recovery participant, 9/5/2018

We are all human beings who have hearts and feelings. 
I tend to forget that I have this entire community of people surrounding me, that I can relate to. 

No matter the background, no matter the personal battle, I know I possess empathy to be able to learn from, grow with and become friends with these people. 

"I give you a new commandment: love one another.  As I have loved you, so you must love one another." John 13:34
Coming from a dark place, where I used to feel so alone and depressed, it's a wonderful feeling to know that it's actually just a matter of facing my fears of rejection and being willing to be vulnerable. 

"Behold, I am about to do something new; even now it is coming. Do you not see it?  Indeed, I will make a way in the wilderness and streams in the desert." Isaiah 43:19
The more I face the fears I have, the more I realize that many other people struggle with similar feelings.

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Blessed vs Miserable

By Rodney Holmstrom Celebrate Recovery National Director West,  Fellowship NWA Celebrate Recovery Ministry Leader

Blessed is the one whose sin the Lord does not count against them and in whose spirit is no deceit.” Psalm 32:2 NIV When I read these first 5 verses of chapter 32 of Psalms, I am reminded of why CelebrateRecovery is so effective. CelebrateRecovery, by its very nature, helps me to understand that being real, honest and authentic makes for a much better life versus being deceitful, dishonest and hiding our stuff.
Verse 3 gives a pretty graphic description of what life can be like when we hide who we are and what is really going on.

I Choose JOY!

By Carl Kimbro, Fellowship Bible Church Devotional Team, 8/22/2018

In my recovery, I have had moments of frustration and sin where it feels like recovery is impossible. Sin keeps rearing its ugly head. No matter what “I do” things don’t go well.  The frustration turns to sorrow and feeling sorry for myself.  It’s at that point that I want to wallow in my sorrow and isolate myself from others.  Of all the struggles I experience in recovery, sorrow and sadness are usually the hardest to deal with. This black cloud drops like a curtain and covers me up. All I want to do is hide until the feeling goes away. God created us with emotions, and sorrow is one of them. But God also created other emotions like joy and peace. In our moments of sorrow, joy and peace seem out of reach. However, God provides a solution as well.

When sorrow invades our lives, God is there as our comforter. Matthew 5:4 says
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted”.
The mourning here is the mourning we g…

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…