Showing posts from September, 2018

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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