Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Road Trips, Writer's Block, and the Road to Recovery: The Testing of Your Faith Produces Steadfastness

How long has it been since you have been on a great adventure? My cousins are on their way here for a visit. They have just started an amazing opportunity of traveling the United States (U.S.) for a year! I feel moving is relatively stressful. Sorting through stuff, deciding what gets donated, thrown out, or packed up, and fitting everything into a moving trailer or truck. That is where their new season in life began. Yesterday, they got everything out of their residence and into their travel vehicle. Now, they are on the road and on the lookout for a motorhome to call their household for the next 12 months. What a magnificent time in their lives! It is going to be hard for me to not hitch a ride with them and join them on their venture!


I am so excited they are coming for a visit with me! Usually, I am the one who goes to see others but this time, I am receiving the great blessing of someone coming to spend time with me! Yay!!!

Do you ever feel like you have so much to say yet the words or thoughts just get trapped in your mind? I finally have a moment to sit down and write and I am all blocked up! Nothing is flowing nicely or easily.

Nope...I’ve got nothing.

The day before yesterday (Monday) I was working on a health assignment for university and I came across something which I found to be interesting, and had never heard of before then. Have you ever had a difficult relationship in your life? Perhaps it was with a boss, neighbor, co-worker, family member, etc. Regardless of the situation, alcoholism, addiction, abuse, etc., I found these steps to be insightful and a piece to the confusing puzzle of how to manage such a relationship. They are from “Using Al-Anon’s Steps in Our Personal Lives” at http://www.al-anon.org/TheSteps/. Further, there is a podcast to go with each one. They include:
Step 1: “We admitted we were powerless over [alcohol, drugs, abuse] –that our lives had become unmanageable.” ...how...Step One help[s] overcome the impacts of a loved one’s [drinking, addiction, abuse].

Step 2: “Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.”

Step 3: “Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.”

Step 4: “Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.”

Step 5: “Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.”

Step 6: “Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.”

Step 7: “Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.”

Step 8: “Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.”

Step 9: “Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.”

Step 10: “Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.”

Step 11: “Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.”

Step 12: “Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to others, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.”

There is strength in Jesus no matter what the challenge may be that is causing struggle (Philippians 4:13).

2 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. 6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.
(James 1:2-6. ESV.)
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