YOUR HOPE JOURNEY
Have you ever felt alone or isolated in a room full of people? Have you ever wanted to ball up within yourself and block out everything else? Block out the pain, block out the failure, block out everything? These feelings are real and they can be very difficult to cope with.
At Celebrate Recovery, we embrace all life issues. We begin to recognize that we need to be aware of how we react to the negative situations we are faced with. Our negative behaviors and/or addictions begin to take root when we don’t handle these situations in a healthy and freeing way -through our Higher Power, Jesus. Everyone who has walked on this earth for any amount of time has been hurt at some point. Some have been physically and/or emotionally hurt, abandoned or just completely misunderstood by others. The battle wounds exist on each one of us.
This is where Jesus comes in. He is our Higher Power and He offers hope to the broken. When we allow the door of our hearts to open, our Hope walks through.
Psalms 147:3 (NLT)
“He heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds.”
Jesus extends His hand to reach us wherever we may find ourselves. He brings His light as He reaches out to us through the deep darkness of our minds of depression. Jesus brings His loving comfort to wrap around us when we are in the depths of despair from loss or the feelings of worthlessness. Jesus gives us the hope that all is not as it may appear to be. Each and everyone of us has a purpose. No exceptions.
Ephesians 2:10 (NIV)
“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus, to do good works which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
God created each of us. God doesn’t make mistakes. We have a purpose because God stated that He has a plan for us. As we move towards this hope, it begins to become more of a journey than that of a destination. We grow in our faith, we can also grow in our hope. We have the Hope that tomorrow can and will be different if we choose to allow Him into our hearts. Through the help of Jesus, we begin to open ourselves up to change. To see our true purpose.
Romans 12:2 (NIV)
“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
Ephesians 4:22-23 (NLT)
“Throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. 4:23 “Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes.”
This is where we choose to be different. Not by the power within ourselves, but through the help of our Higher Power, Jesus. Changing our thought pattern can be challenging but not impossible. It may even seem a little scary. Some may have been let down in the past….and some may have trust issues as a result. With the help of Jesus, we can gradually begin to bust out of the darkness that is trying to swallow us up.
How do we do this? Below are some suggestions to help you get started on your Hope Journey:
- Stand on GOD’s truth, the Bible. Read the Bible in a version you understand. If you’re not sure, ask a CR leader.
- Write out encouraging and uplifting scripture verses to read out loud- even when you don’t feel like it. Place them throughout your home or office. (Bible Promise books are helpful or Google)
- When the negative thoughts try to invade your mind, choose to speak positives. Ask Jesus to guard your thoughts. You may need to do this frequently. That’s ok, it will get easier.
- Be aware of the things you watch, read or listen to. Evaluate how each of these makes you feel. Good or Bad? That will help you to eliminate some of the negative influences.
- Consider those you surround yourself with. Are they healthy for you or not?
- Have a support system in place to pray with you when you feel yourself beginning to slip.(From your CR family, accountability partner or sponsor)
- If you are under a Dr.'s care, be sure to continue your treatment as prescribed by your physician.
At Celebrate Recovery, we can help you get started. Remember, As you allow Hope to come in, together with Jesus, you will begin your Hope Journey.