Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Don't be afraid to say no

Hi everyone, 

What happens when someone you love, someone you want to please or maybe even someone whose anger or frustration you fear, wants you to do something that you do not want to do? I do not mean the kind of need or desire that will call for sacrifice, effort or even discomfort from us, that we don’t “want to do,” but is something we still choose to do out of love, duty or the desire to help. That is life-giving and good. Great relationships, families, friendships and businesses are only built when people can get beyond their own self-centeredness and sacrifice for the greater good and others.

The situations I am talking about are the ones where you truly do not want to perform that particular gift of time or energy. It is not something you truly want to give. It is a request to which your real, heartfelt answer, is “no.” What happens inside? Where is the fear coming from, and why is it there? 

When we’re operating out of fear, it keeps our world small. We don’t feel free to experience life as we were created. At the same time, when we’re afraid to say no, and we open our world up to everyone, we allow less fruitful things to come on to our property and take over. 

Let’s talk more about that in my new conversation on addressing fear. 

Until next time … 

Cheers, 

Henry 

 

Friday, November 13, 2020

Be Still

 

Be Still
By Andy Petry, National Landing Director, November 9, 2020


"Be still and know that [He is] God..." Psalm 46:10


"You must ruthlessly eliminate hurry from your life. Hurry is the great enemy of the spiritual life."

A man named Dallas Willard once said that to a friend of his that found himself in the midst of a crazy season of life. His friend was exhausted, and in the midst of the unknown, the chaos, and the many responsibilities that were on his plate, his soul was shriveling up. Can you relate? I know I can.

Living a hurried life drains us and distracts us from what God is doing right in front of us. And living hurried has much more to do with the condition of my heart than how full my calendar is. Seeking to live without hurry does not necessarily mean that we don't have a full schedule, it means that we allow ourselves to be present, we understand our boundaries, and we live with a deep dependence on God in the midst of the moment. Kind of like living one day at a time, enjoying one moment at a time...

Maybe, like me, you've noticed an excessive amount of hurry in your life these days. This week, we have a chance to come before our Heavenly Father and rest in Him. We have a chance to "Be still and know that [He is] God..." (Psalm 46:10)  And by doing so, we invite others to do the same.

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Facing Distress

 

Facing Distress
By Rodney Holmstrom


Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” Philippians 4:4-9
 

What an incredible model Paul gives us in Philippians 4:4-9 in how to deal with distress in our lives.

Some key takeaways for me:

1. Gratitude must always be our lead foot regardless.

2. In thanksgiving and gratitude we present any and all worries to the Father.

3. Then...we will be able to focus on what is true and noble. But we must make a conscious effort to focus on things praiseworthy and noble throughout the day.

 

Here are some great promises of God to think on that are noble, praiseworthy and lovely. These are just some of the promises of God for you and me.

 

Philippians 4:19

Jeremiah 29:11

2 Peter 1:4

Isaiah 41:10

2 Corinthians 1:20

Romans 8:28

John 3:16

1 John 1:9

Psalm 37:4

Joshua 23:14

Philippians 4:6-9

Isaiah 43:2

 

Have a great day forever family!

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Prey to our past

 

Prey to Our Past
By Rodney Holmstrom, National Field Director, September 28, 2020


“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love and self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7

Have you ever stopped to think about how the ocean photographers survive such difficult waters with such diverse creatures surrounding them? It’s even more astonishing how they swim with some of the biggest underwater creatures like sharks and stay alive.

 
A National Geographic photographer who primarily films Great White Sharks was asked in an interview one time if he was ever afraid of being eaten by the sharks while trying to film them. His response? He said, ‘I swim toward the sharks. Shark prey doesn’t swim toward them but away from them. They know by their actions if they are prey or not.’


I was thinking about all the stuff you and I walk into this room of CR with each week. Perhaps we have lived with shame, fear and even self-doubt and it literally has eaten us alive through a good portion of our life.


What I love about Celebrate Recovery is that it teaches us that running isn’t the answer. CR teaches us to swim toward the shame, fear and self-doubt. To challenge some of those old distorted core beliefs about who we thought we were in our dysfunction or addictions changes everything.

 
CR teaches us that we don’t have to run from our hurts, hang-ups or habits any longer. And the best part is that we don’t have to do it alone.


When we quit running, face the problem, and then move toward it, we no longer have to look for false substitutes to numb or escape our pain any longer. God begins to use the pain to make us stronger as we face it one day and one moment at a time.


What are you running from these days? You no longer have to be prey to your destructive past. With the help of God and others we can move toward a beautiful future in Christ.
 

Let’s pause, acknowledge what we are running from, and turn and face it together with God’s help.

It’s time to stop living as prey and start living free in Christ. His way is better.

8 Principals Video

 Maybe today you need quick refresher of the 8 principals to keep in your mind throughout your day. If so, check out this short video of the 8 principals and their biblical comparison.



If print is more your thing, check out our blog post: https://www.crtulsa.com/p/8-principles-based-on-beatitudes.html

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Anger in Conflict

By Rodney Holmstrom, National Field Director, September 14, 2020

"In your anger do not sin: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry."
Ephesians 4:26 NIV

If you have been in ministry long enough, you have faced conflict.  If you haven't then you won't last will you? Sometimes in those conflicts we can allow anger, annoyance, feeling crossed, and even ill-tempered.

Ephesians 4:26 NIV says..."In your anger do not sin: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry."

My prayer to our Heavenly Father this week is that none of us allow the conflicts we face to turn into anger, ill-tempered hearts, annoyance or anything else that takes us off mission. My prayer is that as we organize our pain, honor it, invite it in, process it, and share with God and a trusted fellow brother or sister in Christ.

As we work through these frustrations with the people and situations that make us angry, may we seek the Father to give us a sense of calm and contentment.

Monday, September 14, 2020

Action, Lesson 6

 Celebrate Recovery is recording the lessons and posting them on the Official CR Facebook page for us to enjoy during this pandemic. Below is lesson 6, Action from Jeni Baker