Letting Go and Letting God

I cried out, “I am broken! Jesus can you help me?” 

It’s difficult to receive help when we don’t realize we need help. Life is unmanageable and our world is in constant chaos. We hurt others, others hurt us, we hurt ourselves. This vicious cycle continues until, one day, we come to the foot of a mountain we realize we can’t climb on our own. We need help. Finally, we see that we need to let go and let God. We give up trying to control our lives on our own. Our best thinking got us in this mess and now we’re so confused we can’t find our way out of the maze our lives have become. Our desire to maintain control gives way to faith, as we cry out to God, ready to trust Him with the worst of our worst.

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What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?Romans 8:31 (NIV)

A good friend of mine would often say “It’s hard to remember your job is to drain the swamp when you’re knee deep in alligators.” It’s true. Your life is so far off course that you have to look up to see bottom. We come to the point we see that we need help from someone greater than ourselves. We can’t do it on our own. We were never meant to go it alone. God is with us. God is for us. All the time. We must simply be ready to let go and let God. Faith-not controlis the answer. Recovery cannot begin to heal us from what ails us or runs our lives until we humble ourselves and admit that we need help,

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“Don’t forget in the darkness what God promised you in the light.” Mark Walton Jones

Grant Me The Serenity

This is a re-post about Serenity from earlier this year. I’ve spent a lot of time focused on this prayer lately, so I thought I would share the original post again. Have a great week in the Lord! ~TDG

God, grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, And Wisdom to know the difference. ~Serenity Prayer

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The past few weeks I have found myself leaning hard on the words of the Serenity Prayer as I have repeatedly been reminded that there are people, places, and things that I cannot change and circumstances and situations that I do not control.  I am told to tend to my garden—the garden that God has given me stewardship over—and to focus my energy and efforts on those areas where I can have an impact.

Serenity can be elusive to find.

Hard as I try, the words slip off my tongue or my temper flares due to something beyond my control and that I have no power to change. That’s why I have to pray the prayer daily, multiple times throughout the day. It’s too easy to get bent out of shape by the people who I failed to provide a script so that they would know their lines and places. Before I know it, serenity has escaped my grasp.

Time to start over.

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Learning that I could start my day over at any point and time helped get me through recovery and kept me from going postal my first days clean and sober. Addiction is a mean bitch, rearing its ugly head when you least expect it.

While I do not control every circumstance or situation I encounter, I do control my response to these different stimuli. I can choose my attitude when I wake up. I can pick my outlook on life as I go about the business of my day. Most importantly, God has been faithful in granting me the Wisdom to know the difference between those things that I cannot change and those things that I can.

Today, I can choose to live clean and sober. I cannot change how people respond to me as a recovering addict. Their reaction is up to them. My attitude is up to me.

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To steward my time well, I must focus on those areas that I can influence positively and not burn energy on the stuff that I can do nothing about. What can I do today to make a difference in someone’s life? What can I do today to change something in my neighborhood? What can I do today that matters? Some days, it’s a simple matter of smiling at the cashier checking my groceries at the store and thanking them by their name. Other days, I can stop and pray for a friend or even with a stranger about a need or concern that they have. Perhaps all I can do today is lend someone a listening ear or an encouraging word.

Whatever it is, when I am anxious and fretting with worry, turning my attention from self-pity to serving others ensures that my focus is on the right things and pointing toward the correct direction.

Part of living in recovery is leaving people, places, and things better than I found them. This is a true contrast to how I lived life before getting clean and sober.

Are you struggling with addiction? Have you hit rock bottom? You don’t have to go it alone. There is a vast network of people waiting to help you. Call the Texas statewide hotline, (877) 9-NO DRUG (877/966-3784). The call is free.

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