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Recovery Quote of The Day!

Posted by Men of Redemption on December 12, 2017

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My Daily Devotion – My Quiet Time With God

Posted by Men of Redemption on December 12, 2017

CHOOSE YE THIS DAY WHOM YOU WILL SERVE!Image result for as for me and my house

Today’s Reading: Joshua 24:1-18 . . .

Then Joshua gathered all the tribes of Israel to Shechem and called for the elders of Israel, for their heads, for their judges, and for their officers; and they presented themselves before God. And Joshua said to all the people, “Thus says the Lord God of Israel: ‘Your fathers, including Terah, the father of Abraham and the father of Nahor, dwelt on the other side of the River in old times; and they served other gods. Then I took your father Abraham from the other side of the River, led him throughout all the land of Canaan, and multiplied his descendants and gave him Isaac. To Isaac I gave Jacob and Esau. To Esau I gave the mountains of Seir to possess, but Jacob and his children went down to Egypt. Also I sent Moses and Aaron, and I plagued Egypt, according to what I did among them. Afterward I brought you out. ‘Then I brought your fathers out of Egypt, and you came to the sea; and the Egyptians pursued your fathers with chariots and horsemen to the Red Sea. So they cried out to the Lord; and He put darkness between you and the Egyptians, brought the sea upon them, and covered them. And your eyes saw what I did in Egypt. Then you dwelt in the wilderness a long time. And I brought you into the land of the Amorites, who dwelt on the other side of the Jordan, and they fought with you. But I gave them into your hand, that you might possess their land, and I destroyed them from before you. Then Balak the son of Zippor, king of Moab, arose to make war against Israel, and sent and called Balaam the son of Beor to curse you. But I would not listen to Balaam; therefore he continued to bless you. So I delivered you out of his hand. Then you went over the Jordan and came to Jericho. And the men of Jericho fought against you—also the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Girgashites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. But I delivered them into your hand. I sent the hornet before you which drove them out from before you, also the two kings of the Amorites, but not with your sword or with your bow. I have given you a land for which you did not labor, and cities which you did not build, and you dwell in them; you eat of the vineyards and olive groves which you did not plant.’ “Now therefore, fear the Lord, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River and in Egypt. Serve the Lord! And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” So the people answered and said: “Far be it from us that we should forsake the Lord to serve other gods; for the Lord our God is He who brought us and our fathers up out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage, who did those great signs in our sight, and preserved us in all the way that we went and among all the people through whom we passed. And the Lord drove out from before us all the people, including the Amorites who dwelt in the land. We also will serve the Lord, for He is our God.”

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Regaining Trust While In Recovery

Posted by Men of Redemption on December 11, 2017

Image result for good health WORKING ON TAKING CARE OF YOURSELF SPIRITUALLY, PHYSICALLY, MENTALLY AND RELATIONALLY WILL HELP REGAIN TRUST

You have the process written down. It’s embedded onto your heart, downloaded in your mind and you’re walking it out daily as the Lord God blesses you with life and ability. That process I’m talking about is your recovery. You need to have that process a part of your every day life just like breathing is a part of us to stay alive. Now, as consistency is developed, begin to work on these four areas to show that you are serious about regaining trust: the Spiritual, Physical, Mental and Relational person you were created to be.

Spiritual –

Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If any man destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him, for the temple of God is holy, and that is what you are.Image result for reading and studying the bible– 1 Corinthians 3:16, 17 (NASB)

As we continue working the process, we need to have a strong desire to growing in God’s Word, to understand who He is and what our purpose in life is, as well as live and walk in the fullness of His glory. That can be a variety of ways we can do this. A personal, daily Bible reading is a good start. If you not familiar on where and how to start reading, begin with one of the Gospels-Matthew, Mark, Luke or John-either one will give great understanding on how each book saw Jesus, who He is and what His purpose was when He was here on earth. Understanding His life, His teachings and His instructions for us will enlighten and strengthen us with wisdom, knowledge and intentionality as we commit our ways to His ways and become like-minded and Christ-like in all things.

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Try to include doing something that involves exercising, running, walking or jogging. Having something physical in our recovery will not only provide us with energy and stability, but it will also strengthen our desire, our stamina and our focus on running the race that is set before us (Recovery). Doing something physical is healthy and invigorating, keeping us from getting bored with repetitive structure. And from a health conscious perspective, exercising will help build endurance and provide that self-care treatment we so desperately need. It also helps us to lessen stress and fatigue factors while we do our recovery. We need to have good stewardship over our recovery, and that means knowing when to activate that self-care when it’s needed and not allow passivity, isolation or procrastination to have place in our recovery.

Mental –

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 “And then he told me, My grace is enough; it’s all you need. My strength comes into its own in your weakness.” – 2 Corinthians 12:9a (MSG)

What do you like to focus on? Do you enjoy reading? Art? Museums? The beach? How and what we focus on helps prepare us mentally for everything that crosses our minds. Our thoughts and mindsets are key to how successful our days, weeks and months turn out. I realize that sometimes we can get into a rut or two, slowing us down, feeling unproductive and like our recovery has come to a complete stop. But encouraging ourselves, trusting in the process, and staying focused will strengthen our mental approach to recovery and assist us staying the course no matter how rough it may appear.

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Understand something that’s very factual in and of itself: We were made for relationship. If we want to regain trust in our marriages we must learn how to develop honest, true and long-lasting relationship. We need to give ourselves permission to develop friendships with others. It’s part of the feeling of belonging, not missing out on being with community and knowing that we are loved despite our struggles. God’s Word teaches us and instructs us that we are to have life “abundantly” which means we are to have life with quality and quantity. We should desire to make and develop friendships a priority. Our healing depends upon these developing friendships.

“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” – John 10:10 (KJV)

So if regaining trust is part of your plan for a better marriage, for new and improved relationships that will last and be meaningful, as well as for your legacy to reflect on and have a testimony to brag about, then begin to incorporate new strengths in these four areas so that those who see your recovery can and will testify that verifiable recovery efforts were on display as lived it out loud.

 

 

 

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Recovery Quote of The Day!

Posted by Men of Redemption on December 11, 2017

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My Daily Devotion – My Quiet Time With God

Posted by Men of Redemption on December 11, 2017

BE STRONG AND BE OF GOOD COURAGE

Today’s Reading: Deuteronomy 31:1-8 . . . . Image result for be strong and courageous

Then Moses went and spoke these words to all Israel. And he said to them: “I am one hundred and twenty years old today. I can no longer go out and come in. Also the Lord has said to me, ‘You shall not cross over this Jordan.’ The Lord your God Himself crosses over before you; He will destroy these nations from before you, and you shall dispossess them. Joshua himself crosses over before you, just as the Lord has said. And the Lord will do to them as He did to Sihon and Og, the kings of the Amorites and their land, when He destroyed them. The Lord will give them over to you, that you may do to them according to every commandment which I have commanded you. Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.” Then Moses called Joshua and said to him in the sight of all Israel, “Be strong and of good courage, for you must go with this people to the land which the Lord has sworn to their fathers to give them, and you shall cause them to inherit it. And the Lord, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.”

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My Daily Devotion – My Quiet Time With God

Posted by Men of Redemption on December 8, 2017

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Today’s Reading: Luke 5: 1-11 . . . .

“So it was, as the multitude pressed about Him to hear the word of God, that He stood by the Lake of Gennesaret, and saw two boats standing by the lake; but the fishermen had gone from them and were washing their nets. Then He got into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to put out a little from the land. And He sat down and taught the multitudes from the boat. When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.” And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking. So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!” For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish which they had taken; and so also were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid. From now on you will catch men.” So when they had brought their boats to land, they forsook all and followed Him.

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Regaining Trust While in Recovery

Posted by Men of Redemption on December 8, 2017

Praying Together Develops the Foundation of Renewed Trust.  

I realize that at the beginning of all of our recovery efforts, praying together may not be the first thing on our wives’ mind because most of the time they’re not receiving any support or ministering to early on. And then on the other hand, I was kind of embarrassed and ashamed to begin that process, too much guilt. But I had to learn to fight through that by trusting God to help me not bask in my guilt, my shame, and asked Him to increase my faith, my desire to move forward in that despite how I was feeling emotionally. It was hard because I didn’t think Jackie would believe my words or that I was at a place where I could boldly do that. But again, I had to fight through that because it was a lie from the enemy and the pits of hell! With what little faith I had, I trusted God to move upon that measure and show my faithfulness in what I did have. God honored that, and increased my desire as I continued and consistently worked toward making time to pray with Jackie. Our prayer time was short at the beginning but as I became more comfortable and at peace with myself and her our prayer time increased gradually to the point where it is now. We pray every morning before I go to work, and at least three times a week in the evenings because of our work schedules. That effort has drawn us closer together and gave her the security and peace, along with all of my other recovery efforts, to allow the trust in our marriage to gradually return. I don’t focus on attempting to gain all of her trust but I’m thankful, grateful, for the progress I’ve made and currently still making to reach that ultimate goal. No matter where you are in your recovery you can begin to earn your wife’s trust by doing the simple foundational principles that establish stability in your marriage. And as long as you continue to trust God to make that happen, trust will eventually find its way back to your marriage.

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Recovery Quote of The Day!

Posted by Men of Redemption on December 8, 2017

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Regaining Trust While In Recovery

Posted by Men of Redemption on December 7, 2017

BRING LIGHT TO THE DARKNESS – EXPOSE ALL SECRECY DURING YOUR RECOVERY See the source image

As we move forward in our recovery, we often revisit past situations and old relationships. Some of those situations and relationships never really got closure to them, therefore bringing remembrance and reflection can ignite new life to those flames of compromise. We don’t want to do that because some of us have a difficult time reflecting and then returning to that lifestyle. Why? Because without having closure to that past life, we’ll want, even desire, to keep it alive and make a possible return at any time. Not a good idea to even give it a thought. While in our recovery, if we have any thoughts, desires or passions of returning to that life we need to bring them to light-expose them for what they really are and that’s a hindrance to our recovery. We should want to expose them, denounce those past relationships and situations of the past and not give them life ever! If we truly want freedom from our past, and want to move forward in regaining trust in our marriages and relationships we ought to want to bring those thoughts, those desires and situation captive as the Word of God instructs us to do (2 Cor. 10:5). These reflections can hinder every effort we’re making toward wholeness and purity in Christ. Our wives, our new relationships we are re-establishing deserves renewed thinking and transformed hearts (Romans 12:1, 2) as a new foundation of trust with us. Get with your accountability partner, your Christian counselor, or even your wife if you have progressed that far enough in your recovery to share those thoughts and reflections and let it out, bring light to it all. It brings a true sense of freedom and comfort when we’re open and honest about it, and it really shows our heart’s desire to move forward in to being trusted in every area of our lives. 

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My Daily Devotion – My Quiet Time With God

Posted by Men of Redemption on December 7, 2017

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Today’s Reading: Proverbs 2:1-22 . . . .

“My son, if you receive my words, And treasure my commands within you, So that you incline your ear to wisdom, And apply your heart to understanding; Yes, if you cry out for discernment, And lift up your voice for understanding, If you seek her as silver, And search for her as for hidden treasures; Then you will understand the fear of the Lord, And find the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding; He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk uprightly; He guards the paths of justice, And preserves the way of His saints. Then you will understand righteousness and justice, Equity and every good path. When wisdom enters your heart, And knowledge is pleasant to your soul, Discretion will preserve you; Understanding will keep you, To deliver you from the way of evil, From the man who speaks perverse things, From those who leave the paths of uprightness To walk in the ways of darkness; Who rejoice in doing evil, And delight in the perversity of the wicked; Whose ways are crooked, And who are devious in their paths; To deliver you from the immoral woman, From the seductress who flatters with her words, Who forsakes the companion of her youth, And forgets the covenant of her God. For her house leads down to death, And her paths to the dead; None who go to her return, Nor do they regain the paths of life—So you may walk in the way of goodness, And keep to the paths of righteousness. For the upright will dwell in the land, And the blameless will remain in it; But the wicked will be cut off from the earth, And the unfaithful will be uprooted from it.” 

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