Happy are those…

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This is a series of posts intended to focus on what has worked for us as we learn to walk the path laid out for us. For us, what has given us the strength to grow is a program called Celebrate Recovery. We hope that, if you haven’t already established a support system for yourself, you will give Celebrate Recovery some consideration. Although this site is dedicated to mental well-being, Celebrate Recovery is a program for anyone with hurts, habits, and hang-ups. This includes substance abuse, struggles with faith, and even temporary issues that require a healthy support system. This series has a goal: to create awareness and raise money for further training for us as Celebrate Recovery leaders and mental health champions. This August, we have an opportunity to attend a training summit in California to further our ability to walk with others on this faith-based healing journey. If you feel called to donate, there is a link at the bottom of this page to do so. Thank you for reading and being a part of our journey. Now, let’s walk together toward healing…

I don’t know about you, but (and maybe I have said this before) when I decide to do something, it needs to happen quickly. Like my weight loss plan of eating a salad for lunch that guarantees a 5-pound drop by supper. Except that it never works. You would think that being in my 40s would help me understand that if I want to achieve a healthy physique  lose 20 pounds, I need to work at it: change the way I approach meals and snacking, implement an exercise plan, and make changes to my existing routine in order to carry those changes through.

So why is it that when I go into a depression downspout, I still reach for the quick fixes? I go straight for distraction, convincing myself that it is an effective therapeutic method (seriously it is – look it up). Except that it never works as a stand alone method. Distraction left unchecked turns into a safety behaviour that can often turn into avoidance of the real issue. For me, the quick fixes only work for the quick problems. Sure, they help with keeping me away from focusing on my own thoughts but, realistically speaking, I need more. The ‘more’ that I have chosen is Celebrate Recovery.

CR (as the cool kids call it), is a faith-based recovery model program for everything that life throws at you. From a distance, it looks like AA. The difference? CR names the ‘higher power’. It helps us walk toward filling the Jesus-shaped hole at the root of many problems that existed before our ‘issues’. Once a week we meet for teachings on the 12 steps of recovery that include 8 principles derived from the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:3-10).

Happy are those who are spiritually poor. ~Matthew 5:3a (TEV)

I will admit, I had no sweet clue what it meant to be spiritually poor. As far as I can understand now, it boils down to our pride. The New Living Translation says it like this: “God Blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him…” Pride stands in the way of getting closer to God. It’s what convinces us to put on a mask and pretend like we are the masters of our own problems. The more I realize that I cannot walk this road alone, the more my pride steps aside to allow for me to see how poor, or lacking in God’s guidance and blessing, my spirit actually is, and the more I draw closer to God and his wisdom and grace to open my eyes.

Although this looks like a nice quick fix to all of my problems, it is only the beginning. This is the first of many changes that I will need to make on my journey to well-being. Thankfully, as I travel this slow road of hard (yes I said the H-word) work in my recovery, CR has this bonus gift of connecting me with people. No. A family. No. A forever family of support and accountability to hold me up and keep me on track. Is it easy? No. Can I get away with a superficial attempt at recovery with this forever family? Definitely not. Can I do this without stumbling? Not a chance. But my CR family will be there every step of the way. Every. Freaking. Step.

 

For more information on a CR near you, click on Canada, United States, or International.

For Information on the Summit we are hoping to attend, click here.

 For donations: we wish to avoid charges incurred by crowdfunding sites and provide tax receipts for donations that qualify, so we have two options.

You do the work: follow the link to the King’s Church ‘give’ page. Follow the prompts to complete your donation – be sure to select KINGS CHURCH VALLEY when asked. Once completed, send a brief email to info@kingschurch.cc outlining that your donation is for the Celebrate Recovery Summit.

We do the work: contact us with your mailing address through our facebook page. We will send you instructions for an etransfer and do the tax receipt legwork for you.

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