How are ya?? Let me just say that I'm super duper happy right now because 1) it's going to be 69 degrees here today (13 inches of snow were on the ground as of Monday) and 2) daylight savings time kicks in on Sunday. Praise Jesus for an extra hour of daylight. This makes me happy that SPRING IS COMING! SPRING IS COMING!!!!
Ok, totally switching gears....I want to let you in on a little secret....I have a strong addictive personality. And, therefore, I'm completely compassionate to those precious people who battle an addiction of any kind. But, don't we all battle something in some form or fashion?? Let me give you a list of some things that are daily battles as well as life battles....
addicted to coffee
addicted to routine
addicted to Bible study (that's not so bad, huh?)
addicted to all things social networking
could easily be addicted to alcohol or any "substance" for that matter
addicted to the approval of others
addicted to music
addicted to Bravo reality TV shows
not-so-much addicted to magazines any more
addicted to my family
Notice that I didn't put much out there as far as some serious addictions. I did mention the alcohol and substance abuse thing because I do have some experience there that I'm not real happy about. I just know that when you have an addictive personality you tend to go 210% into ANYTHING. I have to steer clear of a lot of things and I also have to keep things in check on a very regular basis. The addictive battle may be gone, but it's still a part of who I am.
For anyone out there who is struggling with a stronghold of any kind, I'm with ya. All strongholds DO NOT have to be hard core, but they can certainly be destructive all the same.
What can you share with me about your own struggles with addiction?
I realize that this is a very sensitive subject. I'm just fully aware of the big addictions that are within our church and also alive and active in a lost world. I don't ever want to appear to have it all together and can't relate to anyone or any thing.
I totally get it. I've lived a lot of it.
He is our refuge and our strength. He will set us free from the mess that so easily entangles us.
Galatians 5:1 "It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery."
Freedom is what we want. Freedom is what we need.
I love each and every one of you. I pray for you today that you are walking in freedom. And, if you are not, I pray that you are on a journey toward freedom.
Thursday, March 5, 2009