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Celebrate Recovery ministry is to fellowship and celebrate God´s healing power in our lives through the “8 Recovery Principles.” This experience allows us to “be changed.” We open the door by sharing our experiences, strengths and hopes with one another. In addition, we become willing to accept God´s grace in solving our lives´ problems. By working and applying these Biblical principles, we begin to grow spiritually. We become free from our addictive, compulsive and dysfunctional behaviors. This freedom creates peace, serenity, joy and most importantly, a stronger personal relationship with God and others. As we progress through the program we discover our personal, loving and forgiving Higher Power – Jesus Christ, the one and only true Higher Power.

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“God can move mountains, but you’d better bring a shovel.”

There is a saying in recovery, “God can move mountains, but you’d better bring a shovel.”
Recovery is a job, it’s real work, and like any other kind of project, it requires the use of tools. There are a number of very effective tools available to those of us who want to use them. Following is a list of the most powerful of those tools and below links to a number of others.

• Faith in God • AA meetings • Working with a sponsor
• Bible reading • NA meetings • Seperation from past
• Prayer • Volunteer work • Taking it one-day-at- a-time
• Rehab Programs • 12 Step Program • Fellowship with others in recovery
     

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Have you ever heard anyone say, “He’s a hopeless drunk,” or, “She doesn’t have a hope of getting over her habit?” Have you ever felt hopeless? Most of us who struggle with addictions know what it is to feel hopeless. We know, first hand, what it’s like to want to change a destructive habit and not be able to. We know what it feels like when everyone in the world, our friends, families, and even we ourselves, have given up. There is no more lonely, more isolated or more lost feeling than hopelessness.

It’s often in the depth of hopelessness that many of us actually find what we’ve been missing so desperately. The road to recovery frequently begins in a place where our hope is gone, where we no longer have the strength to continue the behavior that brought us to such a dark place.

Recovery can begin when we admit to ourselves that we are powerless over our addictions and compulsive behaviors and that our lives have become unmanageable. Recovery can begin when we surrender our failed efforts to control our lives to someone who has the power and the desire to save us from ourselves.

Many of us have discovered that there was someone who never gave up on us, someone who loves us no matter what we’d done, someone who has already forgiven us before we were willing or able to ask for that forgiveness, someone who wants our recovery even more than we do, someone who was actually with us even in the worst of it — that someone is Jesus Christ. If you feel hopeless, then give up, admit you are powerless, and ask God through Jesus Christ to take over your life. He will led you to recovery if you’ll only surrender yourself to Him. He’s been waiting for that opportunity, He has the power you don’t, He wants to save you — let Him!

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Step 1

We admitted we were powerless over our addictions and compulsive behaviors. That our lives had become unmanageable.

For I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.
(Romans 7:18)

Step 2

Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

For it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to act according to His good purpose.
(Philippians 2:13).

Step 3

Made a decision to turn our life and will over to the care and loving concern of God.

I urge you, therefore, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s great mercy, to offer your self as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship.
(Romans 12:1)

Step 4

Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the Lord.
(Lamentations 3:40).

Step 5

Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being, the exact nature of our wrongs.

Therefore, confess your sins to each other, and pray for each other, so that you may be healed.
(James 5:16).

Step 6

Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.

Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up.
(James 4:10)

Step 7

Humbly asked Him to remove all our shortcomings.

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
(1 John 1:9).

Step 8

Made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.

Do to others, as you would have them do to you.
(Luke 6:31).

Step 9

Made direct amends to such people whenever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.

Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar, and there remember that someone has something against you, leave your offering there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother or sister, and then come and offer your gift.
(Matthew 5:23-24).

Step 10

Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.

So, if you think that you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall.
(1 Corinthians 10:12).

Step 11

Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.

Let the word of Christ dwell in you daily.
(Colossians 3:16).

Step 12

Having had a spiritual experience as the result of these steps, we try to carry this message to others, and practice these principles in all our affairs.

Brothers and sisters, if a man is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you may also be tempted.
(Galatians 6:1)

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Bridges to Hope Foundation will host the weekly Celebrating Recovery Meeting in the Inland Empire in Riverside on Thursday nights at 7 pm.

Come before meeting at 6:15pm, we will feed the hungry.

 Speaker will be Jesse Mendez

Location is on campus, RCC church behind the Children’s Discovery Center. Call us for details.

Bring a friend. We are all friendly. See you there.

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Celebrating Recovery 8 Principles:Principle 1 –
Realize I’m not God; I admit that I am powerless to control my tendency to do the wrong thing and my life is unmanageable.

“Happy are those who know they are spiritually poor”

Principle 2 –
Earnestly believe that God exists, that I matter to him, and that he has the power to help me recover.
“Happy are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted”

Principle 3 –
Consciously choose to commit all my life and will to Christ’s care and control.
“Happy are the meek”

Principle 4 –
Openly examine and confess my faults to God, to myself, and to someone I trust.
“Happy are the pure in heart”

Principle 5 –
Voluntarily submit to every change God wants to make in my life and humbly ask Him to remove my character defects.
“Happy are those whose greatest desire is to do what God requires”

Principle 6 –
Evaluate all my relationships; Offer forgiveness to those who have hurt me and make amends for harm I’ve done to others except when to do so would harm them or others.
“Happy are the merciful” “Happy are the peacemakers”

Principle 7 –
Reserve a daily time with God for self examination, Bible readings and prayer in order to know God and His will for my life and to gain the power to follow His will.
Principle 8 –
Yield myself to God to be used to bring this Good News to others, both by my example and by my words.
“Happy are those who are persecuted because they do what God requires”

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