What Path Will You Choose?

circleoflife3I have been very mindful this week of relationships.  As I look at all my present relationships and past relationships, I see a pattern in my life.  It does not matter where we come from or who raised us.  We all have patterns in our lives.  I am sure you have heard the expression, “The Circle of Life.”  I don’t know about you, but my life represents more of a zig zag pattern than an actual circle.  Maybe the circle is the beginning and the end of life, but does not count what is in between.  I have had many relationships in my life.  Some have been edifying, encouraging, loving and caring.  I have also hadzigzag1 relationships that were hurtful, damaging and deceitful.  All relationships lead us down particular paths in life.  Don’t get me wrong though, whether a path is chosen or is traveled out of naivety, each person is still responsible for the path they have taken.  In any damaging relationship, negative thoughts of, “I am not good enough…”, “They don’t care anyway…” or “I am only hurting myself…” constantly plague the mind.  In cases of naivety, thoughts including, “I need to do this so I am loved…”, “If I do this I won’t be left…” or “They love me and would never hurt me…” beawareswirl just as often.  We have all been somewhere on this spectrum in our personal relationships.  Some may choose to believe deceitful things they are told about themselves or a situation, which leads to unhealthy paths being followed.  I am asking you to be WATCHFUL!  Be AWARE! Lookwatchful-eyes around you!  Who is in your life today?  Is it someone edifying, walking down a healthy path?  Or, is it someone who continues to walk and/or lead you down a destructive path?
You are better than this.  There is a firm foundation you can stand on so the zig zagging in life will stop.  The destructive road can be your past.  Isn’t it time to walk in relationshipsfirm-foundation-2 that are edifying, caring, loving and healthy?  We all crave those relationships.  We are not meant to live in this world alone.  We have Someone greater Who loves us and Who will lead us where He wants us to be.  This relationship will teach us about the true joy and true peace.  Sound great?  I think so too!  Please call.  We are here, looking forward to guiding you to your firm foundation!
In Him we have the greatest joy…the sweetest peace…the highest hope!
Have a blessed day!

Do you want to be with the cockroaches?

hiding1I was preparing a lesson on darkness and the light and this came to my mind.   I usually wait until the end of a lesson to ask such questions, but I think it is important to get this one out in the open now!  Are you in thehiding3 darkness?   What are you hiding from?  Are you secure and happy with your secrets in the darkness or are the lies catching up with you?
I have a great analogy about darkness and light that I want to share.  You are in the darkness with your secrets and lies.  What happens when you are exposed by the light?  Oh no, I am caught!  What do I do now?  This reminds me of an apartment my husband and I lived in when we first married.  I know bugs are common, but thankfully I was not exposed to them on the inside of my childhood home.  Anyway, my husband and I were so excited to get our first place and start our new life.  One night though, in the middle of the night, I turned on the light to go to the bathroom.  To my horror, there were what seemed like cockroach2hundreds of cockroaches crawling around.  I mean, let’s be real….cockroaches are nasty and they leave nasty droppings everywhere!  They were crawling all over the bathroom mirror, sink, countertop and anywhere else you can imagine.  Needless to say, I screamed!  I quickly turned the light off and went to my new, great protector that was supposed to make everything better…my husband!  Its no surprise, however, that I could not sleep that night.  In fact, there were many nights in the future I could not sleep because all I could see were the bugs crawling around in the dark.  Even worse, I would imagine that when I turned on the light, they would be exposed and I would have to see them in great numbers!  Gross!!!!!
truth4All laughs aside though, when we live in the darkness with our lies and secrets, we chance them being exposed like the cockroaches in my first apartment.  They multiply, grow, get bigger and eventually overtake us.  We are so deep in the dark we cannot even see them for what they are!  When people approach us, hounding us and asking questions because our lies are not matching up, we think we are so lies1clever because we come up with another lie to cover up the last.  We do not want to see the light!  And if we are being honest with ourselves, we definitely do not want people to see all the cockroaches we have hidden in the darkness.
Do not be discouraged though friends!  I know of a Light…a great Light of peace, joy and tranquility.  You can be open and honest.  You do not have to stay in the dark with the bugs…you do not have to come up with new lies to cover the old.  Be completely honest with yourself just this once…are you tired yet?  The Light you can be light1shown does have its challenges, but the indescribable rewards far outnumber the challenges, which are a wonder to behold.  Please contact us at Recovery Through Rediscovery.  We want to help you find the Light, help you exposelight2 everything in your own darkness so you don’t have to hide anymore.  No more secrets!!!  I know it sounds good!  So, why don’t you give it a try?!  I know what you are doing now is not working but, if by some small chance it is…someday the light will come on.  The light always comes on.  I know Who and What the true Protector is and I want to share.  I look so forward to hearing from you soon.  Contact us ANYTIME!!

Let the Sun Shine…

clouds2I look up to the sky all the time.  I have always felt a sense of peace and tranquility looking up to the sky.  The puffy, white clouds are my favorite because I enjoy seeing the masterpieces God makes of them.  Looking up, there are so many beauties and masterpieces being made every day in the sunrises and sunsets.  Even when storms build and approach, the sky has it’s own sense of beauty.   The colors portrayed in all of the various views are breathtaking.  I have seen colors in the sky that I have never seen elsewhere.
clouds7When my children were small, we would lay in the yard and look up to the sky to see what masterpieces the clouds were making.  We saw sharks, boats, fish, cars, anything and clouds6everything.  I have since had the opportunity to pass this on to my grandchildren.  Last week while driving my elderly mother to our home, she even started to talk about the masterpieces she saw.   I would venture to say my mom is the one who taught me to look up and see the beauty.  I am so thankful she did.
As humans we always find something about ourselves that we do not like.  Our height, weight, nose, teeth, hair, we’re too fat, too skinny or whatever we come up with!  All of the insecurities with our outward appearance affect our inner beauty.  I often wonder why we are so insecure because of our beauty.  In reality, we were made exactly how we wereclouds1 meant to be made.  Sadly, culture has taught us we have to be this way or that way, which throws us all into a whirlwind of insecurities.  Life is hard enough already!  For some reason, society adds further hardship by creating these vanity-fueled standards we are supposed to live up to.
One thing that triggers an immense amount of compassion and empathy within myself is the lost sight within others of their own beauty clouds3when lost in the world of addiction.  The storm clouds swirling around them continue and from the rain they feel as though they are drowning.  Just beyond the storm clouds though, there is a sun wanting to rise or set but it cannot be seen from all the darkness.  The beauty that is so bright is trying to come out, but with the developed insecurities from the journey of life it cannot be seen.  There is beauty all around us.  We are God’s masterpiece.   Walking around in shame, guilt, fear, confusion or turmoil will keep us blinded.  We on the outside of the storm can see the sun peaking through wanting to shine fully.  We can see your true beauty.  We are waiting for you to take a small peak and we will be here waiting for you.
Now is the time to become the masterpiece you were created to be.  Find your true beauty and stop hiding behind the dark skies in life.  The sun is there ready to shine and so are cross6you.
Ephesians 2:10 For we are God’s masterpiece.  He created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago.