Category Archives: Celebrate Recovery

Rebel With A Cause

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To the very core I am a rebel. My spirit rebels against injustice, inequality, prejudice of any kind and most of all I rebel against conventionalism. Many times I fight against myself, I remember feeling like I just didn’t fit the mold as a kid and always being uncomfortable in my own skin. I hated it but, at some point in my mind my enemy became my friend and being different began to define me.

Rebellion was a way of life, the saying rebel without a cause comes to mind…looking back my rebellion seemed purposed to try and find my way out of pain to mask it with what was comfortable or brought me relief in the moment. So, I let my rebellious nature win out more times than not. Its has not always been a conscious choice but many times it was. I have chosen to not listen to the Holy Spirit’s prompting in heart and steered myself directly into the destruction I continued to create for myself.  

Over the weekend during the sharing time of my 12 step study I was discussing this subject and I had a sort of epiphany. In our study guide we listed things that we use or have used to block pain…I realized that one of the greatest ways I used to avoid pain was to distance myself from God through rebellion against His call on my life. He wanted me to turn my eyes to Him. I wanted my way. I didn’t see that through those promptings He was trying to bring me freedom not oppression.

Truth be told the most satisfying and greatest rebellion of my life was the day I rebelled against my own nature and decided to be a rebel with a cause. The cause of Christ. He has always had a plan for me, a plan that even though it is still in its developing stages is allowing me to see what a beautiful thing it is to have God using my life and the parts of me that I attributed to being negative to further His kingdom. For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11

He is showing me that there are so many healthy ways to  exercise my rebellious soul,  He’s helping me to daily to rebel against hatred, needless shame, lies of the enemy, and apathy. He’s showing me I can rebel  against the pull of anxiety, fear, worry, selfishness, addiction to food, devices, media, the unhealthy ideas I harbor of romantic love and the desire for more that plagues me and our society. He says…”Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we can confidently say,  “The Lord is my helper; will not fear; what can man do to me?” Hebrews 13:5-6

Praise God for the provision he has provided for this rebellious daughter. I pray that I can continue to rebel against myself and the world to live God’s purpose for me with unwavering hope for the future in the shadow of His grace and truth.

Jenness c/s

 

Recovery

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Recovery is not for the faint of heart. It is however for the bold, the brave, the desperate, the addict, the weary and the broken. You simply have to be human to need recovery. The human condition is such that breeds hurt, dysfunction and pain. No one is immune because no one is perfect. There is a perception that recovery is for “those” people. Well I’m here to say it absolutely is for “those” people for your mom, dad, sister, brother, boss, pastor, best friend and for YOU. Celebrate Recovery is for definitely me. I have been in recovery now for 2 plus years and it is the best thing I ever have done for myself. If you look back at my blog there is some dark and desperate posts that characterized my battle with panic and anxiety. I was a person who didn’t think recovery was for me and I didn’t need help, I would figure it out on my own. I could not have been more wrong, I was in a constant state of chaos, reeling from hurt, ignoring God and saying yes to all the wrong people and situations. I was lost and I couldn’t even see it.

The first day I walked through the doors of Celebrate Recovery was probably one of the most transformative days of my life. That’s the day I started saying yes to God and no to my own way. Allowing God to transform me into the person He wants me to be and it has been one of the hardest battles I’ve faced. One of the hardest things in recovery is to face the truth. The truth that I and I alone was responsible for my pain, that I cant do it on my own and need help. Yes people hurt, took advantage and negatively affected my life, but I made the choices that created chances for people to hurt me. I didn’t protect the life and heart that God had given me from the sickness of the world. I had become casual about sin and had a someday attitude. Some day I will live for Christ, when I am through school, happily married, thin, more financially stable…the list goes on. Someday hit me squarely between the eyes and said NO TODAY IS THE DAY YOU CHANGE YOUR LIFE. My panic attacks were debilitating and getting worse everyday. I wasn’t functioning anymore and I tried to fool myself into believing that I could just muddle through it. But I was slowly dying it was a matter of time and I would have been dead. Maybe not physically but emotionally, spiritually dead. In reality I was there and it was no kind of life it was pure torture.

Miracles still happen God brought me, the dead, back to life.  I have now been 2 years without a panic attack, but the most miraculous thing that has happened since I have been in recovery is that I have a renewed faith and sense of hope. God has brought me out of denial and apathy onto a path of redemption, grace, forgiveness, truth and spiritual growth. He brought me to Himself and is allowing me to enjoy my progress and see my growth. He is showing me how to use my life in service to him and I love the work He is doing in me. For the first time in many years I can say that this year is going to end on a high note and I am looking forward to what God has for me next year!

Jenness

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