Like Saul persecuting early Christians, I warred against my soul in active addiction. But revelation broke through my darkness, beginning a recovery journey similar to Saul’s conversion on the road to Damascus. This is a reflection on profound parallels found in scripture.
In my darkest moments of addiction, one small act of service changed the course of my life. Through an unexpected encounter helping a stranger in need, I found inspiration that started me on the road to recovery. This is the story of how serving others filled my ‘alabaster box’ with the oil of God’s grace, leading to redemption.
Addiction trained and controlled me, much like a circus elephant is broken then manipulated. But I learned there is always hope for freedom. This is the story of how I escaped addiction’s shackles and got my life back on track after years trapped in its grip.
Today we talk about removing our “devices of control” and (like the Barnum and Bailey elephants) finding freedom… and PEACE!
The statistics are shocking…One in ten Americans is addicted to drugs and/or alcohol. And even more shocking is that only one in one hundred addicts will ever attain full life-long sobriety! I am living proof that even among members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, substance abuse and addiction is a VERY SEROUS problem. Join me now as I attempt to bring a little more public awareness to what has been a very private problem…and offer some solutions to help ALL of us overcome our weaknesses and shortcomings.
In the grips of addiction, we often feel powerless and alone. But with the Savior’s infinite grace, we can find strength in our weakness. This post shares an inspirational perspective on overcoming addiction through relying on the healing power of Christ’s Atonement. Can our recovery efforts not only survive, but THRIVE in the shadow of the Covid pandemic?
The 12 Steps are NOT just for addicts… they’re for EVERYBODY! Join me as ChangeOfHeart.LIFE expands it’s focus. Today we talk about how the 12 Steps of the LDS Addiction Recovery Program will improve YOUR relationship with the Savior, and will help your efforts to minister to those around you…whether you have addiction problems or not!
As a musician, my quest for performing triggered some very strong desires to use addictive substances. Addiction clouded my spirit with distractions and static. But recovery allowed me to retune my heart, once again hearing the gentle, sublime melodies of the Spirit. This is the story of parting addiction’s clouds to let divine music break through.
“I misjudged my actions and fell off the horse. A hard crippling fall. The kind of fall that would change me (and my outlook on life) forever. ” They say that it’s not important how many times you fall off, but that you get back on everytime you fall. Join me today as we chat again about Rescue, Recovery, and Redemption.
Yeah, I know. It sounds like a bad joke. But really, if a Bishop, a Rabbi and an Imam walked into a bar, what WOULD they talk about? Today we discuss stigma, shame, and pride; diversity and tolerance; Higher Powers and Holy Places; RESCUE, RECOVERY and REDEMPTION. Join me as we answer the question: What will YOUR Higher Power do for you?