The Courage to change the things I can…

1001031_10200231711850733_1457908686_nPriceless, made for me by my son.

I never realized how much courage it takes to change things. Courage to leave all that is familiar, even the chaos of alcoholism. Courage to grasp for your own recovery and refuse to let go. Courage to feel the fear of all of this and keep going anyway.

Where do we get courage? Is there an ATM where we can withdraw this firmness of mind, fortitude and endurance, this courage?

Yes, it is the Holy Bible containing the promise’s of God. God’s word contains over 366 commanding us to “fear not” in various forms. That means you get a verse a day, including leap year! What a great God have to provide this for us to quench the fiery dart shot at us from the enemy of our souls.

There are also very familiar verses instructing us to “be courageous” and these I love dearly for they also contain His promise and His presence. Brother’s and Sister’s, whatever you have to do to be free, whatever changes and challenges you face on your personal road to serenity, He is with you. What else do you need?

Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you where ever you go.       Joshua 1:9 NIV

Crabs in a Bucket

550750_3403013069354_826486111_nIf you have never had the pleasure of going crabbing, you should try it as soon as you can. It’s one of the most fun ways that you can get sunburned and a backache! Personally I am a fan of doing it the hard way: with a hand line and a chicken bone- probably the reason for the backache. ( there are easier methods, so don’t worry) The craziest thing about crabbing is *drum roll* the crabs! Once you get a crab in the bucket it scoots around, claws extended, already a looser but spoiling for a fight. Get two in the bucket and they will start fighting with each other. Once you get three or more, they will climb up on top of each other in what looks to be a coordinated escape plan. One crab gets to the top of the pile, ready to get out of the bucket and the other crabs will pull him down.

Isn’t this the way our dysfunctional behavior works?

We scoot around, always spoiling for a fight, fight each other and in our dysfunction pull each other down.

So I ask you, who’s in your bucket? And what crabby behavior could you change today?

He who walks with wise men shall be wise, but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.       Proverbs 13:20

 

This post is excerpted from my book, The Little Engine who could Not…., available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle.

The Little Engine who Could not….

devotionalGood morning! I am very pleased and excited to announce that my first book is now available on Amazon.com in print and kindle format! I invite you to check it out and welcome your feedback! I would also like to take this opportunity to publicly thank those whose help, expertise and artistry helped me make this happen! First, Nick Caya and the Word-2-Kindle team for expert formatting and over the top excellent customer service! Thank you Nick! Second, Mike and Tracey Mishko of Mishko Photography for having the vision to take what was in my head and photograph it so beautifully! Mike and Tracey are responsible for the cover art that so wonderfully illustrated the vision in my head of a Little Engine who could not… as well as the photographs of the author! That would be me and I usually do not take good pictures! Thanks Mike and Tracey! You can access Nick at www.Word-2-Kindle.com or on the Word-2-Kindle Facebook page. Mike and Tracey are available at www.Mishkophotography.com or on their Facebook page as well. I know you will enjoy working with these fine professionals as much as I did!

In the introduction to the book, I wrote that “I believe as a Christian we overcome by the Blood of the Lamb and the WORD of our Testimony’s. ( Revelation 12:11) Words form a testimony and by their very nature must be shared. And it’s in this sharing, fellowship with other like minded people that we find relief and help.”

In this spirit I am also pleased to announce that I will be inviting guest bloggers to blog on this site for us all. I have many friends who have inspiring testimony’s, are talented wordsmith’s and I know you will enjoy reading what they have to offer. Sign up for updates, you won’t want to miss a word!