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June 9th was the day I counted as my clean date for my first eight years :D

That is, after I realized I was to count from my first day clean and not the last day I used :unsure::oops:;):giggle:

THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 2022 - LEARNING FROM OUR MISTAKES
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We all make mistakes but it’s what we do after the mistake that is the measure of who we are as a person.

If you refuse to learn from your mistakes, you will be poor, and no one will respect you.
If you listen when you are criticized, you will be honored. (Proverbs 13:18 ERV)


It is no surprise to God that we make mistakes. His plan for us is not to sit in a corner because
we are fearful of making a mistake. God desires that we limit our mistakes by seeking to know,
and then applying His will in all our affairs. When we do stumble, we need to admit the error
we made and learn from it. God even promises to honour us when we take this route.


The Bible is full of stories of people who made mistakes. God’s people have never been perfect
people. The stories of their mistakes are included in God’s record of human history, not to shame
the individuals, but rather that we might learn from their mistakes and avoid making the same ones.


The things that happened to those people are examples. They were written to be warnings for
us. We live in the time that all those past histories were pointing to. (1 Corinthians 10:11 ERV)


Someone outlined a simple plan for dealing with mistakes that included these
five points: Own it. Apologize. Accept the consequences. Learn from it. Let it go.


Don’t quit your job simply because the boss is angry with you. If you remain
calm and helpful, you can correct even great mistakes. (Ecclesiastes 10:4 ERV)


God made a way for us to deal with our mistakes. Jesus died in our place so
that our sins could be forgiven, and His blood cleanses us from all wrongdoing.


But if we confess our sins, God will forgive us. We can trust God to do this. He always does
what is right. He will make us clean from all the wrong things we have done. (1 John 1:9 ERV)


Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me to work hard and to make as few mistakes as possible by seeking Your
will in all I do. When I do get it wrong, give me the courage to deal with it quickly and let it go. Amen


©2022 Partners in Hope
June 29, 2020 here...visited the methadone clinic for the last time September of last year :)

Even after committing to Christ back in 2015, allowed myself to go down that road again. By the Grace of God, no more.
 

Magenta

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June 29, 2020 here...visited the methadone clinic for the last time September of last year :)

Even after committing to Christ back in 2015, allowed myself to go down that road again. By the Grace of God, no more.
Congratulations! And praise be to God for your deliverance.

Big changes can take time as we adjust to our new way of life :)
 

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June 21, 2022
“Although we can borrow from religion, medicine, and psychiatry, we are not any one of them. We cannot run hospitals nor half-way houses, nor marry the group with a religious sect. We cannot send lobbyists to Congress, and we don't mix AA with banking enterprises. We aren't educators nor counselors. We cannot lend our name to any other cause except our own. The more we mind our own business, the greater our influence becomes; medicine, religion, and psychiatry start borrowing from our experience and ideas. So do the fields of education, research, and rehabilitation. All kinds of groups based on AA's Twelve Steps have evolved, groups that deal with gambling, eating, drug addiction, mental illness, divorce, etc. They've borrowed from the AA program and made their own adaptations. We didn't have to endorse them or lend our name. This tells us strongly that the more AA sticks to its primary purpose, the greater will be its helpful influence.”

San Antonio, Texas, June 1996, “Simplicity Works Best,”, AA Grapevine
 

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, 2022 - RECOGNIZING JESUS
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Jesus came to earth when the nation of Israel was under Roman rule. We know from the Bible that the Jewish leaders did not accept who Jesus was and conspired to have Him killed. The Jewish leaders should have been familiar with the events of the day because they were foretold in the Scriptures. However, they saw Jesus as a threat rather than a redeemer.

Why are the nations so angry? Why are the people making such foolish plans? Their kings and leaders join together to fight against the Lord and his chosen king. They say, “Let’s rebel against them. Let’s break free from them!” But the one who rules in heaven laughs at them. The Lord makes fun of them. He speaks to them in anger, and it fills them with fear. He says, “I have chosen this man to be king, and he will rule on Zion, my holy mountain.” (Psalm 2:1-6 ERV)

We know that Pilate, the Roman governor, recognized that Jesus was spitefully accused of wrongdoing. Pilate said He could find no fault in Jesus, but he gave in to the Jewish leaders and to public opinion and sentenced Jesus to die.

What do we do with Jesus today? Do we recognize Him as the one who gave His life for us and willingly surrender our will and our lives into His care? God loved us so much that He sent Jesus into the world, not to judge us for our wrongs, but to save us. Do we recognize how much Jesus suffered so that we could be set free from the power of sin?

The one who rejects me and does not receive my words has a judge; the
word that I have spoken will judge him on the last day. (John 12:48 ESV)


Not only do we have the benefit of history and the story of Jesus written in the Bible, but we also have the experience, strength, and hope of so many who found sobriety and new life by following God’s principles. If we do not believe what Jesus has done on our behalf, the Bible says the words that God has spoken will judge us on the last day. How will we measure up when that day comes?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I repent of my sin and accept Jesus’ death on the cross as the payment for my sins to make me whole. I proclaim that Jesus is my Lord and King. I choose to give my will and my life into Your care. Please strengthen me to live for You alone. Amen

©2022 Partners in Hope
 

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, 2022 - RECOGNIZING JESUS
Audio for RECOGNIZING JESUS


Jesus came to earth when the nation of Israel was under Roman rule. We know from the Bible that the Jewish leaders did not accept who Jesus was and conspired to have Him killed. The Jewish leaders should have been familiar with the events of the day because they were foretold in the Scriptures. However, they saw Jesus as a threat rather than a redeemer.

Why are the nations so angry? Why are the people making such foolish plans? Their kings and leaders join together to fight against the Lord and his chosen king. They say, “Let’s rebel against them. Let’s break free from them!” But the one who rules in heaven laughs at them. The Lord makes fun of them. He speaks to them in anger, and it fills them with fear. He says, “I have chosen this man to be king, and he will rule on Zion, my holy mountain.” (Psalm 2:1-6 ERV)

We know that Pilate, the Roman governor, recognized that Jesus was spitefully accused of wrongdoing. Pilate said He could find no fault in Jesus, but he gave in to the Jewish leaders and to public opinion and sentenced Jesus to die.

What do we do with Jesus today? Do we recognize Him as the one who gave His life for us and willingly surrender our will and our lives into His care? God loved us so much that He sent Jesus into the world, not to judge us for our wrongs, but to save us. Do we recognize how much Jesus suffered so that we could be set free from the power of sin?

The one who rejects me and does not receive my words has a judge; the
word that I have spoken will judge him on the last day. (John 12:48 ESV)


Not only do we have the benefit of history and the story of Jesus written in the Bible, but we also have the experience, strength, and hope of so many who found sobriety and new life by following God’s principles. If we do not believe what Jesus has done on our behalf, the Bible says the words that God has spoken will judge us on the last day. How will we measure up when that day comes?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I repent of my sin and accept Jesus’ death on the cross as the payment for my sins to make me whole. I proclaim that Jesus is my Lord and King. I choose to give my will and my life into Your care. Please strengthen me to live for You alone. Amen

©2022 Partners in Hope
So true!

When I was saved, 42 years ago, God took away any desire or need to drink. I had been trying for years to stop. In the snap of fingers, the alcoholism was gone!!

Jesus is still delivering people from addiction. Read Magenta's post again. Are you living for Christ? If not, the door is wide open, and Jesus is waiting for you to repent and turn to God.

Great post!
 

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FRIDAY, JULY 29, 2022 - DEALING WITH INSULTS AND LIES
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Jesus always spoke the truth. He encouraged people to follow Him because He is the way, the truth, and the life. He said some things that are very difficult to do and may not seem to fit into the category of comfort and encouragement.

Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing,
because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. (1 Peter 3:9 NIV)


Does Jesus really mean this? We see examples of situations like road rage and know that quick-flash anger lives in most of us and can be triggered very quickly. Isn’t it enough that we don’t act violently in response to what others say and do or spread vicious rumors about them to others? Not only does the Bible teach us to not react and return evil for evil but it challenges us even further when we are taught to find a way to bless the one who is speaking badly about us.

Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely
say all kinds of evil against you because of me. (Matthew 5:11 NIV)


As Jesus hung on the cross, He blessed and forgave those who put Him there, even while they were busy mocking Him and making fun of Him. Jesus knew it was better to focus His actions on fulfilling what God wanted Him to do rather than be distracted by the cruel words or behaviour of others.

God will help us when we choose to stop the cycle of insults with kindness. This does not mean that we smile while our fists are clenched. It does mean that we give up the desire for revenge. We let God speak truth to our hearts and give us peace within, so the insults and evil lies of others wash off us like oil on a non-stick pan surface. When we’ve done this, we can then ask others to tell us what their problem is. Sometimes we will be able to mutually resolve the problem. At other times it may be the right thing to simply walk away in peace and pray a blessing on the wounded angry person. Either way, God will bless our sincere efforts to end insults and lies.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I can’t imagine not insulting someone back when they insult me but I’m willing to do things Your way. With Your help I will do my best to bless someone who, either in the past or even today, speaks evil to me or about me. Remove all lies from my mind and heal my wounded heart and help me to see myself and others as You see us. Amen.

©2022 Partners in Hope