“Come to me, all who are tired from carrying heavy loads and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28
Our program of recovery suggests that we identify our wrong doings and then confess them to God another person and to ourselves. It is difficult to soar on wings like an eagle when our sins and conscious are weighing us down. How freeing to be given absolution and rest for our souls. God cannot give us blessings when we are filled with guilt and the garbage left over from our unrepented past deeds. A hardened heart doesn’t accept God’s forgiveness. Clear the conscience, soften the heart, make way for forgiveness and peace…peace of mind…peace of soul…finally, serenity.
“I am leaving you peace. I am giving you my peace. I don’t give you the kind of peace that the world gives, do don’t be troubled or cowardly.” John 14:27
Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him.
In Step 3 we “made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God.” To do this we need to trust God and have confidence that He will see to our needs; that He will protect us in times of trouble, guide us to the right action when under trials. We also must have faith that God knows what is best for us, now and in the future. Our program states that we must have a spiritual awakening, a complete personality change. Believing this, we can pray with the saints of old, “Create in me a new spirit.” When we do this, God promises to bless us. This is why our program recommends, “Let go, Let God.” With daily use of this step, we can be assured of doing the next right thing.
Anyone who trusts in God will never be put to shame.
It’s been a while since I posted anything. Spring is finally here in the Twin Cities and I had an Aha Moment! All my windows are open, chicken is on the grill! While waiting for said chicken to be done, I decided that I needed to polish my Dansko work shoes. When I was younger, I used to polish my dad’s and brother’s shoes with linseed oil. I don’t have any. I also do not keep petrolium jelly in the house anymore. “Hmmmm, ” I said to myself. “I wonder what would happen if I used my Cold Processed Organic Coconut oil?” Wonder no more! It worked like a charm! My shoes are clean and shiny and it took 30 seconds per shoe! While I was at it, I rubbed the excess coconut oil on my fingernails and cuticles for that manicured look!
Today is a great day to sit on the porch and get to polishing those shoes!
Happy Spring to you all!
I began volunteering at the Animal Humane Society in Woodbury a few weeks ago. I work (read pet and cuddle) with the cats and help people find their perfect match. I also signed up for Community Cats, a program that captures feral cats, neuters or spays them and releases them back into the neighborhood where they were found. Each kitty has her own personality and I am truly enjoying the time I spend with them and the other volunteers. Today I got to do my first release for Community Cats. The female kitty was petite and did not make one sound while in the carrier in my car. I set the carrier down with the acrylic pane facing a wooded area and boom, the kitty pounced against the pane, sensing her opportunity to get into the wild wild woods of Woodbury. I was startled by the strength of the less than 6 pound kitty. Before I could even get the door slid all the way open, she ran for dear life from the crate and didn’t stop. I am happy to be a part of such a wonderful organization. Stop in any one of our five metro locations and see for yourself the great work the Animal Humane Society does. http://www.animalhumanesociety.org/
I used up my small batch of coconut oil, baking soda and essential oil toothscrub and thought, hmmm, what else should I do with my coconut oil love affair? Jillee blogs “One Good Thing” and on it the other day was 20 Natural Ways to Sleep Better http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/?s=sleep%20better. It included a recipe for Dream-y Sleep Salve. I just received my order from Spark Naturals (I used the coupon code Jillee and recieved a discount) including the Dream Essential Oil blend and glass jars with covers and organic beeswax. Within twenty minutes, I had followed the recipe and my salve was in liquid form, cooling in the jars! The organic olive oil gives the product a pretty pale green color which seems to go very well with the scent. By the time I was ready for bed, the liquid had become a soft salve. I slathered this on my feet, inhaled the lovely scent and put on plush socks. I awoke the next morning more refreshed than I have been in many nights! I fell asleep fast and stayed asleep! This stuff rocks! Not only is the scent wonderfully soothing but the oils seep into the soles of my feet rendering them as soft as a baby’s bottom. I know what my sister is getting from me! Make up a batch and try it for yourself! Dream on, Friends!
I was over at my friends house having dinner when she asked me if I had tried the new way to brush teeth. Nope. Didn’t hear of any new way. Well, it’s with equal parts baking soda and organic coconut oil. I went home and opened my cupboard, got out the ingredients and a spatula and littl bowl. Presto, in a matter of seconds I had a small batch. I added orange essential oil (Young Living)
to help with the soda taste. I have yet to recieve my peppermint oil. The results were quite good. I even think my teeth looked instantly whiter. The orange flavor was nice, but I think the mint will do more for the refreshing aspect. This may not be my regular dental routine, but I think I will use it now and then. Please try it for yourself and share your thoughts.
Today was another day above freezing in Minnesota! Thirty-three degrees with sunshine lead me to go snow shoeing with my sister-in-law and her daughter! We stomped over snow (what little there is left) and dead meadow grass clumps. The short hike left us feeling like we just licked a peppermint stick! It also left us feeling like we can handle the remaining winter season, no matter what Mother Nature throughs our way!
My kindness is all you need. My power is strongest when you are weak. 2 Corinthians 12:9
In Step One we admit our powerlessness, our weariness. Only then can we get the strength to move on. We find strength in our group, from others who have been where we are and who will show us the way to a better life. God has all power, but we don’t receive this strength until we put our egos aside and ask for His help and guidance. Whenever we feel alone and tempted to do something that is not right for us, we can reach out to another, go to a meeting, phone someone. Always, we can reach out and place ourselves into God’s hands. His support is always there. He is always caring, always steadfast. Reaching out to God is always the next right thing.
I am your God. I will strengthen you. I will help you. I will support you with my victorious right hand. Isaiah 41:10
Good Friday isn’t a celebration but a remembrance, a time for somber reflection on the cross, the death of Jesus, the effect this had on the earth; time to look at my behaviors and thoughts.According to God’s law, it is I that should be hanging. In today’s morally lenient society I am almost sparkling clean. Not true in God’s eyes if I didn’t have faith in Jesus or believe that what happened on the cross over two thousand years ago. I do have that faith. I know that Jesus’ death was for my benefit! I am now sparkling clean in God’s eyes. Thank the Lord! The black cloth that symbolizes Good Friday in many churches represents the filthy sins of this world’s inhabitants, of God’s own creation. I feel the weight of my sins as I reflect today on the Son of God, dying on a cross. I am like Barabbas, set free but guilty! May I repent of my sins, truly seek forgiveness and humility, May I hold these reflections in my heart until the glorious dawning of Easter. Then my soul can rejoice and be as light and white as the angel at the empty tomb of our Lord.
This is why we are not discouraged. Though outwardly we are wearing out, inwardly we are renewed day by day. 2 Cor. 4:14
No matter what life brings us we can be reassured of God’s renewal. With faith in Christ as our Living Savior, our souls can be soaring even if our physical selves are tired. Our old behavior brought us to our program of recovery. We were tired of our current way of life. Recovery has given us a healthy change, injected some hope into our sagging spirits. To stay in recovery, to keep the faith, the new hope, the renewed energy, we must not revert to those old ways of thinking or behaving. If we but ask, God will help us do the right thing. Keep us on the path of right living, and ultimately on the path to our soul’s renewal.
He renews my soul. He guides me along the paths of righteousness for his names sake. Psalm 23:3