Yesterday turned out to be a remarkably good day. I had 3 meetings for our recovery ministry groups which went well. A retired counselor gave me a box of excellent resources we can use. I was wanting to create a resource library for all the volunteers we have. This will be a great start for it. The two counselors who met with our group leaders last night also did an outstanding job. I think they removed a good deal of anxiety for us. It helps to know we have expertise right with us.
“Take every thought captive.” II Corinthians 10:5. This is the verse I’ve been working with for the 30 days to help me keep from stepping into anxiety and stress as we move into the start of our recovery work. Every morning God reminds me to “be still and know that He is God.” This always takes me to a place where I relax and surrender. A good friend once told me that my anxiety was a gift in that it kept me focused on what is important when starting something new. I don’t think it is anxiety when my mind is working to process all that needs to be done when getting something started well. It is when I begin to doubt that I can do this that anxiety takes over. This gift turns into a character flaw at that point. This is what God helps with each morning when He reminds me to “be still–He is God”. Surrendering all that is gripping me is done at this point. Each day He brings me closer to Him by showing me how He completes His Work well. An example yesterday was my email I wrote about. My first attempt to address it took care of it. I had prayed for God’s direction and that did it.
The week before we start the first groups, Sept. 11, I’ve asked a dear lady–prayer warrior to come and meet with all of us group leaders. She is going to be helping us address spiritual warfare. She is my prayer warrior and she gives me continuous encouragement.
Lastly, this morning I was reading in Ecclesiastes. The chapter was 11. It is here Solomon writes about not waiting when God has called you into something with Him. It would be so easy to walk away from this present work. Satan does all he can to complicate and confuse. However, God is very clear that today is the day He wants us moving forward with this. The chapter starts off saying, “Cast your bread upon the waters, for you will find it after many days.” This present bread is recovery from brokenness. Casting this bread is hope for some very lost folks waiting to know they don’t have to live in the darkness they’ve hidden for so long. I know this brokenness, darkness and I know this hiding. God is calling us and I want nothing else but to obey.