Heroin and Compassion

I visited my daughter in jail today. She was happy, excited to see me. I had given her $29 dollars so she could eat some junk food. I hadn’t seen her for a few weeks and as usual I was a tad anxious for what might come. I had prayed that authority would catch up to her.

She was gaunt, her skin red… unhealthy. Heroin is hell. It is hell for the addict and for the family... hell for our society. Our family has been struggling through this damnable episode for over ten years, first pain pills then heroin. A is for Apple. H is for Heroin. It used to be H was for hotel, or something like that. This thing has worn us down, a constant grind. But, in all of it, we have learned to stand and fight for our kid, our 31 year old kid. We have learned to love her, really love her, like Jesus taught, determined prayerful love. It is her only hope, and hope is what the addict and their loved ones begin to lose.

Addiction is like a python wrapped around the neck, strangling the life out of a person. At first, you can’t see it, don’t understand it, and fall prey. But I’ll tell you this, knowing God in the midst of this has made all of the difference. But this struggle, it challenges authenticity.

A parent’s love is dependent on the parent, on the model they grew up under, on their personality, on their choices along the way. Parents are just fragile human beings. You know? Just people making their way through this rugged frontier called life. We bring children into this world, ready or not… fragile, in need of nurturing, and dedication for the long game. Parenting is a life-long game of choosing to nurture, to train, to build character. Or not. After all, we are free agents in this world. Thank God for His unfaltering love.

My daughter, beaming, said I’m going to church… so happy to be free from the python. In jail, she becomes a leader showing people the way to Jesus. But on the street, she has to struggle with the underworld. The pull of the physical addiction is overwhelming. I watched her withdrawing once. It was a horror to watch, to experience my little one, the one I was with as she was born, the one I sat with when she fought leukemia as a little child. But it gave me insight to what that python called H does to a person.

My daughter is a Christian. A living spirit bound to a body addicted to heroin. Her spirit is the only thing keeping her from going over the edge. When I look in her eyes she is still there, capable of great kindness, a sweet person.

Heroin use is sky-rocketing, and there are nearly a million users in the USA. I ask myself, do I love them? Are they loved by the Church?


Written by: D. Watkins used with permission.

The Worry Factor and The Christian Life

Job 7:6 My days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle, and are spent without hope.  

The worry factor. Worry is the art of continuing to feel anxious or uneasy.  It is one of the main thoughts with which Satan will try to fill your mind.  Most Christians have encountered this from time to time. The aim of the spirit of worry is to try to place a vivid picture in your mind, and make you feel that you are in a hopeless situation.  

This was the picture he “painted” in the mind of Job, see Job 7:1-6.  Job’s thought of a lack of hope caused him to worry, and many Christians fall into the same trap.  They do not realize that God is ready to help them in any time of need.  They allow the enemy to constantly tempt them, not realizing that Satan’s final goal is to persuade the person to stop serving the Lord.  People will do this because they feel that God has not met their needs.  

Psalm 37:39 But the salvation of the righteous is from the Lord; He is their strength in the time of trouble.

The Power of Grace - Get Your Copy of A Cup of Grace for the Day at Amazon

A Cup of Grace for the Day is the third in the Destination? Joyful! ™ Cup series and inspires any who pick it up to dig into His unfathomable grace with the author Evinda Lepins! This series was born from a blog entitled Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power and has been used to launch a ministry: Chicklit Power Ministries, a ministry dedicated to helping others thrive "in" relationships and "out" of hurts, habits and hang-ups! A Cup of Grace for the Day doesn't just talk about grace but literally walks you to and through its beginning and its life in the heart of you! So grab your coffee and join Evinda Lepins for some powerful insights into the gift of grace that's yours today and all your tomorrows.
Learn more about Evinda at Chicklit Power Ministries. You may get your copy of A Cup of Grace: Coffee Hour with Chicklit Power at Amazon, in Kindle Edition, at Barnes and Noble, in NOOK Book and at other fine online bookstores. You may also visit the author at Facebook, at Twitter and at YouTube.


You may purchase your copy of The Christian Codependence Recovery Workbook at Amazon, Barnes and Noble

A CBM Christian Book Review
10.0 out of 10.0 stars 

The Christian Codependence Recovery Workbook: From Surviving to Significance (Revised and Updated) by Stephanie Tucker, MDAAC, RAS, M.Min., in conjunction with, A House that Grace Built, presents healing and wholeness to the body of Christ through a Christ-centered recovery process.  Designed by the author to assist in the recovery process from issues of "codependency," the workbook takes readers on a journey to discovery-giving them tools that reveal the nature of codependency amongst behaviors and patterns that can be created within the lives of individuals, families and within relationships.  The Lord has given the author much insight into the recovery process, enabling families, addicts and individuals to become free from bondage and strongholds that are linked to "survival" without a Christ-centered life.  Once denial has been addressed, the author reveals the issues, further exposing the lies, and transitions to the disclosure of truth, disposes of the dysfunctional strongholds and offers a receiving of His (Jesus Christ's) true healing.  This workbook is nothing short of phenomenal!  One will find a comprehensive workbook to bring a life truly centered in Christ and His freedom.

Within the pages, one will find much emotional healing with such chapters as: Facing Codependence, Family Systems, Emotional Strongholds, Love Systems, Ceasing Control: the Pathway to Surrender, Breaking Free From Denial, Exposing Shame, Receiving the Gift of Forgiveness, Offering the Gift of Forgiveness, Embracing Authentic Identity, Building Healthy Boundaries, and Balancing Principles and Priorities.  With keen biblical insight, the author systematically exposes the dysfunctional dynamics in individuals, addicts and the nature of codependence, while addressing the reality of spiritual warfare.  Further developing a solid scriptural foundation throughout, the author instructs and encourages readers that there is hope to be found in the recovery process.  All of the principles presented are biblical solutions offered with compassion and an open-ended question forum at the end of each chapter.  In doing so, the author gives practical applications to real life situations.

This is a much-needed book within the entire body of Christ.  While salvation is obtained by believing and confessing Christ, entering into the New Life that Christ offers can seem like an impossibility for some, as many are entangled in codependent behaviors derived from a life without Christ.  This book offers the way out of confusion, loneliness, fear and despair through a Christ-centered recovery process to finding freedom!  The author adamantly explains that Jesus is the ultimate Healer through His abundant Grace!  Amen!  Both books are highly recommended and are available to the body of Christ to encounter through individual study sessions or within group settings.  Highly recommended!

The Christian Codependence Recovery Workbook: 
From Surviving to Significance Revised and Updated
By: Stephanie Tucker, MDAAC, RAS, M.Min.
ISBN#978-1936451050
Review Date: April 11, 2014

You may purchase The Christian Codependence Recovery Workbook at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other fine online bookstores.  You may visit the author and learn more about her ministry at Spirit of Life RecoveryFor information about webinars, recordings, and current class notes be sure to visit the Christian Codependence Recovery Blog.

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For Children and Young Adults - The Prayer Shawl: Wrapped in God’s Love by Susan Fitzsimonds

A CBM Christian Book Review - The Prayer Shawl: Wrapped in God's Love by Susan Fitzsimonds is a wonderfully uplifting book revealing the powerful purpose of the prayer shawl ministry, reminding all of God's love.  As one leaves a legacy and heritage within a family, a prayer shawl has a legacy all its own.  This book reveals the powerful prayer ministry and God's love that is represented within a prayer shawl.  Reminding all, that they too can know God's unending love.

A little girl finds out how grandma knits prayer shawls for others.  She finds out that the prayer shawls are not just an ordinary gift, but that as grandma knits it, she is praying for the person.  Others, also participate in the prayers as the shawl is given to the recipient.  The little girls finds out that she can use this prayer shawl whenever she feels lonely, sad or upset.  She is reminded and taught throughout the book of God's love represented by the scriptures that are included, revealing the truth of God's unfailing love.   

Beautifully illustrated, touching and heart-warming, recommended for young girls as early as 5, this short story will also encourage adults alike, reminding them that God's love and grace is sufficient for all things.  This book is a blessing to little children, teaching them that you can know and trust God.  Highly recommended!    

You may get your copy of The Prayer Shawl at Amazon.  For more information about Susan and her books, visit Hero Books or Susan Fitzsimonds Blog.. You  may find more information about Susan's other book release The Hero In Me also at Amazon.

Title: The Prayer Shawl: 
Wrapped in God's Love
By: Susan Fitzsimonds
10.0 stars out of 10.0
ISBN#978-193832196
Review Date: June 18, 2014

Can History Be Our Greatest Teacher - 12 Titanic Lessons for Christians by Charles C. Hagan Jr.

History's most prominent and unforgettable tragedy that makes for an invigorating and memorable read!  CBM Christian Book Marketing

 12 Titanic Lessons for Christians by Charles C. Hagan Jr. presents a powerful, intriguing look into history's past, as "history can be our greatest teacher."  Using the 1912 Titanic sinking metaphorically, the author gives insight into the warnings, dangers and signs that ultimately led to the needless loss of over 1,500 lives in the icy Atlantic sea over 100 years ago.  Elaborating the many dangers and pitfalls Christians encounter, the author, uses the example of the Titanic, and keenly offers a parallel scenario in the life of many Christians.  Whether you are a Christian or not, you will find these warning signs and dangers that the Titanic ignored, ring true for all of humanity. Timeless in nature, this book captures the essence of the Titanic's sinking and presents far reaching repercussions into our modern-day life that call for our attention and action.  ----- Our eternity is at stake! 

Fast-paced, well-researched and with valuable Christian values and life lessons, discover how to navigate the waters of life.  Intertwining scripture, the author teaches one to build upon biblical principles versus worldly principles.  Encouraging all to uncover the hidden dangers in life, such as trusting in wealth, and thinking that (you) are unsinkable, the author also gives the opportunity to seek Jesus Christ as your "life raft" in life – presenting time-tested biblical principles that cannot fail. A wonderful, unforgettable read.

You may get your copy of 12 Titanic Lessons for Christians at Amazon, in Kindle Edition, at Barnes and Noble and at Millennium Vision Press

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Falling In Love With Jesus

My Love Story with Jesus: a Memoir of God's Love and Faithfulness by Shekinah J. King captivates readers with a memoir of her personal love story with her Creator and King, Jesus Christ.  Unfolding the rich love He has for all of us, the author proclaims, "He is the Greatest Lover of all Times and He shows me How to Love…" with reverberating enthusiasm to reveal to readers His unfathomable love.  In this book one will find a compilation of love parables, poems and photos that inspire one to intimacy with Jesus Christ.  The author openly shares her heart and the solution she found for all of life's troubles – Jesus Christ. 

Within the pages one will also find an epilogue, evangelistic outreach that shares the Good News of Christ and a question and journaling section for personal spiritual growth.  This book touches the heart of who God is – Love and is for those who want to discover the truth, the way and the life by believing in the One who is Lord of all. My Love Story with Jesus: a Memoir of God's Love and Faithfulness offers all a love story and a living testimony to the grace and unending love that Jesus has for all. "And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony…" (Revelation 12:11 KJV)
 
With a Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.), Bachelor of Ministry (B.Min.) and a Master of Christian Leadership (MCL), Shekinah J. King, is an author and a writer of psalms.  As a multi-published author, her mission is to lead others into the unfailing love of Christ.  Her books are recommended for inspiration, intimacy, insight, Bible study, prayer, spiritual growth and evangelistic outreach.  Sharing the compassion of the greatest love she has ever found, she wants others to know of God's grace, love and enduring faithfulness.  Her passion runs deep, as she gives her vibrant testimony of the true love she has found in Jesus Christ.  From her wilderness experiences and encounters with the lover of her soul, this book is a captivating, thought-provoking and inspiring memoir.  She encourages all that they have their own story to share, as they come to know the eternal life in King Jesus.    

You may get your copy of My Love Story with Jesus at Amazon. You may visit Shekinah at Shekinah J. KingMy Love Story With Jesus and at Facebook where you will find encouragement and blessing.

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