…the lines in my journal

…the lines in my journal

God in my life is like the lines in my journal. 

I’m a cramp-it-in journaler. To make the most use of page space, I write small and get 2-3 lines of thoughts for every one ruled guideline. The lines that fall naturally on the grid- nice and straight, each letter sitting properly; but the in-betweeners- almost invariably they rise or fall from one side to the other. God in my life is exactly like those lines in my journal…

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Addiction Counseling is largely about spiritual healing…

Addiction Counseling is largely about spiritual healing…

This is a really good description. Recovery is really Spiritual Formation.
For me, this is specifically Christian, but my mission remains, to show (first- by how I live) and tell (second) what a relationship with God and Christ can do in a life.

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Most people make the mistake of assuming that addiction treatment is about eliminating substance use.  As a matter of fact, many clinicians who don’t have familiarity with substance abuse also believe that substance use must be contained before “real” therapy can begin.  But it is those perceptions that interfere the most with healing.  The goal, really, of ANY healing program is to establish and build upon relationships with that which is sacred.

When people fall into addiction’s singular pit, they see their drug as the most important aspect of their lives.  When I got into addiction treatment, I knew that it would be difficult, at best, to make a living dong this work.  But i knew then and still know now that my role and duty is to help people find paths and connections with their spiritual consciousness.  This may involve religion or AA or NA (or some other 12-step…

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What Can I Do?

When I find myself in times of trouble – I don’t listen to The Beattles. I listen to Praise and Worship!

What Can I Do? from Paul Baloche and Graham Kendrick is one of my favorites, because it asks (and answers!) the simple question I am usually struggling with in those moments. (Except, of course, I’m not able to see the simplicity until I sing it out a few times…)

What Can I Do?

When I see the beauty of a sunset’s glory
Amazing artistry across the evening sky
When I feel the mystery of a distant galaxy
It awes and humbles me
To be loved by a God so high

What can I do but thank You?
What can I do but give my life to You?
Hallelujah, hallelujah
What can I do but praise You?
Every day make everything I do
A hallelujah, a hallelujah, hallelujah

When I hear the story of a God of mercy
Who shared humanity and suffered by our side
Of the cross they nailed You to
That could not hold You
Now You’re making all things new
By the power of Your risen life

What can I do but thank You?
What can I do but give my life to You?
Hallelujah, hallelujah
What can I do but praise You?
Every day make everything I do
A hallelujah, a hallelujah, hallelujah

What Can I Do? (YouTube)