I am at a place in my life where I am learning the art of letting go. It has not been easy for me, as I have been very attached to the results of my decisions in life and now as my children are grown I was very attached to the results of their actions. I thought that if they made a non beneficial decision and suffered due to the consequences of their choices that is was somehow my fault. I am now learning that this is not true.
Life has a funny way of providing opportunities to learn. I was on my way to the store early one morning, when I came across a road blockade due to line repairs being done along the roadway. My sweetheart got out the GPS to check for an alternate route to the store. The GPS unfortunately would not load properly due to cloud cover. Rather than waiting for him to find an alternate route, I headed for one that I knew of a few miles away. While we did eventually reach our destination it took allot more time. On the way home my sweetheart was able to find a much shorter and better route for us as he got the GPS to work.
Overcoming an addiction whether chemical or behavioral in nature can be one of the most challenging undertakings you may undertake. I have personally seen and experienced the long-term effects of serious addictions and how that affected my family, beginning with one of my grandfathers addictions to alcohol. His addiction caused a ripple effect of harmful consequences throughout the family for multiple generations of suffering. I was once addicted to tobacco for a time, and prescription pain pills later on myself. I know the struggle of addiction, as I found it very difficult to break free of using those substances. Thankfully I am now free of both addictions, and have stayed free for many years now.
Whether you have an addiction, or are seeking to help a loved one or friend who does how you go about it can make a very big difference. Addiction is a huge problem for many as the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), in 2014 estimated that 21.5 million Americans over the age of 12, have a significant problem with alcohol or drugs. In addition to chemical addictions there are many behavioral types of addictions as well, which can negatively impact our lives. Let’s look at some resources, and ways that have been time-tested to help in overcoming both chemical and behavioral addictions. Continue reading “Overcoming Addiction”
The Spirit of the Valley never dies
She is called the Hidden Creator
Although She becomes the whole universe
Her immaculate purity is never lost
Although She assumes countless forms
Her true identity remains intact
Whatever we see or don’t see
Whatever exists or doesn’t exist
Is nothing but the creation of this Supreme Power
Tao is limitless, unborn, eternal –
It can only be reached through the Hidden Creator
She is the very face of the Absolute
The gate to the source of all things eternal
Listen to Her voice
Hear it echo through creation
Without fail, She reveals her presence
Without fail, She brings us to our own perfection.”
Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching
Have you ever wondered how we came to be here? How has all the life around us evolved into such complex forms that are so delicately balanced within their ecosystems?
I absolutely love to spend time out in nature observing both plants and wild life in their natural environments. I believe that we can learn a great deal from observing nature.
|“Josiah was eight years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem thirty-one years. He did what was pleasing in the Lord’s sight and followed the example of his ancestor David. He did not turn away from doing what was right. During the eighth year of his reign, while he was still young, Josiah began to seek the God of his ancestor David” (2 Chronicles 34:1-3a).
Young Josiah led one of the greatest revivals in the history of Israel.
But he was a very unlikely candidate because he lived during a time of great spiritual darkness and for over half a century false religion had reigned in Judah.
Both his father and grandfather were evil, wicked men. He saw firsthand the results of living a wicked life.
When Josiah was 16 he began to seek the Lord and he established his own personal walk with God. Think about it, the greatest revival in Israel’s history was led by a sixteen year old! Wow!
But you know what? Throughout history, it’s been the prayers of young people that have brought revival—time and time again. When you study the great revivals in church history you’d be surprised to see how many of them began with people in their late teens and early twenties. God used them to start the church on fire.
Josiah faced some big obstacles, but His passion for God and his dedication to Him resulted in an amazing revival of an entire nation. It had been over 100 years since the Lord had last revived His people.
God had founded the country, but now it was corrupted. Religion and faith in God had been neglected to the point that the temple was dilapidated and had been closed for 75 years.
The priests were scattered and many were corrupted by idolatry even they no longer knew the sacred Scriptures.
But Josiah is a wonderful example of what happens when revival begins in one person’s heart. In spiritually dry conditions, one heart on fire is all it takes to ignite revival.
Israel’s greatest revival started in the heart of a sixteen-year-old young man who dedicated his life to the Lord. How encouraging it is to know the Lord doesn’t look at the age of your heart; He looks at how willing your heart is.
You may be a young man or woman following the Lord. Know for certain that the Lord can use you and your generation to change the world!
Trapped negative emotions are one of the big hidden reasons why so many people are unwittingly manifesting needless adversity in their lives.
“Fill yourself with utmost emptiness. Embrace internal tranquility. The ten thousand things, see how they arise and flow around you, each one coming into being, growing, adapting, changing, fulfilling, then returning to the source as you sit in stillness in the center, watching.” Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching verse 20.
This verse in the Tao Te Ching makes me think about how in our world today, we are facing many confusing and conflicting ideas, agendas and ideologies. There are also many changes taking place in how we view ourselves and relate with one another. They can be very disconcerting to say the least, when you try to make sense of it all. I do think as intelligent beings we should always do our best to better understand one another, and create a peaceful coexistence with all those with whom we share this planet. We do not necessarily all need to agree on everything, which is highly unlikely to ever occur any time soon. We do however need to find ways to both understand and accept each other in order to create more peaceful and happy lives. I have some ideas I hope will help with accomplishing this.
Many times in my life when I have been suffering greatly, the kindness and compassion of others has lifted my spirit, and helped me endure the hardships at hand. On one particular occasion I was moving to a new State 1300 miles away from my old home, due to a very unsafe domestic situation. I was driving with two of my children, across the Country in an old pick up truck that barely ran! It smoked like crazy, and was burning a quart of oil every 40 to 50 miles!
It was very late at night, and we were crossing the desert near Deming, NM. I pulled over at an old abandoned tourist stop, to take a look at the engine, as it was smoking really badly! When out of nowhere it seemed, a Sheriff deputy pulled over to see how we were doing. He said the area was unsafe, and looked at the smoking engine with me. He told me about a truck stop about 20 miles away, where I could get help. He was very kind to my kids and I. He gave us some food and water as well. I asked if he could follow us, but he said “no, he had to go another way, but that we would make it to the truck stop okay.” I got in the truck to drive off, and looked around to see where he had gone. He had simply vanished, as mysteriously as he arrived. I asked my kids if they saw where he went? They had not. I have often wondered if he may have been an angel God sent to help us that night?