Posted in Addiction, Fear, Power & Strength, recovery, rehab, Salvation, Uncategorized, Withdrawal

The Psalm for the Addicted

This Psalm, Psalm 31, is one for the addicted person to read and own.  It was categorized as such by Rev David Wilkerson who went to be with the Lord.  He was (and still is) my hero and mentor. As a matter of fact, I became a certified Teen Challenge PSNC teacher in my recovery ministry because of him, his anointed wisdom from God and his solid teachings about addiction and the cure.

If you’re hurting, this one’s for YOU!

good-cry-960x5401In thee, O Lord, do I put my trust; let me never be ashamed: deliver me in thy righteousness.

Bow down thine ear to me; deliver me speedily: be thou my strong rock, for an house of defence to save me.

For thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name’s sake lead me, and guide me.

Pull me out of the net that they have laid privily for me: for thou art my strength.

Into thine hand I commit my spirit: thou hast redeemed me, O Lord God of truth.

I have hated them that regard lying vanities: but I trust in the Lord.

I will be glad and rejoice in thy mercy: for thou hast considered my trouble; thou hast known my soul in adversities;

And hast not shut me up into the hand of the enemy: thou hast set my feet in a large room.

Have mercy upon me, O Lord, for I am in trouble: mine eye is consumed with grief, yea, my soul and my belly.

For my life is spent with grief, and my years with sighing: my strength faileth because of mine iniquity, and my bones are consumed.

I was a reproach among all mine enemies, but especially among my neighbours, and a fear to mine acquaintance: they that did see me without fled from me.

I am forgotten as a dead man out of mind: I am like a broken vessel.

For I have heard the slander of many: fear was on every side: while they took counsel together against me, they devised to take away my life.

But I trusted in thee, O Lord: I said, Thou art my God.

My times are in thy hand: deliver me from the hand of mine enemies, and from them that persecute me.

Make thy face to shine upon thy servant: save me for thy mercies’ sake.

Let me not be ashamed, O Lord; for I have called upon thee: let the wicked be ashamed, and let them be silent in the grave.

Let the lying lips be put to silence; which speak grievous things proudly and contemptuously against the righteous.

Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men!

Thou shalt hide them in the secret of thy presence from the pride of man: thou shalt keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues.

Blessed be the Lord: for he hath shewed me his marvellous kindness in a strong city.

For I said in my haste, I am cut off from before thine eyes: nevertheless thou heardest the voice of my supplications when I cried unto thee.

O love the Lord, all ye his saints: for the Lord preserveth the faithful, and plentifully rewardeth the proud doer.

Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord.


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Addicted?

Are you addicted? Does there seem to never be the right time to begin that amazing road to complete recovery? Do you realize your addiction is not a disease, so you cannot have relapses as you may have been told? Do you understand why addiction has never been proven to be a disease? Do you understand that brain changes during an addiction resolve to normal within one year of detox? Did you know that just about anything causes brain changes that come and go? Do you realize that addicted individuals are big business to doctors, psychiatrists and rehabs, so keeping you believing that you’ll always be recovering for the rest of your life, keeps a lot of greedy professionals ‘in the money’ and not necessarily ‘in the know’? Do you know that the Bible has ALL the answers about addiction and how you can experience complete healing? Did you know that the Bible is the true ‘Manual’ of how to live an extraordinary life? Want to know more? Have questions? Need answers? Please visit VictoryRetreatMontana.com where some really friendly people are waiting at the other end of your call, email or text. We work with extraordinary people, like yourself, all the time – by phone, video conferencing, text, encrypted chat, and email. We see lives transform all the time. It costs you nothing to have a free conversation with one of us, but your addiction can cost you everything. There IS a way out!

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From Thin to Thick Skin?

Definition of Vulnerable:

  • capable of or susceptible to being wounded or hurt, as by a weapon
    a vulnerable part of the body.
  • open to moral attack, criticism, temptation, etc.
  • (of a place) open to assault; difficult to defend

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We all have one or more points of vulnerability.  If you say you don’t, you’re either lying to yourself or to someone else.  As tags go, some of us claim to be thick skinned, while others of us claim to be thin skinned.  No one is one or the other.  We’re all composed of a little of each because of our innate human vulnerabilities.  I know that if hadn’t been so vulnerable, I probably would never have ended up in an addiction.  It’s those vulnerabilities that makes us want to hide… to run… to be overwhelmed… to use those substances in our bodies that seem to take us away.  I know when I used, I felt numb. When I felt numb, I couldn’t feel those things that thinned out my skin.  It was only a very temporary ‘happy place’ that took me down a path of darkness that I don’t wish on anyone.

Isn’t is our vulnerabilities that make us who we are?  I believe that’s so, except when we allow those vulnerabilities to overtake us.  We truly need to grab hold of them and make them work in our favor.  Never allow yourself to feel helpless or powerless.  In 2 Corinthians 12:10, Paul the apostle, amidst talking about some of the perils he had been through, says, “when I am weak, then am I strong”.  What he’s saying is that when he hits his times of distress or helplessness (vulnerability), His faith in Jesus takes over and brings him to victory!  Those are the times when we cry out to God!  If you have received Jesus – and are walking in His ways – not your own,  you can cry out to Him and immediately gain the strength you need to endure and win!  Don’t let anyone fool you; sometimes you need to go through some tough times in order to get through.  Those tough times are tests of endurance.  You just need to understand that the Lord will hold your hands every step of the way.  He did it for me during the most horrific times of my life; He’ll do it for you.  Never allow yourself to question why… that’s a waste of time.  Just praise God that He will bring you the victory along with the strength to get through.  Through each and every trial I’ve been through, I gained His strength, endurance and unwavering faith.  I wouldn’t be the woman of faith that I am today had it not been for all that I went through.  If you keep up with my blog, you may know some of the trials I endured.

Just always remember that Jesus is right there – at your side and within your soul. His gift to you of His Holy Spirit is God Himself  within you.  The Holy Spirit is no less God and Power than is Jesus or our Father.  As long as you’re His, know that winning, strength  and victory are a done deal!  Sometimes trials take time; all you need to do is to see Him during those storms.  Always, keep of visual of our Mighty King on His throne before your eyes. Train your mind to do that.  Never let go of that vision.  You’ll soon find that your vulnerabilities – whatever they may be – will melt into strength and will never hurt you again.  You’ll be able to stop running away and enjoy the rest.

Don’t know Jesus?  CLICK HERE to find out how to receive His salvation.  Victory in this life, and eternity in the next one, awaits!  No one knows when death will come.  For some, it’s at the ripe old age of 95, for others, it’s at 5 years old!  Many times, death comes when people are perfectly healthy and enjoying life.  Don’t be unprepared.  Your soul is eternal and eternity is far too important to put this decision off another moment.

In all these things we are more than conquerors
through Him that loved us.
Romans 8:37

You are never helpless.  You are never alone.  You don’t have to fight your battles by yourself.  It’s not about the people around you – it’s about God within you!  Never forget Him.

“Fear not, for I Am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I Am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you
with My righteous Right Hand.”
Isaiah 41:10


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FEAR

Fear, by definition, is an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat.

There are a great deal of ways to talk about fear; however, today I want to discuss fear after detox and during recovery.  I want to talk about it because it was something I personally and profoundly experienced during my first few months after getting out of detox.  I learned how to work through with the Lord’s supernatural help… and got rid of it for good. Now, anxiety is another issue; please don’t confuse the two.  While both fear and anxiety produce fairly similar responses, fear is an emotional response to a known or very definite threat.  Anxiety is often a response from an unknown threat.

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear,
but of Power and of Love
and of a Sound Mind”
2 Timothy 1:7

By the time of my near death, in 2007, I was so dumbed down by drugs, that I did everything without any thought, without identifying obstacles, and without considering consequences.  My mind wasn’t working properly due to what the drugs were doing to my brain, and I was afraid of very little.  Don’t get me wrong… I was still fearful of certain things that plagued me during my whole lifetime, but most of my fears were squashed by the 12 different narcotics I was taking.  After detox, when my mind awakened, I had exaggerated fears.  I didn’t know how to cope without pills.  I knew I’d never go back to drugs, but I also missed being able to pop a pill and find all fears were gone.  There are no solutions in any pill.  Solutions rest in God.  Don’t be foolish and find yourself fighting for your life in an intensive care unit as I had to; it wasn’t pretty.  Choose Jesus, not drugs.

0c33aea2329f1a8c8e4d24737529aa02-fear-the-fearDo you have fears?  Whether you’re on drugs, fresh out of detox, or none of the above, fear is very really and crippling.  Pills do NOT hold the answer.  Secular psychiatry and psychology do NOT hold the answers.  The Bible does.  Specialized life coaching is a good method to help a healthy mind combat fears.  We do that within our ministry… whether you’re in recovery or not.  Check us out!  Recovery can be awesome!