STEPPING BACK

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Have you ever had to take a step back to let the dust settle?  I am in the middle of something right now where I think it requires me stepping back allowing for God’s direction and guidance.  Usually, if I attempt to proceed with my way/my will, then it typically does not work out so well. I have found by listening to guidance and suggestions from others, that I am able to make a healthy decision.  I also utilize prayer, which is just me speaking with God.  The important piece after having the conversation is listening for the answer.  Which usually requires me STEPPING BACK and sitting still in order to be able to hear anything.  When I do this things seem to work out much better.  In a rush!?….don’t be afraid to STEP BACK.  If you need help please feel free to give us a call @ 253-735-0665.  God Bless you all, Mark.  

GOOSE BUMPS

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Have you ever been “MOVED” in a way where you noticed GOOSE BUMPS on your body, arms, legs etc.?  I was having a conversation with a young lady today and through her conversation about herself I became aware of an image of her helping others with her powerful story and it gave me GOOSE BUMPS (she is SPECIAL).  For me I know it was the holy spirit revealing the truth in her story and path.  There are times in my life where certain things move me in a way which assures me God is with me and present in all that we do.  I want to tell you that you are SPECIAL!! There are big plans for you that you may be unaware of due to your current situation or circumstances.  Do not fear!! You are SPECIAL and LOVED.  Reach out to us or someone for help, your story once told will not only be powerful, but it can surly add value and change someone’s life!! God Bless you all!! Mark

FEAR

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Has FEAR every prevented you from doing something you should?  Has FEAR ever discouraged you from taking a step in your life that may be for the better? FEAR is a power feeling. There is a such thing as healthy fear.  However, the wrong FEAR can keep us from moving in a purposeful direction.  FEAR can trick us and keep us stuck in a hole.  FEAR, can convince us not to ask for help.  FEAR of being judged, FEAR of disappointing others, FEAR of leaving our place where we live, FEAR of loosing our loved ones, family, job and so many other important components of our lives.  Can I ask you this?…If you stay where you are, in the circumstances which has you now and listen to FEAR, will you loose all those important components’ anyway!? FEAR is not your friend…FEAR IS THE ENMEY!! God has not given you a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind! BE BOLD!!! BE COURAGEOUS!!! “If God is for us, who can stand against us?” YOU GOT THIS!! Need help call us @ 253-246-1613…NOTHING TO FEAR!! God Bless you all, Mark

SPEED BUMPS

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How do we handle “Speed Bumps” in life today?  What do you consider to be a “Speed Bump” in life today?  I had a person just the other day actually make reference to an issue in his life as a “Speed Bump”.  When I think about driving over a “Speed Bump”, I usually begin at slowing down first before I go over it.  I have went over a “Speed Bump” at almost full speed, and my head hit the top of the roof in my car as a result of not slowing down.  I don’t think my vehicle liked the encounter much either.   What I have discovered is, if I slow down enough, then that momentary bump in the road(life), can be managed a heck of a lot better, then if I’m rolling at full speed.  I am able to think better, feel, manage my emotions more evenly, and even make good choices around how to handle that momentary “Speed Bump” which can surface from time to time.  Life is full of surprises and unexpected circumstances, however if we slow down enough we have the ability to navigate those “Bumps”(in life) a lot easier.   If you are in need of Supportive Housing please reach out to us @ 253-246-1613.  Remember, slow down…YOU CAN DO IT! God bless you, Mark. 

TRUST/FAITH

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Have you ever been faced with uncertainty, a choice regarding a path forward, and/or just not sure what to do next? Well I can assure you I have and when I turned it over, I found out that everything went just as it should have gone.  I found out that God had a plan and He was faithful.  However, sometimes letting go and letting God, is a tough task for us.  It requires a certain amount of faith/trust.  Based upon our past experience’s, our trust mechanism’s, may be broken or fractured.  Then how do we move forward?  How do we find faith/trust in our situation today? Well at some point, we may have to lean into the faith/trust option and just try it for a different (positive/experience).  Once we receive the gift of faith/trust we will be more inclined to repeat it.  If you are facing a uncertain road/choice and need guidance don’t be afraid to pray and if needed give us a call 253-246-1613 we can talk. God bless you all, Mark

BEST VISION

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Wanted to ask, if you have ever just closed your eyes and envisioned your best life?  Where are you living?  What does it look like?  Are you living by the water, woods, city, country etc?  Family, kids, loved ones around?  Are you envisioning a special job or career you see for yourself?  Are you retired and enjoying coffee/tea from your porch? Fishing, hunting, spending times with grandkids and family?  What does your best vision for yourself look like?  What does it take to reach that and make it your new reality?  What stands in your way or maybe slowing you down?  Hold onto that vision of your best life and don’t let go!! YOU CAN ABSOLUTLY DO IT!! If you need help getting started like I did, then reach out to us @ 253-246-1613.  God Bless you all, Mark

GRACE

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Do you ever stumble upon Grace?  If so, how does it feel?  How does it feel when someone or a circumstance allows for Grace?  Sometimes, that is the best gesture anyone or anything can give us…right!!?  I was just speaking with a client who is really struggling and they said, “their life sucks”! I responded by saying do you have a place to live, food to eat, bed to sleep in?  Are you living on the streets?  “They said yes I have ALL that” “And no…I am not living on the streets”!  They lost their job, have no money due to the disease of addiction, however, by the Grace of God, they do have what they need.  Furthermore, the longer they are sober the more blessings that will come their way.  We might loose a few things along the way on the path of recovery (especially when we fall off), however, God’s continued Grace is sufficient. He will provide what is needed.  STAY CLEAN AND SOBER FOR TODAY! God bless you all, Mark. 

PERFECTION

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Have you or anyone you know struggled with PERFECTION?  Trying to be perfect is a real difficult task.  I don’t know anyone who is perfect or has perfected anything.  I guess I should say except Jesus.  Sometimes we place a ton of pressure upon ourselves trying to be perfect.  One way we do this is by pushing ourselves to live a perfect life of recovery.  The problem which I’ve noticed is that when things aren’t perfect or we struggle during our walk of recovery, at times can feel like we are never going to make it or succeed. I am here to tell you, less than 1 percent of the people in recovery become clean/sober for the very first time and stay that way the rest of their lives.  PERFECTION is an illusion. The best one can do is to get up, dust themselves off when they stumble and move forward.  If you want to practice PERFECTION, practice dusting yourself off and moving forward when things aren’t perfect.  To me the grace we receive from that simple strategy is PERFECTION today.  Lighten up on yourself and understand it’s ok not to be perfect today. God bless you all, Mark

MOVING FORWARD

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Have you every noticed that sometimes we have to take a step back to actually move forward?  For instances, we have certain things which can be triggers for us (emotional, financial, relationships etc.).  What I’ve learned that it is helpful to step back and take a look at those things and try to gain a mindfulness of those feelings when they bubble up.  Also, by stepping back, we can look inward to see if we may be in need of some sort of healing which needs to take place (with some guidance).  To really MOVE FORWARD, we have to review our hurts, habits and hang-ups from the past.  If those things go unresolved for us, we will continue to wrestle with those and the outcomes for a long time in one way or another.  Truly MOVING FORWARD is a process and at times a path which requires us to step back and look within.  If you are in need of assistance please feel free to reach out to us 253-246-1613. God Bless you and your path.  Mark

NEW YEAR

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!! How are you starting out this year 2021?  What obstacles stand in your way? What barriers are impeding your progress?  Are you starting the new year clean and sober? Is there a alternate path you can choose?  The choice may seem easy, however, the journey requires work and commitment.  Making that first call is usually the most difficult.  But, ask yourself, is it easier to live in your current circumstance or is there another way?  A better way to live!? Give us a call or come in to visit one of our staff and we can get started on a new path for this new year! God bless you and may He give you the strength needed. Mark