Saturday, December 31, 2011
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Today we need to watch our words and how we speak about ourselves and others. Did you ever notice that you say something negative about your day or a certain situation and it happens. The Bible teaches us that what we speak can set the course for our day. We must be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to get angry. Instead of thinking about yesterday and letting that decide how your day is going to be, start with 5 minutes in quiet and tell yourself today is a new day, I can and will have a great day and overcome all of life's challenges! REMEMBER JESUS LOVES YOU!
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
We must never forget the ones we have lost in the battle of addiction. Our hope and prayer at Recovery Connections is to reach the living through the lost. Send us your photos of loved ones lost via e-mail.Lets give them a voice, they will ever remain in our hearts, let not there pain and sorrow be in vain. Though they have moved on they will speak from this page louder than they did in life. Just give them the chance!!
Things in life that our difficult are worth doing. Have you ever noticed that the challenges we face that come easy are not as appreciated as much as those things we have to work really hard for. I have been slow going at adding to this blog because it takes hard work and I have been feeling discouraged. I know that this blog will reach people even if its only just one and it helps them find their way to freedom from addiction then all the hard work will be worth it. So no matter what challenge you face in life, do it with all your heart and make it worth doing! REMEMBER JESUS LOVES YOU!
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Saturday, December 24, 2011
Todays thought is a thought we must put into action.When considering others our first action shoulb be is to encourage , especially with the ones that are close to us. This blog is work and it would be nice to be encouraged with a comment from someone who reads these thoughts. to be honest am I really reaching anyone .So please encourage me and let me know if I am helping anyone out there.
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Saturday, December 17, 2011
Friday, December 16, 2011
Selfishness is another way to describe addiction. I want what I want and I don't care how anybody else feels! I will do whatever it takes so don't get in my way. Addiction is the worse form of selfishness. When I was out there my selfishness ruined relationships and caused a mountain of legal and financial problems. I could help myself, I had the choice to say yes or no, but my own selfishness blinded me to what was really important in life. I could have said no to using, but I chose to hide behind every excuse and I did whatever I wanted because I was selfish and cared only about myself. Your selfishness is hurting you and others and in the end you will see that selfishness has robbed you of self.
REMEMBER JESUS LOVES YOU!
REMEMBER JESUS LOVES YOU!
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Life is never hopeless and you are never without hope. In my own life I got to a point where I despaired of life itself and no matter how hard I tried I continued to make things worse and seemed to sink deeper into a man made pit. No matter where you look you will find not only a God who cares but people who have a heart for caring for you. That's why we write this blog, in hopes of finding someone who was once like me. Lost in despair!
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Today lets make God our first priority. The moment you awake put your eyes and thoughts upon Him and in your prayers make Him your first priority. Putting the day in His hands is the only way you will have peace even when everything around you seems to be falling down on your head. This is the way to true peace and REMEMBER...JESUS LOVES YOU!
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
I CAN AND WILL OVERCOME MY ADDICTIONS! As this day begins, tell yourself..."I am in control"! I have been given a God given right to say yes or no. To those things which are good and healthy for me I say yes and to those things that are harmful, destructive, I say NO! We must put ourselves in a position of power and control over ourselves the moment we open our eyes and start our day. REMEMBER JESUS LOVES YOU!
Monday, December 12, 2011
Finding peace in life and with one self comes from the ability of true love towards oneself. We must find a way to put away all the pains and hurts that cause us to despise ourselves and the want to self destruct That is the true reason for our self medicating!! Society doesn't help either. The world and the demands it places on us could drive anyone to want to self destruct. We must find a way to accept ourselves for who we are, forgive ourselves and forgive others and just let life happen the way its supposed to happen. No matter how hard we try we always seem to make situations worse and not better. I found success in surrendering my will to God hence first step in the 12 steps and when we can truly do just that...that is when we find true peace and are able to love ourselves and others. REMEMBER JESUS LOVES YOU!
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Don't get caught up in the what ifs. I look back on my life and I think about the things I could have done differently. Looking at what ifs can build a mountain of regret and isn't life tough enough without all that extra stress. We need to take the what ifs and put them on a shelf and forget about them and embrace everyday as an opportunity to "Seize the Day" and jump on every chance you can to make the right choice. Love others around us like there is no tomorrow and be grateful for what we do have. REMEMBER JESUS LOVES YOU!
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Slow down ,before our today becomes our yesterday ! Most of us know what I am talking about we get tunnel vision when it comes to and taking care of our daily routine ,and we get so focused on us and what we are doing that we lose sight of what life is really about !Today we need to slow down and take a look around at whats in our life and put some gratitude in our attitude!When racing Thur life at one hundred miles an hour we miss opportunities to help and love others. Today thank GOD for what you got and slow down and give back.. REMEMBER JESUS LOVES YOU!
Friday, December 9, 2011
That is where it all begins, in the mind. If all we do is give into our thoughts then we can get lost. Before we do anything especially before we use, someway we have to as soon as that thought comes in, acknowledge the thought. Don't resist it the more we do that the more we enforce it. Acknowledge that thought redirect and dismiss it, so that as soon as you contemplate using, say to yourself I feel like using. Immediately change your environment, call someone, pick up a favorite game etc. anything to redirect your thoughts. Concentrate on that thing you have refocused your attention to and the other thought will be dismissed. My favorite book (bible) says that we are led away by our own evil desires, notice it says we, that means me and you. So we have no excuses and we only have ourselves to blame. Acknowledge, redirect and dismiss! Remember Jesus love you.
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Lets start today on a positive note. As we go out into the world there are a lot of people we are going to run into that are carrying around a lot of garbage. They are going to do everything they can to dump it on us. Its up to us to make the decision whether we want to carry their garbage around with us all day or shake it off, smile and tell them I hope your day gets better. Don't let other peoples problems determine the outcome of your day. Your the only person that can ruin your day!!
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
WE WOULD LIKE TO FEATURE A PERSON OF THE WEEK.
NOMINATE SOMEONE YOU KNOW THAT HAS WORKED HARD AND OVER COME THEIR ADDICTION, HAS ATLEAST 6 MONTHS SOBRIETY OR MORE AND IS WILLING TO HAVE THEIR STORY SHARED ON OUR BLOG. NOMINATE YOURSELF IF THAT IS YOU!
SUBMIT YOUR HERO BY EMAIL ALONG WITH THEIR STORY AND A PHOTO IF ABLE .
THANKS FOR TAKING TIME TO VISIT!!
Words are not weapons, so why do we use them as if they are. I remember being a kid and getting into a school yard fight. The bruises and cuts healed but the words used against me still ring in my ears after all these years. We must consider and choose our words wisely because they have a lasting effect that goes beyond the argument. Speak only what is good, true and noble especially when talking to the ones we love most.
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
I heard a long time ago that its not what you know but who you know. The more people we can connect with in our quest for sobriety the more success we will have. The more options we have the easier the transition into sobriety can and will be. So I urge all of you that our checking out this blog please join and become a member especially those who have found success and remain sober. Its our obligation as people who are in recovery to give back and this is your opportunity to give back. That's what this site is all about. If I cant help than maybe you can, hence the name recovery connections. So lets get connected, stay connected and help those who we once were! Thank you, Joseph
Choices, Life is filled with them. Its unfortunate at times when making choices we are blinded by self and foolish pride. I look back on my life at some choices I made and I wonder how I survived. Are those poor choices I made designed to fill my life with regret and self-pity? I say NO. Sure you could walk around with the burden of regret and self pity but that would be a waste of time. Try to look at past choices as stepping stones, lessons learned. Today don't get caught up in "Poor Me", instead thank God for getting you through!
Monday, December 5, 2011
If we face our problems and respond to them positively,and refuse to give in to panic,bitterness,or self-pity....The adversities that come along to bury us usally have within them the potential to benefit and bless us!Remember that FORGIVENESS ,FAITH ,PRAYER and HOPE...all are excellent ways to " SHAKE IT OFF AND STEP UP "out of the holes in which we find ourselves. JOSEPH
Sunday, December 4, 2011
Losing my only child to prescription drugs was one of the worst and most painful experiences of my life. America needs to wake up and join forces in combatting this out of control epidemic. I hope Jason's story may help save one child or help one person walk away, life intact from this disease and it is now considered my many as a disease. Once the medical and mainstream America starts treating it and the victims as such then we will see some major changes and hope for our children and loved ones.
Jason loved life and he loved people. He was happiest when he was helping someone. Friends flocked to him for advice and comraderie. He always had a smile and a laugh to share. It was so painful watching the changes in him as his prescription drug problem grew worse. A knee problem then a car accident left him in a lot of pain. His doctor gave him 6 refills at a time for a very addictive drug, increasig the dosage as his pain and problem worsened. June 4th. 2010, Jason passed away. His 5-year-old son and I watched helplessly as paramedics wheeled him to an ambulance. Chase still cries for his daddy and asks God to let him come home for one more day!! What we would give for one more day!!
Courtesy of Drug Free.Org Memorials
DRUGS; I destroy homes, tear families apart, take your children & that's just the start. I'm more costly than diamonds, more costly than gold, the sorrow I bring is a sight to behold & if you need me remember I'm easily found. I live all around you, in schools & in town. I live with the rich, I live with the poor, I live down the street & maybe next door. My power is awesome; try me you'll see but... if you do you may never break free. Just try me once & I might let you go but try me twice & I'll own your soul. When I possess you, you'll steal & you'll lie. You do what you have to just to get high. The crimes you'll commit for my narcotic charms will be worth the pleasure you'll feel in your arms. You'll lie to your mom; you'll steal from your dad. When you see their tears, you should feel sad but you'll forget your morals & how you were raised, I'll be your conscience, I'll teach you my ways. I take kids from parents & parents from kids, I turn people from God & separate from friends. I'll take everything from you, your looks & your pride, I'll be with you always, right by your side. You'll give up everything, your family, your friends, your money, your home & then you'll be alone. I'll take & take until you have nothing more to give. When I'm finished with you you'll be lucky to live. If you try me be warned this is no game. If given the chance, I'll drive you insane. I'll ravish your body; I'll control your mind. I'll own you completely; your soul will be mine. The nightmares I'll give you while lying in bed, the voices you'll hear from inside your head, the sweats, the shakes, the visions you'll see; I want you to know these are all gifts from me but then it's to late & you'll know in your heart that you are mine & we shall never part. You'll regret that you tried me, they always do but you came to me, not I to you. You knew this would happen. Many times you were told but you challenged my power & chose to be bold. You could have said no & just walked away. If you could re-live that day, now what would you say? I'll be your master; you will be my slave, I'll even go with you, when you go to your grave. Now that you have met me, what will you do? Will you try me or not? It's all up to you. I can bring you more misery than words can tell.* Come take my hand, let me lead you to hell..