Archive for July, 2009

Do You Act According to What You Believe?

Friday, July 31st, 2009

I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
Than dwell in the tents of wickedness (Psalm 84:10).

I read a very sad story yesterday about a nurse who was “forced” to participate in an abortion, even though she claimed to believe that abortion was wrong.

This story was sad for two reasons. First, of course, it was sad because a baby was murdered. Second, it was sad because, though the nurse claimed to believe that abortion was wrong, she also claimed she was “forced” to participate because if she didn’t she might suffer consequences at her place of employment.

I am now praying for that nurse—and for all the rest of us as well—that she/we will realize we cannot be “forced” to compromise our beliefs under threat of financial consequences. True, it is never easy to act on our faith when it involves the very real possibility of losing our livelihood, our home, our loved ones—even our very lives. But Jesus never promised us easy, did He? In fact, He promised us trials, tribulation, and suffering if we chose to follow Him, since trials, tribulation, and suffering were the hallmarks of the path He walked for us. And as our own path becomes rockier and steeper and more treacherous, we will be called on to make another choice: Will we act on what we say we believe, or will we abandon our faith for comfort and acceptability?

The psalmist declared that he would rather serve as a doorkeeper in the house of God than to live in luxury with those who serve the prince of darkness. How about us, Christians in the 21st century, who—for the most part—have enjoyed a relatively peaceful and prosperous life? Can we too proclaim that we would rather choose a life of service to God, wherever that might lead and however difficult it might prove to be, to remaining comfortable by compromising with the commands of wickedness?

As the time grows short and the days more evil, I believe we will find ourselves called upon more often to make that choice. When that happens, may we be found faithful to act accordingly with what we say we believe!

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Macias
Copyright 2009 Kathi Macias, all rights reserved. Used by permission.
Kathi Macias is a multi-award winning writer who has authored 26 books. Her newest books are:
“Beyond Me. Living a You-first Life in a Me-first World”


and


“Mothers of the Bible Speak to Mothers of Today”
(New Hope Publishers) The author can be reached at: http://www.kathimacias.com

Attitude Adjustment?

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

“But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart” (Matthew 15:18, The Message).

Have you ever said something brilliant or even stupid and wondered where on earth those words came from? Want to hear something amazing? Your heart is connected to your mouth. Thoughts and experiences stored in your heart come out of your mouth and directly impact your life and the life of others.

As a speaker and writer, I love words. In order to better understand the true meaning of words, I have more than a dozen dictionaries (without dust) on my desktop. My favorite is The Complete New Testament Word Study, edited by Spiros Zodhiates, Th.D. This hefty dictionary is an excellent tool designed to help English readers properly understand the full meaning of God’s Word as it was originally recorded in the Greek language. I often refer to this dictionary to help me grasp the depth and fullness of the Bible.

Case in point: the English word “heart” (from Matthew 15:18) translates to the Greek word kardia. Ah, now you know where the word “cardiologist” originated! Kardia represents the heart as the soul—the seat and center of human life. It denotes the heart, mind, body, and spirit as one, with the kardia (soul) as the controller.

In other words, kardia is the fountain seat of thoughts, passions, desires, appetites, affections, purposes, and endeavors.

These components interrelate and produce:

    · Positive or negative thoughts

    · Positive or negative words

    · Positive or negative actions

This is great news. Now you can quit pondering “Should I be negative or positive?” A positive, healthy attitude comes from within. It can’t be bought. It can’t be manufactured. You can’t inject it, transfer it, or swallow it because you already possess it. Moving from survival to stability involves not merely inventing a positive attitude but discovering it deep within. Based on your willingness to be transparent and honestly look in your heart, and then doing something about what you discover, you can transform your attitude while learning how to get passionate about what you do. The old adage “Is your cup half full or half empty?” reflects the relevance of a negative or positive attitude. It’s all a matter of what you see.

Interestingly, as we change our attitude, we see life differently, and life itself becomes different. There is nothing more hopeful to me than knowing that with a slight attitude adjustment I can literally change the outcome of my day. Ask yourself, what could your day be like if you began it positively?

Locked behind the bars of a dingy, dark prison, Paul and Silas prayed and sang hymns to God (Acts 16:25). Talk about power-filled impact! Even the other prisoners listened to Paul and Silas. Read Acts 16:25-40 and see for yourself the positive effect Paul and Silas had on everyone they encountered during this prison escapade.

I believe the single most significant decision we can make on a day-to-day basis is our choice of attitude. Attitude is more important than giftedness, skills, and education. It can make or break a home, a ministry, a church, or a business.

Start today off right with a positive attitude–praise God, get on your knees, and worship Him. Then thank Him for loving you just as you are.

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Coates
Copyright 2008 by Jan Coates, All Rights Reserved. Used by permission.
Jan Coates is an author, speaker, consultant, founder of Set Free Today Ministries and serves on the Board of Directors of Christians in Recovery®. Her latest book is:
Set Free: God’s Healing Power for Abuse Survivors and Those Who Love Them

Rebuking The Storm

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

One ship sails East, and another West,
By the self-same winds that blow,
Tis the set of the sails and not the gales,
That tells the way we go. ~ Ella Wilcox

Occasionally I become a bit frustrated with “inspirational” musings about the blessings of adversity and the magical effects of a positive attitude.

When I’m having a tough day, when my wheelchair breaks or my back hurts or I can’t reach the top shelf, I don’t want to be reminded of the bigger picture. I want to lash out with my own deeply philosophical response, something spiritually uplifting like If you think it’s such a blessing, YOU try sitting here for the rest of your life.

I need to be crystal clear about this: I do not celebrate my injury. I don’t consider quadriplegia to be a blessing. If I could choose to walk and run and reach the top shelf without help, I would.

But despite the frustration and grief, I also acknowledge that the bigger picture does exist. That fact doesn’t diminish the pain one bit, but it does place my struggle in perspective. I don’t like the struggle, but I do appreciate the perspective.

So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. (2 Cor 4: 18)

Immediately following my injury, I wanted desperately to know whether the paralysis was permanent. Would I be trapped forever in a broken body, or was this a scene from an inspirational movie in which miraculous healing occurs before the popcorn’s empty?

I’m not excited about knowing that my body will likely never work properly. But I am deeply thankful for the understanding that a wheelchair will not be my eternal companion. My disability, like all physical circumstances, is NOT permanent.

Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. Without warning, a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”

He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm. (Matthew 8: 23-26)

Jesus didn’t ignore their cries or disregard the threat. He didn’t return to His nap and leave them to confront the storm alone. I don’t think He expected them to sit passively and pretend that no danger existed. This wasn’t the proper time to join hands and sing, “Kum ba yah.”

Instead, He dramatically demonstrated that He was in control. He put the winds and waves in proper perspective and showed the disciples that perilous physical circumstances shrink in the face of eternal faith.

The storm passes, the fury subsides. That doesn’t mean we ought to ignore them or enjoy them or pretend they’re not dangerous.

Jesus never dismisses our struggles or fears, and He doesn’t expect me to deny the realities of my injury. He felt the full wrath of physical suffering; He knows the horrors of a body wracked with pain. He begged for relief even when He knew that His torture was the only way.

Jesus willingly endured the cross because He retained an eternal perspective. He dreaded the tomb, but held firmly to the glory beyond it.

What storm rages for you right now? How can you look beyond the fury to the calmness of eternity?

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Dixon
Copyright 2009 by Rich Dixon, All Rights Reserved. Used by permission.
Rich is an author and speaker. He is the author of:
Relentless Grace: God’s Invitation To Give Hope Another Chance
. Visit his web site www.relentlessgrace.com

Be Healthy in Spirit and Body

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

Jeremiah 30:17 For I will restore health unto thee, and I will heal thee of thy wounds, saith the LORD; because they called thee an Outcast …

Recovery from addiction and alcoholism has many signposts that will help you to have a wonderful life and live life to the fullest. One of the signposts that is sometimes a challenge to deal with is our health. Now that you are clean and sober, the next step is to make amends and stabilize so life can get better.

Often many people forget to add their health to the amends list. Drinking and using drugs, put your body through a great deal of stress. After the chemical abuse and alcoholism ends, your body can begin to heal. Although the healing begins, a deeper level awaits us if we are going to enhance the quality of our health. Cravings are normal in early recovery because the body still looks for the chemical it got used to. One way to cut down on those dangerous cravings is to make healthy choice about what we eat and start an exercise program to cleanse the body of the toxins that are left.

Withdrawal from the affects the abuse had on your body can take up to a year or longer in some cases. How long you abused drugs and alcohol, genetics and other things make a difference in your health condition. If your eating habits were not the best, then it is likely your nutrition suffered. A glass of gin, a ‘joint’ and three cigarettes for breakfast is not such a great idea even if you thought it got you going. Making healthy food choices and eating balanced meals, help to support long term recovery more than you might realize. Alcoholic diabetes, herpes, hepatitis C and other conditions are sometimes the negative consequences of use and abuse. You might not know you are at risk or do not want to know about it. Nutritional healing has to be a part of recovery. Remember physical recovery includes what we eat.

Some helpful suggestions are to start an exercise program. Wake up early and go for a brisk walk. You will be amazed that this simple exercise can help to lower cholesterol and drop some of those unwanted pounds. Also if you are skinny and drawn up walking can increase appetite; and it is free. Swim if you have access to a pool or live near the ocean that has safe access. Eat smaller meals four to five times daily. Join a fitness center and exercise three to four times a week. Most of all stop smoking.

Consider this, if you smoke, a pack of cigarettes cost $5.00 on average. If you smoke one to two pack per week that works out to about $40.00 month. Many fitness centers cost about $30.00 per month. If you took your drugs with you every place you went and had to get away for about ten minutes a day three to four times a day to use, eating four small meals, a day is just a simple replacement for the time you already set aside to get high or drink. As we know through the steps, we begin to practice the principles of recovery in all of our affairs. So get going and treat yourself to a greater health life.

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Cathey
Copyright 2009 by Jimmy Cathey, all rights reserved. Used by permission.
Jimmy Cathey is a substance abuse counselor and educator. He founded Support Systems, a substance abuse education program that helps families learn about the negative consequences of addiction and the rewards of life in recovery. He was a staff consultant to small and emerging non profit organizatons at Management Center in San Francisco, California.
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Nothing Can Separate Us

Monday, July 27th, 2009

For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39 King James Version

There is absolutely nothing that we have done or ever will do that would make Jesus stop loving us. Yes, we fail Him and we hurt Him. However, He doesn’t turn His love for us off and on like a water faucet as we sometimes do to people who have hurt us. When you are feeling all alone and think that nobody loves you, I have good news for you. Jesus loves you so much that He died for you! There is no greater love than the love Jesus has for you.

Did you know that satan will attack us where he knows it will hurt us the most? For over forty years, I wanted to kill myself because I had been raped and abused. I felt all alone and I really believed that nobody loved me. If I didn’t know now that Jesus loves me, I would go to bed and stay there. Without Jesus, there is no reason to live. So of course, satan tries to discourage me and hurt me by telling me that Jesus doesn’t love me. However, I know without a shadow of a doubt that Jesus loves me.

His love for us does not depend on what we do or don’t do. His love for us depends on who He is. He not only is the definition of love and gives us unconditional love; He is love! What a privilege it is to be loved by the Saviour of the world. There is no one like Jesus! What a Saviour! What a friend, this Jesus of Nazareth! He is worthy to be praised and adored. He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. All hail, King Jesus!

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The Bad News and the Good News

Friday, July 24th, 2009

If God is for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:31)

Most of us at some time in our lives have heard someone say, “I’ve got good news and bad news.” The Scriptures are the epitome of that saying, aren’t they? I believe one of the reasons the gospel is referred to as the “Good News” is that we’re so inundated with bad news and are desperately looking for relief! But the bad news we hear from the media each day scarcely comes close to the bad news we can find in the Bible.

Hebrews 11 is the perfect example. In that chapter we learn that as followers of Jesus we can expect to be persecuted and suffer, even as the saints of old, who were mocked, scourged, imprisoned, stoned, sawn in two, tempted, slain, wandered in the wilderness, afflicted, and tormented. And that doesn’t even begin to describe what Jesus Himself endured for us, and what Romans 8:17 and countless other verses promise that we too may suffer in His name!

Yes, there is a lot of bad news, but we can sum it up like this: The world is NOT fair, the devil hates us and wants to destroy us and never takes a vacation, and the situation will probably get worse before it gets better.

But God…

And that’s where the Good News comes in, beloved. Though the world and the devil and all his demon hordes may align themselves against us (and they have!), GOD IS FOR US! Romans 8:17 therefore confidently declares, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” That verse isn’t promising that nothing or no one will come against us, but rather, because God stands with us and for us and even beneath us, holding us up, not one of the enemies who comes against us can defeat us! Though they may inflict temporary pain and suffering and torment—and even take our very lives—ultimately they lose, and we win.

And that, my friends, is the Good News! The One who stands with us, who fights for us, who even died for us to ensure that the enemies who hate us can never triumph over us, has determined that we are to be “more than conquerors through him who loved us” (Romans 8:37). In fact, verses 38-39 continue with this amazing promise, which we would all do well to memorize:

For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

As we continue to “fight the good fight,” let’s remember that the One who fights for us has already secured the victory and has promised that absolutely nothing can separate us from His great love. And that, beloved, is the best news anyone can ever hear!

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Macias
Copyright 2009 Kathi Macias, all rights reserved. Used by permission.
Kathi Macias is a multi-award winning writer who has authored 26 books. Her newest book
“Beyond Me. Living a You-first Life in a Me-first World”


and


“Mothers of the Bible Speak to Mothers of Today”
(New Hope Publishers) The author can be reached at: http://www.kathimacias.com

The Bear and Me

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

One sunny weekend a group of friends went on a picnic and decided that since the picnic was in a familiar location, they would allow the kids to play and have fun away from the picnic site as they normally would.

As a precaution, they told all of the kids to stay away from the tree line because there were bears in the woods. All of the kids agreed and promised they would not get close to the tree line. Off they went wearing backpacks, laughing and having a great time.

Out in the filed they did not realize how close they were getting to the tree line so one of the little girls warned everybody that they should move away. All of they kids started to move away to safety and continued to have a great time. One of the boys was an ‘I’m gonna do things my way’ kind of kid, so he ignored the warning.

The little girl shouted to him to watch out because he was getting too close to the trees. He looked back at her and said ‘don’t be such a chicken, there are no bears in there. Our parents just wanted to scare us. I see a fruit tree and I’m going to get one of the fruits’ Once again she warned him to come back but he ignored her.

Just as sure as she warned him, a bear saw them and began to head in their direction. They began to run as fast as they could shouting ‘a bear is coming, a bear is coming’. Up a hill through the stream, they ran and ran.

The little girl was running beside him but all of a sudden, she stopped and took her backpack off. She changed from her hiking books to her cross training shoes. The little boy stopped also and said, ‘what’s wrong with you, a bear is coming’. Never once did she say to him ‘it’s your fault we are in harms way. She stayed focused on what she needed to do for her safety.

She laced her shoes and said to him. ‘I don’t have to worry about the bear, all I have to do is run faster than you’. Off she went leaving him far behind her.

It might be difficult sometimes to remember that there is a solution to our problems even if it is not the solution we want or would choose ourselves. God does not give us solutions we like. God gives us the solution we need to help us grow in faith and understanding of the power of grace.

A positive attitude is important if we are to have a chance to come through the trials and tribulation we all face in recovery. Keep your eyes on the solution and be true to your self.

Humility, amends, positive thinking and asking for help are important tools of recovery. When we can stop doing the things that are not in the will of God our recovery can be a reward unto itself.

We can recovery and live a spirit filled life if we chose to listen to the messages about how to stay safe and honest in our recovery.

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Cathey
Copyright 2009 by Jimmy Cathey, all rights reserved. Used by permission.
Jimmy Cathey is a substance abuse counselor and educator. He founded Support Systems, a substance abuse education program that helps families learn about the negative consequences of addiction and the rewards of life in recovery. He was a staff consultant to small and emerging non profit organizatons at Management Center in San Francisco, California.

Confident?

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

I seem to play host to an army of self-created demons.

I think I have a special talent for inventing and empowering my own private foes. The smallest adversity spurs a frenzy of inner creativity, and another haunting voice begins whispering messages of doom.

There’s nothing imaginary about these self-defeating creations. They’re more real and more terrifying than any obstacle I might encounter. In fact, I’m increasingly convinced that outside opposition poses relatively minor threats compared to the fearsome firepower of my internal enemy.

I’ve been wondering about the leader of this hostile force that’s encamped in my heart and head. I’m certain that their supreme commander is the enemy of my soul, but perhaps their general is loss of confidence.

When we encounter significant adversity, we’re somehow robbed of confidence. Past mistakes, illness, injury, or evil actions of other people—any of these can make us uncertain, tentative, and fearful. It’s impossible to move forward in hope when you’re always looking over your shoulder for an event or person from the past.

When I examine those instances when I’ve lost confidence, I recognize a consistent trend. I think I’ve consistently placed my confidence in the wrong location.

I’ve entrusted my sense of hope to health, financial stability, and relationships. I’ve been confident in my own ability, in a career, or a society. And each, in one way or another, has failed to provide the foundation in which I can be confident. People disappoint, health falters, and finances fluctuate. Whenever I’ve been certain about any worldly circumstance, something happens to rattle the ground until I’m standing in shifting sand.

… being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. (Philippians 1:6)

Through all I’ve experienced, I’ve become convinced of only one fact: God will never let go. He’s not going to toss my life away, no matter what mistakes I’ve made, no matter what’s happened to me, God offers a new beginning.

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)

That’s my bottom line. That’s where I want to place my confidence. In the face of that power, my little internal infantry shrinks to insignificance.

What’s the source of your confidence?

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Dixon
Copyright 2009 by Rich Dixon, All Rights Reserved. Used by permission.
Rich is an author and speaker. He is the author of:
Relentless Grace: God’s Invitation To Give Hope Another Chance
. Visit his web site www.relentlessgrace.com

We Shall Overcome: Embracing an Attitude of Bravery

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

Helen Keller once said: “The world is full of suffering. It is also full of overcoming it.”
Perspective plays a role in how we view our current physical, emotional, spiritual, and attitudinal situations. Is the sum total a barrier or an opportunity? Like a kaleidoscope, we can tweak the patterns of what we see, what we feel, how we respond via our perspective.

For Helen Keller she chose to see the human situation of suffering and seized every opportunity to overcome suffering. When we stop and think about it, overcoming is a lifetime decision. We can either wrap ourselves in a cloak of suffering to insure our self pity and woe is communicated clearly and heard by the masses, seeking sympathy with “poor me. No one knows the trouble I bear.” Or we can embrace an attitude of bravery in Christ—overcoming the suffering.

There are many tough, life-impacting decisions in our lives, but choosing to wallow in the mire of our pain and be satisfied with a life of self pity just doesn’t seem like a healthy life decision. In fact, that’s not why God created us.

First and foremost, God created us to have a personal loving relationship with Him. Hmmm. Based on my personal research, Bible study, and life experiences, this means a two-way relationship, including a:
A relationship with God
-Freely invite God into every aspect of your life.

No sloughing off here, because God wants every part of you in this relationship. Your mind, soul, spirit, body, and heart. Don’t hold back, or you’ll end up back at that pity party, and we don’t want that do we?

John 10:3-5 gives a relationship view for us to strive for:

He calls His own sheep by name
-Relationship with name recognition.

His sheep hear His voice and come to Him
-Relationship built on trust.

Follow me
-Relationship based on divine exemplary leadership.

-In order to follow without stumbling, imitate Jesus’ attitudes on earth, especially the attitude of placing others first.

-Imitate our Leader’s behavior, attitude, actions, and deeds

-Jesus sees good in His children and you should too.

-Jesus is gentle, kind, loving, compassionate, and extends grace to all. Follow your Leader.

Relationship of Adoration and Respect-Praise the Lord for all He is doing and will continue to do in your life.
-Sing praises.

-Pray for you and OTHERS.

-Grab your Bible and commune with God.

Like Helen Keller, our many biblical ancestors, and everyday people who know the joy associated with overcoming, let’s follow God’s directives. As our personal relationship with the Lord grows, so will our desire and ability to overcome and live a victorious life.

For now, this should provide you with good, growth-filled, food to chew on that can help you learn to live in truth and freedom.

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Coates
Copyright 2008 by Jan Coates, All Rights Reserved. Used by permission.
Jan Coates is an author, speaker, consultant, founder of Set Free Today Ministries and serves on the Board of Directors of Christians in Recovery®. Her latest book is:
Set Free: God’s Healing Power for Abuse Survivors and Those Who Love Them

Forgiveness and Family Love

Monday, July 20th, 2009

Psalm 57:1
…in the shadow of thy wings will I make
My refuge, until these calamities be overpast

On my own spiritual walk, I heard that recovery is an inside job. You cannot recover until you take the journey within and turn you will over the care of God, as you understand him.

Along the same lines, recovery from the cycle of domestic violence that has infected our families is not different. We tried to hide our drinking and drug use only to find out that we were to last to know that everybody knew. We also must come to terms with the reality that we were the last to know that everybody already knew about the domestic violence that was happening in our family.

Recovery from the cycle of domestic violence is an outside and an inside job. Family problems were sometimes obvious to others when we were in public. It could have been a stern look of disgust if you did not agree with a decision. Some families looked great on the outside in public. At home on the inside where there were no witnesses, It might have been the negative and senseless treatment towards our family members for anything they did.

It is difficult to have peace and serenity if the family is not on the same road to recovery as you are. When they begin to heal the pain and suffering caused by addiction and alcoholism you begin to experience the serenity and the support you need to continue to work you program. This does not mean that every family and everybody will have the same exact experience. For some families it might take much longer than we expect before there are positive changes in our relationships. Hence the wise words, God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can and wisdom to know the difference.

The cycle of violence can start without even realizing that a dangerous situation is about to happen. Everybody involved in the situation may have already learned to discount how serious thing are and how bad things can get. This way of handling things might be the safest way for everybody to protect themselves. Families sometimes tell you what they think you want to hear in order to prevent more pain.

In some families, things that happened in the past are still going on. They can push a person over the edge and make them feel hopeless to stop the problem. Addicts and alcoholics, think drinking and using are the only solution to handle problems. They make you numb to the emotional confusion that is the underpinning of domestic violence. Old ways of thinking can destroy all chances to empower families to support us in our recovery.

It is not unusual for family members to think, what can I do to protect others and myself in the family? How do I get help when I am afraid of being punished because I tried to get help? Addicts and alcoholics made hallow promises that the violence would never happen again if the family did not talk about it at all. Addiction makes you jump to conclusions. No matter what happened, our way of acting and thinking was not to questioned.

Abuse is not always physical. Emotional abuse is telling somebody how he or she should feel. Financial abuse is taking money from the family to support negative behavior and bad habits. Mental abuse is telling somebody they should know how you feel. How will they know what you feel unless you communicate your feelings?

It takes time to sort out many of the problems caused by substance abuse. Some helpful suggestions are to learn positive ways to deal with problems and keep the reality of your life manageable. When you start to be honest with yourself about what happened the healing can begin.

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Cathey
Copyright 2009 by Jimmy Cathey, all rights reserved. Used by permission.
Jimmy Cathey is a substance abuse counselor and educator. He founded Support Systems, a substance abuse education program that helps families learn about the negative consequences of addiction and the rewards of life in recovery. He was a staff consultant to small and emerging non profit organizatons at Management Center in San Francisco, California.