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Why Do I Have to Be Ready Again? Taking Step 6

Friday, August 17th, 2012

Many people (myself included) spend very little time, if any, on Step 6: “We were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.” We think, “Hey! I was over ready when I first got into recovery!” or “I have been ready and eager at Steps 1, 2, 3, and 4.

Why do I have to be ready again?”

Why does Step 6 ask us to be entirely ready?

Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions tells us that this is the step that separates the men from the boys. After doing Steps 1-3 and taking inventory in Step 4 a lot of ground has been covered. We become aware of our defects which have so deeply affected our lives. Some are overwhelmed by the results of this inventory thinking that to clean house is well beyond their abilities.

Others are so comfortable with their defects they gloss over them; try to minimize them or disguise them as something less than a true defect. Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions comments: “What we must recognize now is that we exult in some of our defects. We really love them. who, for example doesn’t like to feel just a little superior to the next fellow, or even quite a lot superior? Isn’t it true that we like to let greed masquerade as ambition? To think of liking lust seems impossible. But how many men and women speak love with their lips, and believe what they say, so that they can hide lust in a dark corner of their minds? And even while staying within conventional bounds, many people have to admit that their imaginary sex excursions are apt to be all dressed up as dreams of
romance.”

Take another look at your inventory in the light of Step 6. Look at each defect and ask yourself, “Am I entirely ready to have God remove this defect of character?” Ask yourself if you are minimizing any one of these defects making it less important than it really is.

If you are feeling overwhelmed by your defects, remember, you do not do this alone! You are handing this over to the care of God. Say the prayer suggested in Alcoholics Anonymous (aka The Big Book pg. 76) “My Creator, I am now willing that you should have all of me, good and bad. I pray that you now remove from me every single defect of character which stands in the way of my usefulness to you and my fellows. Grantme strength, as I go out from here, to do your bidding. Amen.”

Give God all of yourself, good and bad. Do not hold anything back! Ask Him to remove these things from your life which stand in the way of your wholeness.

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Are You Looking to Yourself or the Lord?

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

So King Rehoboam strengthened himself in Jerusalem and reigned….
And he did evil, because he did not prepare his heart
to seek the Lord (2 Chronicles 12:13, 14).


As born-again believers, we know we are saved by grace, kept by grace, and completely reliant on God’s grace for every breath we take. And yet…

Don’t we at times forget that? Don’t we occasionally think we can do something good in our own strength, despite the fact that Jesus said, “without Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5)? The scary thing about that sort of faulty thinking is that it constitutes more than error; it is, in fact, evil.

King Rehoboam’s life epitomized the very heart and life of those who do not know God—and have no desire to do so. He “strengthened himself,” rather than depending on God’s strength, and “he did not prepare his heart to seek the Lord.” Just as it isn’t our good deeds that make us holy and “pay” our way into heaven, neither is it our bad deeds that make us sinners and “pave” our way to hell. Rather it is a heart issue—whom we seek to know and serve while we live on this earth, and whose strength we rely on to fulfill God’s purpose and call for us while we’re here. Rehoboam made the mistake of relying on his own strength and not preparing his heart to seek the Lord; as a result, the Bible says he “did evil.” It therefore stands to reason that we must do just the opposite of Rehoboam in order to “do good,” doesn’t it?

May we determine to “do good” throughout our sojourn here on earth by preparing our hearts to seek the Lord—today and always—and to depend only on His strength. When we do that—the only truly “good” things we humans can do—we can be confident that God will honor His name and fulfill His purpose in our lives.

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Deliver Me From Evil, (finalist for the Golden Scrolls Novel of the Year Award) and Special Delivery.
No Greater Love, More than Conquerors

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Opening Our Souls to God – The 4th Step

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

Psalm 139:23-24 KJV
Search me, O God, and know my heart:
try me, and know my thoughts:
And see if [there be any] wicked way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.

The 4th Step, taking one’s own inventory, can be quite intimidating. But like many other things in our lives as Christians, it should be approached first and foremost in prayer.

By literally getting down on our knees and praying, much in the same way as the Psalmist did above, several things happen.

First we open ourselves up to God. Like opening up a book, we open our souls to Him–exposing all the contents of all the pages from beginning to end. We ask Him to search us and know our hearts and thoughts. We ask Him to examine our hidden motives, our fantasies, our personalities and our deepest
hidden secrets.

Secondly, by coming to God in prayer we make ourselves available to Him. By doing this we not only ask Him to look at us but we also offer ourselves to Him as children who are willing and eager to learn. We open ourselves up to receive the fullness of His power.

Thirdly, we ask for His guidance, His help. We ask him if f there is any wickedness in us and to help us to find it. On our own we are quite blind. But the Lord can remove the scales from our eyes, just as He did for Paul on the road to Damascus. Instead of seeing things through human eyes we will start seeing them through the eyes of God. We will not be judging ourselves by human standards, but by God’s standards.

Lastly, we become willing to change. We ask that He guide us in His everlasting ways instead of our own crooked paths. We become willing to look in new directions–His directions; at new possibilities–His possibilities; with renewed spirits infilled with His incredible Holy Spirit.

When you sit down to take your inventory (whether it is for the first time or for the zillionth time) start out with a prayer. If you are having trouble praying, then repeat verbatim the Psalmists words. You will find a sense of freedom, purpose and renewal as you proceed with your own inventory.

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How Committed Am I…Really

Monday, August 13th, 2012

One of the most profound questions I’ve ever encountered is:

Do you really believe what you believe?

Yesterday I told you I was deeply impacted by this quote from International Justice Mission (IJM) founder Gary Hougen:

“I was inspired to establish IJM when I met Christians who actually believed that what Jesus said was true.”

I’ve spent a lot of time since that day thinking that I believe in the truth of what Jesus said, but I’m not so sure my behavior reflects that belief.

On the same day we visited IJM headquarters, Becky and I spent quite a bit of time at the MLK Memorial. I’ve written before about the experience (Abraham And Martin) and (I Can’t Un-Know), but one of Dr. King’s statements keeps rattling around in my brain as I ponder Hougen’s quote.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness.
Only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate.
Only love can do that.

That’s what Jesus said. In fact, that’s what Jesus did.

In 1970, my freshman year of college, people died when an anti-war protest at Kent State University went horribly wrong. It was a turbulent time, two years removed from the assassinations of MLK and RFK. Our campus closed early to prevent further bloodshed. I recall a physics professor who dismissed us by declaring, “Violence in the name of peace is insanity.”

Sometimes I listen to the absurd arguments claiming that the solution to gun violence is more guns and the way to fight political attacks is with more extreme political attacks and I get frustrated, especially when those engaging in such tactics invoke God in their arguments.

I want to fight back, prove them wrong, beat them at their own game. It feels so weak to stand back and let ‘em win.

And then there’s that pesky question: Do I actually believe that what Jesus said was true?

Violence cannot end violence.
Only peace can do that.

Wow. That’s not my natural inclination. I need Jesus to help me understand how to live that truth.

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The Way It Spozed To Be

Sunday, August 12th, 2012

How much of the Olympics have you watched?

Earlier this week a commentator made a curious statement. He said the Olympics allow us to suspend reality for a couple of weeks.

It’s an interesting assumption. For two weeks we concentrate on stories of courage and inspiration and sportsmanship. For two weeks, stories of cheating and scandal are relegated to the shadows while we focus on celebration and accomplishment.

In 1968, James Herndon published a groundbreaking book based on his experiences in an inner city school. When he tried to change an established culture of failure the kids were mystified. They said he just didn’t get it, because this was The Way It Spozed To Be.

That commentator’s observation implied that next week we’ll get back to reality, to partisan bickering and divisive rhetoric and news centered on violence, death, scandal, abuse, and every other imaginable negative event. That’s “reality.” That’s The Way It Spozed To Be.

But what if it isn’t? What if we’re being sold a lie by politicians and media types with a vested interest in fostering anger fear and discontent? What if that small group is afraid we’ll peek behind the curtain and see that their version of “reality” is really concocted with smoke and mirrors?

What if reality is really closer to Haitian-American triple-jumper Samyr Laine. Laine’s a world-class athlete, a medal contender, and a Harvard-educated lawyer who roomed with Mark Zuckerberg (he’s FB user #14!). He could have joined the US team and cashed in on his ability. Instead, he chose to compete for Haiti because he believes he can offer inspiration and hope to a country badly in need of both.

What if that’s “reality”? What if that’s The Way It Spozed To Be?

I keep thinking about a quote I heard from founder Gary Hougen at International Justice Mission (IJM) headquarters in DC:

“I was inspired to establish IJM when I met Christians who actually believed that what Jesus said was true.”

If I really believe that what Jesus said was true, then Samyr Laine’s version of reality is pretty close to The Way It Spozed To Be.

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Shared Sacrifice

Saturday, August 11th, 2012

Like many folks, I’m watching Olympic sporting events I normally wouldn’t pay much attention to. It’s less about the sports and more about the athletes and their stories.

On Saturday I watched the men’s 10,000 meter run. I’d never heard of gold medalist Mo Farah from Great Britain or American silver medalist Galen Rupp.

Farah and Rupp are training partners in Eugene, Oregon. As they crossed the finish line of this grueling race, they weren’t seeking individual attention. In a moment of great accomplishment, each man wanted first to congratulate the other. The race is an individual effort, but the preparation is the result of shared sacrifice.

As Farah and Rupp shared their victory lap, I imagined a cold, lonely morning when one of them didn’t want to keep running up a steep hill. I thought of a hot summer afternoon when the other guy just couldn’t do one more sprint. But they encouraged each other, and their shared sacrifice paid off in that final 100-meter sprint in London.

I’m not sure why we need the myth of individual accomplishment. but life was designed to happen in community. It’s amazing how much can be accomplished when we don’t care who gets the credit.

The effort, sacrifice, and results are all sweeter when they’re shared.

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I’m Stressed

Friday, August 10th, 2012

“I can’t see the floor because of all the boxes from the move, Ms. Yvonne.” Matt shook his head and sighed. “I’m so stressed that my blood pressure shot up yesterday.”

“How did you deal with it?”

“Aw shucks, you know what I did, Ms. Yvonne.” He gave me a sheepish grin. “I couldn’t help it.” He shrugged and said, “I had to calm down, and a few puffs of weed always work.”

“I wouldn’t say, ‘always.’ They didn’t help when you lost your job.”

Matt sat in silence and stared at the carpet.

“How about that possession charge you got a few months ago?”

“Okay, okay. No more.” Matt covered his ears. He admitted weed doesn’t always work but claimed it does most of the time.

We talked about sports to release tension. Matt used to play tennis before he got hooked on weed. He agreed to find his racquet, dust it off, and play a game or two. A smile crossed his face as he talked about the fun he used to have playing tennis.

“What about a Marijuana Anonymous Meeting, a Narcotics Anonymous meeting, or Celebrate Recovery?”

Matt admitted he thought about a meeting after he used. He also said he thought about calling his sponsor but felt ashamed to admit he used again.

“And you think you are the only one who ever relapsed?”

We both laughed out loud. We knew he wasn’t.

“Your faith can work for you.” I picked up my Bible and read 2 Corinthians 12:9: “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (NIV).

I suggested Matt could call the prayer chain at church, meet with a mentor or accountability partner, and ask God daily for peace and strength.

As he glanced out the window, Matt said his faith was in a vacuum. He didn’t know how to apply it to daily living.

“It sounds like you could benefit from a men’s Bible study or a men’s prayer group.”

He nodded.

I said one of my favorite passages about praise and worship was 2 Chronicles 20:21-22: “Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the LORD and to praise him for the splendor of his holiness as they went out at the head of the army. . . . As they began to sing and praise, the LORD set ambushes against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated.”

Matt raised his brows and said, “You mean when I get stressed, I should praise and worship God?

“Yeah, that’s exactly what I mean. If you have a CD of praise and worship music, pull it out and listen to it.”

1 Peter 2:9: “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light” (NIV).

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Set Free – Replacing the Old with the New

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

In searching for, and living in the truth that can set us free, the first thing we need to do is replace the old with the new. Romans 12:2: “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”

I see this verse as telling us to change a negative to a positive. The ruler of this world is Satan. If we just live in that sphere, we are under his influence, and this becomes a part of us. That is the negative. The positive is the ruler of the larger Kingdom, God, and His teachings, which are in Scripture. In so doing, the mind is renewed and we are changed. The negative grid system formed by our past, and pricked at by Satan and his demonic imps is replaced by the positive truth of the application of God’s word.

For this to occur, we have to empty ourselves of “self” and then let Him come in and fill that space. I see it personally: His thinking through Scripture intrudes into mine, and if this is repeated, soon His thinking will be a part of my thinking. I am renewed and changed. Many of you know: the mind of an alcoholic is not a good place to be; never go in their alone. In the application of Romans 12:2, our minds are not filled just with our “stuff”, but also with His “stuff” and if we let it, His “stuff” will start to take over.

The entire process takes work, experience, strength, hope and time. It takes a great deal of faith. In my instance, I always need more faith. And, practice tells me that if I don’t use that faith, I am going to suffer: the negative can slip right back in. In fact, at times, it has. That is part of the war — why I need to armor of God (Ephesians 6:13-18). It goes on everyday — who do we choose to serve–God–or our own selfish needs and wants?

So, what is the positive we need to bring into our head?

John 17 is a chapter we can all benefit from. Jesus is praying to His Father about us — you and I. He asks His Father: “Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.” Over time the Church formed, and all of us who are a part of that universal body are energized by the Holy Spirit to sanctify ourselves in the truth.

Sanctification is the process of growth whereby our lives become more and more centered on our relationship with God. We become more and more receptive to His truth and, over time, we are liberated. The process is ongoing. It ends when we move on to be with Him in glory.

The truth that God has for us, according to Dr. Stanley’s sermons, comes in three important lessons: (1) my position in Christ; (2) my personage in Christ; and (3) my possessions in Christ. Believing in these truths do much to eliminate out feelings of insecurity, inferiority, and inadequacy. These feelings come out of our negative grid system formed by our experiences and perhaps “tweaked” by satanic forces designed to rob us of our joy in Christ.

First, I want to look at our position in Christ. Consider these phrases out of John 15:1-5.

“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit.”

“Abide in Me, and I in you.”

“He who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.””

Also, see the following: (All quotes I use are from the New American Standard Bible).

Therefore as you have received Christ the Lord, so walk in Him (Colossians 2:6).

Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come (2 Corinthians 5:17).

Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? (Romans 6:3).

Notice how those verses say we are “in” Christ. This is literal, I believe. I am in Him and He is in me.

Also, pick up your bible and read the first two chapters of Ephesians. Note how many times you see the preposition “in” and how it is used. All of these verses tell us of our position in Christ which is: we are in Him.

Jesus is the Church, which Paul describes in an organismic way in 1 Corinthians 12. We are a part of His church — we are in the Church and therefore, in Him.

All of this truth fills me with a sense of belonging that cannot be surpassed. I have no reason ever to feel insecure again. I am in my Lord and He is in me (See also Galatians 2:20).

My position in Christ automatically confers upon me these positive facts (1) I am a child of God (John 1:12); (2) a part of His household, or family (Ephesians 2:19) and I am a part of His kingdom (Colossians 1:13). Scripture says that my position in Christ makes the old negative grid system inoperative, and is then replaced by the new positive truth of His word.

How does this help me in my recovery? Whenever I drank alcohol, even moderately, the immediate benefit was how secure and safe I felt. At parties the first thing I did was head for the booze. I just could not feel secure thinking people might see me for real. But, with a few fingers of good old “John” Daniels (I earned the right to formalize the name — my purchase of old “Jack Black” kept the stock of that company going), I was articulate, likable, witty, quick with a quip, and I “fit in.” In those days I never drank to excess nor would I drink daily. I drank when I needed it. And, as I got older and as life got more complex, I needed it more and more. Eventually I fell into addiction. I needed it just to function. Trouble was, in that state of influence, mind and body were not longer in union. Mind said everything was all right; but body revealed the influence–the altered speech and personality. Soon people started to notice.

In facing my first day without alcohol the 22nd of October 1994, the most obvious fear was: how can I function in the real world as the real me without help? God told me: “Don’t lean on your own understanding — don’t rely on that negative grid system formed by your past experiences. Instead, rely on Me. Trust in Me. You can do all things through Me. I will strengthen you. These words are based on Proverbs 3:5 and Philippians 4:13).

I did that. I did it by default. I had no other choice. I was stripped of any and all things including the people I loved, who either could not understand what was happening, or just did not want to deal with it. In that bottom place He came to me in His word. The help I got first was from Him. I was totally dependant upon Him, and I still –or ought to be. And, I truly believe He got me into CIR. CIR fit me perfectly–allowed me to share in spite of my shyness, and allowed me to trust because others who were in my situation were also Christians. I had to deal with my disease through the prism of my faith.

So, in conclusion here is the first truth we need to act on and apply into our lives: We are in Jesus. We need to really meditate through that. We need to see that His Word is true, and that, if we put faith to work, we can truly apply this truth and in that application, become freer to be the persons God wants us to be.

I am Michael the Penguin a Christian in recovery.

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Breaking the Old, Negative Grid System

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

At MSN I can go to “maps” and, after clicking there, enter the address of my first home ever — in Washington D.C., my hometown. Once I have a map of the city up, I can find Southeast by crossing the Anacostia River and then find Good Hope Road. Soon I am in my old neighborhood via the “birds eye” feature of MSN maps. I can zoom close — so close it is very real. And there is the old neighborhood, seemingly unchanged after 50 years, as if time stood still.

In staring down at the house from my “birds view”, the past comes to me and hits me hard. The memories are mostly good ones, but a few other “times” stick out too. These moments, fleeting, short, and very negative, shaped my life forever. I will take the scars of those moments with me to my grave where finally, I will be in Him and whole.

What caused those scars is private. It is a major part of my negative “grid system” through which I filter everything, helping to add to my dysfunctional nature. And, if Satan has a way to augment the negative emotions out of all that, he will do it, if I let him, and often I have let him.

Hopefully, this is what the Truth of Scripture can eliminate. It is like replacing the old with the new. See Romans 12:2: “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”

Christians are faced with quite a dilemma. They live 24/7 in a world where Satan is the ruler (Luke 4:5-6 and Eph 6:12). I always viewed this world as a strange place. Everything is backwards. Right is wrong and wrong is right. Nice guys seem to really finish last; and those who succeed do so by ruthless methods. It is not so much why bad things happen to good people; it is more like why do good things happen to bad people! Why conform to such a crazy place? Trouble is, we are raised in this world and we know we need to conform to its methods just to get by day by day.

In Romans 12:2, we read that if we don’t conform to the world, we will be transformed — changed — renewed. When you examine some of the historical figures of Scripture, you can form a long list of “non conformists” to this world: Noah, Joseph, Gideon, David, Elijah, Job, and Paul the Apostle. A sad list of conformists would be: Lot, his wife, Saul, Pilate and Felix and Festus. We can see both sides of conforming in Peter.

In Matthew 7:13-14, Jesus teaches about the “Two ways.” It is the narrow gate that leads to life. It is not easy being a non-conformist to this world, thereby conforming to God’s will. To do that we need to put off our former selves, and so be renewed in our spirit so that we can put on our new selves. Romans 6 take you through this quite clearly, I believe.

My negative grid system has burdened me almost beyond repair at times. I have strived, in Jesus name, to put it to death and replace it by the sincere milk of God’s word and truth. I attempt to do this every day through prayer, putting on the armor of God, and applying faith in my life so that His grace will come to me in tangible ways. In the end I might become the person God wants me to be.

In recovery we attempt to break out of a way of thinking and doing that trapped us in our addictions; of pushing us into a downward spiral of a life going no where. In making that choice of moving out of that way of thinking and doing, many of us used the Steps. Through that process of working the Steps, we are renewed and transformed.

God is a LOT more than our “Higher Power.” He is our Lord, Advocate, Intercessor, Friend, Master and He loves us unconditionally 24/7. He loved us so much He gave up Jesus as a propitiation for our sins (1 John 4:10). I submit that His unconditional love fills us in a way that His love can be shown to others through us. Actually, we know there are only two commandments: Love God with all your heart, soul and might; and Love your neighbor as yourself. In the “Institutes of the Christian Religion” by John Calvin, he very articulately shows how the first four of the Ten Commandments relate to loving God, and how the last six relate to loving our neighbor.

From Frances Shaffer’s book True Spirituality I learned that the one commandment that gets all of us into trouble is the last one: coveting. Think about it for a moment. We always want something or someone we don’t have. So, what do we do to get what we don’t have? We lie, cheat, steal, commit adultery, and on and on. Coveting how we reveal how selfish we are.

But, when God’s Word enters us, abides in us, and continues in us, His love will renew and change us, and He will see to it that this love is going to touch others.

In the next post I want to define the three areas of God’s word that will help all of us to dump the negative and let the positive replace it in a way that we will be transformed by the renewing of our minds, that we might prove what the good acceptable and perfect will of God is for us and for those we touch in this life.

My name is Michael the Penguin and I am a Christian in Recovery.

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Who Am I?

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

1 Samuel 18:18: “But David said to Saul, ‘Who am I, and what is my family or my father’s clan in Israel, that I should become the king’s son-in-law?’’

David felt awe and unworthiness in his status as son-in-law of the king.

David was the youngest of Jesse’s sons and had been a shepherd when the prophet Samuel anointed him as the next king.

Each of us can ask a similar question, “Who am I, and what is my family or my father’s side, that I should become a child of God?”

When God answers our prayers, we can ask, “Who am I, and what is my family or my father’s side, that God should answer my prayers?”

When we think of divine intercession, we can ask, “Who am I, and what is my family or my father’s side, that Jesus should intercede for me at the right hand of God and the Holy Spirit should intercede for me with groans that words cannot express?”

If we have a job, a home and a car, we can ask, “Who am I, and what is my family or my father’s side, that I should have a job, a home, and a car?”

When I sat across from Dr. James Dobson in Colorado Springs, I silently asked through tears, “Who am I, and what is my family or my father’s side, that I should sit with Dr. James Dobson for a radio interview?”

On my way out the building, Shirley Dobson walked in. She graciously let my publicist take a picture of me with her. Once again, I asked silently, “Who am I, and what is my family or my father’s side, that I should have my picture taken with Shirley Dobson?”

God gives each of us unbelievable blessings and delightful surprises because of his eternal unconditional love for us.

Dear God, help me be thankful that I am your child. Amen.

Application: When will you thank God this week for all his blessings to you?

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Yvonne is a Speaker, Author, Counselor, Cancer Survivor and
serves on the Board of Directors of Christians in Recovery.
She is the author of Finding Hope for Your Journey through Breast Cancer.
If you would like to have her speak for your organization or church, please contact her through
her website: http://YvonneOrtega.com