“Lifting Burdens: The Atonement of Jesus Christ,”

Friday, January 9, 2009

Step 11 Personal Revelation

Seek through prayer and meditation to know the Lord’s will and to have the power to carry it out.

Step 11
This step to me is the one that most closely relates to the term that we have all heard and that is to "Be born again." When a person is born again, to me it means that they have fully committed themselves to a desire to only do good and are desirous of doing only that which Heavenly Father would have them do. It is a life long commitment to do the Lords will one day at a time. You now understand that through living the commandments of the Lord, your desire is to do those things that bring peace, joy and fulfilment and you understand that nothing of this world can fill your soul with you that peace.

You understand that prayer is a portal to the Lord and that He is there to listen. You understand that as you strive to keep yourself clean and in tune with the promptings of the Holy Ghost, you can be guided on a path that will help you achieve the goal that Heavenly Father sent you on this earth to do. In the Addiction Recovery Manuel it gives a quote form Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Qurorm of the twelve. He says, "The Holy Ghost will protect us against being deceived, by to realize that wonderful blessing, we must always do the things necessary to retain that spirit. We must keep the commandments , pray for guidance, and attend church and partake of the sacrament each Sunday. And we must never do anything to drive away that Spirit. Specifically we should avoid pornography, alcohol, tobacco and drugs and always avoid violations of the law of chastity. We must never take things into our bodies or do things with our bodies that drive away the Spirit of the Lord and leave us without our spiritual protection against deception."

Prayer and meditation are powerful antidotes to fear and depression. Step 11 represents a commitment to improve your relationship with God through a lifetime practice of seeking guidance daily and obeying the commandments. Once again, being born again is a change of heart and soul, and to me, this is what step 11 is talking about. Working on your heart and your soul will bring you the peace that you have desired for so long and it is yours for the taking when you turn your life around, and keep clean from your addiction.

It is my testimony that Prayer is an opportunity for all of us to get closer to our Heavenly Father. I have heard so many friends and associates tell me that they didn't have a relationship with their own fathers, so if this is you, what a great blessing for you to have a genuine relationship with your Heavenly Father. He will never disappoint you as you draw closer to him. He will always be there to listen to the pleadings of your heart. Pray in the morning, pray at night, pray on your meals and for thanks to Him who has given you, your all. Take the time you need to pray and soak in the peace and love that only a loving Father can give to you.

Have a terrific week and practice what you have learned from this step.

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Hope ya know we had a hard time

This is a great video for everyone to view. There isn't anyone who gets out of this life with out experiencing some challenges, hurts, sorrows, and all manner of adversities.

Beautiful and inspiring video of Hope - music "Broken" by Kenneth Cope

Kenneth Cope - Broken

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Broken by Kenneth Cope - Broken clouds give rain. Broken soil grows grain. Broken bread feeds man for one more day. Broken storms yield light. Break of day heals night. Broken pride turns blindness into sight. Broken souls that need His mending. Broken hearts for offering. Could it be that God loves broken things? Broken chains set free. Broken swords bring peace. Broken walls make friends of you and me. To break the ranks of sin. To break the news of Him. To put on Christ ‘til his name feels broken in. Broken souls that need His mending. Broken hearts for offering. I believe that God loves broken things. And yet our broken faith, our broken promises Sent love to the cross. And still that broken flesh, that broken heart of His Offers us a trace and mercy, covers us with love undeserving.

Come to Jesus and Live - Kenneth Cope

Come to Jesus by Kenneth Cope

[via FoxyTunes / Kenneth Cope]

Do you need some inspiration to get clean and sober?

Please view this very inspirational video clip of Nick (below), who from his outward appearance seems to have nothing to offer or live for. BUT.. when you watch it you will see that his positive attitude and outlook on what he has been given to deal with in life, should inspire you to want to make your life better.

Quoting from the video, Nick says that with trials, "It is not the end, it matters how you finnish... are you going to finnish strong? You will find the strength to get back up".

I hope you will find the hope to help yourself with your addiction, because as you look around, there is always someone who has it worse off than you . Is the way you are currently dealing with your life life the way that God meant for you to liv? Nick has learned from his challenges, and is making something out of his life. How about you? Pick yourself up by your boot straps and conquer your addiction. You can do it and must do it because living with addiction isn't the quality of life that God planned for you. Heavenly Father wants you to be happy and you can be just as happy as you choose to be.

This clip is not a part of the Addiction Recovery Program but one that I found that I felt personally could touch your heart.
I also don't know what the language is that is shown at the bottom of the video clip, so disregard it, just listen to the inspirational message that Nick offers. ... Also you may need to have some tissue handy.

So you have fallen? Well get back up! Enjoy this inspirational video.