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Love in Action

By Rodney Holmstrom

Little Girl with DogI’m not saying this is the right frame of mind, nor is it always the case, but sometimes in ministry we can look at the kids’ area as a “childcare” area so that mom and dad can work on their struggles in life.

In Celebrate Recovery our place for the kids to go is called Celebration Place, and for students, it’s The Landing. What I love is that it’s not just a place to keep kids occupied during the adult services, but instead a place for kids and teenagers to work on their own lives. We like to call these ministries “Pre-covery.”

The wonderful story below was written by a dad in Celebrate Recovery and shows how impactful this ministry is not just for the adults but for the whole family. It will bless your heart.

Raising young kids is hard — especially when one has a severe ADHD diagnosis.  He has some severe behavioral patterns that escalate quickly, and often the cool-down process takes a while. Sometimes, like in many households, bedtime is an absolute war zone. It’s like they’ve forgotten that we just did this 24 hours ago.

When my oldest…

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“Call to me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.”  Jeremiah 33:3

There was a man walking along on a cold winter day.  Suddenly hitting a patch of black ice, he fell and then bam! He wasn’t expecting this but found himself on the ground, cold, wet, humiliated and seemingly alone. He cut his elbow and was bleeding quite a bit. He wanted to go crawl into a hole and hide. His first thought was complete embarrassment for what had happened and wondered if anyone had seen him fall so abruptly. Before he realized it, a stranger was kneeling by him to grab his arm, helping him back to his feet. He felt embarrassed by the situation.  However, the stranger wasn’t focused on that at all. Instead he focused on showing love and compassion while making sure he was okay. He knew he was hurting and came alongside him, helping him mend his wounds.

This story has me thinking about my brothers and sisters struggling with mental health issues. Some may struggle with depression, anger, anxiety or other issues that make it difficult…

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“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.”

– James 5:16 (NIV)

Have you ever heard this lie resonate in your heart and thinking? The lie that says, “If I tell anyone this one thing, they may not love me or like me anymore.” Everything inside us screams “No! Don’t do it. Don’t tell anyone what is hidden on the inside of your heart or you just might die.”

The enemy can be crafty that way can’t he? The enemy is deceitful. He can convince us that if we keep it inside and don’t allow anyone to hear or see that hidden secret from our past, we will be much better off. The truth is, the damage has already been done. The longer I hide it the worse it gets.

Healing can only take place once we say goodbye to the old secrets that have slowly rotted us from the inside out. Like the old saying says, “If you’re brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward you with a new hello.” When we say goodbye to the destructive life-taking secrets from our past, our Father rewards…

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