If I could have coffee with God . . . From Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Welcome to Coffee Hour with Chicklit Power and welcome back to day 2 of this series, “If I could have coffee with God . . .” Grab your coffee and go to that comfy and quiet place, and remember to invite Him in. 🙂

As I shared in the first blog, I actually started this series several months ago when two people that I know who had been free from their addictions for several months suddenly fell, again. I was devastated as I witnessed addictive behavior return in place of the happy and peaceful person they were learning to become. And yet, this is a common thing in the world of addiction, one of Satan’s most powerful weapons against us.

My heart is so heavy, so sad for those of us who allow our weaknesses to overtake us, and we give in so we don’t have to feel anymore, or deal anymore with the demands of meeting life on life’s terms.

When these two very special people in my life lost their center, I naturally thought of the way Al-Anon or Narcotics Anonymous, or AA or any other recovery-type program terms a fall. They usually say they lost their so many days/weeks/months/years of sobriety. How depressing is that?

It’s almost somewhat of a legalistic approach because if you have someone who’s been sober for 20 years, for example, and he/she slips and has a drink, OMG, the oppression from that mentality is overwhelming and only seems to make the fall turn into a never-ending spiral downward possibly even worse than when they sobered up in the first place and past a point of no return.

I’m so thankful that HE doesn’t look at it that way. His mercies are new every morning, and every means all inclusive, all the days of their lives. It is because of this current situation with these people so near and dear in my heart that I begin this series of “If I could have coffee hour with God, I’d ask Him…”

The old me longs to cry out, “Why, God, why couldn’t you make them hang on? Why couldn’t you stop them from falling?” And then in that quiet place of truth, that quiet but painful reality, I am reminded of many things that I’ve learned, both from the Word of God and through Al-Anon. The most important of all that I’ve learned is the framework for all truth and that is this: His Grace is sufficient for them, for all who fall. Do you feel the “but” coming? Because there is one, and it’s called obedience. In Jeremiah 3, verse 22a, He says, “Return, faithless people – (alcoholic, addict, you who murder, homosexual) “and I will cure you of backsliding.” See, He’s the only cure.

When a person is diagnosed with cancer and told they will live as long as they take the chemo, radiation, et cetera, they take it. When you take your child to the doctor and they are diagnosed with bronchitis and given a prescription, you make sure they get that medicine. Well, God is our prescription for all that ails us, and especially for our diseases of addiction.

Don’t get me wrong; I truly believe that He is a big part of a lot of the programs out there and their philosophies. I think it is we who have put that legalistic twist on it in some of the fellowships. See, He doesn’t want our achievements, our rule-keeping; He wants our heart. He wants us! But He will NEVER force us to obey, insist on being our center, our reason for living. The one thing that He does insist upon is that He will love us to, through and beyond our surrender.

So if I could have coffee with God and I were to ask Him why people struggle so hard to be free from their addictions, I think He’d tell me that they’re still struggling with their addictions and not completely surrendered. I think He’d also tell me to never give up hope and to continue to pray for them, because His love never fails.

Join me tomorrow for another blog in this series, “If I could have coffee with God . . .” Incidentally, if you have a question or a thought you’d like to share if you were to have coffee with God, please email me at Evinda@chicklitpower.com

Thoughtfully,

Evinda

 

 

 

 

P.S. Happy birthday to you, Bre, my sweet step-daughter, and thank you for all you are doing to help your brother! 🙂

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