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Finding Strength in Your Faith

Posted 
February 3, 2017
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Prayer group holding handsFaith. You can’t see it or measure it. But, you can certainly feel it. It’s a unique bond that you have with your creator – one that evolves over time adding unique layers and textures to your relationship with Christ.

And, it’s a powerful tool to help guide you through challenging chapters of your journey. Are you being confronted with something in your life right now that is giving you pause? Find strength in your faith and use that compass to keep moving you in the right direction.

If you’re on a path of sobriety and working on yourself (and a life free from addiction), your faith can help you in so many ways.

3 Ways to Lean on Your Faith During Challenging Times

(1) Seek to learn and grow. It’s a common reaction to run away from painful experiences and emotions. But, you should know that the Lord is always by your side. You can’t avoid suffering, but you can seek to understand how it can help you grow stronger and learn from those experiences. The next time you are tested by a stressful situation, ask yourself how you can learn and grow from that experience. [Nehemiah 8:10 - Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.]

(2) Remember that He is by your side. At times, when you feel like life is more than you can bear, remind yourself that you are never alone. God will never leave you or forsake you. [Isaiah 41:10 - So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.]

(3) Lean on His teachings. Life can be difficult and full of complicated situations. But, you don’t have to go it alone. If you’re facing a difficult situation, turn to your Bible for guidance. Or, talk to a pastor or another leader in your church for help. They can likely help you make the right choices that align with your Christian values. [Romans 8:38-39 - And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.]

Christian-Based Addiction Rehab

Whether you’re in need of mental health services, inpatient addiction treatment or supervised drug detox, you can rest assured the provider we match you with will be able to treat you with the kind of Christian based care you need to heal your mind, body, and spirit. You’ll find that strength comes easily and your will power is seemingly fortified by the presence of the Lord in your recovery process, and we are here to ensure you find a facility that leads you down his path and into sobriety for the rest of your life. Get help now: (877) 310-9545.

Incorporating Gratitude into Your Prayer Journal

Posted 
November 23, 2016
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Bible with silver cross necklaceKeeping a prayer journal is a great way to strengthen your relationship with Christ. It offers a unique opportunity to quietly reflect on your journey of faith while keeping friends and family members in your thoughts and prayers.

Writing down your daily conversations with Christ should also be more than simply an exercise in asking for His help. Your journal should also include messages of appreciation – especially if you are recovering from an addiction to drugs or alcohol. Taking the time to focus on your blessings can help reduce your risk of relapse by warding off depression. And, you can use that positive momentum to keep moving forward.

Given that Thanksgiving is tomorrow, why not take this opportunity to start incorporating messages of gratitude from the Bible into your prayer journal each day? Incorporating this small change into your daily routine can help you grow spiritually and continue to walk in the footsteps of Christ.

To help you get inspired, here are a few verses you can use to start adding gratitude into your daily dialogue with Christ.

Cultivating a Routine of Gratitude

(1) Psalm 100:1-5 ESV

Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise!

(2) Psalm 118:28-29 ESV

You are my God, and I will give thanks to you; you are my God; I will extol you. Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!

(3) Psalm 136:1-26 ESV

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever. Give thanks to the God of gods, for his steadfast love endures forever. Give thanks to the Lord of lords, for his steadfast love endures forever; to him who alone does great wonders, for his steadfast love endures forever; to him who by understanding made the heavens, for his steadfast love endures forever.

Leaving behind a life of addiction leaves room in your heart for more love, more hope, more joy and more gratitude. If you are feeling blessed in this season of thanks, take a few moments to acknowledge the prayers that have already been answered.

Christ-Based Addiction Rehab

Whether you’re in need of mental health services, inpatient addiction treatment or supervised drug detox, you can rest assured the provider we match you with will be able to treat you with the kind of Christian based care you need to heal your mind, body, and spirit. You’ll find that strength comes easily and your will power is seemingly fortified by the presence of the Lord in your recovery process, and we are here to ensure you find a facility that leads you down his path and into sobriety for the rest of your life.

Learn more about our addiction treatment services for Christians by calling 877-310-9545.

Are You Living with Intention?

Posted 
October 10, 2016
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Woman praying with intentionYou probably woke up with a mental “to-do” list of things you need to accomplish today or maybe this week. Things like picking up the dry cleaning, scheduling a few meetings at work or paying the electric bill that’s due in a few days. But, are you too caught up in the day-to-day to see the bigger picture? Are you actively working towards the future you want or simply just getting by?

If you’ve dealt with drug and alcohol use and abuse in the past, you may have been too drained emotionally and physically to envision a brighter future and take the steps towards making your personal and professional dreams a reality. One of the many benefits of pursuing a life free of addiction is that you have more time, money and emotional resources to actually plan for the future. If you’ve graduated from a drug and alcohol rehabilitation program, you’ve likely learned new life skills that you can finally put to good use.

Creating a life plan is an excellent way to start living life with intention – one where you map out your long-term goals and actually do the work to make them happen. If you are ready to start living a more focused life and start pursuing your dreams, here are few tips to get help you get started.

Living with Purpose & Creating a Life Plan

  1. Think about your spiritual goals. It’s easy to get caught up in a secular lifestyle that’s focused on accumulating wealth, power and status. But, if you are prioritizing things that aren’t serving Christ, ask yourself if that is really your calling. Take a few minutes to consider some of the spiritual goals that are important to you and your family such as reading the Bible together on a daily basis or participating more regularly in a Bible study group. What kind of Christian are you striving to become?
  2. Consider how you want to improve your health. In 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, the scripture says “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore, honor God with your bodies.” Are you taking care of your physical body in a way that honors the Lord and the gifts that he has given to you?
  3. Visualize where you want to be in 5, 10 and 20 years. It may seem overwhelming at first to develop a comprehensive life plan that encompasses all of your priorities. One easy way to get started is to take a few minutes to visualize how you want to live and where you want to be on your life journey. Where are you living? What is a meaningful profession you’d like to pursue? Once you’re able to visualize the life you want, make a few notes in a journal or notebook that describes the Christian that you want to become.

One of the most powerful aspects of addiction recovery is that you’ll no longer be shrouded in a cloud of despair or self-doubt. Take this opportunity to finally identify where you want to go in life – and work with an addiction recovery specialist to map out how you can get there.

A Christian Partner to Guide Recovery

As a Christian in recovery, you must find your way back to the Lord before you can achieve a truly lasting recovery. The founding principle of Christian Rehab Network is that you should never have to walk that journey alone. Call (877) 310-9545 to begin the process today—or to learn more about the distinct advantages of faith-based sobriety programs.

Like David and Goliath: Your Battle with Addiction

Posted 
October 4, 2016
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David and GoliathTowering over the Israelites and casting a long, dark shadow at nearly nine feet tall, Goliath was most certainly an imposing figure and a formidable foe. For forty days and forty nights, the Philistine giant brazenly taunted his enemies while clothed in full armor and challenged them to fight. With hollow taunts and spiteful insults, he stood against the men of Israel and cast fear in the many among him.

Though, he didn’t realize the power of one young man in the crowd. Plainly dressed in a simple tunic stood David in defiance as he confronted the giant. "You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied ... today I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds of the air ... and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel ... it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord's, and he will give all of you into our hands."

Emboldened with determination and faith, David slung a small stone at the giant’s head – which remarkably landed on Goliath’s head by way of a chink in his armor. With this simple act of courage, the plain shepherd was able to slay the giant and protect his camp of Christians.

This story from the bible has many applications in life – especially for those working to overcome challenges with substance abuse. In life, you will most certainly face challenges that seem at first to be insurmountable. Though, if you learn to rely on your faith and turn to the power of Christ during trying times, you can overcome your challenges with addiction and, like David, slay your enemy.

Addiction may seem to be an intimidating giant, but with the help of your friends, family and a team of experienced addiction recovery specialists, you too can conquer it.

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Built on the same spiritual foundations as the inpatient facilities and detox services we offer, the use of outpatient drug and alcohol, mental health or other services can be used to build on the recovery you gained at inpatient rehabilitation, or employed as a standalone method of recovery.

Call Christian Rehab Network today at (877) 310-9545, and we will walk by your side through enrollment, treatment, and recovery.

Praising Your Gifts and Your Burdens: Find Strength in the Lord

Posted 
August 13, 2016
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Man praying to God

At times, you may encounter stressful events in your life. Sometimes your heart can feel heavy bearing the weight of the challenges you might be facing. You may even start to ask yourself, “Why me? Why have I been given this burden?” Though, the Bible says that these times of suffering can actually make us stronger Christians by becoming more resilient and learning to find strength in the Lord.

Romans 5:1-11: “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.”

Making Time to Praise His Gifts

In addition to learning to appreciate the challenges God has placed before us, it’s also important to devote your attention to praising the gifts He has given us as well. If you’re on a path to addiction recovery, you can strengthen your relationship with God and heal your mind, body and spirit by taking the time to praise the blessings in your life.

3 Reasons to Say a Prayer of Thanks Today

  1. The beauty of His creation. (Revelation 4:11): “Lord, as I see a golden sunrise filling the morning sky, watch a hummingbird outside my kitchen window, or gaze from the top of a mountain, I can’t help but praise You. How great You are! Thank You for the beauty of nature and the promise that the best is yet to come.”
  2. God’s unconditional love for us! (Exodus 14:14) “The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.”
  3. He has forgiven us for all of our sins. (John 1:9) “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

Helping You Discover God’s Recovery Plan for You

When you are a Christian who is grappling with substance abuse and addiction, you may feel that God has abandoned you. Remember, you may not always understand the plan He has for your life, but it will be revealed to you in surprising ways.

The addiction specialists at Christian Rehab Network believe that God has employed us to make sure affordable rehab is readily available for all of Christ’s followers, including you. Our Christian-based addiction treatment centers provide the best recovery care available. Our partners address more than your physical and mental needs. They also offer spiritual guidance to help you regain your closeness to Jesus. Call us now at (877) 310-9545, and we will walk by your side through enrollment, treatment, and recovery.

Recovery: Grow in Your Faith to Heal the Hurt

Posted 
January 22, 2015
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Physical, emotional, spiritual and mental wounds all need to way to heal themselves. The most important thing to remember in the healing process is that you’re not alone.

By working on your relationship with God and his teachings, other forms of healing will soon follow. But how exactly do you begin to heal your faith when you can’t seem to pick yourself up off the ground? Here are some steps to take in order to begin the process.

Shift your Focus. When you’re battling addiction, you will find that you have starting thinking of your vice of choice as a god- but if you’re to heal properly you will want to shift your focus to Jesus. Jesus was kind and gentle to those who were sick or who had sinned. He will not judge you or reject you.

Learn the Attributes of God. There are many distortions out there about God, and understanding God better will help you to love and trust him more. Reading scripture is great place to start and it will give you a better idea of his works through Jesus.

Think of God as a Parent. There are multiple instances throughout the Bible where God is concerned about those who don’t have parents to guide them and teach them. Even if your real parents were to desert you or not understand your struggle, God is a loving father who understands and cares for you.

Keep a Journal. Not only will you be able to record your own progress, but the act of writing down thoughts and questions within itself is very therapeutic. This is also a useful place to decipher thoughts about Bible passages you read: did the story of the Prodigal Son surprise you? This is a good place to begin to seek forgiveness.

Remember there is an Higher Plan. This is one of the hardest parts to come to grasps with. There could be a number of events that led you to be where you are right now. Why did they happen to you? With every low, there is a high. There is a reason for everything and there is always something to learn from troubling times.

Trust Him in Good and Bad Times. There will be times that things are not easy and you think you might not be able to cope. There is no promise of an easy life, but God promises to comfort those in need and strengthen you when you feel weakest. Make a conscious effort to keep him in mind on both the good and the bad days.

Don’t go it alone. At the beginning of your healing process, you might have had a shaky faith or no faith at all. Find someone who you can talk to throughout the process. It might be a friend, a family member, or someone who is trained to assist in these types of journeys. One of the best motivators in strengthening your Faith is to surround yourself with people who help you remember why it’s good to believe in a loving God. Having someone to keep you accountable will greatly help in sticking with your healing practices.

Struggling with trauma, addiction, and all the events that led to them can be very difficult. Many have found solace in turning to God for direction and healing. Having a loving and caring God to support you will make it easier to heal from any wound.

Exodus 23:25  And you shall serve the LORD your God, and he shall bless your bread, and your water; and I will take sickness away from the middle of you.

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