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CALLING OUT THE PHONE BRIGADE!

This is a call out for a friend in need.

One of my close recovery friends has run into a difficult situation. A long-time friend of his — a brother in Christ — is involved in an extra-marital affair. My friend has never disclosed his sexual addiction issues to his friend and is not sure he is prepared to do so now. Complicating matters is that the affair involves another friend of the family. So there is fear of disclosure because of what word may get back to my friend’s wife.

This raises one of those difficult issues of recovery. Once we have made our initial disclosures, to what degree to we keep our spouses informed of progress? There is the tendency not to disclose stumbles for fear of losing whatever trust we may have regained. But eventually this can leave us trapped. When we go too long without disclosing continued struggles, we know that we are deceiving our spouses and the trust that we have is unmerited and false. But disclosure now will hurt even more because it will reveal dishonesty in addition to the failures themselves.

So this is a call for help!

Pray for me. Pray for my recovery friend. Pray for his friend who is in a place of brokenness. And pray for all addicts who are seeking the courage to come clean.

Thank you.

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Lord God:

I am powerless to be the man of purity I so desperately want to be. I want to be in control and show how strong I am. But all of the strength belongs to you Lord. And so I surrender …

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Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

+ 1 Thess. 5:16-18

I recently saw a documentary where a greek monastic discussed the practice of praying without ceasing. He said that he could pray no matter what he was doing by simply reciting the “Jesus Prayer” in is head.

Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior, have mercy on me, a sinner!

I have found this short prayer helpful for staving off temptation. Whether I encounter an attractive woman or am just facing a period of boredom, it is helpful for me to recite this prayer in my mind.

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I accept not in my feelings – but with my will, the Will of God.
I accept His will – not only for time but for eternity.

+ Mother Teresa, Letter dated August 1,1964

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O God, you know my folly; the wrongs I have done are not hidden from you.

Do not let those who hope in you be put to shame because of me, O Lord God of hosts;
do not let those who seek you be dishonored because of me, O God of Israel.

+ Psalm 69:5-6

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It’s time to check-in and reflect on progress (or lack thereof) in the Battle for Purity.

HOW AM I DOING PHYSICALLY?

I have to say that I am feeling good today.  I am enjoying a successful recovery to the knee surgery I had in December.  That means I can run again and get that physical exercise that I need for an overall feeling of wellness.  I have also been sleeping well and that, too, helps me to feel good.

HOW AM I DOING EMOTIONALLY?

I am happy to report that I have been feeling good.  I have been very busy at my job.  This past year, and the past couple months in particular, has been a period of incredible productivity.  I have had major responsibilities for new marketing concepts and have experienced an increased sense of purpose and joy.  Of course this has also brought increased stress and anxiety.  But this is the sort of stress and anxiety that I can deal with.  It definitely beats the stress of not having good projects or enough work.

HOW AM I DOING SPIRITUALLY?

I don’t know.

I have really been struggling spiritually.  My prayer life has been dry and I have not been experiencing the sense of commitment, focus, and obedience that I have had at times in the past.  I have to acknowledge that this is a concern for me.  My goal is to be a man of God and to serve Christ.  But I don’t think you would see that in my life over the past several months.

This is where success at work can be a two-edged sword.  I am happy for the success and feel affirmed by the success, but I think it also leads me to divert my focus from God to myself.  I am in danger of forgetting that God is the source of my gifts and the giver of my success.  There is a great temptation to credit myself for these successes rather than acknowledging my Lord.  And I fear that this will cause me to lose the path of purity that I have been trying to walk upon.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father,

You are the giver of all good things.  You are my maker, my provider, and my Lord.  I give thanks to you for family, work, and the gifts and talents that you have given to me.  I thank you for my co-workers, friends, and accountability partners.  And I give thanks for the gift of free will.

Father, my desire is to follow you.  I offer to you my body as a living sacrifice.  Although you have given me the gift of free will, it is my desire to give myself to you in obedience.  I no longer want to question your ways or your commandments.  Instead, I seek only to know your will and to do your will.

Father, if it be your will, grant me the gift of purity for today.  Grant that I may seek to follow you instead of promoting me.  Grant that I may seek to love and serve others rather than seeking their love and approval.  Grant that I may seek you with the same heart as your Son, Jesus.

Amen

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A leper came to him begging him, and kneeling he said to him, ‘If you choose, you can make me clean.’ Moved with pity, Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, and said to him, ‘I do choose. Be made clean!’ Immediately the leprosy left him, and he was made clean.

+ Mark 1:40-42

D-Monk:

“Jesus, if you choose, you can make me clean.”

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