Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you. – 1 Peter 5:7
Principle 2: Earnestly believe that God exists, that I matter to Him, and that He has the power to help me recover.
Do you find you have trouble with control and trust issues? Are you always worrying about things outside of your hands? Do you find yourself fatigued from stress and circumstances and have a difficult time sleeping at night? God built you and me in such a way that our bodies need us to turn over our conscious minds every night and relinquish control and trust. Similar to falling asleep we must realize that you and I cannot control our circumstances, relationships, finances, thoughts, feelings, and the overall pain of life. To be healthy and whole we must let go of it all and trust God to take it all. We must surrender to Him and we need the HOPE that God provides. Our Higher Power, Jesus Christ, helps us to be open to change and gives us the power to change and with faith in Him we can expect change. God can and will replace any damaged emotions concerns, worries and stressful thoughts with a tranquil peace.
We have an acrostic about what the word hope means in recovery:
H igher Power (Jesus Christ)
O penness to change
P ower to change
E xpect to change
In working the twelve steps of recovery, one must ‘keep the faith;’ that is, keep believing that there IS a path to healing… that there IS one who can restore us to right thinking and acting. There is one in whom we can place control and trust. We need the HOPE that we can find in Jesus Christ. Our Celebrate Recovery program points to Jesus Christ in whom we have hope for every care on our hearts.
Circumstances, people, and things are what can rob me of my joy — most of which I have absolutely no control. When I let Jesus have control, I have decided to turn it all over to Him for all time. With the Celebrate Recovery principles, I let Jesus help me define boundaries of what I can do or not do. He gives me strength to do my part. He gives me contentment and soon thereafter joy comes also.
I have learned that real recovery begins in a celebrate recovery step study! In a step study I learn how to discuss in safety and confidence my issues. I discover a way to turn over my anger, resentments, character defects, boundary issues, my tears and learn to share about the difficult circumstances in my life. I give them all to Jesus Christ. I find a way to avoid going around the “same” mountain of problems in my life. I learn contentment with joy through Jesus who give me His strength.
“I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:12-13