During this month’s series we have discussed living one day at a time with:
Fear & Anxiety
This week I would like to explore what it means to live one day at a time.
I know at times it may have been difficult to think about the questions and to remember some past hurts. I feel the same way. Even though I am on a healing journey with God and my husband, Patrick, I still have days of difficulty. That is where prayer comes in, daily connection with my Heavenly Father. Healing occurs in this way, one day at a time.
Alcoholism doesn't have to be active in my life for me to be effected by it. The process of healing has forced me to remember things I thought had been buried long ago. In the beginning of my journey, over a year ago, I didn't know what God held for my future. I didn't know my passion for writing was actually a gift from God for me to use to help other women who deal with alcoholism or addiction in their family.
Through prayer, I have discovered God's desire for me to be free from the shackles of addiction. Although, I do not have an addiction to alcohol or drugs, I have been held hostage by how the addiction of my loved ones or others in my life have reached me deep in my soul. In order to live freely, I had to turn my will over to God. I had to admit my life had become unmanageable due to fear, anxiety, control, and distrust. I am powerless over the enemy of addiction, but God is not. God has all of the power and strength to help me overcome my issues.
Living one day at a time, simply means, I turn my will over to the care of God every day. I admit my flaws, issues, and hurts to him and ask him to take over on my behalf. Some days the fear and anxiety shows up, but I recognize it and immediately turn to prayer. Other days, the need to control rears its ugly head again, but I see it and instantly turn to prayer. Distrust can appear suddenly, but I identify it and turn to prayer. Seeking help from God first is living one day at a time.
Take each day, each minute, each second, as they come. Be in tune to my feelings and reactions. When Satan reminds me of my old habits, old feelings, and old ways, I make him leave my mind in the name of Jesus. Satan is my enemy and he does not belong in my thoughts. Some days this is more of a struggle than others. I am reminded of Ephesians 6:12:
"For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms."
The difficulties we face are not against those who have hurt us through their addictions. Our struggles are against the powers of this dark world and the spiritual forces of evil. In Ephesians, Paul is writing to the church of Ephesus while imprisoned in Rome. He wrote the letter outlining what it means to be a Christian. In this scripture, he is pointing out to the Ephesians how Christians will face struggles, but those struggles are not against each other. He is warning the church of the evilness of the dark world we live in. This still holds true today. We still live in a dark world ruled by Satan and his dark spirits. It is up to believers in Jesus Christ to recognize the darkness and live in the light of Jesus.
"We must take one day at a time in order to live free from our old bondages caused by living with addictions.' - Kimberly Dewberry
God wants us to be free, that is why he sent Jesus to pay the penalty for the sins of the world. It is so important that we turn to prayer when the darkness of fear, anxiety, control, and distrust enters our minds. We must take one day at a time in order to live free from our old bondages caused by living with addictions. We are made powerful through the blood of Jesus. Powerful enough through the Holy Spirit, who now dwells within us, to speak Jesus' name so Satan will flee. The enemy is crafty and he will continue to try to remind us of our past. Don't let him! Take each day as it comes with confidence in our Heavenly Father.
Think About It:
Do you feel as though Satan is reminding you of your past?
Are you continuing to be held hostage by the hurts of your past or present life with an alcoholic or addict?
Read Exodus 15:26, Psalm 103:2-4, and Psalm 107:19-21
Start today—RIGHT NOW—asking your Heavenly Father help you to live one day at a time!
Journal About it:
Journal about how the scriptures today resonated with you. As you write, let go and let God take control of your life.
Pray About it:
As you think and write about your need to control, say this prayer with me.
Thank you so much for reminding me that I can be free from my past hurts through your unfailing love. I am humbled knowing you are always there for me and you can heal me. Father, help me start today to fully receive the gift of healing and start my journey to recovery from living with alcohol and addiction in my life. It is only through the precious blood of Jesus that I am healed!
In Jesus’ Precious Name,
Talk About it:
This is my story, what’s yours? I would love to hear from you! I enjoy connecting and keeping in touch. Do you feel as though you don’t have anyone you can share with confidentially? Your anonymity is protected. Do you feel you are the only one struggling with the aftereffects of growing up with an alcoholic parent? Sweet sister, YOU are not alone! It’s time to break free from the shackles of your shame, fear, and anxiety!