This Thursday Is KB’s Testimony!

“I was raised in a Catholic home going to weekly masses at the local friary.    The Friary was a former St Franciscan school for the monks, we called them Fathers and Brothers. The friars were an integral part of my life.  Eventually the friary closed to the public and the remaining Father’s helped our local Catholic priests.

I missed the ” family” of monks in my life. So when as a young adult I reached out to the Friars for help in dealing with grief in the loss of two very important but young people in my life. Unfortunately when I reached out I was told they no longer had time to help they suggested that I seek help elsewhere. I was devastated. The Friars had always been my direct line to God they were my only connection I had, I felt discarded when I needed them the most. I became angry disappointed and transferred those feelings from the Friars to God himself.  Over the next twenty some years I always found another excuse as to why I was disappointed in God

A little over two years ago my 17 your old son had  started coming to stf, he was going to Services every Sunday and was involved with small groups.  We were both angry & struggling with his alcoholic father. I started to see some great changes in him , he often asked me to come to services with him and finally I said okay I would.  I  was still cautious and guarded but the worship was wonderful.  

After several weeks of attending service, I was strongly encouraged to come to Celebrate Recovery.  My son really wanted me to come to CR as did  the counselor that we were seeing.  I begrudgingly showed up one week, I was surprised. I met kind people who appeared to care about me even though they didn’t know me. That night I attended 101 and learned about what CR was all about. Was nothing at all what I imagined.  Faith based…what’s that?  They talked about a step study and one was open at the time so I signed up that night. After one week of a step study my son’s father died and 12 days later my own father died.  The step study and celebrate recovery helped me deal with these losses, in a healthy way.  During the course of the step study I finally met God for the first time it was unbelievable his love and warmth was incredible.  Every time I surrendered something to God, he responded!!  I have become a strong believer in God and was baptized on May 6th 2018.

I have now had  2 occasions in my life that I suffered great losses, the first drove me away from God.  The second brought me back to God. This would not have happened without CR.  I know I would have remained an angry & bitter person.  I give thanks to the Lord for guiding my son to show me the way to CR. 

Thanks for letting me share.”

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Recovery Reminder

Principle 3: Consciously choose to commit my life and will to Christ’s care and control.

“Happy are the meek.” Matthew 5:5

Step 3: We made a decision to turn our lives and our wills over to the care of God.

“Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God–this is your spiritual act of worship.” Romans 12:1


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