This Thursday is Emma’s Testimony!
“All my poor choices were catching up to me. My husband whom I had emotionally abused for 8 years had let me go, my children were crushed with broken hearts, they had lost their mother. I sat in my empty apartment, my children on vacation with their father, a retainer fee paid to a lawyer for the divorce, and I looked at the bottle of medicine and wondered if taking the whole bottle would kill me. I wanted to die. All I did was hurt people. There was nothing I could do to stop it. Even at my rock bottom I was still being selfish! My life was truly unmanageable. My Daddy Jesus loved me too much to let me do that. He whispered my name and I dropped to my knees. I sobbed at what my life had become. I grieved for my mistakes. On that day, I surrendered my life into Christs’ care and control for the very first time. I immediately felt a relief, but I was still me, and I knew I needed help. I met with the counselor we had seen before. We talked about forgiveness. I couldn’t grasp it. Who could ever forgive ME? Love ME?
I now know, that throughout the 6 months of our separation my husband had never stopped praying for the very thing I was now calling to tell him. The man for whom I blamed all my pain and disappointments on, was the only man who had ever truly loved me just for who I was. I began attending Celebrate Recovery large and small group, and my denial and shame shrank weekly as I shared, and listened to others. It was a safe place to let go of the past. Hearing the testimonies and stories of restoration filled me with hope, that maybe I too, could someday be free.”
Principle 2: Earnestly believe that God exists, that I matter to Him, and that He has the power to help me recover.
“Happy are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” Matthew 5:4
Step 2: We came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
“For it is God who works in you to will and to act according to His good purpose.” Philippians 2:13
Thursday’s Dinner: Roast chicken, roasted baby potatoes, corn, garden salad, & corn bread.
Step Studies for Men and Women
When: January 28th at 9:15!
Where: They both will be at our BP Campus, 5101 S. Bayshore Blvd., Tampa, Fl. 33611. The men’s is on the second floor in room B-201 & the women’s is on the third floor in room A-200.
Co-Leaders: KB & Theresa – Women’s. Tommy & Chad – Men’s.
Please note: The men’s step study is The Journey Begins, which utilizes books 1-4, anyone is free to join. Just show up. The women’s study is The Journey Continues, utilizing books 5-8. It is not beneficial for someone to join the women’s study if they have not completed a previous Step Study, The Journey Begins.
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