The original Conquer Series was amazing—packed full of biblical teaching and practical application tools to help men walk in freedom. It’s hard to imagine that it could get any better. But you know what? It did!
For many of us, we already know what the day will bring, but we are unable to see the traps and other hazards that are waiting to ensnare us. We become so focused on what’s happening around us that we get lost in our own darkness; we forget to survey the land.
As we begin the New Year, we need to raise our self-awareness. If you are like me, you may have set goals or resolutions for the New Year. But, how often have we set New Year’s resolutions and failed at our attempts to change?
Countless times, I committed to friends, mentors, and eventually my spouse that I was going to change my bad habits and start walking in purity and freedom. I failed miserably over and over; and over. If you are looking to do the same in 2018, follow my advice!
Whether you love the holidays—Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s celebrations—or you tolerate them, the holidays can be draining. How do we recover from being emotionally stressed and drained as we face the New Year?
Between working, taking care of a baby, and preparing for the busy holiday season, it was difficult to find the time to sort through this pile of clutter. So, what does an over-committed, over-stressed, twentysomething wife and Mom do?
During the holidays, routines can quickly fall by the wayside. Groups take a week (or two) off when the meeting day lands on a holiday. Phone calls are harder to make from different service areas. With no looming group meetings to prepare for, homework slips off our radar.
Not only do I battle against the media and a culture that’s saturating my family’s minds with what our holiday is supposed to look like, but there are deep hurts and generational curses that thread through our family. As soon as October hits, so does my anxiety about the impending holiday season.
We all want the perfect relationship; the perfect marriage. However, when it comes to “regularly weeding and tending to our garden” we fall short. We allow weeds—divisive issues—to sprout and flourish. Over time, where there was once a beautiful, lush garden, now stands an overgrown, weed infested patch of soil; devastated and eroded away by unwanted growth.
What do I carry around in my life and in my heart that creates issues in my day-to-day life? What wounds and traumas are still in my emotional closet that trip me up and cause me more pain today? What can I do to address and overcome these wounds, these issues in my life?
Harvey Weinstein’s long and sordid history of sexual violations and harassment screams of one thing: this is not simply an issue of sexual addiction—you are dealing with a sexual PREDATOR! Like many other directors and actors who have been exposed, Weinstein used his position of power to get what he wanted. For many of them, their position allows for easy access to vulnerable and dependent victims; those who would endure the abuse and remain silent. This is just the tip of the iceberg.
A significant aspect of our healing journey is the decision to “‘pay it forward.” We take the healing and change that God has so graciously brought into our lives and look for opportunities to help others in the same way. This often leads men and women to sign themselves up for the task of leading or co-leading another group. But leadership is tough! Often, our only training has come through our recovery.