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A Time to Celebrate!!

“There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” Albert Einstein.

Greetings! This past Saturday night, November 2, 2013, was an opportunity to be seized with gratitude and awe in witnessing a miracle or truly miracles. Eight, yes, eight people who had graduated from Woodlake Addiction Recovery Center received their one year recovery coins. Wow! Praise God! Zechariah 4:10: Do not despise these small beginnings, for the LORD rejoices to see the work begin… Woodlake Addiction Recovery Center, as any other dream or treatment…

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Emotional Hangovers, Time to Readjust? Part 2

U.S. Army, Lt. Col. Mark Weber, husband, father of three, high profile job within the Afghan Parliament as military advisor, diagnosed with intestinal cancer at thirty-eight and fought a desperate battle for the next two years, had numerous opportunities to have an emotional hangover from the previous day.  Regarding the emotion of anger or temper, he left the following words for his wife and sons, when I reflect on the word temper, I think of balance, moderation, and compromise – softening and hardening without being unyielding or impenetrable.  There is a point, after all, when your tempered will becomes…

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Emotional Hangovers, Time to Readjust? Part 1

Page 88 of the 12/12 speaks of a tremendous hangover because one drank heavily the day before, resulting in not living well today.  Within the same paragraph another type of hangover is described, an emotional hangover – the direct results of yesterdays and sometimes today’s excesses of negative emotions – anger, fear, jealousy, resentment, etc… 

Emotional hangovers get in the way of life and the positive benefits.  Reflecting on the subject of hangovers, do any hangovers, mental, spiritual, physical, social, volitional, and emotional…

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Emotional Hangovers, Time to Readjust?

Page 88 of the 12/12 speaks of a tremendous hangover because one drank heavily the day before, resulting in not living well today.  Within the same paragraph another type of hangover is described, an emotional hangover – the direct results of yesterdays and sometimes today’s excesses of negative emotions – anger, fear, jealousy, resentment, etc…

Emotional hangovers get in the way of life and the positive benefits.  Reflecting on the subject of hangovers, do any hangovers, mental, spiritual, physical, social, volitional, and emotional get in the way of living life to the fullest.  Have you asked yourself what hangovers are you still experiencing?  Hangovers…

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Second Law of Thermodynamics – Increased Entropy

The Second Law of Thermodynamics is commonly known as the Law of Increased Entropy. While quantity remains the same (First Law), the quality of matter/energy deteriorates gradually over time. How so? Usable energy is inevitably used for productivity, growth and repair. In the process, usable energy is converted into unusable energy. Thus, usable energy is irretrievably lost in the form of unusable energy.

“Entropy” is defined as a measure of unusable energy within a closed or isolated system (the universe for example). As usable energy decreases and unusable energy increases, “entropy” increases. Entropy is also a gauge of randomness or…

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Happiness is a Benefit, not the Goal: The Keys to Happiness

The first Key to happiness is Poverty or literally enouncing one’s own self-will in getting the supreme value straight, accepting one’s dependence. Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the Kingdom of God. Accept the deficits and poverty as a result of living a life of selfish self-will.
The Second Key to happiness is Brokenness – Blessed are those who mourn (over their mistakes, sins (missing the mark or target for one’s life), failures) for they shall be comforted (comforte -find strength together). To the degree one owns the harm and damage done to…

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Living Life in God’s Natural Ebb and Flow

 The contributing principles gleamed from the Oxford Group that promotes the spiritual transformation are: We admitted we were licked. We got honest with ourselves. We talked it over with another person. We made amends to those we had harmed. We tried to carry this message to others with no thought of reward. We prayed to whatever God we thought there was.

Get the Supreme Value straight in one’s life and everything else will come out straight. If one refuses to accept Reality, what shall be the testimony of one’s life?

Matthew 6:33 challenges…

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Start your New Year….. at anytime

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is celebrated in 2013 from sundown on Sept. 4 to nightfall on Sept. 6.  Though Rosh Hashanah literally means “head of the year,” the holiday actually takes place on the first two days of the Hebrew month of Tishrei, which is the seventh month on the Hebrew calendar. This is because Rosh Hashanah, one of four new years in the Jewish year, is considered the new year of people, animals and legal contracts. In the Jewish oral tradition, Rosh Hashanah marks the completion of the…

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Surviving, Overcoming, Staying Sober

Isaiah 55:1-2: Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters, and who have no money, come, buy and eat.  Come buy wine and milk without money and without cost.  Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy?  Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good and your soul will delight in the richest of fare.
The above statement or verses from the Book of Isaiah could be confusing for an alcoholic or addict.  It was written for the Jewish people who were returning from being exiled from their homeland.  They were financially depleted or…

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Why Do We Make Aggressive Choices?

What do you call someone who most of their lives have aggressively pursued independence, resisted allegiance to others, and taken what they could from relationships without feeling obliged to give something back in return?  It could be a practicing alcoholic/addict.  It might be a person that has married “the bad boy and going to change him”?  Could it be a person with major character defects such as lacking a conscience of right or wrong?  Perhaps the answer is all the above with a little modification to the sentence.  What do you call someone who most of their lives have…

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