Why do people still believe Celebrate Recovery is just for addicts? Is it because they have seen the movie Home Run? Did they go to that bathroom or something during testimony night in the film, where the main character’s sister-in-law speaks of her sexual abuse as a child? Or could it be because everyone thinks only addicts need recovery?
I’ve been going to Richland Celebrate Recovery since it began at my church six years ago, with the exception of a small hiatus. I’ve seen many people come and go over the years for various reasons; mostly, because they move back home upon coming out their recovery program.
I’ve written about CR (Celebrate Recovery) many times on my blog and I talk a lot about it in general, yet people still see it as a place for addicts. Let me say for the record…yes, addicts attend CR, BUT that is NOT all it is about.
Here is what Celebrate Recovery is…
It is a Christ centered program for people. PEOPLE!
It’s not just for the addict…it’s for the hurting, the lonely, the habitual sinner, the depressed and the list can go on and on. It’s a place for people with hurts, habits and hang-ups. It’s a place for healing.
When I started going to CR it was basically to help as a volunteer for our church’s newest ministry. I had heard about it and supported it. Little did I know…I needed it for me.
At the time I was going through my separation/divorce, not being able to see my kids everyday, depression, anger and trying to stop a long struggle with viewing porn and low self-esteem among other things.
I would have gone absolutely bat crazy had it not been for CR and the conversations and prayer from dear friends during all that.
Here’s the thing. A lot of people who struggle, with anything, sometimes feel as if they are the only ones dealing with that particular issue. And many of them feel that if they share their struggle with anyone, they will be looked upon differently…basically judged. And yet we can’t judge and here is why…we are all sinners and fall short of the glory God.
God sees no sin greater than the other, yet He sent His Son, Jesus Christ to die for all. All is all, no matter what it is. It could be adultery, drinking in excess, lying, sexual immorality, gluttony, murder, stealing, idolatry, etc.
The thing is, if we are honest with ourselves, we all have hurts, we all have habits that may not follow in line with scripture, and we all have hang-ups of some form or fashion.
CR is for everyone!
I go for the worship and message and still feel the prompting of the Holy Spirit to repent of something or to make amends with someone.
It’s honestly hard to explain. Heck, we have a 70-year-old lady who attends and our youngest is a 17-year-old young lady. Everyone gets something out of the message no matter what they are going through at that moment. That’s just how God works.
The small groups are more intimate and allows each person the chance to either share how the message applies to their situation or just share what’s on their heart. Small groups have been a source of healing for me just by letting things out. You know…my life verse…confess your faults one to another. James 5:16 is so powerful.
Allow me to ask you guys a few questions.
Are you depressed? Do you have anxiety issues? Are you feeling alone after losing a loved one whether by death or the break-up of a relationship? Do you suffer from over eating? Are you addicted to sweets? Do you drink in excess to the point of losing control of who you are? Are you hurting from the wounds of words spoken? Do you have low self-esteem? Have you ever been sexually molested? Have you been physically or verbally abused?
If you answered yes to any of those, Celebrate Recovery is for you.
Give it a try! Allow the Lord to lead you. Go to the Celebrate Recovery website and see if there are any local chapters.
I have a list of all the ones in Louisiana, here on my blog site and keep it updated as best I can.
If you choose to attend please let me know how you enjoyed it and if it ministered to you.
I believe that as I run across other people’s blog posts on how Celebrate Recovery is helping in their lives and the lives of their loved I will share them here…
And this is the perfect one to start with considering my past struggle with pornography. This is a beautiful post, entitled How My Marriage Overcame My Husband’s Porn Addiction, from a wife whose husband has struggled with porn for decades and it was on the verge of destroying their marriage.
Here is a great testimony from Jana over at The Beggar’s Bakery entitled Alcohol, Grace and Me – A Recovery Story
Here is a powerful testimony of God’s faithfulness from Karen at Beauty 4 Ashes 247 entitled When I Was Fourteen…A Promise…Now Fulfilled
This wonderful updated testimony from Karen entitled My Celebrate Recovery Testimony (Story) will make you stand up and shout “Thank you God for your faithfulness!”