Karen and I had the pleasure of meeting with someone yesterday who’s lives have been turned upside down by alcohol. This person was heartbroken and felt extremely powerless over her addiction. We could see the pain in her eyes as she described the devastating effects that this disease has had on her life. As tears welled up in her eyes she was barely able to speak from the years of pain and suffering. The one thing that was consistent and repetitive in our conversation was that she felt like she had to go through this alone. That is the exact same thought that I had in my alcoholic career. Until I was able to let go and let God be in control. I had no idea that God could do such things before I really knew Him. I had just used God as a genie. I would say a prayer asking Him to give me money or a really nice car, but would never give anything to Him. I would never say, “God, I’m completely and utterly powerless over this addiction and need your help”, instead I would just think that I was strong enough to defeat it. This thought is absolutely ludicrous, after many failed attempts I was able to humble myself, admit that I was powerless and laid down my alcoholic addiction at God’s feet. God is always with us no matter what we do or have going on in our lives and He wants to guide us through every situation whether good or bad. If anyone is reading this today that has any kind of addiction and you want to break your addiction, you need to know that the creator of the heavens and earth is waiting to help you and all that is needed is to ask. Dear heavenly father thank you for another beautiful day. Please forgive us for our sins and trespasses and guiding us on this new day to become a better Christian than we were the day before. Lord, I have an addiction today that has taken control over my life and it needs to cease. God, I place this burden at your feet because it’s too much for me to bear. I admit that I am powerless over my addiction, but you are the great and powerful God. Help me to break these chains that bind me to be the best servant for you, In Jesus precious name AMEN.

Published by Matthew, Karen, and God

Karen Guthrie, a retired Bank Manager, Vice President, and Matthew Moore, who works in construction, are members of the same church. In March 2014, they both joined the Oakdale Rescue Mission Board of Directors. They started sharing their stories with one another on how God has greatly impacted their lives.

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