Our Beloved Porn to Purity Readers –
First of all, Happy Fourth of July! I have a lot of great memories from childhood that revolve around the Fourth. And a holiday that involves the grill, a swimming pool (or beach), patriotism, and fireworks seems to great to me.
Holidays can be great relaxing times, or that can be very difficult for those of us who are in crisis. It doesn’t matter what holiday is taking place, if you’re in crisis, it can be tough.
- You’re not distracted by your work and your busy schedule
- You’re with your spouse and family
- Things are usually quieter
- You’re traveling
- You’re in public places, which can be more triggery
- Or you’re not around your family, which hurts a lot.
- You’re reminded of what things used to be like.
If this holiday is a tough one for you, I just want you to know that I care, and to find God’s encouragement today. Here are some helpful things to remember.
1. Recovery is a long process – God’s working into your life new habits and passions. He is bringing you back to what He’s designed you to be. It takes time.
2. Hurt relationships take time to mend – We can’t control the way others heal and don’t heal. They have to work through their anger and emotions. They have to learn to forgive, surrender, and let God work in their lives. Our part is to do our part and be peaceable.
3. God is still working and loves you – Your main job is to stay focused on your relationship with God and on your recovery. Bring your frustrations to God. Let Him strengthen you. Let Him remind you of His love for you. Let Him speak His voice of encouragement and approval into your life. Ask Him to help you focus on Him, rather than your difficult circumstances. In other words, let Him be the focus of our holiday.
4. There are many people who understand and care – Some of you have a group of men or women around you that you can reach out to. They are God’s gift to you during tough times. Send an email, make a phone call… connect.
Thousands read this blog and download our podcasts. There are people all around who are going through the same things you’re going through. You’re not alone.
Marsha and I understand and care. We’re still in the middle of our own recovery. If you don’t have anyone to reach out to, send us an email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Tonight – I’ll be at a minor league baseball game here in the Raleigh area. Marsha will be celebrating our Fourth of July with the kids and our church family.
We’ll be thinking of you.
Jeff & Marsha