Date of publication: 2017-08-24 22:27
When I first started dating my husband, he nonchalantly mentioned he didn 8767 t drink anymore (once he became a Christian as an adult). When I asked why, his answer surprised me. He said it was because he didn 8767 t want to drown out the Holy Spirit in any capacity or give Satan any potential foothold.
There are so many reasons I love this. Most importantly with what pastordt said before that you may have saved a life or two. As someone whose ministry is focused on men with addictions I 8767 m sure of it. There 8767 s no judgement in drinking but there 8767 s no immunity to addiction either. Your words are gentle and true. Thank you.
I 8767 m a 98 year old pastor and your story (both the alcohol and cynism) is almost identical to mine. I quit almost two years ago, after about a year of the Holy Spirit gently, but persistently inviting me to stop. I read this article and literally felt like I was reading my own story and thoughts about this. Thanks for putting yourself out there and thanks for a beautifully written article! God bless you and your family!
In recovery we hold no judgement. We listen with hope and grace, and tell each person who shares, 8775 thank you for sharing. 8776 It 8767 s a brave thing to share our most vulnerable pieces. It 8767 s not easy. Sarah, thank you for sharing your story. I feel God 8767 s thumbprint sometimes too, moving me and compelling to to be more of what He meant for me to be. He is patient and long suffering with me, and I 8767 m glad for that. Grace and heart and soul peace be with you.
Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. I have not had a problem with drinking but my husband did. My middle daughter does. I HAVE had other areas of my life that The Holy Spirit has spoken to me about. You described it so eloquently. He never makes us feel guilty, just that gentle niggling until we know that we must do what He is asking... and He is asking because He knows what is best for us. Thank you for sharing so beautifully.
That 8767 s a good point. Just to clarify: There 8767 s certainly nothing wrong with not drinking, but the spirit clearly prompts some people to drink and to enjoy it, in my case 65-75 drinks a week (most weeks) with no negative consequences and a high level of physical and mental well-being (much higher, in fact, than a vast majority of people who abstain from alcohol for whatever reason). I guess the idea is to find the point where you enjoy life and it doesn 8767 t negatively affect your wellness or those around you.
"I LEAVE YOU LOVE. Love builds. It is positive and helpful. It is more beneficial than hate. Injuries quickly forgotten quickly pass away. Personally and racially, our enemies must be forgiven."
A daring nonconformist who loved to poke fun at conventional wisdom, he would have shuddered at the thought of dusting down the orthodoxies of the past instead of thinking up solutions based on changed global realities.
My friend sent me your link and I 8767 m so glad she did. I 8767 m struggling and some days I can 8767 t even remember why I stopped drinking. My husband said to me yesterday 8775 All you do is talk about how you have stopped drinking and AA. Like you deserve a medal or something 8776 . I grew up with alcoholics, my mother is still drinking 7 bottles of wine a day. So in my world, I do deserve a medal. I find it interesting when people who do not have a problem with alcohol are quick to make judgement of the ones who do..even our spouses.