13 comments on “checking in….Sunday December 8

  1. Tim, are you familiar with Ayahuasca? It is very helpful with someone with your situation. I don’t know where you live, but if you want info on some retreats in CA – let me know. It could really turn things around for you.🙂

  2. It will get to the stage when you can sit down and say “yes, I am truly happy”. You never know, 2014 may be that year. I hope it is for you.

  3. Things will start looking up and opportunity may come from some unexpected place.

    I came back to the Lord around age 50. I was first saved in 82 and fell away for about 30 years. When I came back I felt much like you described. I didn’t fit in among the church guys and I didn’t want to fit in with some other guys. Eventually I came to realize that I did fit in with the church guys, at least I fit in with those who love the Lord and who are committed to conforming to his image.

    Anyone who loves the Lord, loves you. If you are like me (and you probably aren’t) you might still fall back into some of the old behaviors. My addictions were porn and sex and I failed on many occasions. But, I kept praying and I remained committed to becoming more like Jesus. The Lord know our issues and He’s with us. Changing to become like Christ never happens overnight. We need to work to become strong. Think of what James said “Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” James 1:4

    Hang in there bro. You’ll be OK as long as you keep your eyes in the light.

    I got a degree at age 53 and another at 55. I finally got a job through an unlikely person I met by chance. (chance or providence?) I’ve met a lot of Christians and I’ve like some and ran away from others. The truth is, as I’ve prayed to become more like Jesus and prayed the Lord would show me my faults and a cure, I’ve met more and more Christians who I fit in with. I know I’m loved and I’m beginning to see the potential in myself that God has always seen.

    Peace of Christ

  4. I haven’t dealt with this situation myself, so take what I say for what it’s worth, but you have to find yourself before you can relate to others. Find the good person you are, and stay strong.

  5. I would agree that you need to be able to talk with someone who can truly understand what you’ve been through and the feelings that you have currently. Is there a ‘mental health or addiction organization’ that you could contact to see just what your options are?

    As far as not feeling the ‘joy’ that you would like to…. that comes hopefully with the help and support of those close…which you are having trouble with right now … ie getting close … If there is someone(s) that you feel you would like to have a friendship with… you need to step out of your comfort zone and believe that you are worthy…. and that person would know that they had a special person as their friend. That same person may have hangups that you don’t know about and be just as hesitant as you are. Many people have hurts or secrets and unless you take a chance ..you’ll never know.

    Since I’m in the talkative mode… regarding you being in your mid-fifties and not being wanted as an employee… ‘not so’ necessarily. I don’t know what area you’re talking about and don’t forget a lot of employees now operate from home a lot with computers …. Perhaps you should just bite the bullet.. take the courses and go from there. Education is never wasted and it may boost your confidence in yourself…..

    Find your goal and follow it through…. take care Tim… (I’m full of advice today lol) Diane

    • Thanks for all the good advice.. I think I’m going to move forward … Like you said ( stepping out of my comfort zone) is the exact problem I have… I’m going to try it a little at a time … Without taking a chance I’m never going anywhere..

  6. Hi, I can’t say I am familiar with drug addiction and that sort of thing but I can totally relate to what you feel. My case is depression and for years its been like a drug too. Its a great thing you want to be better- with your job and degree… and that’s a great thing! as long as you always want something positive, you’ll make it through each day. cheers🙂

  7. God bless you in your daily struggle to stay clean. Congratulations! I wish you much success in life. You are a winner, be proud of yourself.🙂 One day at a time.

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