Facing the Holidays After Addiction

I just knew that the love I had for him and my abundance of Christmas spirit would make everything right. Imagine my disappointment when he struggled and battled depression worse than ever during the Christmas season. I was heartbroken and I know he was too…Regardless of the reason for the escalated struggle, we have some suggestions for former addicts and their spouses as they face the holiday season.

A Vision of Freedom

So, now you’re saved!…Now what? Will the cravings for your drug of choice just stop? Will Satan, your new mortal enemy, just decide not to use the powerful tool of your addiction against you? Sadly,this will probably not be the case. Even though your chains have been broken, there’s a difference between deliverance and complete freedom. In some cases, every trace of addiction is gone. In many cases, however, we have to be refined in the fire…The very first thing you need to do is define your vision.

Kristin’s Top 12 (approximately): 17 Reality Checks for the Adult Only Child

Most only children get labeled with unfair stereotypes. I’m not on the floor kicking and screaming when I don’t get my way. I can function in social settings. I can be very loving. That being said, adult life is full of reality checks and all about adaptation for the only child. Don’t get me wrong. I wouldn’t change a thing about my childhood or upbringing. I was happy, disciplined, loved, and adored. It’s just that, at age 36, I still feel a little traumatized every day or so.

Our Story: From deliverance to freedom

Neither of us knew just how long and hard the journey ahead would be. Even though Jonathan had truly received a miracle, it would be years before he was completely free from the effects of his past. I was a life-long “church girl”, raised in ministry. I had indulged in a few years of rebellion, and although I thought things had gotten pretty edgy, I was sheltered and knew nothing about rehabilitation or recovery. 

The Sunshine Blogger Award

As a new blogger, this is the first time I’ve been honored with an award. I am so grateful to be nominated for The Sunshine Blogger Award and would like to extend my heart-felt gratitude to fellow blogger, Rachel, from Burts Bowl. Rachel is a talented author who has...