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* Reading this, I heard Ron encourage people to listen to the Holy Ghost for their personal calling whatever it is and even if this call is to stop doing something that is not to "dig the sin of the council", to listen and obey to experience a fulness and fulfillment in Christ. Why do you think I do not have? What I read was the standard Protestant routine of alcohol being a great spiritual problem.
* I promised her that she would never feel like the "girl from outside" in a larger group of women with wine glasses in her hand because I would not drink anymore when we met. I told her that I knew she was not asking me to do that, but I was doing it for her. That seemed to be the thing to do, and all the passages on the "blocks of stone"me in mind as I said. Since this conversation a year ago, I mostly stopped with jokes about wine totally with her, because I do not know who it is for a joke and for whom it's safer.
* We all know that sleeping on the couch is not the same as having a good night's sleep, so it's no surprise that people who drink regularly often feel tired s and tired during the day. Maybe you think But I fall asleep faster and faster when I drink! That may be true, but it's only for a little while. A review of several studies has shown that even though alcohol helps you fall asleep faster and deeper in the beginning, the quality of your sleep suffers overall, leaving you tired of next day.
* But I thought I could quibble. I was going to be the boss of Handling Your Liquor. I lived in a place called Beer City USA and I drank from time to time a single beer or a glass of wine. It was good. I was even given wine as a gift of ordination, for the sake of God! Ã ¢ â,¬ | then I moved to start a new job, and turned my whole life upside down. It was stressful and hard. It's stressful and hard and lonely.
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* We are growing in our new choices. I remember when I felt that the thumb pressed on my cynicism, for example. I had become so depressed about my cynicism, my know-all tendencies, my "but-but ..." when it came to everything I missed so much about life, kindness, hope and opportunity. I felt this challenge of the Holy Spirit for a year before I started seriouslylean toward healing, renewing hope in my life.
* I had it for about a year and a half, but it just had too many things to maintain every day. I was also very interested to see what my face would look like after losing a lot of weight. I bet your wife was happy when you shaved. In fact, she really loved it, so she was very scared when I entered the room after cutting her off. Same with my children. My 3 year old daughter panicked. But I guess she will not really remember me with a beard anyway. Or a belly.
* What I do know is that even though I miss the social aspect of the drink, my abstinence has led me on a path of freedom in a way that I doubt I have encountered otherwise. One of the many tools on my recovery path has been a Christ-centered program, 12 steps called Celebrate Restoration. This is not a substance abuse specific recovery group, although there are many of us who find it healing through this program.
* As if you deserved a medal or something like that. I grew up with alcoholics, my mother drinks another 2 bottles of wine a day. So, in my world, I deserve a medal. I find it interesting when people who do not have a drinking problem are quick to judge those who do it ... even our spouses. This essay could have been written about me. I read it when a friend posted it. It was personally a conviction for me and it made me make some changes.
* My husband will sometimes have a drink like 3x / month or more. We have alcohol in the house that has not been touched for months - and our 17-year-old daughter does not want to drink, it's a blessing Ron, I love everything you share here and how you say it. I appreciate how you can make a point without judgment and full of grace. I think of it often as someone who does not drink either.
* It is never a matter of deprivation, it is becoming who we are supposed to be. In the past, they called it "sanctity" or "sanctification" - the two words we do not hear very much because they have lost some meaning through their misuse perhaps. I know that this kind of transformation, no matter what we want to call it, almost never happens at the same time, it's a slow burn that refines, clarifies and distills.
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