Good morning! Welcome to a new day!
This morning, during my morning counsel with the Lord, He invited me to review the Patterns of Light, Step Six exercise for week 1, day 2.
I found it grounded in Moroni 7:3.
Moroni 7:3 “You . . . that are the peaceable followers of Christ, and that have obtained a sufficient hope by which ye can enter into the rest of the Lord, from this time henceforth until ye shall rest with him in heaven.”
I was reminded again: Following Christ is a “peaceable” experience — not one of gut-tight, white knuckle striving.
It is to enter into the rest of the Lord from this time — right now, not at some time in the future.
Once I have truly surrendered my life and my will to Jesus Christ, I can and will experience a sense of peace or rest–no matter what my outside circumstances may be.
In this state of inner peace, I will find my desire for my addiction either completely gone or diminished to the point I can let it go.
And when my desire starts to come back, when I begin to feel tense and my knuckles begin to get white, I will know I have wandered too far from His Spirit and His rest.
Application: Watch yourself for the next 24 hours. Make note of the times and circumstances that contribute to your tension and stress. Write about how your temptation to act out with your addiction also increases.
Instead of some other “half-measure” method of dealing with your tension, try deliberately meditating (pondering) and writing about a scripture or two that testifies of the Savior. Write about how doing this affects your tension and your temptation level.
So, I read through this exercise and realizedd THIS was exactly what “I” had written, back then, years ago, to help me NOW.
Now, during this time when I have been “striving” with my present circumstances and living with super white knuckles so much of the time.
I have spent 30 years of my life writing daily about what it’s like to find and lose and refind this amazing grace, this merciful Savior, . . . to wander and then come back — and find Him ever faithful.
I don’t know how many more years the Lord plans for me to keep bearing this witness, writing to whoever feels the need or call to read. This much I know, I will keep coming back and finding Him waiting with open arms to take me back and give me that peace, that rest, that NO ONE and NOTHING but He can give.
Thanks for letting me share.