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Finding
 
Our
 
Way
 
Back
 
to
 
God
 
 –
 
a
 
Daily 
 
Recovery 
 
Devotional 
 
1
 
 
Finding
 
Our
 
Way
 
Back
 
to
 
God
 
 –
 
a
 
Daily 
 
Recovery 
 
Devotional 
 
2
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Finding
 
Our
 
Way
 
Back
 
to
 
God
 
 –
 
a
 
Daily 
 
Recovery 
 
Devotional 
 
3
STEP
 
1
 
We
 
admitted
 
that
 
we
 
were
 
powerless
 
over
 
our
 
dependencies—that
 
our
 
lives
 
had
 
become
 
unmanageable.
 
January
 
1
 
Scripture
 
reading
 
for
 
today:
 
Genesis
 
1,
 
2,
 
and
 
3
 
I
 
have
 
great
 
plans
 
for
 
the
 
New
 
Year.
 
I
 
want
 
to
 
be
 
the
 
“new”
 
me!
 
I
 
plan
 
on
 
eating
 
well,
 
exercising,
 
doing
 
my
 
daily
 
devotionals
 
without
 
fail,
 
being
 
kind
 
to
 
others,
 
and
 
even
 
keeping
 
a
 
tidy
 
house
 
in
 
my
 
spare
 
time.
 
I
 
can’t
 
wait
 
to
 
see
 
how
 
I’m
 
going
 
to
 
turn
 
out
 
in
 
the
 
new
 
year
 
with
 
all
 
these
 
resolutions
 
for
 
“right
 
living.”
 
But
 
there’s
 
one
 
little
 
problem
on
 
day
 
one
 
I
 
blew
 
it!
 
My
 
husband,
 
Pete,
 
and
 
I
 
were
 
heading
 
home
 
from
 
a
 
quick,
 
24
hour
 
beach
 
trip
 
with
 
dear
 
friends.
 
So
 
far,
 
I
 
had
 
been
 
practically
 
perfect—healthy
 
breakfast
 
and
 
lunch,
 
a
 
leisurely
 
quiet
 
time,
 
a
 
brisk
 
walk—my
 
year
 
was
 
turning
 
out
 
as
 
planned.
 
But
 
around
 
4:00
 
in
 
the
 
afternoon,
 
when
 
we
 
were
 
heading
 
home
 
in
 
the
 
car,
 
my
 
beloved
 
spouse
 
opened
 
a
 
gigantic
 
bag
 
of 
 
M&M’s.
 
And
 
like
 
Eve
 
and
 
her
 
nasty
 
fruit
tasting
 
incident,
 
I
 
succumbed
 
to
 
temptation
 
and
 
ate
 
from
 
that
 
bag
 
of 
 
tempting
 
chocolate.
 
Now
 
my
 
year
 
is
 
ruined.
 
On
 
the
 
first
 
day,
 
I
 
failed
 
to
 
be
 
perfect.
 
How
 
am
 
I
 
going
 
to
 
get
 
to
 
be
 
the
 
“new”
 
me
 
if 
 
I
 
keep
 
living
 
like
 
the
 
“old”
 
me?
 
My
 
best
laid
 
plans
 
stretched
 
out
 
before
 
me—all
 
my
 
potential
 
and
 
promise
 
thrown
 
away—from
 
a
 
handful
 
(or
 
2
 
or
 
3
 
or
 
4)
 
of 
 
M&M’s!
 
How
 
long
 
will
 
it
 
take
 
you
 
to
 
 join
 
me
 
in
 
the
 
pursuit
 
of 
 
powerless
 
living?
 
I
 
admit
 
it
 
 –
 
I
 
am
 
powerless
 
in
 
the
 
face
 
of 
 
my
 
potential
 
for
 
perfection.
 
No
 
amount
 
of 
 
positive
 
thinking,
 
practicing
 
healthy
 
habits,
 
and
 
prayer
 
seems
 
to
 
be
 
enough
 
to
 
keep
 
me
 
from
 
falling
 
prey
 
to
 
living
 
in
 
ways
 
that
 
leave
 
me
 
disappointed
 
in
 
myself.
 
It’s
 
true.
 
I
 
do
 
not
 
have
 
the
 
power
 
to
 
live
 
life
 
to
 
my
 
exacting
 
standards
 
(note
 
the
 
emphasis
 
on
 
MY).
 
Even
 
on
 
the
 
first
 
day
 
of 
 
a
 
fresh
 
new
 
year,
 
my
 
life
 
is
 
not
 
working
 
for
 
me.
 
As
 
a
 
believer,
 
I
 
admit
 
that
 
I
 
do
 
not
 
have
 
the
 
power
 
to
 
live
 
life
 
as
 
God
 
intends.
 
Surely
 
you
 
know
 
these
 
feelings
 
have
 
nothing
 
to
 
do
 
with
 
a
 
few
 
M&M’s.
 
You
 
get
 
that,
 
right?
 
Despite
 
numerous
 
strategies
 
and
 
renewed
 
efforts,
 
most
 
of 
 
us
 
reach
 
a
 
moment
 
in
 
time
 
when
 
we
 
realize
 
that
 
our
 
attempts
 
at
 
perfection,
 
control,
 
and
 
sustainable
 
life
 
satisfaction
 
have
 
failed.
 
The
 
M&M’s
 
are
 
a
 
symptom—not
 
the
 
cause.
 
(Take
 
a
 
moment
 
to
 
reflect:
 
What
 
are
 
some
 
of 
 
your
 
symptoms
 
that
 
show
 
you
 
that
 
you,
 
like
 
me,
 
are
 
not
 
able
 
to
 
be
 
like
 
God—perfect
 
and
 
blameless?
 
Please
 
also
 
realize
 
that
 
there’s
 
nothing
 
inherently
 
evil
 
about
 
a
 
handful
 
of 
 
tasty
 
treats
 
 –
 
that’s
 
perfectionistic
 
thinking).
 
Thought
 
for
 
today:
 
Adam
 
and
 
Eve
 
had
 
a
 
fresh
start
 
experience
 
that
 
failed
 
too.
 
They
 
were
 
created
 
by
 
God
 
himself 
 
(they
 
had
 
no
 
parental
 
units
 
to
 
blame
 
for
 
their
 
major
 
lapse
 
in
 
 judgment).
 
They
 
had
 
only
 
one
 
instruction
 
for
 
what
 
not
 
to
 
do
 
(“do
 
not
 
eat
 
from
 
the
 
tree
 
of 
 
the
 
knowledge
 
of 
 
good
 
and
 
evil”),
 
and
 
yet
 
they
 
failed.
 
They
 
were
 
powerless
 
over
 
their
 
desire
 
to
 
be
 
like
 
God
 
(which
 
is
 
distinctly
 
different
 
from
 
desiring
 
to
 
imitate
 
God
 
by
 
following
 
His
 
voice
 
and
 
stepping
 
as
 
He
 
speaks),
 
and
 
their
 
lives
 
became
 
an
 
unmanageable
 
mess.
 
One
 
of 
 
their
 
kids
 
became
 
a
 
murderer,
 
and
 
another
 
son
 
was
 
a
 
victim
 
at
 
his
 
brother’s
 
hand.
 
God
 
meted
 
out
 
consequences,
 
one
 
of 
 
which
 
resulted
 
in
 
them
 
losing
 
their
 
home.
 
Does
 
this
 
sound
 
familiar?
 
Do
 
you
 
know
 
anyone
 
who
 
is
 
also
 
suffering
 
like
 
this
 
today?
 
Think
 
about
 
it
a
 
man
 
and
 
woman,
 
fresh
 
from
 
the
 
very
 
hands
 
of 
 
Creator
 
God.
 
Two
 
people
 
who
 
strolled
 
with
 
God
 
himself 
 
in
 
the
 
evening
 
and
 
were
 
given
 
the
 
ultimate
 
position
 
of 
 
power
 
on
 
earth.
 
They
 
had
 
a
 
marriage
 
literally
 
made
 
in
 
heaven,
 
and
 
they
 
blew
 
it.
 
They
 
had
 
it
 
all,
 
and
 
it
 
wasn’t
 
enough.
 
Why,
 
then,
 
do
 
we
 
expect
 
a
 
different
 
experience?
 
So
 
for
 
today,
 
let’s
 
acknowledge
 
our
 
powerlessness
 
and
 
our
 
unmanageable
 
lives.
 
Tune
 
in
 
tomorrow
 
to
 
see
 
why
 
this
 
is
 
such
 
great
 
news!
 
Thought
 
for
 
tomorrow:
 
There’s
 
nobody 
 
living
 
right,
 
n
ot
 
even
 
one,
 
nobody
 
who
 
knows
 
the
 
score,
 
nobody
 
alert
 
for
 
God.
 
They’ve
 
all
 
taken
 
the
 
wrong
 
turn;
 
they’ve
 
all
 
wandered
 
down
 
blind
 
alleys.
 
No
 
one’s
 
living
 
right;
 
I
 
can’t
 
find
 
a
 
single
 
one.
 
Their
 
throats
 
are
 
gaping
 
graves,
 
their
 
tongues
 
slick
 
as
 
mud
 
slides.
 
Every
 
word
 
they
 
speak
 
is
 
tinged
 
with
 
poison.
 
They
 
open
 
their
 
mouths
 
and
 
pollute
 
the
 
air.
 
They
 
race
 
for
 
the
 
honor
 
of 
 
sinner
of 
the
year,
 
litter
 
the
 
land
 
with
 
heartbreak
 
and
 
ruin,
 
don’t
 
know
 
the
 
first
 
thing
 
about
 
living
 
with
 
others.
 
They
 
never
 
give
 
God
 
the
 
time
 
of 
 
day.
 
This
 
makes
 
it
 
clear,
 
doesn’t
 
it,
 
that
 
whatever
 
is
 
written
 
in
 
these
 
Scriptures
 
is
 
not
 
what
 
God
 
says
 
about
 
others
 
but
 
to
 
us
 
to
 
whom
 
these
 
Scriptures
 
were
 
addressed
 
in
 
the
 
first
 
place!
 
And
 
it’s
 
clear
 
enough,
 
isn’t
 
it,
 
that
 
we’re
 
sinners,
 
every
 
one
 
of 
 
us,
 
in
 
the
 
same
 
sinking
 
boat
 
with
 
everybody
 
else?
 
Our
 

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