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Life can be very difficult, especially for someone who is using. That addicted people need God’s help is obvious, or at least it should be. Nearly everybody who has been in recovery for any length of time acknowledges this. Living life on life’s terms can be tough for anybody, but especially for those trapped by their addictions. For these people, adversity can become overwhelming and debilitating. Their coping skills simply do not allow them to deal with problems the way they should. Consequently, when they make the choice to act out, rather than handle their problems appropriately, family dysfunction and work related difficulties inevitably follow.

Unable to cope with life in healthy ways, millions medicate their problems with alcohol, drugs, excessive prescriptions, inappropriate sexual relationships, over-eating, over-spending, and numerous other addictive vices. As they see it, it’s their only solution—their only way out of an intolerable situation.

Drinking and drugging provide these people with an unhealthy way to cope—a one-day reprieve from facing their troubles. It’s a quick fix that works for the moment, but in the long run, it creates far more problems than it solves. Those who pursue this path cease to live lives that have much meaning. They simply exist from day to day, and the destructiveness of their actions creates dysfunction for everyone who loves them, while also making healthy people codependent by the millions.

Jack Watts

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PREFACE TO MY NEWEST PROJECT: Nearly everything I’ve learned about life has come while I’ve been in the crucible, when my circumstances have been crushing, making me feel like I’m in the emotional pit of hell. This is also where I learned to be authentic with my prayers.

Although there are those who have the ability to learn in a kinder, gentler way, I’m definitely not one of them. Similar to me, most in recovery have trouble learning their lessons easily. They seem to gain wisdom and maturity when adversity stops them dead in their tracks, and they have no choice but to trust God.

During my times of hardship, I’ve also discovered that I’m far more likely to seek God, rather than when my life was progressing smoothly. Again, this seems to be the pattern for nearly everybody who has a problem with substance abuse.

I may be mistaken, but I suspect there are more alcoholics and drug addicts whose experiences are like mine than not. We learn to trust while deep in the valley of despair, when apprehensiveness about the future becomes overwhelming, rather than while living on the mountaintop—where victory, joy, and fulfillment fill each day with endless wonder.

God’s desire is for us to be completely honest with Him, exposing our wounds, hiding nothing, but this isn’t what most of us do. Instead, our prayers are an affirmation of reality. We pray in denial, telling God what we think He wants to hear—like a censorious parent—rather than the naked truth about who we really are.

Altering reality to make our circumstances in life more palatable, and it certainly doesn’t work with God either. Instead of being syrupy and disingenuous, He wants each of us to come before Him exactly as we are—devoid of hypocrisy and self-deception. God is interested in us being forthright and transparent—not in us being piously pretentious. Just as we do, Almighty God loathes hypocrisy.

He understands adversity, having experienced it through the suffering of His Son. This makes Him fully capable of meeting a person exactly where that person is, regardless of the situation or the of degree difficulty.
Let Go and Let God is for wounded, hurting people. It’s for people who have been crushed—for people who have had the wind knocked out of their sails. It’s for people who are in pain—for those who desire to reach out to God but lack the necessary words to express their deepest feelings and desires.
Actually, it is for everyone, but it is especially for those in recovery. So, if you are looking for something genuine—something that will point you to God in the midst of circumstances that threaten to crush you—Let Go and Let God is definitely for you.

Jack Watts

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My Life Still Has Purpose

 

In the End, God’s Truth Will Prevail—Jack Watts

 

Father,

Having been used, abused, and discarded,

By those who insisted they spoke in Your name,

But most assuredly did not,

My self-worth has suffered significantly.

Having internalized their shaming charge,

Which they have levied against me,

I have acted in ways contrary to my beliefs,

Which You have set forth in Your Word—

Convictions that reside deep in the core of my being.

Having tried to run from You for so long,

I now see how flawed my judgment has been.

Returning to You has required me to renew my mind

By looking at life from an entirely different perspective.

Thank You for enlightening me with wisdom,

For revealing that You have good things

Planned for me and not for the calamity I dread.

At times, I still have trouble believing You—

Trusting that the purpose You have planted

Within me is real and will come to fruition.

The stinging indictment of my abusers

Has found fertile ground in my soul,

And continues to resonate, telling me that

I am a person without value—without worth.

When I begin to internalize this message,

Flood me with Your love, Your truth, and Your Word.

Let my heart believe You when You say,

You are my child—loved and valued.

And I most assuredly have a purpose for your life.

Whenever you have doubts, come to Me,

And I will remind you of your value,

Amen.

 

The seers will be ashamed and the diviners will be embarrassed. Indeed, they will all cover their mouths because there is no answer from God. On the other hand I am filled with power—with the Spirit of the Lord—and with justice and courage to make known to Jacob his rebellious act, even to Israel his sin. (Micah 3:7-8)

Jack Watts

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My Life Still Has Purpose

 

In the End, God’s Truth Will Prevail—Jack Watts

 

Father,

Having been used, abused, and discarded,

By those who insisted they spoke in Your name,

But most assuredly did not,

My self-worth has suffered significantly.

Having internalized their shaming charge,

Which they have levied against me,

I have acted in ways contrary to my beliefs,

Which You have set forth in Your Word—

Convictions that reside deep in the core of my being.

Having tried to run from You for so long,

I now see how flawed my judgment has been.

Returning to You has required me to renew my mind

By looking at life from an entirely different perspective.

Thank You for enlightening me with wisdom,

For revealing that You have good things

Planned for me and not for the calamity I dread.

At times, I still have trouble believing You—

Trusting that the purpose You have planted

Within me is real and will come to fruition.

The stinging indictment of my abusers

Has found fertile ground in my soul,

And continues to resonate, telling me that

I am a person without value—without worth.

When I begin to internalize this message,

Flood me with Your love, Your truth, and Your Word.

Let my heart believe You when You say,

You are my child—loved and valued.

And I most assuredly have a purpose for your life.

Whenever you have doubts, come to Me,

And I will remind you of your value,

Amen.

 

The seers will be ashamed and the diviners will be embarrassed. Indeed, they will all cover their mouths because there is no answer from God. On the other hand I am filled with power—with the Spirit of the Lord—and with justice and courage to make known to Jacob his rebellious act, even to Israel his sin. (Micah 3:7-8)

Jack Watts

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