“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10
For many of us, we gave up on our dreams; sometimes because of our actions or inaction’s, sometimes because of circumstances beyond our control. Dreams fade fast when we are caught up in addiction’s obsession, co-dependency, anger, and control. Dreams fade as the daily struggle of getting by takes over. That’s what happened to me and I know some of you reading this can relate as well. Many have hit a bottom; our worst fears realized: lost lives, lost relationships, far from God, hopeless. What is remarkable as we come to this place of despair is that it’s also a place of surrender, and saying ‘yes’ to Jesus takes on a whole new meaning. What’s even more remarkable is that Jesus doesn’t mock us or judge us or inflict punishment on us—He just loves us and wants to be in a relationship with us! Not everyone needs to hit rock bottom before saying ‘yes’ to Jesus; you can get off that downward elevator before it hits the basement floor; you have a choice—push the button and step out in faith.
Somewhere along our recovery journey (which I define as my daily walk with Christ), we come to a realization that all this recovery process stuff ultimately has a primary purpose: to love and serve. The little dreams that start to emerge when we first come to Celebrate Recovery become bigger dreams as we grow in Christ. There have been several times since coming to my church that I have said ‘yes’ to big dreams, and I can tell you with each ‘yes’ there has been victory and turmoil combined. God doesn’t call you to do the easy stuff. I have been fearful, doubtful, confused, elated, and humbled when experiencing life by saying ‘yes.’ You already know what happens when we say ‘no,’ so why don’t you give ‘yes’ a try? You will be blessed if you do. How do you know when you are living God’s dream for you? I know when I look around and see what He has done through me, and I am fully aware that it is God’s handiwork because I can’t do what’s being done. I don’t have the capacity to accomplish these things, but with God the impossible becomes possible.
“Now to him (God) who is able to do immeasurably more that all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.” Ephesians 3:20
God loves you; Jesus died for you; His spirit lives in you! Say Yes to Jesus!
Dana Cramer // Celebrate Recovery at Crossroads
Celebrate Recovery at Crossroads Church Calendar
February 4-10, 2019
Friday, February 8: Testimony Night
- 6pm: Our Hospitality Team is preparing a wonderful dinner for you. Please join us for food and fellowship.
- 6:30pm: Please join us for an hour of worship and a recovery testimony.
- 7:30pm: Open Share Groups.
- 8:30pm: Solid Rock Café