November 23, 2020, By: Jimmy Scruggs

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3: 5-6
It’s that time of year again; Thursday marks the holiday season with Thanksgiving and then the busy rush to Christmas and New Year’s. How can we to stay grounded in the business of the season? First and foremost, give thanks to God our father and to Jesus our Lord and Savior. Putting Jesus first gives us the right perspective on what Thanksgiving and Christmas really mean in our lives. I don’t know why, but I have heard the same bible verse from Proverbs from three different sources the last three days and when something like that happens to me, I have learned to pay attention to it.
If I’m not relying on God for what I need, then I am relying on me or you or my job or my bank account for my needs. When I rely too much on such things I can get caught up in “idolatry mode” in many areas of my life. If I’m not relying on God to lead my life then I’m playing God or I am letting another play that role and that simply is not okay. My trust needs to be in Jesus first, he will give me trustworthy friends, a family to love, and the means to live life to its fullest.
CR gets busy as the holidays approach and stays that way through April. That’s both fortunate and unfortunate. Fortunate that we are here to help those in need and unfortunate that this time of year brings added stress and dysfunction and people can spin out of control. For some it’s a time of joy and for some a time of despair and loneliness. If you know people that are struggling please help them. Bring them to CR, share a Thanksgiving meal with them. Keep the lights on during the holidays and remember, it wasn’t that long ago that we were struggling and needed help. Struggles come and go in life, but it is comforting to know the God is bigger than our struggles and together we can overcome. Thank you Jesus!
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4 6-7
Love God, love people! 

Dana Cramer
Celebrate Recovery // Crossroads Church