Tag Archives: God

Overcome Porn with Joy; Gratitude Is an Empowering Emotion

As I read through all the Psalms and Proverbs of the day that I scheduled, gratitude empowered me to resist pornography.

An interesting note, when I had a strong urge to view pornography, I would read out of the Psalms or Proverbs or one of the Gospels to resist it.  The cravings left me.

To this day, I know that the scriptures enveloped me with a shield reflecting total submission to porn. I had hope.   God corrected me for my misdeeds; however, he guided me to freedom. I shouted for joy!

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Psalm 98: 1 – 9

Marvelous new song

His Right Arm brings salvation

To God, shout for joy

The harp and new music sings

Trumpet and ram’s horn blast joy

Thanks,

Dale Criswell

Reference

Beattie, M. (2015). Gratitude. The Coastal Center. Norwell; MA. Retrieved from http://thecoastalcenter.com/gratitude/.

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“Do you know the time when the wild mountain goats bear young?”–Job 39

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Birthing New Life

They bow down for birth

Delivering forth their young

Little ones; healthy

They grow strong with grain grazing

They depart; do not return (Job 39, NKJV)

Climb to the Top.

Thanks,

Dale Criswell

“Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth?”

Job 38 New King James Version (NKJV)

The Lord Reveals His Omnipotence to Job

38 Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said:

“Who is this who darkens counsel By words without knowledge? Now prepare yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer Me.

“Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding. Who determined its measurements? Surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it? To what were its foundations fastened? Or who laid its cornerstone, When the morning stars sang together, And all the sons of God shouted for joy?

“Or who shut in the sea with doors, When it burst forth and issued from the womb; When I made the clouds its garment, And thick darkness its swaddling band; 10 When I fixed My limit for it, And set bars and doors; 11 When I said, ‘This far you may come, but no farther, And here your proud waves must stop!’

12 “Have you commanded the morning since your days began,And caused the dawn to know its place, 13 That it might take hold of the ends of the earth, And the wicked be shaken out of it? 14 It takes on form like clay under a seal, And stands out like a garment. 15 From the wicked their light is withheld, And the upraised arm is broken.

16 “Have you entered the springs of the sea? Or have you walked in search of the depths? 17 Have the gates of death been revealed to you? Or have you seen the doors of the shadow of death? 18 Have you comprehended the breadth of the earth? Tell Me, if you know all this.

19 “Where is the way to the dwelling of light? And darkness, where is its place, 20 That you may take it to its territory, That you may know the paths to its home? 21 Do you know it, because you were born then, Or because the number of your days is great?”

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I Repent.

In the morning, I read these verses, I prayed, “My Lord and God, Have Mercy on My Soul.”

The Terrible God Humbles Me!

Dale Criswell

Addiction Recovery; The Biggest Problem with Arriving at the Pinnacle

As You Read the Following Poem, you will witness an unseen beauty.

The beauty is right inside you?

Suppose you could find the one secret that gives you hope, what would you do for it?

Ponder each verse of the poem to feel the meaning for your life.

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Where Does One End?

Can any Bargain

Follow the heavens beyond

Enlightenment; Is

Difficult or easy, Why?

Ants never reach  pinnacles

There are very few people who reach self-awareness.

Critical thinking comes from asking questions, and understanding comes from self-awareness.   Having awareness opens understanding to your purpose.

320px-Michael_Spiller_-_twisty_forest_paths_(by-sa)Where do you want to go?

What do you what to do?

Who do you want to become?

Whose love do you want?

Joyfully explore the feelings that you are feeling.  God guides you through your conscience.

Very few people reach the zenith of self-awareness.

Thank God that you are not an ant.

You can Look beyond the earth into God’s heart for enlightenment.

Meditation

Psalm 145

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Thanks,

Dale Criswell

What Are the Three Key Principles of Life?

How to make a good finish…

Here’s what you’ll discover; The Cycle of Life.

Just take a brief look at the following words.

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The Cycle of Life 

 Beginning, Middle, and the End

Just a little child

Do not know how to carry

Duties to the end

Give discerning heart to live

So I am yours in the end

What are the three principles?

Learn the story of King Solomon and live.

Meditation 

I Kings 3:4 – 15

Thanks,

Dale Criswell

 

Break Pornography’s Hold; Weep before God….

So now you have to choose between an emotional hell or miraculous freedoms.

Drift yourself back through time to when you were free from pornography.

How was your life?

What was your focus?

Did you have dreams of something more?  

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“You are my refuge.”

Weep unto the Lord

Porn has snared a person’s soul

Break down before God

Lift up the voice to mercy

Crying, “You are my refuge.”

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O God, My Strength and Hope

Do Not Be Fooled; Pornography Persecutes the Soul.

Meditation

Psalm 142

Thanks

Dale Criswell

 

 

 

 

How to Have Strength in Addiction Recovery

Broken wing; flight stops

Weary, builds her strength; there’s hope

Fly; fall; try again

Young eagle grows tired; still hopes

Everlasting God gives strength

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Soaring High; Broken Wing

 

Meditation 

Isaiah 40:28 – 31

Instruction for a four minute Meditation:

  1. Read poem out loud.
  2. Emphasize words that have meaning to you.
  3. Breathe deeply, exhale during reading, and meditate.
  4. Silently read poem to the rhythm of your breathing
  5. Having eyes closed, remain silent.
  6. Probing your heart, ask, “What does the poem mean to me?”
  7. Throughout the day, you may continue to ponder the meaning.
  8. Thank God for His compassion, wisdom, and comfort.

Thanks,

Dale