017: What to Do When You Hit the Wall


This week on the podcast, Frank shares a purity tip on what to do when you reach that point in the week where your tank is empty and you need to be re-filled. We all get there! A crazy week at work, the beautiful demands of family, and of course the circumstances that arise throughout the week that we didn’t predict. Life happens and we get tired. That’s the reality. But we don’t have to stay there and there are some really important things we can do for our soul to get refreshed. Praying this tip encourages you this week! Blessings!

If you and your spouse are struggling and would like help on your journey, please feel free to contact us! Or, if you’re a wife and need some extra help from another wife who’s walked through what you have, head on over to the “Support for Wives” section and shoot Tracey a a message by filling out the contact form. All communication is strictly confidential.

Living In The Light


Recently, I was reminded of the power of this specific verse in 1 John. There’s a massive “If…Then” statement here that is especially significant for those walking in recovery too. God’s promises are powerful and this is one of those mighty promises! For this particular word, I think it’s helpful to look at it in reverse:

The blood of Jesus, [God’s son], continually cleanses us from all sin. And we will share UNBROKEN fellowship with one another. How does this happen? By reading this passage in reverse, we can see that the “then” really hinges on the “if”: If we keep living in the pure light that surrounds him.

Honesty precedes freedom. Openness occurs before healing. Transparency happens before restoration. Why must it be this way? Because God cannot give us true freedom, healing, and restoration in our lives until we’re ready to live in such a way where everything is exposed to the light. Where nothing is hidden. Where no secrets exist. I love how the Passion translation uses the word “unbroken” before the word fellowship. If we commit to a lifestyle of complete honesty, people can see through us and our relationship with God and others will be authentic…unbroken.

We cannot expect from God and yet be unwilling to give. To surrender. To give up. To open up. To be real. To walk in truth. Which is walking in His light.

Brian Simmons says in The Passion Translation: “Freedom from sin (which is mentioned seventeen times in 1 John) is equated to walking in the pure light of God — not simply a fleshly struggle but a desire to walk in fellowship with God in his light.” May our commitment this week be that God’s pure light shines on EVERYTHING within our lives, producing within us a desire to know and be known by our brothers and sisters in Christ.

It really is the only way to live.

Trapped in Addiction, His Lowest Point Changed Everything


In this episode of I Struggle. I Rise., we hear from Seth Dahl about his experience with drug addiction and how it brought him to the end of himself. Growing up in Iowa, attending a Christian school and being involved in church from a young age, Seth knew that his involvement with drugs was only bringing him harm, but he couldn’t give it up.

Reflecting on the disappointment and pain he experienced in childhood, Seth can now clearly see his efforts to numb the pain he had never been able to talk about. He recognizes that, if we don’t have healthy ways to process and move past the pain that is building up, we turn to alternative methods to just make it stop, saying:

“Addiction comes down to…trying to have a connection and relationship with a substance rather than people or God.” Yet it’s when we are isolated from people that we are precariously vulnerable, Seth shares, admitting that “Staying alone is the most dangerous place a person can be.”

Eventually progressing to heavy narcotics, both abusing and selling them, Seth ended up having an emotional breakdown after consumption of a hallucinogen. He remembers lying on his bed, saying to himself, “I wish I would’ve listened to my parents. I wish I would’ve listened to my pastors. I wish I would’ve listened to my teachers. I wish I could start my life over.”

What came out of his mouth next surprised him: “Out of nowhere, I said, ‘I wish I could just be born again.’” As soon as he said that, he heard a voice as clear as if any person was speaking to him.

What did the voice say that caused Seth to weep, and allowed his life to begin afresh, with the heavy weight lifted off of his soul? Watch the video above to hear the rest of Seth’s story—a story of hope found within a moment of deep desperation, hope that still sustains Seth to this day.

Source: LightWorkers

How Jesus Handled Sexual Sin (John 8)

In John 8, Jesus encountered a woman who was caught in adultery. Some religious guys wanted him to stone her – using the situation to try to trap Jesus – but his response is brilliant and instructive for Christians today.

Video Highlights:

  • First, Jesus paused. He didn’t jump to conclusions and get judgmental. That’s a good example for us today when we are confronted with someone’s sexual sin.
  • Second, Jesus addressed the accusers first. Jesus knew that they had their own sin to deal with, and he wanted them to be aware of it. Maybe he was writing the names of their mistresses in the sand.
  • Third, Jesus didn’t condemn her outright. He didn’t start throwing stones – or scripture arrows – at her. He had a tender heart toward her.
  • Fourth, Jesus got personal with her. He didn’t try to address this touchy issue in public. He waited until the crowd was gone, and then he talked about it.
  • Fifth, Jesus didn’t condone her sin. Jesus wasn’t afraid to call out her sin and challenge her to start living to honor God.

All kinds of sin abound today, but sexual sin is everywhere. If you’re trying to help someone get on the right path, do what Jesus did.

Source: PursueGOD