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Celebrate Liberty
By 3R's
7/3/2011 11:07:53 PM
For me at least, a major part of my recovery and happiness in knowing the healing power of Christ is that I have the ability to smile and celebrate all that is good in life.
My wife and I went to the Stadium of Fire last night. We watched a thousand girls dancing in sync, para sailers falling out of the sky, David Archeletta and his fantastic smile, Brad Paisly and his amazing talent. I came looking for the good, I saw the good and thanked my Heavenly Father for it.
Sometimes I get a feeling from people that I meet in the recovery meetings that if you are not in the depths of depression, if your not in constant agony, if your not walking on rice paper out of fear of thinking a bad thought or acting out, then your not in recovery.
Yes, I do feel that having a broken heart and a contrite spirit is absolutely essential. But I also need to be around positive upbeat people. I need to enjoy the fellowship of the Saints that keeps me coming back for more.
Part of my recovery is embracing everything that is virtuous, lovely, of good report and praiseworthy.
That's why I never count my days of sobriety. If this is a tool in recovery, use it. It never was of much help to me. Counting the day's is kind of like looking back.... I want to look forward.
I never drop my guard but rather silently dismember a lustful thought when it presents itself such as this evening when I was talking to a sister who shared the talent of guitar playing with me. She was my age and she and her husband have served a mission. She is currently a Temple worker. She is beautiful on the inside and out. When an unsolicited unworthy thought comes creeping in I dismember it and throw it away. I then look for the good in that person who doesn't even know that she triggered a lustful thought in my mind.
Read the scriptures of what happened when The Christ found himself in the company of both sinful and righteous women. Brethren, I want the Mind of Christ in me. (Alma 5:14) I want His image in my countenance. I want to celebrate my Life in Christ, the Liberty that only He could give me and the pursuit of happiness that only he can give.
Have a wonderful 4th of July and celebrate your freedoms.

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Just turn that frown upside down    
"One man's fantastic night is another man's recurring nightmare. I've had "dismember" and Brad Paisley in the same thought, myself. I'm just funnin'

I will be over here in the frown section if anyone needs me."
posted at 04:19:10 on July 4, 2011 by Anonymous
Good one-    
"I like your sense of humor. Mine can get a little morbid and dry at times. I appreciate a cheerie temperament. It would have been neat to hang out with Brother Joseph when he was choping wood or stick wrestling."
posted at 22:51:39 on July 4, 2011 by 3R's


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