Courage to Change

Change is about having the courage to be who you really are.

It takes great faith to have courage. Faith is trust that God will do for me what I cannot do alone. I must make myself available to Him in order for change to take place. I cannot hide my feelings from God. He knows all things.

For years, I thought I could hide my feelings away and eventually everything would work out for the best. After many long years of depression, I finally came to realize only God could transform my heart and my mind towards the alcoholic and addicted people in my life who had hurt me. Alcoholism is an ugly disease and it separates families from each other and from God. Only God can restore the sanity left behind.

  • Alcoholism stole my dad from me. The once strong, hardworking man became weaker as the addiction strangled him.
  • Alcoholism stole my husband from me for the first five years of our marriage.
  • Alcoholism stole my confidence and self-esteem.
  • Alcoholism stole my serenity as an adult.

Through God’s grace, I regained my dad for the last three weeks of his life. God showed me how to have a forgiving heart. Through God’s grace, my husband stopped drinking and entered into a recovery program along with me. I am proud to say he is 17 months sober and we are living a serene life together. Through God’s grace, my confidence is in the Lord. He builds me up through His Word and my self-esteem is greater as a result of it. Through God’s grace, He offers me serenity.

I am a Christian, a new person, my past is gone, and God has new things on the horizon for me.

Think About It:

  • What has alcoholism or another type of addiction stolen from you?
  • What can God help you regain?
  • How can Jesus Christ help restore the chaos of life?
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Journal About it:

Follow along in the My Journey Journal (subscriber password required) and write about how the questions and scriptures today resonated with you. As you write, thank Him for His ability to transform and redeem.

Pray About it:

As you think and write, say this prayer with me.

Father God,

Thank you for restoring my sanity. Thank you for giving me a new life. I praise you, Jesus for dying on the cross and washing away my sins with your blood. I ask that you continue to carry my broken heart along my journey to healing.

In Jesus’ Precious Name,

Amen

Talk About it:

This is my story, what’s yours? I would love to hear from you! I enjoy connecting and keeping in touch. Do you feel as though you don’t have anyone you can share with confidentially? Your anonymity is protected. Do you feel you are the only one struggling with the aftereffects of growing up with an alcoholic parent? Sweet sister, YOU are not alone! It’s time to break free from the shackles of your controlling habits, trust issues, co-dependency, guilt, self-blame, hurts, regrets, and heartaches!

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About the author : Kimberly Dewberry

Kimberly Dewberry

Kimberly Dewberry struggled for 25 years to cope with an addicted parent. She knows first-hand how the serenity and peace of God’s redemption are keys to personal wholeness. Kimberly offers solid biblical truths to help transform women in the grace of a loving Heavenly Father. In her weekly devotions, Kimberly shares her story and provides valuable biblical principles for overcoming the effects of growing up with an addicted parent.

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