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9 Things I’ve Gained In Sobriety

By Beth Leipholtz 05/15/15

“You’ll be amazed how full your life can be.” I didn't believe it at first, but now that I'm sober my life is so much fuller than I ever anticipated.

When I first ventured into sobriety two years ago, a family friend, who is also sober, said to me: “You’ll be amazed how full your life can be.” At the time, I didn’t believe that. My life was full when I was drinking—at least I thought it was.

It took some time, but eventually I realized that what I thought was a full life was really just a lot of shallowness and superficiality that I mistook as meaningful. Two years later, and I’ve realized what that family friend meant. My life is so much fuller than I ever anticipated, and I owe it all to sobriety.

Read more: http://www.thefix.com/content/9-things-i%E2%80%99ve-gained-sobriety


God gives us the power to change. Everyone has problems. The real problem is what we do with our problems. God wants us to stop trying and start trusting him with our problems. God uses a 5 step process to change us: From a secular perspective, with respect to Hurts, Habits and Hangups (HHH), all compulsive behaviors (addictions) serve an emotional purpose.  All HHH are nothing more than symptoms of something else that is wrong in our lives. Think about it, when circumstances in our lives that we consider very important to us,  are compromised, we end up feeling helpless, trapped, powerless and out of control. Sometimes we are not even conscious of, "Why," we do what we do. All too often we attempt to regain control, escape the trap with displaced behaviors such as drinking, drugs, porn, anger or any habit or hangup. We as humans are always looking for control. We are always best choosing direct healthy behavioral responses, Christ Driven Behaviors,  to regain control. When we give Christ control, Christ returns that control to use through a Helper, the Holy Spirit. It is through surrender that we regain self-control, and then our actions exhibit the fruits of the Holy Spirit. Our beliefs do control our behavior. The fruits of the spirit begin in your thought life. The way you think determines the way you feel and the way you feel determines the way you act.
These concepts of emotions, feelings, control, thinking, values, motivation and purpose, are at the core of addiction science. They are also at the core of Christ's teaching with respect to our behavior. Together, they constitute the, "Synergy of Science and Scripture."

Consider this scripture as it relates to addiction science outlined above: Click on the scripture and know that God has a way to setting you free if you are willing to choose direct healthy behavior. If you are willing to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, you can change your thinking, you can choose to, "Intelligently Delegate," control to Christ and change your life-Forever.
Proverbs 29:11
2. Romans 12:2
3. 2 Corinthians 12: 9-10
4. John 14:16
5. Galatians 5: 22-23 

"I am a Surrendered Believer in Jesus Christ with Free Will and I CHOSE Surrender (Intelligent Delegation) in my victory over, “Recreational Chemical Abuse, my weekend, "False Idols."
"I chose DIRECT health assertive Christ Driven Behavior (CDB) instead of DISPLACED behavior in order to regain control over feeling helpless, powerless, trapped and lacking control. I changed my, "Thinking," and God changed my life."
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There is no reason why anyone with any hurt, habit, or hang up cannot be helped. The Person-God partnership simply needs to be more powerful than any hurt, habit or hangup.

Behind everything you do is a THOUGHT.

Every BEHAVIOR is motivated by a BELIEF.

Every ACTION is prompted by an ATTITUDE.


With respect to behavior, life is about, emotions, beliefs, thinking and control.

"A fool vents all his feelings, But a wise man holds them back."Proverbs 29:11 (Displaced Behaviors)

"Do not be conformed by this world but instead by the renewing of your mind." Romans 12:2 (Direct Behavior)

When you think and empower yourself and surrender control to God, when you Intelligently Delegate Control to God (2 Corinthians 12:9-10),

God returns that control to you with a, “Helper," the Holy Spirit, (John 14:16) a form of Reciprocal Innervation.

You regain control: "the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.

No longer are you subject to corrupted displaced thinking but instead are transformed by the renewing of your mind (Romans 12:2).

This is where science and scripture intertwine, where Christ Driven Behavior brings, values, control, cause, character and purpose driven behavior, the fruits of the spirit Galatians 5:22-23 .

“If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17.


Proverbs 29:11 "A fool vents all his feelings, But a wise man holds them back."

Romans 12:2: Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.

2 Corinthians 12-9:“My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”

John 14:16: "He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—"

Philippians 2:13: "for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure."

Galatians 5:22-23 "the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

Ephesians 4:22-23 "...put away the old person you used to be. Have nothing to do with your old sinful life. It was sinful because of being fooled into following bad desires. Let your minds and hearts be made new."

Life is about finding Purpose. When you have a, "Global Purpose," in life, healthy direct assertive thinking and behavior follow.

Change your thinking, change your life!

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