Have you ever caught yourself stuck in a ‘vain repetition’ as far as prayer is concerned? Have you ever caught yourself praying for the same thing over and over again? I know that we have been cautioned about sending prayers up repetitiously. What do we do when that is how our heart truly feels? What do we do when those are our heart sincere desires? I don’t think I’ve prayed for anything more than for Heaven’s help to help me endure the day, overcome the demons in those impossible moments…..the number one thing I hear myself saying? “Heavenly Father, PLEASE help me to do this…..” regardless of what the “this” may be.
Have you seen one of the newest videos put out by the church to help educate children on the dangers of pornography? We have reviewed in our home. It gives a three step process on what to do when they are confronted with it. The first step is to call it what it is. The second step is to turn it off and to turn away. Or in other words……to stop it. The third step? They teach kids to talk to a trusted adult.
When I first saw this video, I thought it was very smart of the church to present it with kids talking and very helpful for me of knowing how to approach the subject with my kids. As far as I can remember, we only reviewed it one time for FHE a while ago. However, it has come to my mind many times in the last few weeks as I’ve identified my relapse. I feel ‘nudged’ from Heavenly Father to use these same steps in MY process. (Perhaps it's not necessary for you, but THANK YOU for letting my share my perspective! ! ! )
First of all, I need to call it what it is. Relapse. That is what it is. If I shirk around with an ill-defined concept of my current location, I will not be able to gauge where to go from here. In my reading of eating disorder literature during this last week, I remember an article that gave the suggestion that not defining your current state can leave one in denial; the same general premise that our secrets keep us sick. Then moving on to step two is to turn away. From any other addiction I can think of, this is true. Of eating disorders, it is the abstaining that is the problem. Step three? Talk with a trusted adult. Therapist, trusted friend, support group, sponsor, accountability partners……whoever it may be. This I find insightful as I am still evaluating the suggestion that the opposite of addiction is not sobriety, but rather connection.
I only hope that perhaps these three steps in this perspective may be of benefit to someone else out there.