Month: May 2017

A Word By EmJay

Sometimes God use people to hurt us into His waiting arms. I realized that a couple years back. The worse hurt of my life turned into the best hurt. See we can’t get mad at Him. He has unorthodox ways, but when we talk to Him, ask Him to teach us His mind and heart. Then we won’t maliciously blame Him for troubles. 
James 1:2-8

Consider it nothing but joy, my <span class="footnote" data-fn="#fen-AMP-30269a" data-link="[a]” style=”font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: top;”>[a]brothers and sisters, whenever you fall into various trials. Be assured that the testing of your faith [through experience] produces endurance [leading to spiritual maturity, and inner peace]. And let endurance have its perfect result and do a thorough work, so that you may be perfect and completely developed [in your faith], lacking in nothing.

If any of you lacks wisdom [to guide him through a decision or circumstance], he is to ask of [our benevolent] God, who gives to everyone generously and without rebuke or blame, and it will be given to him. But he must ask [for wisdom] in faith, without doubting [God’s willingness to help], for the one who doubts is like a billowing surge of the sea that is blown about and tossed by the wind. For such a person ought not to think or expect that he will receive anything [at all] from the Lord, being a double-minded man, unstable and restless in all his ways [in everything he thinks, feels, or decides].

Bro. Marquis Johnson 

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Can a substance abuser be the scapegoat for a family’s dysfunction?

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One of the frustrating things about working with substance abuse is a scenario that appears to repeat itself.  There might be different people filling the necessary roles, but certain themes present themselves over and over again. For example, there’s usually someone filling a “hero” role, someone filling a “good cop” role and, the one I see within substance abuse treatment, someone filling a “scapegoat” role.

Often, families come to need the substance abuser to continue using.  While it may sound strange, it’s a pattern that I do see and I think it’s rooted in the fact that, while the substance abuser is actively abusing substances, the individuals within the family can focus their attention on the substance abuser and not on themselves.  The substance abuser can become the scapegoat, of sorts, for those families whose relationships are toxic.  That is, the substance abuser is seen as the problem within the…

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