Dawn Lynn Mann
Everlasting Road of Recovery
Updated: Mar 11, 2021
September is National Recovery Month. This is to help bring awareness and understanding to substance use disorders and celebrate people who do recover. Let's work together and share the stories that brings back life and inspires others living in recovery and support those with substance use disorders to seek recovery.
Yesterday, August 31th, I received my 4 year coin from Celebrate Recovery. This is a ministry centered on Christ through a 12 step recovery program, which I am grateful to serve as a Celebrate Recovery leader and help others as was done for me.
Today I am celebrating 4 years of living a sober life that revealed more deeper healing from my past. It has been a journey that has brought many twists and turns and deep hurts, but through it all I look to Jesus who leads me on the right path. God calls us to be sober minded with His higher calling and to be ready. Even amidst the uncertainties and turmoils of life, we can derive comfort from knowing who God is. He is the God of the past, who knows all of the troubles and pain we have experienced. He is the God of the future, who knows what lies ahead of us, and He can be trusted to guide us along the right path. He is the Creator, who has power over all His creation and sovereignty over all history. We can surely trust a God this powerful to see us through to complete recovery. The Life Recovery Bible. A real living hope in Jesus. My trust in God at all times pouring my heart out to Him.
Just over 4 years ago I had thoughts about possibly ending my life, but God brought me a gift from a beautiful soul, to show me I was not alone and poured out God’s love to me.
Since then my life has completely changed, setting my heart in eternity and living for serving the cause of Christ. I thank God for every person He brought on my path, "with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love," Ephesians 4:2 and for His greater purpose that brings a meaningful mission to life.
I want you to know you are not alone. Please reach out to someone who is safe and trustworthy, if you are in need and struggling, hope and help is available. God is fighting for you. Join voices and offer encouragement to the family of recover. Even if it is for the one, that person matters to God and all of heaven rejoices from Jesus’ rescue operation to seek and save. A life of recovery is worth it and Jesus transforms lives.
For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.
Philippians 1:6 NASB