Step 6: Change of Heart – Aram’s Story about Drug Addiction Recovery

"I couldn't remember truly asking God to remove my character defects.  I just thought to myself, if he were standing in front of me now, what would I want him to say.  I'd want him to just take it and say, 'Thanks, I've got this.' Instead, at that moment, I heard a question: 'Will you let me take this?' I realized that I had done all this work to be relieved of this misery, and that question completely changed the trajectory of my recovery and my life." So Aram experienced a change of hea...
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My First Answered Prayer

It was 1959.  An eleven-year-old living in Northern California, I was the second oldest of six children in a religious family.  Although I was an obedient girl and said my prayers every night, all my needs seem to have been met by my parents, and as a result, I had not yet had any direct experience with answers to prayer.  Here is the story of the first recorded instance, told in the relevant excerpts from my diary at the time: March 10, 1959 We had a lesson in church about being mod...
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Lost and Found

The gears shrieked and the engine groaned as the U-Haul I was driving labored slowly up Parley’s Canyon, while other vehicles whizzed indignantly past.  Finally Liz, my 16-year-old daughter following me in the family car, couldn’t take the sluggish pace any longer.  Despite instructions to stay behind the truck, she pulled out into the left lane, stomped on the accelerator, and soon disappeared from sight. Three reluctant children and I were moving from California to South Dakota to begin...
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Finding God and the Messiah

In this inspiring 9 minute video a Jewish man tells how he sought God, and in finding Him he also found that Jesus was the Messiah the Jews have long sought.  His quest started when he embarked on an odyssey that took him from Buffalo to southern Oregon to Mexico to San Francisco, and back to Oregon.  Searching all along the way, he truly fulfilled the words of the song, "If with all your heart ye truly seek me, Ye shall ever surely find me."  And he found two life-long and dearest friends a...
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Capturing Opportunities

Anonymous I have found there are always opportunities in life, there for the taking.  The only difference is that in some time periods there are more opportunities than in others.  The question is, when opportunities come along, will I be able to recognize them, and take advantage of them?  Usually not, but I can change that. This is my fish story about the one that got away.  One fine afternoon I went to a rock show, looking for geodes my girls could crack open- black volcanic hollow ...
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Benefits of Couple Prayer

Prayer can be defined as a two-way personal communication between an individual or couple and God. It is a vibrant, vital link with a Supreme Being that gives meaning to a person's life. Prayer allows individuals, couples, and families to come closer to God through healing. Prayer can be meditative (silent), colloquial (asking for abstract things like guidance or forgiveness), petitionary (asking for materialistic things), or ritual (memorized or read from a book). While it can be all of the...
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