Over the past several months my blogs have been about getting help and gaining control of porn addiction. I felt that it was time to address the men who are working hard at beating this addiction, give a word of encouragement. I was going to use something my pastor had said about his time in the hospital recently but the Lord with his sense of humor said Steve-Oh I’m gonna let you live it first hand. Last week I was in the hospital diagnosed with A-fib which simply means an irregular heartbeat. I was in the ER part of the day then ended up in ICU for the night and half the next day. I was told somethings that I didn’t want to hear. I have to make some changes in my lifestyle. I have to take medication to keep my heart in a normal rhythm and I also have to shed some pounds. I now have a daily routine and diet I have to follow or I will not succeed with keeping a normal heart rhythm and end up with more problems than I want. I am going to have to focus on the plan the doctors have laid out for me and stick to it.
If you are in some kind of program or taking a course like X3 Pure. Stay at it! I am sure sometimes it gets boring and there are other things you want to do. I know after a week I am already getting tired of the diet food. But it is what I have to do to keep me functioning. You also need to make sure your accountability partner is holding you accountable. Are they asking you the tough questions? If not, find some one who will and keep the accountability lines open. Last keep your boundaries. You know what they are. You know ahead of time if something is going to cause you to stumble. Don’t let it get the best of you! You are on the right track to recovery. Its like the song by Billy Ocean “when the going gets tough the tough get going”. Keep your head up and your spirits high. It says in the book of Psalms “God is our refuge and strength” if you depend on him he will see you through. I have a good friend and accountability partner who is going through some of the same things you are. I am happy to say he has been PORN FREE for 73 days now. He will tell you its not easy. But he says I have made it this far and I am not going to screw up my 73 days for a few minutes of selfless pleasure. I believe in you and know that you can do this! Here are a few of my favorite quotes that help me when I some encouragement…
“When you feel like giving up, remember why you held on for so long in the first place.” Unknown Author
“If you have made mistakes, there is always
another chance for you. You may have a fresh start any moment you
choose, for this thing we call failure is not the falling down, but
the staying down. “
and my very favorite…
“If you’re going through hell, keep going. “
Just keep going!!
Love Jesus/Love People