Mind over Matter

I know this is a long post, but please bear with me.

prog·ress – forward or onward movement toward a destination.

re·cov·ery –

  1. a return to a normal state of health, mind, or strength.
  2. the action or process of regaining possession or control of something stolen or lost.

de·ter·mi·na·tion – firmness of purpose; resoluteness.

Grace –  (in Christian belief) the free and unmerited favor of God


I’ve gotten to this point in my recovery because of my determination and God’s grace. I won’t deny I’ve recently felt stuck – “I am where I am” – I thought. But that is a lie of the devil! (John 8:44When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it). God is not finished with me. I can’t help but think of Job. I don’t know God’s plan for my life, (Isaiah 55:8-10 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts) but He has one (Jeremiah 29:11  For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end).


God knew my journey and allowed it. (Job 23:10 But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold). He never left Job and knew Job wouldn’t fail Him. I cannot fail Him now! He’s done too much for me. In the end, He rewarded Job for his faithfulness (Job 42:10 also the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before).


Sometimes I smell food, my mouth waters, and I just want to devour or lap it up: coffee, cake, spaghetti, even cereal and milk. Do I want to walk around and not be self-conscience or think about my shoes and their soles? Of course.


Do I want to get to heaven – whatever it takes? A thousand times YES! I’m reminded of the words to a familiar song:

Well, I started out travellin’ for the Lord many years ago
I’ve had a lot of heartache and I met a lot of grief and woe
But when I would stumble then I would humble down
And there I’d say, I wouldn’t take nothin’ for my journey now

Oh, there’s nothin’ in this world that’ll ever take the place of God’s love
All the silver and gold wouldn’t buy a touch from above
When the soul needs healin’ and I begin to feelin’ His power
Then I can say, thank the Lord, I wouldn’t take nothing for my journey now

Well, I wouldn’t take nothin’ for my journey now
Gotta make it to Heaven somehow
Though the devil tempt me and he tried to turn me around

He’s offered everything that’s got a name
All the wealth I want and worldly fame
If I could still I wouldn’t take nothin’ for my journey now


In order for God’s continued blessings on me I must do what I can to keep on my progress. It can no doubt get tiresome, but God has a purpose for my journey.

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2 Responses to “Mind over Matter”

  1. Dr Lamont H Fuchs Says:

    Beautiful. It seems so long since we spoke, but then I read this and I hear how the voice of our friend. I need to send this to a young lady who is battling recovery now. This will encourage her. Thank you. God bless.

  2. Joyce Says:

    Thank you for taking your time to share with us. You are a blessing to us.

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