Monday, November 12, 2012

Pocket Sponsor: Chapter 1

Do you need some Pocket Sponsor quotes?  A Pocket Sponsor is a list of sponsor quotes that can be accessed at any time to help lift, give hope and bring things into perspective.

Someone that I sponsor recently sent a list of memorable counsel I've sent to her over the course of our relationship.  It was interesting to see it again.  I thought it would be cool to share it here, in case any of you wonder what I tell people who are struggling .  I know that in re-reading it, it has helped me.  I've gone back through a few of my text conversations with others and added some of my own as well.  I think these quotes reflect my testimony of my Savior, my grasp of hope and grace, and my awareness of the very personal battle we each have with the adversary.

I do want to credit the Spirit for giving me the below quotes.  I feel the Spirit's influence so strong when I am conversing with those that are struggling.  The Spirit knows what that person needs to hear, He just uses me as the voice to say it.  I'm honored and privileged to serve in that capacity.

Which quotes stand out to you most?

  • You aren't crazy.  You aren't alone.  You aren't the only one.  You aren't unique in your struggles.  Those are all lies.
  • Ask yourself: is their potential reaction determining your action right now?
  • Just ride the wave and don't fight it.  The more time goes by the less it becomes an issue.  You feed the wave by stressing about it.
  • Faith is stepping into the darkness and trusting that the light will follow.
  • Breathe deep.
  • Recovery turns your rock bottoms into trampoline bottoms
  • Time to use your backbone instead of your wishbone
  • Spending a lot of time focusing on what your needs are may lead to selfishness.  It'd serve you better to focus on what the Lord wants of you which INCLUDES taking care of your needs... You just gotta filter your needs through Him.
  • Just worry about tomorrow.  For all you know you could die the day after.  So just worry about today and tomorrow.
  • My concern doesn't lie in talking about problems.  My concern lies in if you just sit in them and do nothing.  Saying stuff like "I can't" when you can etc.  If you choose to talk about things and then just sit in it them it's just whining and there is no healing in that.
  • Remember it's just as dangerous to blame yourself for things as it is to blame others.
  • It's not about fault.  It's about what is.  Just accepting what is.  Admitting powerlessness, recognizing and welcoming the need for change and then just relying on the Lord to facilitate that change.
  • You still a baby :-)) (baby as in early in recovery - give yourself a break)
  • It is worrisome that you don't feel bad.  I recommend praying for that Godly sorrow.  In essence you tested how close you could get to the edge without falling over.  But you still looked over the edge.  That in itself is dangerous.  We have to stay as far away from that edge as possible.
  • It's good to acknowledge it so you can work on it.  But saying/thinking you suck in the process is no bueno.
  • Did it ever occur to you that perfection is boring?
  • Opening up will break destructive cycles.
  • There is a foggy line... You will have the adversary on one side of this whispering in your ear... What do you suppose he's saying?
  • Stupid Satan!  I said a prayer.  Angels on the way!
  • Working the steps through detoxing or times of trouble is a good way to keep your focus on your Savior and not so much on how wack you feel.
  • Recovery fills the void; the hole that is left in sobriety's wake.  It gives you the Light of Christ that heals you from within.
  • Don't worry about sobbing.  Sobbing is good.  You are doing better than you think you are.  Heavenly Father is aware of your efforts and progress as well as your worries and anxieties.  Trust Him.  Turn to Him.
  • Get to bed safe tonight.  New fresh day tomorrow!!!  Put a smile on.  It looks great on you:-)
  • Proverbs 16:20 - "He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusteth in the Lord, happy is he.":-)
  • Satan is the one telling you that you aren't progressing and aren't doing good.  Don't believe him.  Remember, anything that leaves you feeling frustrated, less than or worthless is not from God.
  • "As you and I come to understand and apply the enabling power of the Atonement in our personal lives, we will pray and seek for strength to change our circumstances rather than for our circumstances to be changed.  We will become agents who act rather than objects that are acted upon." - Elder Bednar.
  • Satan is telling you right now that it's worth it.  But as soon as you do he's going to drop you - and laugh at you.
  • Heavenly Father loves you.  Turn to Him.  Rely on Him.  Trust Him.  Heavenly Father says "I didn't say it would be easy, but it will be worth it." Satan says "I didn't say it would be worth it, but it will definitely be easy."
  • Just remember that Satan wouldn't be working on you so hard if you weren't doing something right.
  • As long as you hide behind the fear you will be bound by it.
  • The more you rely on your Savior the more your love for Him will grow and He will heal your false beliefs about yourself.
  • It's hard to let go.  But the reward far surpasses the immediate gratification... which really isn't all that gratifying anyway.
  • Satan molds his lies to fit our vulnerabilities.
  • Keep your chin up!
  • You will not find peace without prayer.
  • Getting mad is going to create feelings in you that will make you want to numb again.  Be careful to not entertain those feelings too long.
  • By mourning your sobriety you are standing on the track staring at the fallen hurdle and wishing you could pick it back up.  You can't.  Don't waste more time staring at it.  Look forward and start running again!
  • Sometimes we have to give up something that is 99% good just to forsake the 1% that is bad.
  • You have to work hard right not to get rid of the darkness.  Remember Moses has to tell Satan to leave three times.  Don't give up!
  • PRAY about it.  Just thinking about it gets us in trouble.
  • You have to believe you are qualified for the same grace given to others.
  • Yes, it is easy to believe Satan's lies but it's not impossible not to.
  • You are doing great.  Heavenly Father is so proud of you.  You keep doing what you are doing and all will be well!
  • Always remember - something super awesome comes after intense opposition.
  • "Nothing fixes a thing so intently in the memory as the wish to forget it." - Michel de Montaigne
  • Jealousy is like a piranha with an insatiable appetite.
  • We all have to traverse our barren wastelands to get to our paradises.
  • Remember that anything that is discouraging or that leaves you feeling heavy is from Satan.  Don't listen to him.  He's on oaf!  Chin up!  You are a daughter of God!  He is a King and that makes you a princess... Celestial Royalty!! Call on Him.  He loves you.  As do I:-)
  • I am only as strong as my Savior.
  • Remember: "Nothing changes if nothing changes."
  • Just look at his eyes.  Imagine your Savior and then put an old man body on him.:-) (regarding fear of talking to a new, younger, bishop)
  • Once you work your step 4 and 5 that shame you feel will lift tremendously.  You'll get to give it all away:-)
  • YOU are doing AWESOME!!

6 comments:

  1. Thanks for these Sidreis! I especially needed this one,
    "Spending a lot of time focusing on what your needs are may lead to selfishness. It'd serve you better to focus on what the Lord wants of you which INCLUDES taking care of your needs... You just gotta filter your needs through Him."

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    1. Thanks! I think that's a good one too!!!

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  2. I am so stealing these! ;) Thank you for posting them. ~Stacey

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    1. Good! Steal away! Maybe I'll post some more in another 6 months:-)

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  3. OH THIS WAS SO ME YESTERDAY: "My concern doesn't lie in talking about problems. My concern lies in if you just sit in them and do nothing. Saying stuff like "I can't" when you can etc. If you choose to talk about things and then just sit in it them it's just whining and there is no healing in that."

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  4. Right now, I feel like I am mourning my sobriety... I need to read this:

    "By mourning your sobriety you are standing on the track staring at the fallen hurdle and wishing you could pick it back up. You can't. Don't waste more time staring at it. Look forward and start running again!"

    And about that meanie, "shame";
    "You have to believe you are qualified for the same grace given to others."

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Thank you for sharing a moment with me:-)

Ezekiel 34:11-12,16

"For thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I, even I, will both search my sheep, and seek them out. As a shepherd seeketh out his flock in the day that he is among his sheep that are scattered; so will I seek out my sheep, and will deliver them out of all places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day. I will seek that which was lost, and bring again that which was driven away, and will bind up that which was broken, and will strengthen that which was sick"