By Sandy Kirby Quandt

When you hear the word recovery, what comes to mind?  A 12-step program? Getting over an illness? Capture of a space capsule? Finding something that was lost?

According to Webster’s Dictionary recovery means:

  •  the act or process of becoming healthy after an illness or injury
  •  the act or process of recovering
  •  the act or process of returning to a normal state after a period of difficulty
  •  the return of something that has been lost, stolen, etc.

I like the third definition. The act or process of returning to a normal state after a period of difficulty. Man. I certainly can relate to that. How about you?

Throughout our lives we fill our minds with tapes that we replay over and over. Sometimes the tapes are soothing and pleasant. More times than not, though, those tapes are negative and destructive.

You can’t. You aren’t. You never will be. Less than. Unwanted. Useless. Worthless.

You get the idea. Tapes we replay that erode our worth.

Might I suggest we erase those tapes and throw them in the rubbish bin and be done with them? Let’s return to the normal state God intends for us. A state where we remember we are his chosen beloved child.

Let’s recover from the person we were before we claimed Jesus as our Lord and Savior.

We don’t need to worry whether we are following the latest self-help book that pops up on the shelves to help us in our recovery. We need to go back to the original book that outlines who we are and how we are to live. The B I B L E. Yes. That’s the book for us.

You’re my recovery changing who I was to who I’m meant to be. Healing all that’s broken as you wash me clean. You set me free.

What say we let Jesus be our recovery, restore our sight so we keep our gaze on him?

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He (Jesus) went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” Luke 4:16-19 (NIV)

I wish you well.


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