Where the Spirit of The Lord is there is freedom.

Wow! Today has been rough. I am emotionally drained and raw. I had to dismiss a young lady today from program. My first dismissal. This young lady is the mirror image of who I once was and now she is trying to hang on to her sobriety and is determined in her heart to make it. However, there was a bump in the road yesterday and she committed a safety violation which is grounds for immediate dismissal. She can return Monday for a team meeting to determine if she can return to program. Having said all that…. The part that is so hard is…. I don’t even know at this point what I’m trying to say. I hurt because she hurts. It’s like I’m watching myself going through the pain all over again. I hated telling her she had to leave. I know God has a plan in all this. I know He knows right where she is and what it’s going to take to move her forward. It’s just hard to watch. I remember all to well the pain I felt during my growth in the beginning of my sobriety. Please remember to pray for those who are broken and trying to figure out how to become what God designed them to be. The homeless, addicted, the lost little ones out there who don’t have it within themselves to believe it could ever be different.

Thanks for sharing my burden.


6 thoughts on “Where the Spirit of The Lord is there is freedom.

  1. tljax says:

    That’s tough, Dana. I am learning that some people need more divine nudging to accept with total willingness the new life recovery brings. It hurts watching someone you care about sink deeper into their circumstances until they are really willing to look up and receive the help that was always there.

  2. verlebell says:

    For some reason God seems to pick people to minister, who hate to set limits but learn to do so. “Even if the more I love the less I am loved” It’s like a pair of pliers, push on one handle-nothing, on the other-nothing, but push on both-yes! The two handles are investing in others in ways they like and in ways they don’t like but need. They can tell that it hurts and so are more likely to benefit, than if you liked to kick them out. Thanks for caring in ways that work.

  3. It sounds like you are doing a wonderful job balancing caring for her and remembering the rest of the group. I know what it is like to be told to leave a therapy program for my own safety. Although it was difficult at the time, I know they were trying to do what was best for me and the others. I’ll say a prayer for you and all who you work with tonight. Thank you so much because the world needs more people like you!

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