Well, it is that time again for our annual Family Freedom Walk, May 10, 2014. We are having a little staff competition to see who can raise the most money. We would like to invite you to support one of your Victory Call writers. Click on their link below and it will take you directly to their individual webpage for the walk. You can give directly through their webpage.
Joyce Hayes http://americaskeswick.donorpages.com/FamilyFreedomWalk2014/RobertJoyceandCarterHayes/
If you would like to help us raise money for the Addiction Recovery Ministries – to help men, women and children, we would love to have you walk with us. If you are interested please go to our website and sign up today then start raising sponsors. https://americaskeswicknj.wufoo.com/forms/m1n6o0kg099lmdu/
Thank you so much for your support.
Don’t Ever Give Up
He prayed to him, and God was moved by his entreaty…2 Chronicles 33:13
I have written about Manasseh years ago but the Lord brought him to remembrance on two different occasions this week, so I want to encourage your heart with his story.
I have counseled for 23 years. I have heard the heartbreak of family after family of loved ones that are living lives leading to their destruction — devastating themselves and their loved ones.
Their families have prayed and prayed and prayed, often for years, yet they see no change and they struggle to have any hope that things will ever change.
Having worked for almost 15 years in the addiction field, I have heard untold number of stories of people who believe that their loved one has hit bottom only to find out that they will go down further still.
Perhaps this describes where you are today. Do you have a loved one that is not walking in the ways of God? Do you have a loved one that is destroying him/herself? Have you been praying for years and yet do not see any change?
DO NOT GIVE UP! DO NOT GIVE UP! NEVER, NEVER GIVE UP!!
Manasseh was an evil king, in fact the chronicler says “He did much evil in the sight of the Lord.” vs. 6
God used circumstances (the army of the king of Assyria) to create pressure in Manasseh’s life. God’s action created distress in Manasseh’s life which resulted in change. “…when he was in distress, he entreated the favor of the Lord his God and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers.” 2 Chron 33:12
When God creates pressure in your loved one’s life do not be a pressure-reliever for them. You could very well be interfering with the sanctifying work of God in their life thus prolonging the process.
This king that did much evil in the sight of the Lord completely turned around and humbled himself before God. It does happen. Do not give up hope that it can happen in your loved one’s life too. God is a miracle working God who does the impossible. Believe. Hope. Trust. Pray. Don’t ever give up.
Diane Hunt is part of the Development and Addiction Recovery teams at America’s Keswick. In addition to being a Biblical Counselor, she is a Women’s speaker for retreats, conferences and events. She is a regular writer for Victory Call and one of the authors of Crossing the Jordan Bible Study. She has been married to her husband John over 28 years. She has 2 adult children, 3 grandchildren, 3 adult step-children with 7 grandchildren making 10 in all. She delights reading and teaching, but mostly laughing at the funny things her grandchildren say and do.