Tag Archives: The Great Awakening

Verse of the Day – Luke 11:23

Luke 11:23

Luke 11:23

Only if we all stand together with Christ, will we gather for the kingdom, if we stand alone and do life in our own ways, we will scatter.

THE GREAT AWAKENING by LEELAND
One man wakes, awakens another
Second one wakes his next door brother
Three awake can rouse a town
And turn the whole place upside down
Many awake will cause such a fuss
It finally awakes all of us
One man wakes with dawn in his eyes
Surely then it multiplies
Surely then it multiplies

 

Verse of the Day – John 13:35

John 13:35

John 13:35

I am so thankful for having some great people of God’s kingdom around me, without their love to get this far would have been so much harder.

THE GREAT AWAKENING by LEELAND
One man wakes, awakens another
Second one wakes his next door brother
Three awake can rouse a town
And turn the whole place upside down
Many awake will cause such a fuss
It finally awakes all of us
One man wakes with dawn in his eyes
Surely then it multiplies
Surely then it multiplies

Verse of the Day – Proverbs 17:17

Proverbs 17:17

Proverbs 17:17

So thankful for the amazing people that the Lord has brought into my life, that I can share my story, my fears and my pain without being afraid.

THE GREAT AWAKENING by LEELAND
One man wakes, awakens another
Second one wakes his next door brother
Three awake can rouse a town
And turn the whole place upside down
Many awake will cause such a fuss
It finally awakes all of us
One man wakes with dawn in his eyes
Surely then it multiplies
Surely then it multiplies

Verse of the Day – Hebrews 10:25

Hebrews 10:25

Hebrews 10:25

Another great Connect Group tonight, I am so thankful they have supported me through so much over the last year.

Three days to go now!

THE GREAT AWAKENING by LEELAND
One man wakes, awakens another
Second one wakes his next door brother
Three awake and rouse a town
…And turn the whole place upside down

Many awake, will cause such a fuss
It finally awakes all of us
One man awakes with dawn in his eyes
Surely then it multiplies

One man wakes, awakens another
Second one wakes his next door brother
Three awake and rouse a town
By turning the whole place upside down

Many awake, will cause such a fuss
It finally awakes The rest of us
One man awakes with dawn in his eyes
Surely then it multiplies

Anniversaries And Recovery

I’m not really sure if it’s just me or if this applies to others who form part of the recovery community, but for me I remember all the crucial dates that form my recovery, from the day it all went wrong big time, to the day I stood with a blade seeking a way out, to the following day when I met with Gareth, then two days later when I first prayed and on to 29th March 2012, when I last took a drink.

So that makes it exactly 18 months of sobriety so far and I promise you, that is just the start. I count every day, I count every week and obviously I count the months too, that’s because as long as I can write that date at the top of every journal page, at the end of every single day, then I know that whatever is going on in my life, whatever ups and downs, whatever the crisis or the victory it’s been a fantastic day, because I will know I’m still walking on this journey with God and I still carry this testimony for Him.

The memories of those two whirlwind weeks are still so, so vivid, those two weeks that went from total destruction to early stages of reconstruction, they really where poles apart, but the beginnings of the most amazing journey. On that journey I’ve met some amazing people along the way, through Church, where despite my early fears of being judged, I can say I’ve haven’t met anybody that has judged me, they have all  encouraged and helped on my journey, strengthening me and they’ve held me when I’ve need it too.

But also on this blog, I’ve made friends from all over the world and I’ve received so much positive feedback and encouragement, it’s been an unbelievable experience, in fact I never received a comment which I would consider negative, only support, praise and advice.

On this day last year, I started to put my testimony into words, this time last year I started writing articles that would end up being among the first posts on this blog.

That night I began preparing a number of articles, which would eventually become:

The Windup Torch
The Healing Begins
The Miracle Marathon
&
The Forgotten Box

It took another week to take the plunge and actually start this blog, in that week in between the first drafts of other articles appeared and edits were made of those early drafts, but I still sat on them a little while longer.

So next Sunday this blog officially becomes one year old, I’m not sure what I’m going to do to celebrate that, but I’ll find a way, somehow.

THE GREAT AWAKENING by LEELAND
One man wakes, awakens another
Second one wakes his next door brother
Three awake can rouse a town
And turn the whole place upside down
Many awake will cause such a fuss
It finally awakes all of us
One man wakes with dawn in his eyes
Surely then it multiplies
Surely then it multiplies

One man wakes, awakens another
Second one wakes his next door brother
Three awake can rouse a town
And turn the whole place upside down
Many awake will cause such a fuss
It finally awakes all of us
One man wakes with dawn in his eyes
Surely then it multiplies
Surely then it multiplies

The Miracle Marathon

Sunday 8th April 2012 marked only my second week in Church, it was 10 days since my last alcoholic drink and this week I was really ready to put myself into the journey with God, I had enjoyed my first week at Church, despite the fact I cried at least three times during the service, I would cry again this week but it was all good.

This week was the last in the series of services based around miracles, the Pastor was keen to point out that many people experience their own miracles, but when the dust settles they fall back into their old routines and fail to stay the course of the miracle marathon, it’s just a quick fix and they fail to continue on their journey and turn away from God when they believe they are free from their troubles.

This wasn’t going to be me, I made that decision this week, I stood up on that day ready to accept Jesus and God into my life, to start this journey in earnest.  The miracle for me was being able to stop drinking, to be able to get through those first ten days, to be able to go through a day without even thinking about the need for a drink, being able to cope without “my alcohol crutch” when I was stressed.  I knew I had experienced the miracle, but unless I stayed for the Miracle Marathon there was every chance I would fall back into old routines, start drinking again and head back down that dark spiral.  This day was the day I come to terms with the fact that this was a decision for life, not just a quick fix.

I was certainly at the start of my Miracle Marathon, but just like the London Marathon, I was at the back with the fun runners and there was a long way to go before I even crossed the start line, but I wasn’t going to drop out, through all the pain and I assure you in the weeks to come there was pain, a lot of it, I was going to keep going until the very end.

One man wakes, awakens another
Second one wakes his next door brother
Three awake can rouse a town
And turn the whole place upside down
Many awake will cause such a fuss
It finally awakes all of us
One man wakes with dawn in his eyes
Surely then it multiplies
(The Great Awakening by Leeland)

My great awakening has taken place, I believe that I crossed the start line on Sunday 8th July, the day of my Baptism.  That day my Miracle Marathon started and I took my first true steps on this journey. And now as I approach twenty-eight weeks of sobriety, I am still only in the early stages of my Miracle Marathon, but I am still on the course and still determined to make it to the finish line, no matter how long it takes me.