17-09: Painting Your Dream…

Painting Your Dream…

I dream of painting, and then I paint my dream. Vincent Van Gogh~
Don’t be afraid to dream big dreams!  They are the substance of things to come.  Most great endeavors begin with a dream or vision of something as yet unfulfilled…coupled with the steadfast determination to follow it wherever it may lead, until it becomes a reality.  Be prepared however, to keep the vision always before your eyes and hold fast to it, in order to make it through the dark places that it may lead, before it can be brought to light.
Thought for the day
It is imperative to Recovery that we maintain a childlike faith, hope and vision of what life without our addiction can be like.  Hope that you will never "need" to act out again.  Have the faith to know that your dreams of becoming a man of substance, courage and spiritual integrity will come true with God’s help and your work.   Dream…but dream great dreams and if you start having nightmares dismiss those quickly for that is Satan working on your conscious and unconscious mind keeping you “locked in the closet” of addiction.  When you witness those who are losing their physical, emotional and spiritual recovery do not let their nightmarish experiences negatively color your dreams!
Then Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him even more.  He said to them, "Please listen to this dream which I have had;  for behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and lo, my sheaf rose up and also stood erect; and behold, your sheaves gathered around and bowed down to my sheaf."  Then his brothers said to him, "  Are you actually going to reign over us? Or are you really going to rule over us?" So they hated him even more for his dreams and for his words…Then some Midianite traders passed by, so they pulled him up and lifted Joseph out of the pit, and sold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty shekels of silver. Thus they brought Joseph into Egypt…So Joseph’s master took him and put him into the jail, the place where the king’s prisoners were confined; and he was there in the jail.  But the LORD was with Joseph and extended kindness to him, and gave him favor in the sight of the chief jailer…So Pharaoh said to Joseph, "Since God has informed you of all this, there is no one so discerning and wise as you are.  You shall be over my house, and according to your command all my people shall do homage; only in the throne I will be greater than you."  Pharaoh said to Joseph, "See, I have set you over all the land of Egypt."…Then ten brothers of Joseph went down to buy grain from Egypt.  Now  Joseph was the ruler over the land; he was the one who sold to all the people of the land.  And Joseph’s brothers came and bowed down to him with their faces to the ground.
~Genesis 37:5-8,28; 39:20,21; 41:39-41; 42:3,6 (NASB)~


About SLAA Tilburg

Wat is seks- en liefdeverslaving? Wij in S.L.A.A. geloven dat seks- en liefdeverslaving een voortschrijdende ziekte is, die niet kan worden genezen maar die, zoals veel ziekten, wel tot staan kan worden gebracht. Zij kan verschillende vormen aannemen – inclusief (maar niet beperkt tot) een dwangmatige behoefte aan seks, extreme afhankelijkheid van één persoon (of meerdere personen), en/of een voortdurend in beslag genomen worden door romantiek, affaires of fantasieën. Er is sprake van een obsessief-dwangmatig patroon, seksueel of emotioneel (of beide), waarin relaties of seksuele activiteiten in toenemende mate destructief geworden zijn voor de loopbaan, het gezinsleven en het gevoel van zelfrespect. Als seks- en liefdeverslaving wordt veronachtzaamd, wordt zij altijd erger. Wanneer wij echter een eenvoudig programma volgen dat voor een reeks van mannen en vrouwen met dezelfde ziekte succesvol is gebleken, kunnen wij herstellen. In S.L.A.A. leren wij de realiteit te accepteren dat wij deze verslaving hebben
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