It’s an amazingly dreary Monday here. Rain. In January. Lots of rain…
When things do go as you expected, like rain in January, how do you find your gratitude in that moment? What questions do you ask yourself to reframe your thinking? How do you keep for becoming completely derailed and making a mountain out of a mole hill?
“But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”
An adorable hat on a bad hair day?
BEST QUICK FIX EVER!!
In this day and age, everyone seems to be looking for the latest and greatest “fix” for their lives, and we want it with little to no effort or time invested on our end. Whether it’s the latest fad diet, wrinkle cream, get-rich-quick offer, or wellness fad, we’ve all fallen prey to making this feudal attempt at the quick fix.
Interestingly, our desire for instant gratification and quick fixes is driven by our brain chemistry. This neural pathway and neurotransmitter interaction results in positive feelings, which is very easy to get hooked on.
The person struggling with a substance use disorder has strengthened this neurochemistry with every use of their drug(s) of choice. They’ve altered the wiring and chemistry in their brains and sadly, there’s no quick fix when they decide to pursue recovery.
Unfortunately, this is what everyone wants and expects. Minimal effort, maybe a magic medication, anything to make the process of recovery quick and painless. Sadly, The damage that occurs to the addicted brain does not occur quickly and likewise does not go away quickly, despite well-meaning family and friends attempts to speed the process. Nagging, ridiculing, and bullying the person struggling with addiction do nothing to speed the process. In fact, research shows that addiction needs to be treated from multiple modalities and that brain healing can take upwards of 18-24 months. This is DEFINITELY not the quick fix we are all hoping for… there’s no adorable hat for this problem.
The fact that there isn’t a quick fix for substance use disorders is precisely why we should be treating those fighting for their sobriety with sympathy and support, even in the face of a relapse. I challenge you to be educated, encouraging, compassionate, supportive, and ready to strap in for the ride as the person you are supporting engages in a battle, with their brain, for their sobriety.
Blessings today and always!
It’s official! We are an IRS approved non-profit organization! 6 months and 1 day from the date we sent our application with only one minor request for additional documentation (like literally a single page from our attorney!). We are SO VERY excited to start making some serious fundraising plans… we’d love to hear your ideas! How can we raise some cash to create a scholarship fund for women who struggle with finances when they first move in? How can we raise money for replacing windows and the roof in the future? What other needs do you see in the community that could be addressed by The Micah Project???
Ever wonder why this project is so important?
This is just one reason WHY…
We’ve had so many amazing volunteers helping us to spruce up the house, but one particularly outstanding gentleman who has volunteered countless hours helping with painting projects at The Micah Project house. He happens to be working a 12 step program, and is working hard to make positive changes in his life. I asked him, recently, to leave me his address so I could send him a proper thank you note in the mail. He did provide his address, but attached was this note.
We’ve only been open a month and the Lord is already using this home for healing in our community. We are so humbled…