Being careful and cautious, of the possible influence, of people in our inner circles

From Angela, Christian Healing Blog volunteer contributor and friend, from NC.

On a recovery journey, it's not uncommon to find that yourself momentarily sidetracked by people, places and things that were a part of your pre-recovery life. Today we will look at PEOPLE.

Who are the people who cause you to experience pain, frustration, anger, shame, depression? Maybe they are people who place unreasonable or unrealistic demands on you. Or their negative attitude quickly saps your energy. They may be physically or verbally abusive, leaving you always on the defensive to protect yourself. Perhaps they cruelly use humor to hurt you. Or their own addiction dominates your time together. They may even twist Scripture to shame you. These people could be immediate or extended family, co-workers or bosses, church leaders, friends, or significant others.

Let your feelings act as the warning lights on the dashboard of your car, alerting you to take action to avoid damage. Pray as you proceed:

"Thank you God for helping me see how being around this person is not healthy for me right now. Give me the courage to create the necessary emotional or physical distance from them and the wisdom to know the best time and way to do so. Let your presence bring peace in my heart and mind as I continue down the road to my most authentic self".


Christian Mental Health Ministries
Referral Resource Center:  
Phone: (352) 234-6097
Two Christian healing ministries, where you can speak/pray with someone over the phone:
The Evangelism Response Center: (800) 634-2462
The Prayer & Crisis Referral Network: (877) 800-PRAY
Three Christian healing ministries where you can submit an online prayer request:
Christian Healing Ministries in Jacksonville, Florida,  the International Order of St. Luke the Physician in San Antonio, TX, or the The Inheritance House in Orlando, Florida
National mental health Christian support groups
The Grace Alliance

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