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Three years ago I found myself sitting in my car in a parking lot on a Friday night. I knew I needed to get out of the car and go in but I was afraid. I was also desperate, and that night I let desperation win.

I got out, walked across the parking lot and pulled the doors open. I was greeted by the distant sound of people singing. I made my way across the lobby, and into the sanctuary where I quietly slid into the back row. Before the first song ended I was fishing tissues out of my purse to try to stop the flow of tears. For the first time in a long time I felt safe.

That night after service was over I made my way to the kiosk where I picked up half a dozen flyers describing the different small groups offered by Celebrate Recovery. I had no idea what was wrong with me, only that I felt broken and desperate. I walked out to my car with tear stained cheeks, a fist full of flyers, and hope.

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“Celebrate Recovery is about helping anybody dealing with any kind of hurt. I think we can all relate with that, we all have some kind of hurt. When we don’t deal with that hurt it becomes a hang up in our life and an obstacle.” Rodney Holmstrom, Celebrate Recovery Team Leader, says that when you come to CR you will find a group of people who will “love you and meet you right where you are, it doesn’t matter what you’re struggling with. You’ll see a forever family that is going to embrace you and walk along side of you as a fellow struggler.”

Maddi found Celebrate Recovery about two years ago during a difficult transitional season of her life. “I didn’t know what to do, I was very hopeless. I had nowhere to turn; I wasn’t going to church at the time. The first Friday night of the year was the first time I went to Celebrate Recovery. It was a place that was safe that I could share my stuff, where I knew there were other people who were going through the same thing that I was. Two years later I’ve discovered that God is my provider and my protector and He’s really all I need. Once I could establish that I had so much peace in the rest of my life.”

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If you spend much time around Celebrate Recovery you’re likely to hear the phrase “pain is inevitable, misery is optional”. We will all face seasons of pain, but we don’t have to let those seasons define us, there is hope and healing. If you’re looking for a forever family to walk along you in your time of healing visit a Celebrate Recovery near you.

~Keri

Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered program that helps us deal with life’s “hurts, habits and hang-ups.” Their purpose is to celebrate God’s healing power in our lives through the 8 recovery principles found in the Beatitudes and the Christ-centered 12 steps as we become willing to accept God's grace in solving our life problems.More information about Celebrate Recovery can be found here.