Celebrate Recovery Step Studies
This spring, Celebrate Recovery leaders, Debbie Berryhill and Sandy McDonald, led a women’s step study and Jordan Bennett and Chris Stone led a men’s step study.
A step study is an in-depth look at our own lives, using the twelve steps and eight recovery principles as God’s guide for living a life of joy and peace. These step study groups are confidential, last anywhere from six months to a year, and are led by someone who has previously completed a step study. When asked what was the most significant change that occurred during this last study:
Debbie Berryhill said, “I was able to put my fears in God’s hands, and through the power of the Holy Spirit, to not just listen, but to carry out what God has called me to do.” Debbie is living out her calling as a wife, a mother, a grandmother, and now a CASA, advocating for those children who are in foster care in Garland County.
Chris Stone said, “I have struggled with resentment. Taking those resentments to God, knowing that I lack the power to control those thoughts on my own. I can turn them over to God, trusting He will take care of them.” Chris serves as a CR worship and small group leader, is a husband and father, and has a passion for seeing men walk in the freedom of Christ.
“I now have a confidence that God is and has always been with me and for me. I matter to Him, I can bring everything to Him,” said Sandy McDonald. “The verse that has reminded me of that promise is Isaiah 41:10, ‘Fear not, for I am with you. Do not be dismayed. I am your God. I will strengthen you; I will help you; I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.’” Sandy is a small group leader and sponsor in CR and has been a faithful servant in the Lake Valley nursery for several years. Her heart is for women to find their place in the body of Christ and to grow in the security of Christ’s love and acceptance.
“Leading does not excuse me from the journey. Everyone has a story. Everyone has a struggle. Everyone can find help if they are willing to do the work,” said Jordan Bennett. “Working through the steps and completing and sharing our inventory is hard, but it is worth it. There is freedom in the process.” Jordan serves CR in many capacities such as a small group leader and team trainer, is a husband and father, and is a deacon, usher and worship team member.
Is there an area of your life that is keeping you from living the abundant life God created for you? If you are ready to find freedom and to experience joy in this journey on which God has placed us, join us on Monday nights at Celebrate Recovery.