MAY 2018

Aug 13, 2018

Praise Be Unto Our Jesus!!!
He is our all in all. His joy is overwhelming to me, and I pray for you also. AMEN!!
Time has been flying by and we had an unexpected cold snap here in Central Florida in the middle of April. How great is that, especially with summer lurking around the corner. As I write this I am preparing for a mission trip to Havana, Cuba.
God is so good and His Spirit is falling all over the Cuban people to find the true freedom that comes from knowing the only true God, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Our position at Hope Ministries allows us to be a wellspring for the dry and thirsty Christians to come and find rest and refreshment for their souls. Many of life issues can be dealt with by the surrender of self to the great work of the Holy Spirit…Galatians 5:1 “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. STAND FIRM then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. Whatever your battle of life is, there is a loving, compassionate God to help you through all your battles and we are Humbled here at Hope to be allowed to be part of Gods’ plan for your Freedom!
I would love to pray the Prayer of Priestly Blessings upon you and I pray that you would be willing and able to receive of it all,
in its entirety. The Lord Bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you: May the Lord turn His face toward you and give you Peace. Numbers 6: 24-26, until next time, Blessings and Life! In Christ, Joe

SATURDAY, JUNE 9, 2018, 6:00-9:00PM TICKETS: $20.00 PER PERSON
Please come, enjoy and Help us continue to serve the community: “HELPING HEARTS HEAL”
For more information come to Hope Ministries, call or check our website (see top right corner of this newsletter).
It is that time of year again. We are busy getting ready for our annual fund raiser, and God has big plans like always. Each year, I keep thinking, “God that was perfect”, and then the next year He always wows me. He is so amazing, He shines on this dinner and we put Him at the head of the table where He belongs. We dine with Him and have fellowship with all His sons and daughters, as they come to support this fundraiser for Hope Ministries. Tickets are on sale now, $20.00 per person for a fun night of music, food, and lots of fellowship. Call, come by, and we have staff and others you can purchase tickets from. We look forward to seeing you there. Blessings, Peggy

As the newest counselor at Hope Ministries, let me share a little bit about what brought me here. First let me say how grateful I am to be part of this ministry which brings hope and healing to so many. I knew right away that this is a special place when I walked through the doors of Hope Ministries three years ago. I was then working with an organization that provides housing to homeless families, so I came to talk about homelessness. Before I knew it we were talking about spiritual homelessness and the peace that comes from finding your home in the embrace of God. I was hooked on Hope Ministries!
   My background is as a Catholic priest and I love working here in an ecumenical environment sharing ministry with other Christians. In my time in parish ministry, especially in preaching and counseling, I was continually encouraging people to surrender to the flow of God’s love and to respond in the simple yet profound way of a child of God. And that mission continues for me here, encouraging God’s people in a deeper surrender to the working of love.
   Here at Hope Ministries, I do pastoral counseling and spiritual direction. I believe that everyone can benefit by having a spiritual conversation open to the presence of the Holy Spirit. Whether a person is seeking healing, or hoping for more in the spiritual life, (and there’s always more when it comes to God’s love) I love sharing in these spiritual conversations. So please pray for me and for the people who come to share with me, that our encounters would be a place where the Holy Spirit can bring healing and hope.

It seems almost too early to be thinking of Christmas, but for us it has been in the planning stages since last Christmas! As many of you know, we are the Prison Fellowship Angel Tree Coordinators for Brevard County. We recruit churches that are willing to open their hearts to help these children. We are in dire need of more church participation. If you feel led to reach out, please contact Tom Murgatroyd at 321-704-6325 and Barbara at hopeministriesfl@gmail.com if you would like more information about Angel Tree and how you can help.

In the past few weeks I became aware of several people who have relapsed. I tend to process things by writing, so let me process this recent set of events with you. Their relapse has caused me to think about a concept I read about called Ego Fatigue. When someone is trying real hard not to do something they eventually end up losing their resolve when they have been trying too hard or for too long or both. The classic ego fatigue research was developed by a psychologist named Baumeister and published in 1998 in a standard psychology journal. He put hungry people into a room and left them alone with two bowls in front of them: a bowl of radishes and a bowl of chocolate-chip cookies. Half of the group was instructed to have some cookies but no radishes; the other half were instructed to eat radishes only – no cookies. After only five minutes, the participants were asked to perform some cognitive tasks that require self-control. Those who had to resist temptation (cookies) performed more poorly or quit earlier than the other group. The interpretation was that they had “depleted” a resource needed for self-control. In the same paper, another experiment was reported, one that’s at least as relevant. Participants watched a 10-minute video clip that was very emotionally arousing (either humorous or tragic). Half were asked to show no emotion on their faces, and the other half could behave normally. Those who had to suppress their emotions performed more poorly on subsequent tasks. Once again, something had been depleted.
I am convinced that ego fatigue is a serious problem for recovering addicts. If 5 minutes of resisting temptation actually lowers someone’s cognitive control, how would they do after resisting for 5 hours? If 10 minutes of suppressing their feelings saps their cognitive reserves, imagine the impact of suppressing those feelings (deliberately and consciously) all day long, day after day. Many addicts who fight their urges to get high for a season then give in to it will experience an immense high and in many cases a relief at least for a while. When an addict finds himself fighting against temptation and cravings for too long he will eventually think something like this, “The longer I fight this urge the better the high will be when I finally give in to the temptation”. That’s another way of saying the longer I can resist before I give in, the better the high will be. The person thinking that way has already lost the battle because they have already given themselves permission to get high. That kind of short sighted thinking will keep them in bondage to their addictions regardless how many times they try to quit. People in addiction know exactly what this feels like. It is obvious that this phenomenon is critical when it comes to recovery and relapse. It is like telling someone not to think about a pink elephant…What they will end up thinking about before long is a pink elephant. It is almost impossible to try to avoid doing something, by trying to not do it. That is why the “Just say No” program of the early 80”s never worked. We have to change our focus or we will eventually fail. Instead of saying NO to something we want; we must say YES to something we need. The way to break this kind of cycle is found in Hebrews 12:2. looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
The addict’s focus when he is experiencing cravings or temptation must change. They need to switch their focus from drugs to Jesus. In this verse Jesus looked at the long term goal, and that gave Him the determination to follow it through. The joy that was set before Him was not the cross; it was our salvation and our future relationship with the Father. Because He focused on that; He was able to endure the cross. The recovering addict has to change their focus, and put it on Christ and make a relationship with Him their long term goal. When they learn to do that, they will be able to walk through the cravings and temptations of life without being affected by them. Victory is theirs in Christ, but they have to reach for it and walk this life arm in arm with Jesus. Their focal point has to change. Because of Christ, Lew Gervais

Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
This I declare of the LORD: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; He is my God, and I am trusting Him, for He will rescue you from every trap, and protect you from the fatal plague. He will shield you with His wings. He will shelter you with His feathers. His faithful promises are your armor and protection. PSALM 91; 1-4 Every fourth woman you see may have experienced sexual abuse as a child. In addition to the children who are sexually abused; many adults have been assaulted by an acquaintance or stranger. The book is designed to help you grow from a survivor to an overcomer and even thrive. Recognize old coping skills that no longer work and help you learn new life skills. As you seek recovery from the effects of sexual abuse you learn to put your faith and trust in God through Christ to restore your spiritual and emotional health. Call Linda at Hope Ministries, 321-676-5588 to make an appointment.
Codependency (in its broadest sense) can be defined as "an addiction to people, behaviors, or things.”Codependency is the fallacy of trying to control interior feelings by controlling people, things, and events on the outside. To the codependent, control or the lack of it is central to every aspect of life. God wants us to have healthy relationships with a balance between being dependent and independent. The most effective means for overcoming codependent relationships is to establish a relationship with Christ Himself. Ladies, let’s take this healing journey together from Codependency to interdependence with God the one with the power to bring it about. Call Linda Dixon for appointment at Hope Ministries at 321-676-5588.
THE SEARCH for SIGNIFICANCE, by Robert S. McGee (Seeing your TRUE WORTH through GOD’S EYES)
This study will focus on how our thoughts affect our emotional, relational and spiritual development. Our feelings, behavior, and beliefs all interact to shape our lives. The goal is to enable a wide range of people to apply the Scriptures specifically and deeply to real issues in their lives. There are two possible options we can choose to determine our self-worth. The world’s system: is
Self-Worth=Performance (what you do + Other’s Opinions), (what others think or say about you). God’s System: is Self-Worth = God’s Truth about You. God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. EPHESIANS 1: 3-4. Call Linda Dixon at Hope Ministries 321-676-5588 to make an appointment on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday, 9-4 PM