You, God, are my God,
earnestly I seek you;
I thirst for you,
my whole being longs for you,
in a dry and parched land
where there is no water.
Psalm 63:1

Many of us have come into recovery with a sense of desperation. We are driven by fear of failure and anxiety over what our new life will be like. We feel the pull of the old life and the tug of the new. Very often our recoveries have started because we desperately wanted something different for our lives.

After a while of being in recovery, many of us start to lose that sense of desperation. We settle into our new lives and start to feel comfortable with our routines of going to meetings, talking with sponsors and accountability partners, and all the other things that make up our recoveries. The desperation that came with us into recovery is leaving us and it’s now a time for a new desperation.

In recovery, we find ourselves desperately seeking Christ. We discover the importance of the God-given gift of desperation. Christ has turned our desperation for survival into our desperation to be in a relationship with Him. Our desperation is being repurposed and is now being used to run towards Christ instead of away from death.


Written by Jackell

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Father God, thank You for the gift of desperation. Thank You for moving me out of the fear and desperation I had when I entered recovery and into a sense of desperation to be with You. I want to always be desperate for Your love and to be close to You.  Amen.

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