Connection, Addiction, and the Sensitive Soul

Russell BrandToday on Oprah radio, I heard a short part of a dialogue between Russell Brand and Oprah. Russell Brand is a British comedian who was briefly married to the pop music star, Katy Perry. Oprah asked the question if one can ever get over an addiction like to drugs or sex and Russell made a statement that really got me to thinking. It went something like this.

“Addicts are usually very sensitive people who realize they are not connected spiritually and are looking for that feeling from the addictive substance or behavior.”

Never thought of it that way. Kind of puts a different spin on the whole addiction thing. Most of us have had experience with an addict or an addiction, or know someone who does, true? They are usually very loveable, attractive, seductive, and charming personalities. They make you laugh and they make you cry. But deep down inside, like so many of us, they are hurting and they usually don’t know why. So they seek solace and connection in something or someone that temporarily comforts their souls.

Some choose alcohol. Others choose smoking, drugs, food, gambling, sex, work, exercise, approval. The list goes on and on. In fact, anything done to excess can be an addiction. And that includes relationships as well. Nothing, not even a relationship, is meant to be a substitute for God.

We all have a spiritual need, a void, a hunger deep down inside. God made us that way; to long for connection. We try and fill this need with so many different things, but only one person will truly fulfill that desire and He is God. Sooner or later most of us come to this realization, usually after we hit rock bottom in some or many areas of our lives. Even the wisest man on earth, King Solomon, came to this conclusion when he said:

“Meaningless! Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless!” (Ecclesiastes 1:2).

Is there anything in your life that you need to feel fulfilled? Whole? At peace? The first step is to realize we are all made the same and we all have the same need. We have all been hurt but God wants us to be healed and whole. As I say in my book, “When we are ready to meet God, He is ready to meet us.” Are you ready?

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this post so write me back and until next time, keep looking up!

This Is How It Feels To Be Free

The Fourth of July is already upon us. For many, it is an extra day off from work, a time to grill burgers and get together with friends, and a time to watch fireworks light up the sky. Most of all, it is a time to celebrate our freedom here in this country.

It was on July 4, 1776 that our founding fathers gathered to sign the declaration of  independence to free themselves and many others from British rule. We owe them a great debt of gratitude for the price they paid to loose themselves from bondage under England and to establish this great nation.

As a woman who has traveled over much of the world and seen how others live, I appreciate the freedom and privileges I enjoy here in these United States. I am in awe of the fact that by the grace and mercy of God, as a single parent I have achieved the life of my dreams and both my sons are independent, self-supporting godly men. Now that is something to celebrate!

But it’s also about how I feel about being free. Freedom is about choice. Freedom of choice. I can choose how and where to worship – freedom of worship. I can choose to write these blog posts – freedom of speech. I can choose to protect myself – freedom to bear arms. I can choose what to commit to and what to run from. Freedom brings both privileges and responsibilities.

Living and feeling free requires me to take action. The founding fathers had a cause they believed in and were committed to. They took action. I must take action to free myself from emotional and spiritual bondage and to make my dreams a reality.  Living the life we dream of doesn’t simply happen on it’s own, right?

Do you feel free? Are you truly free? Are you living the life of your dreams? What or who are you committed to? What actions are you taking to see your dreams become a reality?

Have a safe and celebratory Fourth of July!. Happy birthday, America, and may God bless us always! Until next time, keep looking up!