Good morning! My name is Lauren my name is Lauren and I'm a grateful recovering, alcoholic/addict. Today I have a story for you. We had our potluck last Friday, where we raise money to donate to a local food bank. We grilled out hot dogs and hamburgers, and charged $5 a plate for the funds to go to our donation total. At the end of the day there were some leftovers, some hamburgers and a couple hot dogs. I asked around to see if anyone wanted any, and after anyone else that wanted some took some, I took the rest home. I was supposed to be meeting a friend in Peoria that I hadn’t seen in a few years by the Civic Center so I told her I would park across the street and meet her there. I did and I waited. While I waited, I saw an older man with a half filled garbage bag walking around. His face was dirt covered. It looked like he hadn’t taken a showed in a while, I watched him for a minute. Then I saw him peer into the garbage can. Then his whole head went in. He must be looking for food. My heart sank into my stomach. I had probably 9 hamburgers sitting to my right, while this man is searching through garbage cans for his dinner. I gathered some courage and opened my car door and walked around the corner to find him looking in another garbage can. At first my words didn’t want to come out, but then they did.
“Sir, you look hungry. We had a potluck at work today, and I have some extra food in my car. Would you like a hamburger?”
“Yes, ma’am, that would be great!” He said.
He turned to follow me to my car. I asked what his name was and he said Ray, even though the name on his coat said Matt. I told him my name was Lauren. He then proceeded to tell me he lived here on the streets. I told him I would be praying for him. We got to my car and I made him a double burger. I apologized for not having any ketchup or mustard but he said it was ok. Then I saw another man looking in the same garbage can. I saw me giving Ray a burger so I waved him over. He hurriedly walked over and I gave him a double too. He didn’t stay long though. But I told him God bless him and I would be praying for him. After the men left I got back in my car and just thought of God’s timing. That He let me take the food home, and had me get this parking spot, and gave me the courage to go talk to these men and offer them food. Thank you God! Proverbs 14:31 says, “Whoever oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy shows honor to God.”
if I would have been drinking and using, I would have never thought of anyone but myself. Today I care about other people. And God puts people in my path for me to have the opportunity to help. He give me courage to talk to them. That's all I have for today! Have a great one!
Good morning! My name is Lauren, and I'm a grateful, recovering alcoholic/addict. I can do anything I put my mind to. Don't tell me I can't. I will be an author. I will be a photographer. I will be a great mom. I will be a good wife. I will do anything I want to, to the best of my ability. Don't tell me I can't do it. I'm sure some people laughed when I said I was writing a book, but I kept doing it. It didn't sell a million copies, but if it helped one person, it was worth it. I love taking pictures, and if my photography made one person smile, that makes it worth it. Some people didn't think I could ever get clean and sober, today I am clean and sober. I am happy today. Do something you don't think is possible, you may surprise yourself. :) That's all I have for today. Have a great one! Don't forget to check out my Patreon page. www.patreon.com/lovethesoberlife. You can help me continue to help others and donate my books, and keep this page going. Thanks! God Bless!
Good afternoon! My name is Lauren, and I'm a grateful, recovering alcoholic/addict. This quote really hit me today. I didn't start drinking or using with the intent of becoming an addict. I started because I liked the way it made me feel...or not feel. Well both actually. Drinking in the beginning was my "liquid courage." I was outgoing, but it gave me courage to talk to guys. Looking back now, I see that wasn't the way to go about it. Drinking and using didn't make me more sexy, it actually made me less attractive. Once I continued this way of life, I began to not feel, or deal with life, and I liked that too. I didn't have to deal with the feelings of disappointment or rejection, I just drank and used to not have to deal with it. But not dealing with it, didn't make it go away. Because when I got sober, I had a lot of things that were still there that I needed to deal with. We need to find other ways of meeting our needs than with drugs or alcohol, and there are a lot of them out there. :) Today, I go to church, AA meetings, and have a good support system. I talk about my problems, instead of running from them. That's all I have for today. Have a great one!
Good morning, my name is Lauren and I'm a grateful, recovering alcoholic/addict. Sorry it has been a while since I posted. I have been so busy, We just got back from vacation, and I have been painting about every room in our house. So to apologize I am going to give away some books some people today! I am drawing from those who have previously signed up. And the winners are... thompson.audria@.......... and mollyludy1@...... If you have signed up and these are either of your emails you have won! I will also email you, Please reply back and choose one of my books. Congrats! God Bless!
Good afternoon! My name is Lauren, and I'm a grateful, recovering alcoholic/addict. Going through what I went through was definitely difficult. But it has also given me the best days of my life. Yeah, they were hard, but I have learned a lot, and with that I have had the best days of my life recently. Tomorrow, we will be going on a little trip back to the treatment center that helped me get clean and sober. It has been a little over 3 years now, and I have gone back every year now. It reminds me where I was, how bad I was, and where I am today. Now don't get me wrong, there are still bad days, hard days, but definitely not like they were before. My worst day sober is always better than my best day drunk or high. No doubt! I don't ever want to go back to that life. I am just blessed that I get the opportunity to show my family where I started my journey of sobriety, and spend a little time in the sun while I am at it. :) That's all I have for today. Have a great one! Don't forget to sign up for the book drawing. And if you want to help out with the site and publication costs for my next book, go to the donation page. Thanks so much!
Good morning! My name is Lauren, and I'm a grateful,recovering alcoholic/addict. Are these extravagant promises? We think not! Today, I have had so many great things turn around in my life, and they don't have to be material things either. It could be the relationships with my kids, my husband, my parents. The freedom I get from not stressing about the past or the future but just dealing with today. The happiness I make in my life. The way I feel putting more effort into my job, instead of just doing whatever just get by. That effort gives me opportunity, for advancement. Today I know the definition of serenity. I can find peace with myself. My experiences can benefit other and help others. Today, it is not all about me. I want to give it away. Well, that's all I have for today! Have a great one! Don't forget to check out my store, and check out my books and photography! :) Thanks! God Bless!
email@example.com & firstname.lastname@example.org! You each get to choose one of my books! Friday I celebrated 3 years clean and sober and today I celebrate 36 years alive! These are my gifts to you! Ya gotta give it away to keep it! Happy Valentine's Day everyone!
Good morning! My name is Lauren, and I'm a grateful, recovering alcoholic/addict. In just 2 days, God willing, and by the grace of God, I will have 3 years clean and sober. I want to give away a couple of my books, but I need some more people to sign up for my offer. You can do it, below or on the side of this post (wherever it pops up on your page). I have been working on a couple more books also. :) This quote is so true, positive or negative. So why not make it positive. I try to have my energy be positive and change a room to be the same way. Before I got sober, I was very negative, and that made everything around me be the same way. Once I got sober, that had to change, I turned that positive spark into a flame and I want that to be catching, and you to pass that on too. :) It had to take over everything in my life. God had to take over my life and I had to give it all to him. IT;s not easy, but it is so worth it. That's all I have for today. So , don't forget to sign up for my free book giveaway I will be doing on Friday! Thanks!
Good morning! My name is Lauren, and I'm a grateful, recovering alcoholic/addict. This quote makes sense in the fact that these 24 hours help my ultimate plans for the next month or years fall into place. Yes, I need to have goals, but me not thinking too far into the future gets me to reach my goals. So I just worry about today. Well, not worry, but focus on. Yes I have a calendar, and plan out dates, appointments, vacations, birthday parties, and such. I have to because I am an adult. But when it comes to reaching these things, I just get through one day at a time. Today, all I am thinking about it today. Now I know I have a big day tomorrow with some appointments for my daughter, but that isn't today, so I will put it out of my head for now. (Even thought the hospital has called me three times today to verify information.) I will just get my work done, go home, make dinner, spend time with my family, and enjoy my day, clean and sober. That's all I have for today. Have a great one! Don't forget to sign up for a free book. :)
Good morning! My name is Lauren, and I'm a grateful, recovering alcoholic/addict. I decided to update my page a little bit. I hope you enjoy it. I really like this quote. It's exactly what I had to do in my life to keep me sober. This can be used in so many ways too, with working out, or eating healthy or whatever. You just have to get the ball rolling. Once you get the momentum going in the right direction, it is a lot easier to keep it going. But the key is getting it started. Sometimes you need someone to kick you in the butt a little, sometimes it's a friend, or loved one, or even the state. But whatever it is, its a start, so keep it going. One day at a time. I started working out and eating healthy again. This time I am doing it with some friends, and it is a lot easier this time, because I am being held accountable. We talk every day, and keep each other motivated. I am making it a habit. I had to do that with my meetings with my sobriety, And now I am doing that with eating healthy and working out. Doing things over and over again and seeing positive result makes me want to keep soing them! :) That's all I have for today! Don't forget to sign up for the book drawing I will be having in less than a month! Also, there is a donate page now, where you can help me keep this page going, and help me help others. Thanks!
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