TRUST/FAITH

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HELLO ALL, 

Have you ever been faced with uncertainty, a choice regarding a path forward, and/or just not sure what to do next? Well I can assure you I have and when I turned it over, I found out that everything went just as it should have gone.  I found out that God had a plan and He was faithful.  However, sometimes letting go and letting God, is a tough task for us.  It requires a certain amount of faith/trust.  Based upon our past experience’s, our trust mechanism’s, may be broken or fractured.  Then how do we move forward?  How do we find faith/trust in our situation today? Well at some point, we may have to lean into the faith/trust option and just try it for a different (positive/experience).  Once we receive the gift of faith/trust we will be more inclined to repeat it.  If you are facing a uncertain road/choice and need guidance don’t be afraid to pray and if needed give us a call 253-246-1613 we can talk. God bless you all, Mark

BEST VISION

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HELLO ALL, 

Wanted to ask, if you have ever just closed your eyes and envisioned your best life?  Where are you living?  What does it look like?  Are you living by the water, woods, city, country etc?  Family, kids, loved ones around?  Are you envisioning a special job or career you see for yourself?  Are you retired and enjoying coffee/tea from your porch? Fishing, hunting, spending times with grandkids and family?  What does your best vision for yourself look like?  What does it take to reach that and make it your new reality?  What stands in your way or maybe slowing you down?  Hold onto that vision of your best life and don’t let go!! YOU CAN ABSOLUTLY DO IT!! If you need help getting started like I did, then reach out to us @ 253-246-1613.  God Bless you all, Mark

GRACE

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HELLO ALL – 

Do you ever stumble upon Grace?  If so, how does it feel?  How does it feel when someone or a circumstance allows for Grace?  Sometimes, that is the best gesture anyone or anything can give us…right!!?  I was just speaking with a client who is really struggling and they said, “their life sucks”! I responded by saying do you have a place to live, food to eat, bed to sleep in?  Are you living on the streets?  “They said yes I have ALL that” “And no…I am not living on the streets”!  They lost their job, have no money due to the disease of addiction, however, by the Grace of God, they do have what they need.  Furthermore, the longer they are sober the more blessings that will come their way.  We might loose a few things along the way on the path of recovery (especially when we fall off), however, God’s continued Grace is sufficient. He will provide what is needed.  STAY CLEAN AND SOBER FOR TODAY! God bless you all, Mark. 

PERFECTION

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HELLO ALL, 

Have you or anyone you know struggled with PERFECTION?  Trying to be perfect is a real difficult task.  I don’t know anyone who is perfect or has perfected anything.  I guess I should say except Jesus.  Sometimes we place a ton of pressure upon ourselves trying to be perfect.  One way we do this is by pushing ourselves to live a perfect life of recovery.  The problem which I’ve noticed is that when things aren’t perfect or we struggle during our walk of recovery, at times can feel like we are never going to make it or succeed. I am here to tell you, less than 1 percent of the people in recovery become clean/sober for the very first time and stay that way the rest of their lives.  PERFECTION is an illusion. The best one can do is to get up, dust themselves off when they stumble and move forward.  If you want to practice PERFECTION, practice dusting yourself off and moving forward when things aren’t perfect.  To me the grace we receive from that simple strategy is PERFECTION today.  Lighten up on yourself and understand it’s ok not to be perfect today. God bless you all, Mark

MOVING FORWARD

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Hello All, 

Have you every noticed that sometimes we have to take a step back to actually move forward?  For instances, we have certain things which can be triggers for us (emotional, financial, relationships etc.).  What I’ve learned that it is helpful to step back and take a look at those things and try to gain a mindfulness of those feelings when they bubble up.  Also, by stepping back, we can look inward to see if we may be in need of some sort of healing which needs to take place (with some guidance).  To really MOVE FORWARD, we have to review our hurts, habits and hang-ups from the past.  If those things go unresolved for us, we will continue to wrestle with those and the outcomes for a long time in one way or another.  Truly MOVING FORWARD is a process and at times a path which requires us to step back and look within.  If you are in need of assistance please feel free to reach out to us 253-246-1613. God Bless you and your path.  Mark

NEW YEAR

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!! How are you starting out this year 2021?  What obstacles stand in your way? What barriers are impeding your progress?  Are you starting the new year clean and sober? Is there a alternate path you can choose?  The choice may seem easy, however, the journey requires work and commitment.  Making that first call is usually the most difficult.  But, ask yourself, is it easier to live in your current circumstance or is there another way?  A better way to live!? Give us a call or come in to visit one of our staff and we can get started on a new path for this new year! God bless you and may He give you the strength needed. Mark

HOLIDAYS

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HELLO ALL-

I hope this finds you in a place of readiness.  Holidays can be a tough time of year for the those of us who struggle with co-occuring issues.  There may have been times when we’ve burned a bridge or two with loved ones, friends, and even children.  Due to those broken bridges we may not be able to see or spend time with those we care about the most.  Those circumstances/realities are very painful to deal with.  What kind of coping skills do we use to handle those things. Is this a struggle for you?  Are you feeling alone for the holidays?  Are you in a place in your heart/head where you would like to make some changes to your life in order to spend the holidays going forward differently?  We can assist you with that desire/need.  Just give us a call 253-246-1613.  There is another way, a lot of men and women have already repaired those bridges and relationships by making that same call and asking for help.  We are praying for you, God bless you! Mark-

 

ACCEPTANCE

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Hello All, 

I’ve noticed at times things come my way which I may not like, but I have to ACCEPT.  I am able to do that now (most of the time…lol), however, I’ve learned that I really don’t have control.  When I was in my addiction, I thought I could control things and especially my addiction.  However, when my life actually spun out of control, I lost my self respect and my self esteem and there was no control of that or regaining it in my addiction.  The disease had me, and I finally had to come to terms with (ACCEPTANCE) that I needed some real help.  It was during this time of brokenness that I was able to find ACCEPTANCE of the help being offered and I was not going to have real chance of change unless I ACCEPTED the help.  You see ACCEPTANCE is actually the realization of we are not in control and it’s a understanding that things are going to be OK no matter what.  Things are going to come our way which we struggle with, but if we move to ACCEPTANCE, then we will find some peace in the middle of the storm.  If you need help ACCEPT your circumstances and just reach out…there is help to be given.  God bless you ALL!!
 

PRIDE

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HELLO ALL, 

Is pride good or bad? Is being prideful a good thing?  Well I would suggest that being prideful around a job well done, or an accomplishment is a healthy thing.  However, PRIDE can set us back from moving forward in our recovery.  We can be SO prideful that we stop short of asking for help, or admitting too someone who we may have in our life that can tell us what we need to hear vs what we may want to hear, which we really are in need of.  PRIDE can stand in our way like a door locked shut. PRIDE if not checked and right sized, can keep us stuck in our current circumstances. PRIDE can prevent us from finding the glimmer of HUMILITY that seems to be vital in discovering our path of recovery.  Does PRIDE stand in your way?  Are you making decisions based upon PRIDE.  Is PRIDE preventing you from getting help? Unlock the door of PRIDE and let those in who can assist you with change.  We don’t have to do it on our own! If you need assistance call us @ 253-246-1613.  It is just a phone call! God Bless you all, Mark.

CHOICES

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HELLO ALL, 

I am hopeful for each and every one of you.  Some times we can delay or progress by simply choosing the easier path. Sometimes the difficult CHOICE is uncomfortable, unfamiliar, unrecognizable, and just down right hard to do! What does that mean for us as individuals?  There’s the old sayings “live and learn”, “we learn for our experiences”….which I used to tell my Grandfather quite a few times while I was struggling at making the correct CHOICE. 

I’ll never forget the one time I was home from college and my Grandfather and I were outside working in his yard.  We were discussing an issue I had and the outcome had already arrived (which was just like he said it would go) and my response to it (in all my young wisdom lol) was ” sometimes I have to learn from my own experiences”.  I remember his reply like it was today, “If you would learn to listen to some of my suggestions I could save you from some of those “bad experiences”! I look back now and say…only if I would have listened to the guidance I was offered so freely back then.  I get it today!! However, how many times are we going to be offered the actual solution to part of our problem and ignore it, until we CHOOSE to go out and have that BAD experience?

Do we really need to learn that way?  Is there a better path that could propel us forward in a positive way? Are there suggestions, advice, and/or instruction given to us that we should follow?  What would be the outcome if we listened to people in our lives who truly just want to assist us?  How much time, grief, pain and suffering would we be spared as individuals?  Can we/you make the CHOICE to not only listen, but do something constructive with the advice given to you?  God bless you with this decision of CHOICE!