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  • Erik Frederickson

Years of addiction can ingrain some not so pleasant memories in someone's psyche. But the good news is that it doesn't have to control you, and it certainly does not have to drive you back to the insanity of addiction.


One of the most misunderstood parts of getting past our triggers is understanding that our thoughts have emotions attached to them. Think about it, there you are driving down the street minding your own business and you drive past a bar where you created some unpleasant memories.


What happens?


The same emotions that you felt in the moment begin to surface, feelings of shame, guilt, regret and so on. And seeing how those feelings make you feel gross, you immediately want to feel good. This is the trap that pulls people back to drinking and using. They quickly go back to addiction because they are seeking a momentary solution through numbing their emotions with drugs and alcohol and in turn create a long term problem of addiction.


So how in the world does someone rid their mind and memories of this torment?


The first thing you don't want to do is try and manage the issues. Many programs and people will teach how to keep the problem around, and manage it. We want to get rid of it, not manage it.


Check out this 14 min Podcast to help with this topic.


"Stress Management?"


The key to victory is understanding that this is a spiritual battle, and a spiritual battle needs spiritual solutions. Think about it, the actual event that caused the harm and emotional distress is over and gone.


So how does the thought still have a hold on you?


Our actions have consequences, and we are responsible for our actions and consequences. There is Good News though, God forgives and can remove these invisible weights that haunt someone.


When I finally surrendered my life to God and recovery I moved to another state, it made it a little easier. But I recall coming back to visit my parents not long after I started my recovery. I couldn't go anywhere in that entire county without a memory popping up. Driving past various police stations, places where I did drugs, places where I saw things I wished I hadn't, places where I did things I wished I wouldn't have, and the list could go on.


During the remainder of my visit I remember sitting at my parents house and thinking through some of this. I thought, "If God has forgiven me, why am I still being haunted by this?"


I took those feelings to prayer and spent time with God, and the invisible weight of those haunting feelings melted like wax in a bonfire. It was then that I learned something, there is a war going on in the invisible world around us.


The forces of darkness would love nothing more then to keep you locked in addiction, or drag you back into the death trap of addiction. The good news is that God is bigger and has true freedom for you.


Nearly 11 yrs into my recovery I can say that the forces of darkness still try and trigger me, but I've established a history with God. I've spent time in prayer and I've processed the past in light of God's grace and my triggers have zero effect on me these days.


It's real freedom, and it is available for anyone. Addiction may have filled a few chapters in our story, but God's desire is to fill the rest of our story with freedom and purpose.



For a some powerful and practical insights on how to deal with triggers right when they come up, check out this 15 min podcast.


Understanding "Triggers"


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Let's be honest this is a strange situation we are currently in.


It might be safe to say that the entire planet has never been on pause like it is right now. Global issues such as wars, depressions, plagues and so on have happened throughout history, but the uniqueness of this situation has not happened to this generation.


On top of that, each person is being effected differently. For some it almost like a vacation, for others it's sheer panic and uncertainty. It depends on your health, finances, where you live, and the type of work you do.


With all these things floating around and none of us really knowing how all of this is going to plan out in coming months, let's put some things in perspective and do what we can to stay healthy during a trying time for all of us.



3 Tips to Stay Mentally Healthy



1- Perspective


It's safe to say that everyone on the entire planet has been effected in some way, shape, or form. For some it's the obvious, health. Let's just put it in it's right perspective.


The global population is roughly 7.8 Billion people. The global number of documented Coronavirus cases is around roughly 290,000 with nearly 12,000 deaths, and 93,000 people have recovered after catching the virus. It's a problem and we should be aware and cautious, as most people around the world are doing, but a massive percentage of the planet will not catch this virus let alone die from it.


Yes, it's a problem, but the big picture shows us that we are handling it well. Panic, fear, and thinking worst case scenario aren't just hurting your own mental health. it's feeding a unnecessary dogmatic mentality in far too many people.


Talk of a vaccine is already happening and people are quarantining themselves to slow the spread. It could be MUCH MUCH worse. Let's pray and remember that we are all in this together.



2- Count Your Blessings, We are in this Together


It would be hugely beneficial to put this in a case by case scenario with each person. We all know that everyone is being effected in some way, but some are being hit much harder then others.


Think through it.


Some peoples businesses are booming right now. Amazon, food delivery, grocery stores and the list could go on. Depending on the service or product a business provides some companies aren't just doing OK, they are booming.


But there is a weighty flip side.


Small businesses, low income families, and people that are just getting by or living month to month are facing some extremely rough circumstances. Imagine living month to month as a small local business owner and almost over night your whole world shuts down.


Think of the nurses and doctors working endless hours right now with a risk of exposure. Think of parents with no savings stuck at home for weeks with their kids, uncertain of the future. It truly is case by case, as some (maybe most) are doing alright all things considered.


"Gratitude turns what we have into enough"


What can we be grateful for?


It could be worse, much worse, and we are all in this together.



3- Who can you help?


Some people are really hurting right now, for lots of reasons.


The obvious has already been stated, and now is a time more then ever to check in on people. Facetime a friend you haven't talked to in a while. There is something paradoxical about helping someone else that in turn helps us as well.


Imagine being a widow or widower and living alone and being stuck inside alone for the unforeseeable future. Think of those that already struggle with depression and after a long winter are now being told be stay inside for another few weeks, or God forbid months.


Think of the person that struggles with addiction begin isolated right now, as many recovery meetings are being shut down until further notice.


Do you have some extra money right now?


Somebody has none, maybe an entire family, and they might not be asking for help. Why not pray and ask God to highlight someone and send them some help? PayPal, Venmo, or a check in the mail, there are many ways in this day and age to help even if you can't leave your house.


Surprise someone that may need some help with a happy text and ask if they want to talk. Surprise someone by asking them for their Amazon account email and send them a gift card straight to their Amazon account.


Write some hope filled letters to send out, and this creative list could go on for a while.


How can we help? That is the question we need to ask ourselves.



"This too shall pass"


This storm will pass through. How we handle our thoughts and actions right now may not have a huge bearing on the immediate future in your world, but how you reach outside of yourself and help people that are struggling could absolutely change someone else's world right now.



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  • Erik Frederickson

God has drawn a line in the sand in Hollywood. I have had a sense for years now he has been reaching out to Hollywood at large and trying to draw many people into repentance, some have responded, many have not.


God began speaking this specific word to me at the beginning of 2020, and I feel it's time to release it.


God had a window of time in recent year where he was seeing whose hearts were open to change, that window has closed. God has drawn a line in the sand and those that are for Him will ride through what He is about to do fairly unscathed, those that have resisted His grace will be exposed or left to fend for themselves for a season. God is not punishing, He is exposing and people's consequences for their own actions are coming to light.


The Father's arms are wide open for anyone in Hollywood (anyone at all for that matter) that allows His love to enter their heart, but God is doing something specific in Hollywood in the next 1-3 yrs.


This is not Old Testament wrath coming against Hollywood, God has been extremely patient and now He is leaving Hollywood to its own devices for a season and removing darkness so He can replace it will Light.


A unimaginable amount of evil is going to be revealed in Hollywood. Even with the recent Harvey Weinstein scandal being exposed, it's just the tip of the iceberg. God's plans for turning Hollywood into a beautiful expression of creativity and hope are under way, but first He is cleaning house.


Here are some things that I feel will come about as confirmations into what God is doing in Hollywood.


-More then one production company will file for bankruptcy in the next 1-3 yrs time.


-A major production company will even have a fire on it's property. This will be a sign of Matthew 3:11, God's cleansing fire is coming to prepare the way for habitation of His Holy Spirit in Hollywood. After some time, and an investigation, it will prove that the fire was arson started out of fear of financial issues and a plan to collect insurance money.


-Many more celebrity scandals will come to light. Scandals such as financial, sexual, drug, and extortion. No evil that has been concealed up to this point is safe from God's exposure.


-We will see an increase in drug and alcohol addiction and it's repercussions. Celebrities will have bizarre public episodes and meltdowns. Some of these celebrities that have struggled with addiction will step into relationship with God and recover, some won't. God is for them and wants to transform their life, but not all of Hollywood wants to change.


-Even Netflix will feel some of the financial strain, and actors and actresses will be scrambling to try and protect the empires they've been trying to construct. We will see multiple celebrities filing bankruptcy in the next 1-3 yrs.


God has extended his grace to all of these people, their own actions are causing this to happen.



God is exposing darkness and removing it so His plans can come to Light.


-We will see celebrities that we NEVER thought would change, publicly declare that Jesus is Lord. Just like God transformed Kanye West's life, and he has been publicly vocal about it, more of Hollywood's elite will give their lives to Jesus.


-God has already prepared hundreds of His servants and filled them with His Spirit, and He will launch them into positions of influence in Hollywood. There is a new breed of creative believers going to be unleashed in Hollywood. God has positions like jobs on sets, screen writing, acting, producers, and so on set aside for this new creative breed of believers. They are waiting in the wings.


-There will be some lawsuits and "kicking and screaming" as God moves His people in, but nothing will stop what He is doing.


Let's pray for Hollywood as God wants to see lives transformed, but He also is removing darkness. By 2030 Hollywood will have a new and never before seen look, and God's presence and people will be easily seen all over Hollywood.



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