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  • Charlene Stevens Jenkins

It's been a busy few months! My last blog was in March, and here we are in July.

Welcome to another monthly blog with an update about Celebrate Recovery (CR). If you’re new to CR, it's a Christ-centered 12-step program that helps individuals address and overcome their hurts, habits, and hang-ups. Through CR, we focus on various principles that guide us toward healing and recovery. Just as God is helping us through CR, He can help you too.

I'm delighted you’re here!

As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with the Veterans Health Administration, I volunteer as the CR Ministry Leader at Live Oak Church in Hinesville, GA. We’re currently in the seventh month of the year, focusing on Principle 4: “Openly examine and confess my faults to myself, to God, and to someone I trust” (Matthew 5:8: “Happy are the pure in heart.”). This includes Step 4: “We made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves” (Lamentations 3:40: “Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the Lord.”) and Step 5: “We admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs” (James 5:16: “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.”). For more details or to find a CR near you, visit

As we move into the second half of the year, it's a perfect time to make adjustments and course corrections. In my book, "WHEN I WAS 40: Overcame Some Challenges, Still Learning and Growing," I talk about the importance of making adjustments with the help of a sponsor and accountability partners. Struggling alone can be tough, but with the support of others, we find encouragement and strength. Honesty is crucial for spiritual growth, even though facing reality can be challenging. Many of us wear masks or escape into activities that provide temporary gratification but hinder spiritual growth.

To aid in our spiritual growth, we've learned the importance of conducting a spiritual inventory. Just as periodic inventory helps in managing a home, business, or ministry, an honest spiritual inventory involves examining both the good and the bad aspects of ourselves. This thorough examination is necessary for spiritual growth and involves asking God to search our hearts as well (Psalm 139:23-24: “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test my thoughts. Point out anything you find in me that makes you sad, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.”).

Earlier this month, one of our leaders taught Lesson 12 on Confession. Although confession might evoke feelings of guilt, being completely honest ultimately leads to positive outcomes. Recognizing our faults and shortcomings is essential for receiving God’s forgiveness. As part of the A, B, C’s of Salvation—Admit that you have sinned, Believe in Jesus, and Confess that Jesus is Lord—confession is crucial for salvation and continued spiritual growth.

This past Monday, one of our leaders courageously shared her testimony, highlighting the importance of confession in healing and recovery. It's the perfect time to find what you need.

This coming Monday, we will discuss "Admit," the final lesson before moving to the next principle. I invite you to join us for CR meetings on Mondays from 7-9 pm at 296 Live Oak Church Rd, Hinesville, GA.

Thank you for being here! You can find my other blogs at If you have any questions or comments, please reach out. Let’s communicate. I'm here to encourage, inspire, and motivate. I'm praying for you.

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  • Charlene Stevens Jenkins

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Making faith turns is not always easy, but worth it

Welcome! I’m a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with the Veterans Health Administration. I also volunteer as the Celebrate Recovery Ministry Leader at Live Oak Church in Hinesville GA. If you’ve been keeping up with my blogs, you know I’ve been writing a lot about Celebrate Recovery (CR). Why? Because I know people find freedom from hurts, habits and hang ups in CR, and I love sharing that news! CR is a Christ-centered 12-Step Program that is changing lives all over the world.

We're into the fourth month of 2024, and our recent CR lessons are life-changing! In March, two of our CR leaders taught Lessons 5 - Turn and Lesson 6 - Action. We covered Principle 3: "Consciously choose to commit all my life and will to Christ’s care and control. “Happy are the meek.” (Matthew 5:5); and Step 3: We made a decision to turn our lives and our wills over to the care of God. “Therefore I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God-this is your true and proper worship.” (Romans 12:1).

CR taught me that turning my life over to Jesus was a once-in-a-lifetime commitment. And I made that conscious decision when I was 13; however, turning my will over to Him requires a daily recommitment. That’s not to say, it doesn’t "take" the first time; it means we make life choices every day based on the principles of Christ, and I desire to live an abundant life in Him. As CR emphasizes, we have to make a decision to walk in alignment with the Spirit of the LORD every day. I’m walking out this intention one day at a time with the frame of mind to follow Christ. Every decision and every choice to live fully is what I call a faith turn!

Are you ready to base every decision and every choice on pleasing God? Do you feel stuck in a cycle of self sabotage, sin, and trauma and you really don’t know what to do next? The first step in stopping the cycle is to choose to follow Jesus’ principles for living. Recognize your need to be saved by believing in and accepting Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. If you and I could have lived “good enough” to save ourselves, there would have been no need for Jesus to die. All of us have sinned and fallen short, as written in Romans 3:23. Since nothing but the shedding of His blood could wash us and make us clean, all you and I have to do is believe. That’s what the CR Action lesson is all about: Believing that Jesus died on the cross and rose again and accepting God’s free forgiveness.

I invite you to make a faith turn today and choose Jesus as your Lord and Savior. This is the best decision of your life! You can pray right now where you are. God is waiting to hear from you. This is not a religion but a relationship with God. You should then start gathering with other believers to study the Word and grow your faith. Start making faith turns everyday.

If you have any questions, reach out. Let’s communicate. I’m here to encourage, inspire and motivate. I’m praying for you.

If you’re new, thank you for stopping in and checking out my blog. All others can be found at

To learn more about CR, visit and select Locator to find a group near you. Locals can join us Mondays, 7-9 pm at 296 Live Oak Church Road, Hinesville GA. We look forward to seeing you!

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  • Charlene Stevens Jenkins

I am so glad you're here. In case you're joining me for the first time, let me introduce myself. I'm a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with the Veterans Health Administration and I'm the Celebrate Recovery (CR) Ministry Leader at Live Oak Church in Hinesville, GA. Did you know that CR is a Christ-centered recovery program? People are surprised to hear that they can receive help and support while overcoming any hurt, habit or hang up. And by the way, it’s not just for people struggling with drugs or alcohol---but for anyone struggling.

In February, two of our leaders taught the CR Lessons 3: Hope, and 4: Sanity. We covered Principle 2, Earnestly believe that God exists, that I matter to Him, and that He has the power to help me recover. “Happy are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” (Matthew 5:4); and Step 2, We came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity. “For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.” (Philippians 2:13).

So, when was the last time you felt hopeless or felt like you needed to be restored to sanity? If we're honest, it could have been quite recent…or maybe that’s the current status. Feeling like there is no hope or like I need a restoration to order (mentally, emotionally…) should only be temporary and not permanent. Why? Because John 10:10 states, “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come, that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” At CR, our Higher Power is Jesus and these are His words. There’s nothing too hard for Him to do. Whenever I encounter difficult situations, I have to remind myself to walk by faith and not by sight. My hope is in Jesus and I want others to see that I am living in that hope.

At CR, we begin each group and step study meetings with songs of worship. Why? The worship time is one component that sets us apart from other 12-Step programs. Worship helps us take our focus off our problems and focus on THE problem solver. Whatever I focus on more becomes magnified in my life. The more I focus on my issues, the bigger they seem and the bigger they appear. However, when I focus more on what the Bible says, I will find myself more hopeful and in my right mind. I will also be an example to others I meet.

That's it for this month, but if you want to learn more about CR or you just need to come and see for yourself, visit and select Locator to find a group near you. If you’re in the area, we meet at 296 Live Oak Church Rd, Hinesville GA, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm on Mondays. We'd love to have you!

If you have any questions, reach out. Let’s communicate. I’m here to encourage, inspire and motivate. Praying for you 🙏🏽

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