Kent Smith

Eight months ago, my wife Kristi noticed that something was wrong.  With tears in my eyes, I confessed to her that I was suffering from depression, anxiety and fear.  As a Christian, I thought by going to God in prayer and confession I could resolve my struggles.  I came to church that Sunday with a heavy heart.  While ushering, I shared with my friend Darla about my struggles.  She mentioned that a Men’s Celebrate Recovery small group was starting that afternoon; God’s perfect timing!

Desperate for help, I committed to attend the small group.  I stepped out of denial and admitted I was powerless to face my anxieties alone.  Initially it was awkward admitting my struggles to the group.  I expected to talk about my issues and have the men give me constructive feedback that would fix me.  Instead, I learned we were there to support one another not “fix” each other. We trusted Jesus for the fixing.

I am discovering God’s grace in my life as I am learning to apply the biblical principles of the 12 steps.  James 5:16 says “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.”  I am experiencing this healing! I am a beloved child of Jesus who deeply loves Him for His sacrifice on the cross.  I am thankful for how He is giving me victory over depression, codependency, fear, worry and anxiety.

Am I completely fixed?  No!  I need Jesus daily and a godly support network to help me step by step.  I know I can’t do this on my own.  I am a sinner saved by God's grace, but I now have peace that comes from a more personal and trusting relationship with Jesus. Praise the Lord Almighty that confession plus community brings healing.