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40 Days by God's Grace

Posted in Getting started 25 Dec 2020
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I'm an African American Man from the US, who happens to be a Christian. I guess that doesn't really matter to most.. but I can't tell my story without it's mention. That being said, I don't believe anything in life is ever a 'coincidence'. So this is my story in a nutshell..

After smoking 20 years, I quit smoking on June 25th 2012 cold turkey. I had tried hundreds of times before that but by the Grace of God, that time it stuck. I remained smoke free for 7 years and unwisely began smoking again the summer of 2019. I had continued to smoke up until this week.

Faith has always been extremely important to me, even at times when I so called 'pushed it to the back burner' in my life. In October, I had been meditating and getting back to practicing my faith. I began to notice a lot of passages I was studying with friends, as well as lesson plans.. evolved around the 40 day stories in the Bible. 40 Days and 40 nights. My life had become unmanageable in many ways. I used the inspiration of Jesus being temped in the Wilderness as motivation for my own life. I had a plan. I would go through the 'wilderness' and be tempted for 40 days and nights with 3 specific vices: Marijuana, Alcohol and lastly Cigarettes. In order of difficulty.

The date was October 3rd 2020, I would try to give up smoking marijuana for 40 days, which I did. At midnight, at the completion of the 4oth day, I began my 40 days abstinence with alcohol--the date then was November 12th. 40 days later, the date was December 22nd and I would try and stop smoking cigarettes again cold Turkey. Here I am on His birthday and my quit resume is as follows: Marijuana free 83 days; Alcohol free 43 days; Tobacco (nicotine) free 3 days.

I am proud of my accomplishments. Each accomplishment of completing the 40 days, gave me a huge amount of self confidence going into the next vice. I won't say that it has made quitting cigarettes any easier.. but having 80 days of momentum going into the quit has undoubtably helped. Again, this is just one story out of millions. I never share anything about myself online but figured this was a perfect time, being that it's because of HIM that I was initially inspired, as well as it being His birthday :) I sincerely wish nothing but prosperity, positivity and strength on your own quit. Merry Christmas!

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  • Robn December 25, 2020 | 22:17
    Well done, I sincerely hope you keep going with your journey. Life is tough enough without poisoning our body and mind, it simply makes life tougher than it needs to be. Merry Xmas to you and a very happy and healthy new year
  • Happiness December 25, 2020 | 23:41
    An inspiring story. Trust in God, Believe and you can make it happen. Belief and desire if strong enough can carry you through. There is no need for luck or wishing or what some call will power. How is it willpower when it is what you want ? When you don't want something, then you have no desire for it! Hence when someone says they use will power they are lacking in the mindset. Mind over matter.

    That is why understanding the enemy is important. Understanding how we became addicted and how we can end that addiction. See is believing! Forums work because we see others succeed and find the BELIEF that we can quit smoking too.
    We all start initially thinking that we can't, but it is the ones who believe they can that do!

    Put your faith in the Lord, in others, in our little community here, but you have to find the belief that you can. Past attempts and just leading up to and preparing you for the final step. This time think positive and you can set yourself free.

    Three Wonderful accomplishments GodsGrace. We hope you will continue your success, and hope you will continue to join us to help you persevere and perhaps for you to help others. After all He led you to us!
  • GodsGrace December 26, 2020 | 7:37
    Robn, Thank you and happy holidays to you as well!

    Happiness, Thank you as well. I agree with everything you have written. Very well written! Feels great to have the support.. especially when it's by a 'Sister' in Spirit. Have a great holiday and thank you again for your support!
  • GodsGrace December 26, 2020 | 8:05
    Robn, Thank you and happy holidays to you as well!

    Happiness, Thank you as well. I agree with everything you have written. Very well written! Feels great to have the support.. especially when it's by a 'Sister' in Spirit. Have a great holiday and thank you again for your support!
  • GodsGrace December 26, 2020 | 8:11
    Robn, Thank you and happy holidays to you as well!

    Happiness, Thank you as well. I agree with everything you have written. Very well written! Feels great to have the support.. especially when it's by a 'Sister' in Spirit. Have a great holiday and thank you again for your support!
  • Nuts December 28, 2020 | 15:50
    Hi there. Just read your story and i am so proud of you. You have beaten not one but 3 addictions. It takes a lot of strength to do that and your faith has helped you enormously. As long as you believe that you can do it, then you will. With your strong belief and your faith, you will be the winner. Have a happy and smoke free new year. I believe in you 💞
  • GerhardBriel December 28, 2020 | 17:22
    My friend read this! Will help you a lot.
    The Secret of Power
    https://media.twr360.org/d/7iCS3ApXS.mp3?site=ttb

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