Found Adrift: 40 Days of Recovering Grace
Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Found Adrift by Pauline Creeden. Welcome fellow drifter. And sometimes Welcome fellow drifter. And sometimes I feel so far away that no one on the shore could possibly hear me.
Have you ever been there? If you have ever been distracted by your daily life and suddenly looked up and found yourself far behind where you should be in your walk with God, then you are a drifter like me. This devotional is your paddle. Get A Copy. Kindle Edition , pages. More Details Other Editions 1. Friend Reviews.
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Like the parable of the prodigal son God meets us where we are when we step towards Him. Aug 22, Kate rated it really liked it. I liked the format of this devotional. The author first started with a scripture verse, and then showed how that verse had relevance in her own personal life. Then, she provided encouragement, and a 'prayer thought' for us to think about and work through in our own journey to recover God's grace in our lives. Sep 09, Steve Campbell rated it liked it Shelves: devotionals.
This devotional is written in a style that indicates that the author is a fellow struggler and not a disinterested expert. She offers some thoughtful points to consider as we try to make the most of our Christian journey. Dec 19, Beverly rated it really liked it Shelves: christian-author , christian-living , devotional , non-fiction. Do you get distracted from your focus on God? What causes you to move away from Him and focus on the world around you, or on yourself?
How do you get back to a close relationship with the Lord? The author, Pauline Creeden, offers a short study course, in the form of a devotional for 40 days, to guide the reader through the journey back to His loving Presence.
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The 40 days are significant because moving away from God is often due to bad habits. So to move closer to Him, we need to re-establish goo Do you get distracted from your focus on God? So to move closer to Him, we need to re-establish good habits in place of the bad ones. Creeden explains in the beginning that this set of devotions began as her own personal journey. Writing from her heart, she dug down deep to find the habits that needed to be rooted out, and added her thoughts about them as she meditated on God's Word.
A few she writes about are fear, loss of control, worry, stubbornness, substituting other things for the natural craving we have for God, pride, living by sight, and stress.
How can we remove so much that is distracting us? She pens her thoughts: pray to break the habit of drifting away; be patient, progress will seem slow; apply the armor of God; give God control; understand the threshing process; step out in faith; choose whom we serve And finally, she gives us concrete things for us to do and turn to: give thanks; ask God what He wants us to do for Him; trust God to open doors that seem to be closed; take everything to God in prayer; we are called to teach; seek His kingdom first; His grace is enough There is a pattern many of us children of God seem to get caught up in.
Using the author's metaphor, we drift away, row back to shore, drift away, and row back to shore again. Over and over, we repeat this rhythm. One of my first thoughts in reading this devotional was how true this was for me. Then I thought how it might help to journal the process, find the specific distractions unique to me and pinpoint them, pray about them and pray through them. Perhaps if we do this enough, we will start to recognize when we're drifting and catch it before we get out too far. The author warns us drifting will happen. She encourages us not to look back, but to keep pressing on.
Three things stuck in my mind that I think will help us in our journeys: be a praise warrior; never stop learning--be teachable; and always seek His kingdom first. Such things may be impossible to quantify, unlike per-capita income and gross national product. But such things make daily life in Britain far more rewarding than mere economic reality might suggest, and they help - along with memories of past glories - to give Britain a station in the world that the harsh statistics might deny it. Nonetheless, the signs of economic disadvantage, despite the exertions of Mrs.
Thatcher and the protection of the welfare state, are becoming more obvious - obvious in the cardboard suitcases British workers take on vacation, in the shabbiness of dress on city streets, in the mounting incidence of violence, squalor and drug-taking, in the constant appeals by institutions from museums to churches to hospitals for more money to maintain the fabrics of buildings and the standards of service. At a time of constant discussion, all across Europe, of the developing gap in science and technology between Japan and the United States on the one hand and the rest of the world on the other, British research is starved for funds.
Sir Hans Kornberg, one of the world's leading biochemists, said recently at the end of his term as president of the British Association for the Advancement of Science that the ability of scientists here to contribute to the study of cancer and other illnesses had already undergone ''a horrifying decline.
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Different details catch different people's attention. A West German industrialist who negotiates labor contracts spent a few days recently talking to some English counterparts and looking at their figures.
When he saw the average wage of an unskilled factory worker, he asked how such a man could ever afford to take his family to a good restaurant. Told that he could not, the German remarked that neither he nor his employees would ever tolerate such a situation. A Swede who knew this country well a quarter of a century ago but had not been here since then was startled not long ago to see a small newspaper item boasting that British home appliances now had almost as good a service record as those from southern Europe - where such products were not very widely used, let alone widely manufactured, a quarter of a century ago.
All this is the reality, moreover, after five years of growth in the gross domestic product, the longest-lasting upswing for 30 years. What will happen when that boomlet ends, as many economists here now expect it to do in ? An Underclass Is Born. In some ways, the situation is worse than it seems, especially to those who live in the capital, in southeast England or in other parts of Britain, such as the West Country, where pretty settings or gentle climates or social amenities have attracted new, small, high-tech industries.
These are, in a sense, the British equivalent of the Sun Belt in America, the parts of the country to which people flee from old, worn-out cities. Proportionately few of the 3. It is in the north of England, in the Midlands, in south Wales and in parts of Scotland that youngsters leaving school, in the words of a Bradford social worker, ''may as well forget about finding a job in this life and start worrying about the next. It is in those same places that a kind of underclass - deprived, ill-educated, unhealthy, without hope - has been created.
If this is hard to see from Mayfair and the City of London, it is even harder, for most Britons, to bear in mind the fact that their country's poor economic performance has persisted despite its status as one of Western Europe's two major oil producers, the other being Norway. Petroleum production, now near its peak, has generated jobs and helped the balance of trade, but by the end of the century its impact will be relatively slight.
When the oil runs out, or nearly does, ''I despair for a country that has de-industrialized as we have,'' says Roy Jenkins of the Social Democratic Party, who is widely considered Britain's best postwar Chancellor of the Exchequer. Peter Jenkins, a leading newspaper columnist, is even bleaker. No one has a convincing explanation, he wrote the other day, of ''how we are going to afford to import the food and raw materials we need to eat and work'' when the oil is no more. Courtesy and Coziness. British society has demonstrated a remarkable cohesion over the centuries.
It is embedded in folklore: the Britons are the experts at muddling through, the possessors of stiff upper lips. It shows in such homely details of everyday life as the orderly bus queue, the warmth of the greeting and the patience lavished on an old woman in a village shop as she fumbles for her change, the champagne poured by a talk-show host on national television for the couple who have been asked to appear because the woman had got stuck in traffic and missed her wedding.
Those aspects of life here - civility, courtesy, coziness - have always bound Britons to their country, even in time of adversity. They are part of the British myth, along with lovely countryside, dogs and horses, rose gardens, the Armada, the Battle of Britain. View all New York Times newsletters. Social cohesion persists, but there are worrying signs of strain, especially in the violence that has become commonplace in British life. It is still safe to walk on most of London's streets at night, and the murder and rape rates are still minuscule compared to those of the United States.
But violence has penetrated British society to the point where the old image of the benevolent, unarmed bobby is fast being replaced by that of the armed, helmeted, shield-bearing policeman on riot duty. Television images from Ulster, the picket-line strife in dozens of towns and villages on the mainland last year and the eruption of urban looting and burning in a dozen cities in and again in the last month has subtly changed the way the British look at themselves.
On Sunday night, hundreds of rioters clashed with policemen in Tottenham, north London; one policeman was stabbed to death and 40 others were wounded, several of them by shotgun pellets. There was a time when Britons told each other that however often such things happened in America, they would not happen here. No more. Old-timers even notice a certain tone of aggression creeping into language and driving habits.
Is Sportsmanship Dying? But nowhere is the change more evident than in the sporting world.
BRITAIN ADRIFT: ARE THE OLD VALUES A HANDICAP, OR THE SAVING GRACE?
American golfers were stunned last month that many in the crowd at the Ryder Cup matches cheered when Andy North hit his second shot into the water at the final hole, insuring the defeat of the United States team. Even more stunning has been the change, in just a decade, in the mood at soccer matches. There are brawls at one stadium or another almost every weekend, Chelsea has put up an electric fence still unused to keep spectators off the field, families have abandoned their Saturday outings, cutting attendance sharply, and service area operators up and down the motorways have put up ''no football coaches'' signs to keep out busloads of young hooligans.
Only cricket is still relatively unchanged, still the gentlemanly game that made its name proverbial for good sportsmanship. When England defeated the old enemy, Australia, in this summer's test matches here, the loudest cheers at the end went to Alan Border, the gifted but unsuccessful captain. He said last year: ''The degree of national unity that we achieved under the leadership of Winston Churchill has been steadily eroded.
The glorious flood tide that swept us all up together has ebbed, leaving a desolate foreshore littered with evil-smelling detritus and decay. Thatcher and her Cabinet would not agree, of course. While conceding that unemployment is a social evil, even with the cushion of unemployment benefits far beyond anything paid out in the 's, she insists that government cannot create jobs. She has strengthened the department responsible for what she calls ''enterprise and employment,'' but has made it clear that the policy will not change.
Some Signs of Success. That policy aims at the fostering of nothing less than a revolution in economic consciousness in this country -a new sense of innovation, so that British inventions are no longer exploited mainly by other countries; a new work ethic, where the Government is no longer regarded as a ''nanny'' that will solve everyone's problems; a breakdown in the class structure that has for so many decades propelled the best and the brightest in Britain - the products of Eton and Winchester, Oxford and Cambridge - into teaching, the civil service, perhaps even into banking, but almost never into industry.
There are a few signs of success, such as the emergence of belts of high-technology industry along motorways west of London and east of Glasgow and the rapid development of shopping malls on the periphery of many cities, in the pattern common to the United States for years. But the class system, despite the example of Mrs. Thatcher herself, who grew up in a flat above her father's corner grocery store, shows astonishing resilience. Ronald Dworkin, an American legal philosopher who teaches at Oxford as well as at universities in the United States, thinks that snobbery among his students has waxed, not waned, in the last five to 10 years.
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And in Britain, as in no other industrialized country, three-quarters of blue-collar workers are sons of workers. At the apex of the system, unchanged and unchallenged, remains the royal family. The novelist Anthony Burgess wrote early this summer:. Out of this climbs into the bosom of the family a personage like Princess Diana, whom all the world loves. She bakes no bread, paints no pictures, reads no books above the level of Freddie Forsyth, contributes nothing to the world's work; she merely proclaims the purely decorative function of her class.
This is what the gruffest unemployed miner accepts as a part of heaven that he will never reach.
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Is some of the problem a reluctance to work on the part of the typical Briton, whether an aristocrat who would rather have a couple of part-time directorships than manage a factory, a clerk who would rather fish on Saturday than earn double pay for overtime, or a carpenter who announces that he can't do a job when promised because he's tired and thinks he'll take a week off? Almost three deades ago, Ernest Bevin, the great British Foreign Minister, who had risen from orphaned poverty through the trade unions to political eminence, told a group of American friends in New York, ''The trouble with my people is their poverty of desire.