How being a drunk can save your life and teach you to savor Jesus

When I became a sober person, I committed to what–in Alcoholics Anonymous–is called a 90/90. Ninety meetings in 90 days. Consecutive days. Not a guarantee of sobriety, but after that length of time, somebody’s bound to know you missed a meeting.

That was almost twenty-eight years ago, and I’m still sober. So something stuck.

I’ve called myself a Christian for almost the same number of years because it was truly at the bottom of a vodka bottle that I found God. I’m not proud of that, but it got my attention.

Fast forward to the present. I’ve come to realize I want microwave Jesus (and, please, not “to microwave”). What I want is the 45 minutes of slow and steady in a foot-tapping, good-grief-why-is-this-taking-so-long 45 seconds. Because, really, isn’t the result the same?

But, no.  May look the same, but doesn’t taste the same.

Would I have stayed sober all these years treating an AA meeting like a pop tart? Maybe, but I doubt it.

Why would I think it would work with my salvation, my redemption, my faith, my everything? (Rhetorical question)

I learned a lot about sobriety in ninety days. I figure I can learn a lot about spirituality.

So, here’s the crunch: are you microwaving Jesus too? Want to 90/90?




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Christa Allan

A true Southern woman who knows any cook worth her gumbo starts with a roux and who never wears white after Labor Day, Christa writes "not-your-usual Christian Fiction. Her debut novel, Walking on Broken Glass in 2010 was followed by The Edge of Grace, which released in August of 2011. Love Finds You in New Orleans will be available in early 2012. Christa is the mother of five children, grandmother of three, and teacher of high school English. She and her husband Ken live in Louisiana, where they enjoy their time between dodging hurricanes and anticipating retirement.

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  1. Powerful testimony, Christa! Thank you for sharing and for allowing us to see how He worked in your life…and to recognize Him working in our own.

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