A New Season to Embrace…Relying on God’s Grace..

Every experience in your life was absolutely necessary in order to have gotten you to the next place, and the next place up to this very moment. – Wayne Dyer

I knew this was the best quote for this blog, especially with the Starfish themed picture that went along with it.

When I think about the phrase: “All good things must come to an end”  I think, “No, good things bring memories that can never be removed from the mind, We will all experience a “Season” so that we can learn, live and grow”. I looked up the phrase and this is what I found: 

All good things must come to an end is a proverb that means nothing lasts forever, all things and situations are temporary, or happiness is fleeting. It may be used to express regret when something that brings you happiness ends. The expression all good things must come to an end is an admonishment to enjoy your life today, because that happiness may not exist tomorrow. However, it is well to remember it is also true that bad things come to an end, not just good things. The idea contained in the expression all good things must come to an end originated with Geoffrey Chaucer, who wrote in his poem, Troilus and Criseyde: “But at the laste, as every thing hath ende, She took hir leve, and nedes wolde wende.”

 I look at Faith at the Beach as being something not only I needed, but those around me needed. God’s Timing was impeccable as always. I was coming out of 20 plus years of substance abuse, shame, guilt, pain, anxiety. Ecclesiastes 3:14 it tells us ~I know that everything God does will endure forever….~

  Faith at the Beach gave me the outlet to publicly and personally apologize to myself and others.  I blogged everyday for a full year in 2012.  I was able to express in 365 ways how my life was affected more importantly my family’s life was damaged by my personal choices that more times than not were exacerbated by substance abuse.  Now, I need you to know, I have never blamed my behaviors on the actual addiction, but used the drugs and alcohol as a crutch to get through days more so than not.   We are given 24 hours a day to live, breath, learn and grow.  I would call this a gift, the PRESENT from my Higher Power, in which I claim is the God of my understanding.  I was raised Southern Baptist intertwined with Methodist teachings and knew who God was, and I am grateful. For many years  I just chose to use the excuse that “God” was mad because of my behaviors so that seemed to be the best lie to tell myself as I continued in my not so healthy lifestyle.

My “dis-ease” started way before I picked up the alcohol at 14.  It started with my behaviors.  The lying; scheming;  bucking of authority (parents, teachers and anyone telling me what to do). It was the people pleasing; acting out for attention with my peers; I didn’t know where I even fit in with this world until my late 30’s.  Thank you God for this gift now as I know who I am, and what I am here for on this earth and that is to help anyone and everyone who wants help to live a Recovery Lifestyle! 

Faith at the Beach was then established as a non-profit. We also created the Kelly Gorman Watson Women’s Center. We raised money through 4 5K’s, and 2 Formal Gala’s.  We were able to give women clothes, pay utilities and assist with admissions to detox.  We provided children clothing and food whose parents were struggling and getting help for their addiction.  My short term goal was to open a safe haven for women to include housing and employment for women.  That is still a goal, just one that has been set aside until I can financially afford to do it without relying solely on others to support.  God knows my heart and I know sooner than later this Dream will come true.  Our Women’s Center was dedicated to Kelly who lost her own battle to the disease. I am most certain that her legacy lives in the hearts of those who we have helped. I am confident that The Kelly Gorman Women’s Center will be revived on a level we could have never fathomed in God’s timing.

A non profit relies on others to support its Mission.  Our amazing town was devastated by Hurricane Michael in 2018.  Up until then, we were able to humbly work with our Community with providing support. We are now dealing with another catastrophe, The Covid virus.  Everything is changing.  In this Change we have made the decision to continue to help others as we can, just not under a non profit status.  Our website will stay current and we are committed to finding resources if you need help.

  I am grateful for that walk on the beach in December 2011.   I asked God to show me what I can do with the gift of sobriety.  He showed me, he gave me Faith at the Beach so I could give my heart to you.  God Speed and Big Hugs to All!

By Amy Elizabeth Cooper

My name is Amy and Thank You for visiting. I believe in Miracles as I am one. I have a strong Faith in God that was instilled in me at a young age, and looking back I was kicking and screaming in my early teen years on the inside as being "Religious" wasn't the "thing" to do or be for me. God had a plan and I am grateful he did not give up on me! His patience with me persisted and by his Grace I am here to share with you my life. My Recovery over the past 10 years has been one of Gratitude and more importantly Growth. My recovery has evolved as it has become crystal clear to me that Sobriety is so much more than not picking up the drugs to "self medicate". IT has been the work to unveil the many underlying issues. The REAL Recovery has come from knowing who AMY is, and working through codependency, people-pleasing, narcissistic behaviors, and yes, EGO. Depression, anxiety, and ADHD. I have learned that FAITH - Faith, Acceptance,Integrity, Tenacity, & Honesty can bring us to lifelong Recovery. Lifelong, which only has to be lived One day at a time....Thank you for letting me share, Godspeed! Amy C.

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