Your Daily Reprieve for Wednesday May 20, 2020
From Waynesville, NC
"It becomes a hard life when we pray to God for all sorts of help
but we won't be quiet, sit back, and listen for the answers God provides.
Don't dominate the conversation: Be silent and listen a little.
In other words, meditate. Quiet down and observe your life."
“We need to be aware not only of our limitations,
defects and shortcomings,
but also of our strengths, talents and successes.”
~Grapevine: West Henrietta, New York, October 2007
"As human beings we all want to be happy and free from misery.
We have learned that the key to happiness is inner peace.
The greatest obstacles to inner peace are disturbing emotions
such as anger and attachment, fear and suspicion,
while love and compassion, a sense of universal responsibility
are the sources of peace and happiness."
"Guidance isn't being told which action to take or not to take.
Guidance is God's gift of peace - from which we proceed.
The peace dissolves the question,
and we simply do what we do in peace."
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"Abandon yourself to God as you understand God. Admit your faults to
Him and to your fellows. Clear away the wreckage of your past. Give
freely of what you find and join us. We shall be with you in the
Fellowship of the Spirit, and you will surely meet some of us as you
trudge the Road of Happy Destiny."
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, A Vision For You, pg. 164
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MAY 2020 Miracles
5/1 Stacey E. (Dothan, AL)…..14
5/1 Becky W. ()…..11
5/1 Rhonda B. (Texas)…..19
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5/9 Pete D. (NYC, NY)…..9
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5/31 Rhoda M. (East Hampton, NY)…..14
5/31 Irene L. (Lamoine, ME)…..32
5/31 Steve L. ()…..11
1187 Total Years of Sobriety
Step Eleven - "Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out."
In the morning we think of the hours to come. Perhaps we think of our day's work and the chances it may afford us to be useful and helpful, or of some special problem that it may bring. Possibly today will see a continuation of a serious and as yet unresolved problem left over from yesterday. Our immediate temptation will be to ask for specific solutions to specific problems, and for the ability to help other people as we have already thought they should be helped. In that case, we are asking God to do it our way. Therefore, we ought to consider each request carefully to see what its real merit is. Even so, when making specific requests, it will be well to add to each one of them this qualification: "...if it be Thy will." We ask simply that throughout the day God place in us the best understanding of His will that we can have for that day, and that we be given the grace by which we may carry it out.
A.A. Thought For The Day
If we get up in a meeting and tell something about ourselves in order to
help the other person, we feel a whole lot better. It's the old law of the
more you give the more you get. Witnessing and confession are part of
keeping sober. You never know when you may help somebody. Helping
others is one of the best ways to stay sober yourself. And the
satisfaction you get out of helping a fellow human being is one of the
finest experiences you can have. Am I helping others?
Meditation For The Day
Without God, no real victory is ever won. All the military victories of
great conquerors have passed into history. The world might be better off
without military conquerors. The real victories are won in the
spiritual realm. "He that conquers himself is greater than he who
conquers a city." The real victories are victories over sin and
temptation, leading to a victorious and abundant life. Therefore,
keep a brave and trusting heart. Face all your difficulties in the spirit of
conquest. Remember that where God is, there is the true victory.
Prayer For The Day
I pray that the forces of evil in my life will flee before God's presence. I
pray that with God I will win the real victory over myself.
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"So our troubles, we think, are basically of our own making. They arise out of ourselves, and the alcoholic is an extreme example of self-will run riot, though he usually doesn't think so. Above everything, we alcoholics must be rid of this selfishness. We must, or it kills us! Many of us had moral and philosophical convictions galore, but we could not live up to them even though we would have liked to. Neither could we reduce our self-centeredness much by wishing or trying our own power. We had to have God's help."
Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 62
Thought to Consider . . .
The task ahead of us is never as great as the Power behind us.
F I N E
Feeling Insecure, Numb and Empty
ONE DAY AT A TIME
Above all, take it one day at a time.
AS BILL SEES IT, p. 11
Why do I kid myself that I must stay away from a drink for
only one day, when I know perfectly well I must never
drink again as long as I live? I am not kidding myself
because one day at a time is probably the only way I can
reach the long-range objective of staying sober.
If I determine that I shall never drink again as long as I
live, I set myself up. How can I be sure I won't drink when
I have no idea what the future may hold?
On a day-at-a-time basis, I am confident I can stay away
from a drink for one day. So I set out with confidence. At
the end of the day, I have the reward of achievement.
Achievement feels good and that makes me want more!
"Overheard at a meeting: ‘How are you?’ ‘Probably a lot better than I think.’"
This quote resonated deeply with me when I first heard it. What an accurate and appropriate way to answer a question I get asked so many times a day. And isn’t it true? Most of the time I walk around with a completely different picture of how I’m doing and what’s going on in my life. For years my disease distorted the thoughts I had about my life versus the reality of it. It’s no wonder I drank so much.
When I got sober, my thinking wasn’t completely restored to sanity. In fact, this quote reminds me that my thoughts are still driven by the disease of alcoholism. Even today, my head rarely tells me the truth; instead, it’s busy painting dark scenarios and building cases for why and how things won’t work out. It’s always planning a way and a reason for me to drink.
And that is why, even after many years in recovery, I still go to meetings and work the Steps. I’ve been told that while I’m sleeping, alcoholism is doing push-ups in the closet. It keeps me discontented and craving a drink. And the road to that ruin is still my distorted thinking. Today, I use the tools I have to stay spiritually fit. Today, I focus clearly on how good my life really is, and when asked how I’m doing, I realize that things are a lot better than I think.
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