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New Year 12 Step Recovery Readings

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  • Twenty-Four Hours A Day

    A.A. Thought For The Day

    When I came into A.A., I learned what an alcoholic was and then I
    applied this knowledge to myself to see if I was an alcoholic. When I
    was convinced that I was an alcoholic, I admitted it openly. Since then,
    have I been learning to live accordingly? Have I read the book
    Alcoholics Anonymous? Have I applied the knowledge gained to
    myself? Have I admitted openly that I am an alcoholic? Am I ready to
    admit it at any time when I can be of help?

    Meditation For The Day

    I will be renewed. I will be remade. In this, I need God’s help. His spirit
    shall flow through me and, in flowing through me, it shall sweep away
    all the bitter past. I will take heart. The way will open for me. Each day
    will unfold something good, as long as I am trying to live the way I
    believe God wants me to live.

    Prayer For The Day

    I pray that I may be taught, just as a child would be taught. I pray that
    I may never question God’s plans, but accept them gladly.

  • California Colin :)

    NA Just For Today

    Our Greatest Need

    “We eventually redefine our beliefs and understanding to the point where we see that our greatest need is for
    knowledge of God’s will for us and the strength to carry that out”
    Basic Text p. 46

    When we first arrived in NA, we had all kinds of ideas of what we needed. Some of us set our sights on amassing
    personal possessions. We thought recovery equaled outward success. But recovery does not equal success. Today,

    we believe that our greatest need is for spiritual guidance and strength.
    The greatest damage done to us by our addiction was the damage done to our spirituality. Our primary motivation was
    dictated by our disease: to get, to use, and to find ways and means to get more. Enslaved by our overwhelming need
    for drugs, our lives lacked purpose and connection. We were spiritually bankrupt.
    Sooner or later, we realize that our greatest need in recovery is “for knowledge of God’s will for us and the strength to
    carry that out” There, we find the direction and sense of purpose our addiction had hidden from us. In our God’s will we
    find freedom from self-will. No longer driven only by our own needs, we are free to live with others on an equal footing.
    There’s nothing wrong with outward success. But without the spiritual connection offered by the NA program, our
    greatest need in recovery goes unmet, regardless of how “successful” we may be.
    Just for today: I will seek the fulfillment of my greatest need: a vital, guiding connection with the God of my
    understanding.

  • January 5

    Daily Reflections

    TOTAL ACCEPTANCE

    He cannot picture life without alcohol. Some day he will
    be unable to imagine life either with alcohol or without
    it. Then he will know loneliness such as few do. He will
    be at the jumping-off place. He will wish for the end.
    ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p.152

    Only an alcoholic can understand the exact meaning of a
    statement like this one. The double standard that held
    me captive as an active alcoholic also filled me with
    terror and confusion: “If I don’t get a drink I’m going
    to die,” competed with “If I continue drinking it’s
    going to kill me.” Both compulsive thoughts pushed me
    ever closer to the bottom. That bottom produced a total
    acceptance of my alcoholism – with no reservations
    whatsoever – and one that was absolutely essential for
    my recovery. It was a dilemma unlike anything I had
    ever faced, but as I found out later on, a necessary
    one if I was to succeed in this program.

  • Twenty-Four Hours A Day

    A.A. Thought For The Day

    When temptation comes, as it does sometimes to all of us, I will say to
    myself: “No, my whole life depends on not taking that drink and
    nothing in the world can make me do it.” Besides, I have promised
    that Higher Power that I wouldn’t do it. I know that God doesn’t
    want me to drink and I won’t break my promise to God. I’ve given up
    my right to drink and it’s not my decision any longer. Have I made
    the choice once and for all, so that there’s no going back on it?

    Meditation For The Day

    In silence comes God’s meaning to the heart. I cannot judge when it
    enters the heart. I can only judge by results. God’s word is spoken to
    the secret places of my heart and, in some hour of temptation, I find
    that word and realize its value for the first time. when I need it, I find
    it there. “Thy Father, who seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.”

    Prayer For The Day

    I pray that I may see God’s meaning in my life. I pray that I may
    gladly accept what God has to teach me.

  • Suzy :) Just For Today xx

    NA Just For Today

    Gratitude

    “I’m very grateful to have come to believe.”
    IP No. 21, “The Loner”

    Belief in a Higher Power can make all the difference when the going gets tough! When things don’t go our way in recovery, our sponsor may direct us to make a “gratitude list.” When we do, we should include our faith in a Power greater than ourselves on the list. One of the greatest gifts we receive from the Twelve Steps is our belief in a God of our own understanding.

    The Twelve Steps gently lead us toward a spiritual awakening. Just as our addiction progressed, so does our spiritual life develop in the course of working the program of Narcotics Anonymous. The steps are our path to a relationship with a God of our understanding. This Higher Power gives us strength when our road gets rough.

    Are we grateful for our deepening relationship with a Higher Power? Do we remember to thank God for each day clean, no matter what has happened that day? Do we remember that, no matter how deep our despair or how great our joy, the God of our understanding is with us?

    Our recovery is a gift, a gift that we sometimes take for granted. Each day we stay clean, we can rejoice in our Higher Power’s care.

    Just for today: I am grateful for my relationship with a Higher Power that cares for me.

  • Twenty-Four Hours A Day

    A.A. Thought For The Day

    The longer we’re in A.A., the more natural this way of
    life seems. Our old drinking lives were a very unnatural
    way of living. Our present sober lives are the most
    natural way we could possibly live. During the early
    years of our drinking, our lives weren’t so different from
    the lives of a lot of other people. But as we gradually
    became problem drinkers, our lives became more and more
    unnatural. Do I realize now that the things I did were far
    from natural?

    Meditation For The Day

    I will say thank you to God for everything, even the
    seeming trials and worries. I will strive to be grateful
    and humble. My whole attitude toward the Higher Power
    will be one of gratitude. I will be glad for the things
    I have received. I will pass on what God reveals to me.
    I believe that more truths will flow in, as I go along
    in the new way of life.

    Prayer For The Day

    I pray that I may be grateful for the things I have
    received and do not deserve. I pray that this attitude
    will make me truly humble.

  • California Colin :)

    NA Just For Today

    Surrender To Win

    ” Help for addicts begins only when we are able to admit complete defeat.”
    Basic Text, p. 22

    Complete defeat-what a concept! That must mean surrender. Surrender-to give up absolutely. To quit with no reservations. To put up our hands and quit fighting. Maybe to put up our hand at our first meeting and admit we’re addicts.

    How do we know we’ve taken a First Step that will allow us to live drug-free? We know because, once we have taken that gigantic step, we never have to use again-just for today. That’s it. It’s not easy, but it’s very simple.

    We work the First Step. We accept that, yes, we are addicts. “One is too many, and a thousand never enough.” We’ve proven that to ourselves enough times. We admit that we cannot handle drugs in any form. We admit it; we say it out loud, if necessary.

    We take the First Step at the beginning of our day. For one day. This admission frees us, just for today, from the need to live out our addiction all over again. We’ve surrendered to this disease. We give up. We quit. But in quitting, we win. And that’s the paradox of the First Step: We surrender to win, and by surrendering we gain a far greater power than we ever imagined possible.

    Just for today: I admit that I am powerless over my addiction. I will surrender to win.

  • January 15

    Daily Reflections

    AN UNSUSPECTED INNER RESOURCE

    With few exceptions our members find that they have
    tapped an unsuspected inner resource which they
    presently identify with their own conception of a
    Power greater than themselves.
    ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, pp. 569-70

    From my first days in A.A., as I struggled for sobriety,
    I found hope in these words from our founders. I often
    pondered the phrase: “they have tapped an unsuspected
    inner resource.” How, I asked myself, can I find the
    Power within myself, since I am so powerless? In time,
    as the founders promised, it came to me: I have always
    had the choice between goodness and evil, between
    unselfishness and selfishness, between serenity and
    fear. That Power greater than myself is an original
    gift that I did not recognize until I achieved daily
    sobriety through living A.A.’s Twelve Steps.

  • Suzy :) Just For Today xx

    NA Just For Today

    Fear

    ” We grow to feel comfortable with our Higher Power as a source of strength. As we learn to trust this Power, we begin to overcome our fear of life.”
    Basic Text, p. 24

    Powerless as we are, living on self-will is a frightening, unmanageable experience. In recovery, we have turned our will and our lives safely over to the care of the God of our understanding. When we lapse in our program, when we lose conscious contact with our Higher Power, we begin to take control of our own lives again, refusing the care of the God of our understanding. If we do not make a daily decision to surrender our lives to the care of our Higher Power, we may become overwhelmed with our fear of life.

    Through working the Twelve Steps, we’ve found that faith in a Power greater than ourselves helps relieve our fear. As we draw closer to a loving God, we become more conscious of our Higher Power. And the more conscious we are of God’s care for us, the less our fears.

    When we feel afraid, we ask ourselves, “Is this fear an indication of a lack of faith in my life? Have I taken control again, only to find my life still unmanageable?” If we answer yes to these questions, we can overcome our fear by turning our will and our lives back over to care of the God of our understanding.

    Just for today: I will rely on the care of my Higher Power to relieve my fear of life.

  • Twenty-Four Hours A Day

    A.A. Thought For The Day

    The A.A. program is more a way of building a new life
    than just a way of getting over drinking, because in A.A.
    we don’t just stop drinking. We did that plenty of times
    in the old days when we went “on the wagon.” And, of
    course, we always started to drink again, because we were
    only waiting for the time when we could fall off. Once
    we’ve gotten sober through the A.A. program, we start
    going uphill. In our drinking days, we were going downhill,
    getting worse and worse. We either go down or up. Am I
    going uphill, getting better and better?

    Meditation For The Day

    I will try to obey God’s will day in and day out, in the
    wilderness plains as well as on the mountaintops of
    experience. It is in the daily strivings that perseverance
    counts. I believe that God is Lord of little things, the
    Divine Controller of little happenings. I will persevere
    in this new way of life. I know that nothing in the day
    is too small to be a part of God’s scheme.

    Prayer For The Day

    I pray that the little stones which I put into the mosaic
    of my life may make a worthwhile pattern. I pray that I
    may persevere and so find harmony and beauty.

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