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12 Step Spiritual Readings for September

Feel free to post any of this months (September) 12 step readings or spiritual quotes you connect with in the comment section.


Twenty-Four Hours A Day

A.A. Thought For The Day

Be careful not to brand new prospects as alcoholics. Let them draw
their own conclusion. But talk to them about the hopelessness of
alcoholism. Tell them exactly what happened to you and how you
recovered. Stress the spiritual feature freely. If they are agnostics
or atheists, make it emphatic that they do not have to agree with
your concept of God. They can choose any concept they like,
provided it makes sense to them. The main thing is that they be
willing to believe in a power greater than themselves and that they
live by spiritual principles.” Do I hold back too much in speaking
of the spiritual principles of the program?

Meditation For The Day

“I will never leave or forsake thee.” Down through the centuries,
thousands have believed in God’s constancy, untiringness, and
unfailing love. God has love. Then forever you are sure of His
love. God has power. Then forever you are sure, in every
difficulty and temptation, of His strength. God has patience. Then
always there is One who can never tire. God has understanding.
Then always you will understand and be understood. Unless you want
Him to go, God will never leave you. He is always ready with
power.

Prayer For The Day

I pray that I may feel that God’s love will never fail. I pray that I
may have confidence in His unfailing power.

01/09/2021 12 Step Spiritual Reading

Comments (9)

  • California Colin :)

    Twenty-Four Hours A Day

    A.A. Thought For The Day

    Continuing the answers to the question of how a person can live
    without liquor and be happy, we say: “You will be bound to the other
    A.A.s with new and wonderful ties, for you and they will escape
    disaster together and all will commence shoulder to shoulder the
    common journey to a better and more satisfactory life. You will know
    what it means to give of yourself that others may survive and
    rediscover life. You will become happy, respected, and useful once
    more. Since these things have happened to us, they can happen to
    you.” Have these things happened to me?

    Meditation For The Day

    God manifests Himself in human lives as strength to overcome evil
    and power to resist temptation. The grace of God is that power which
    enables a human being to change from a useless, hopeless individual
    to a useful, normal person. God also manifests Himself as love–love
    for other people, compassion for their problems, and a real
    willingness to help them. The grace of God also manifests itself as
    peace of mind and serenity of character. We can have plenty of power,
    love, and serenity in our lives if we are willing to ask God for
    these things each day.

    Prayer For The Day

    I pray that I may see God’s grace in the strength I receive, the love
    I know, and the peace I have. I pray that I may be grateful for the
    things I have received through the grace of God.

  • NA Just For Today

    A Growing Concept Of God

    “The only suggested guidelines are that this Power be loving, caring, and greater than ourselves. We don’t have to be religious to accept this idea. The point is that we open our minds to believe.”
    Basic Text, p.24

    In a lifelong process of coming to believe, our understanding of God will change. The understanding we have when new ill recovery will not be the same when we have a few months clean, nor will that understanding be the same when we have a few years clean.

    Our initial understanding of a Power greater than ourselves will most likely be limited. That Power will keep us clean but, we may think, nothing more. We may hesitate to pray because we have placed conditions on what we will ask our Higher Power to do for us. “Oh, this stuff is so awful, even God couldn’t do anything,” we might say, or “God’s got a lot of people to take care of. There’s no time for me!”

    But, as we grow in recovery, so will our understanding. We’ll begin to see that the only limits to God’s love and grace are those we impose by refusing to step out of the way. The loving God we come to believe in is infinite, and the power and love we find in our belief is shared by nearly every recovering addict around the world.

    Just for today: The God I am coming to understand has a limitless capacity for love and care. I will trust that my God is bigger than any problem I may have.
    pg. 278

  • Tracey (California) :)

    As Bill Sees It

    Neither Dependence nor Self-Sufficiency, p.265

    When we insisted, like infants, that people protect and take care of
    us or that the world owed us a living, then the result was
    unfortunate. The people we most loved often pushed us aside or
    perhaps deserted us entirely. Our disillusionment was hard to bear.

    We failed to see that, though adult in years, we were still behaving
    childishly, trying to turn everybody–friends, wives, husbands, even
    the world itself–into protective parents. We refused to learn that
    overdependence upon people is unsuccessful because all people
    are fallible, and even the best of them will sometimes let us
    down, especially when our demands for attention become
    unreasonable.

    ********************************

    We are now on a different basis: the basis of trusting and relying
    upon God. We trust infinite God rather than our finite selves. Just to
    the extent that we do as we think He would have us do, and humbly
    rely on Him, does He enable us to match calamity with serenity.

    1. 12 & 12, p.115
    2. Alcoholics Anonymous, p.68

  • Davey saying hi and this one gets me :)

    September 26

    Daily Reflections

    OUR CHILDREN

    The alcoholic may find it hard to re-establish friendly
    relations with his children. . . . In time they will see
    that he is a new man and in their own way they will let
    him know it. . . . From that point on, progress will be
    rapid. Marvelous results often follow such a reunion.
    ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 134

    While on the road to recovery I received a gift that
    could not be purchased. It was a card from my son in
    college, saying, “Dad, you can’t imagine how glad I
    am that everything is okay. Happy Birthday, I love you.”
    My son had told me that he loved me before. It had been
    during the previous Christmas holidays, when he had said
    to me, while crying, “Dad, I love you! Can’t you see what
    you’re doing to yourself?” I couldn’t. Choked with emotion,
    I had cried, but this time, when I received my son’s card,
    my tears were tears of joy, not desperation.

  • As Bill Sees It

    Behind Our Excuses, p.267

    As excuse-makers and rationalizers, we drunks are champions. It
    is the business of the psychiatrist to find the deeper causes for
    our conduct. Though uninstructed in psychiatry, we can, after a
    little time in A.A., see that our motives have not been what we thought
    they were, and that we have been motivated by forces previously
    unknown to us. Therefore we ought to look, with the deepest respect,
    interest, and profit, upon the example set us by psychiatry.

    ********************************

    “Spiritual growth through the practice of A.A.’s Twelve Steps,
    plus the aid of a good sponsor, can usually reveal most of the
    deeper reasons for our character defects, at least to a degree that
    meets our practical needs. Nevertheless, we should be grateful that
    our friends in psychiatry have so strongly emphasized the necessity to
    search for false and often unconscious motivations.”

    1. A.A. Comes Of Age, p.236
    2. Letter, 1966

  • Twenty-Four Hours A Day

    A.A. Thought For The Day

    Having got this far, shall we pause and ask ourselves
    some searching questions? We need to check up on ourselves
    periodically. Just how good an A.A. am I? Am I attending
    meetings regularly? Am I doing my share to carry the load?
    When there is something to be done, do I volunteer? Do I
    speak at meetings when asked, no matter how nervous I am?
    Do I accept each opportunity to do twelfth-step work as a
    challenge? Do I give freely of my time and money? Am I
    trying to spread A.A. wherever I go? Is my daily life a
    demonstration of A.A. principles? Am I a good A.A.?

    Meditation For The Day

    How do I get strength to be effective and to accept
    responsibility? By asking the Higher Power for the strength
    I need each day. It has been proved in countless lives that
    for every day I live the necessary power shall be given me.
    I must face each challenge that comes to me during the day,
    sure that God will give me the strength to face it. For every
    task that is given me, there is also given me all the power
    necessary for the performance of that task. I do not need to
    hold back.

    Prayer For The Day

    I pray that I may accept every task as a challenge.
    I know I cannot wholly fail if God is with me.

  • Walk In Dry Places

    All we need to know.
    Maintaining
    Seen from today’s perspective, the early AA members had rather
    narrow attitudes toward the study of alcoholism. They became restless
    and fidgety if member started discussing psychological aspects of the
    problem or gave other indications that they were trying to learn more
    about the disease.
    While we don’t need to hold such narrow attitudes today, we should at
    least concede that we don’t need complex information to stay sober.
    All we have to know is that we have a very compulsive problem that
    can be arrested by eliminating the first drink.
    Even today, nobody fully knows why the first drink is so deadly for
    people like us. Our experience and the experience of others tells us
    that it is. That knowledge alone can be an important building block in
    finding and maintaining sobriety.
    While being open-minded to new information, I’ll remember today
    that a fairly simple idea…. that I’m an alcoholic and can’t live with alcohol….
    Is the main thing I need to know.

  • September 20

    Daily Reflections

    H.P. AS GUIDE

    See to it that your relationship with Him is right,
    and great events will come to pass for you and
    countless others. This is the Great Fact for us.
    ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 164

    Having a right relationship with God seemed to be
    an impossible order. My chaotic past had left me
    filled with guilt and remorse and I wondered how
    this “God business” could work. A.A. told me that
    I must turn my will and my life life over to the
    care of God, as I understand Him. With nowhere else
    to turn, I went down on my knees and cried, “God, I
    can’t do this. Please help me!” It was when I
    admitted my powerlessness that a glimmer of light
    began to touch my soul, and then a willingness
    emerged to let God control my life. With Him as my
    guide, great events began to happen, and I found the
    beginning of sobriety.

  • September 10

    Daily Reflections

    RECOVERY BY PROXY?

    They [the Promises] will always materialize if we work for them.
    ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS p. 84

    Sometimes I think: “Making these amends is going too far! No one
    should have to humble himself like that!” However, it is this very
    humbling of myself that brings me that much closer to the sunlight of
    the spirit. A.A. is the only hope I have if I am to continue healing and
    gain a life of happiness, friendship and harmony.

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