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12 Step Spiritual Readings November

Please do post any of November’s 12 step readings or spiritual quotes you connect with below in the comment section.


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  • California Colin :)

    Twenty-Four Hours A Day

    A.A. Thought For The Day

    I have hope. That magic thing that I had lost or misplaced. The future looks dark no
    more. I do not even look at it, except when necessary to make plans. I try to let the future
    take care of itself. The future will be made up of todays and todays, stretching out as
    short as now and as long as eternity. Hope is justified by many right nows, by the
    rightness of the present. Nothing can happen to me that God does not will for me. I can
    hope for the best, as long as I have what I have and it is good. Have I hope?

    Meditation For The Day

    Faith is the messenger that bears your prayers to God. Prayer can be like incense, rising
    ever higher and higher. The prayer of faith is the prayer of trust that feels the presence
    of God which it rises to meet. It can be sure of some response from God. We can say a
    prayer of thanks to God every day for His grace, which has kept us on the right way and
    allowed us to start living the good life. So we should pray to God with faith and trust and
    gratitude.

    Prayer For The Day

    I pray that I may feel sure of some response to my prayers. I pray that I may be content
    with whatever form that response takes.

  • Suzy :) Just for today

    NA Just For Today

    Awakening

    “God helps us as we help each other.”

    Basic Text p.51

    Our addiction caused us to think almost exclusively of ourselves. Even our prayers – if we prayed at all – were self-centered. We asked God to fix things for us or get us out of trouble. Why? Because we didn’t want to live with the problems we’d created for ourselves. We were insecure. We thought life was about getting, and we always wanted more.

    And in recovery we get more – more than just not using. The spiritual awakening we experience in working the Twelve Steps reveals to us a life we never dreamed possible. We no longer need to worry about whether there will be “enough,” for we come to rely on a loving Higher Power who meets all our daily needs. Relieved of our incessant insecurity, we no longer see the world as a place in which to compete with others for the fulfillment of our desires. Instead, we see the world as a place in which to live out the love our Higher Power has shown us. Our prayers are not for instant gratification; they are for help in helping each other.

    Recovery awakens us from the nightmare of self-centeredness, strife, and insecurity that lies at the core of our disease. We wake up to a new reality. All that is worth having can be kept only by giving it away.

    Just for today: My God helps me as I help others. Today, I will seek help in giving away the love my Higher Power has given me, knowing that is the way to keep it.

    pg. 319

  • NA Just For Today

    No Matter What

    “We eventually have to stand on our own feet and face life on its own terms, so why not from the start.”

    Basic Text p.85

    Some of us feel that we should protect newcomers by telling them that, while everything used to be horrible, now we’re in recovery it’s all wonderful. We feel that we might scare someone away if we speak of pain or difficulties, broken marriages, being robbed, and the like. In a sincere and well-intentioned desire to carry the message, we tend to talk glowingly only about what’s going well in our lives.

    But most newcomers already suspect the truth, even if they’ve only been clean for a few days. Chances are that the “life on life’s terms” the average newcomer is experiencing is quite a bit more stressful than what the average old-timer deals with each day. If we do manage to convince a newcomer that everything becomes rosy in recovery, we had better make sure we are there to support that newcomer when something goes wrong in his or her life.

    Perhaps we simply need to share realistically about how we use the resources of Narcotics Anonymous to accept “life on life’s terms,” whatever those terms may be on any given day. Recovery, and life itself, contain equal parts of pain and joy. It is important to share both so the newcomer can know that we stay clean no matter what.

    Just for today: I will be honest with the newcomers I share with and let them know that, no matter what life brings, we never have to use drugs again.

    pg. 321

  • November 3

    Daily Reflections

    FOCUSING AND LISTENING

    There is a direct linkage among self-examination, meditation, and prayer. Taken
    separately, these practices can bring much relief and benefit.
    TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 98

    If I do my self-examination first, then surely, I’ll have enough humility to pray and
    meditate – because I’ll see and feel my need for them. Some wish to begin and end with
    prayer, leaving the self-examination and meditation to take place in between, whereas
    others start with meditation, listening for advice from God about their still hidden or
    unacknowledged defects. Still others engage in written and verbal work on their defects,
    ending with a prayer of praise and thanksgiving. These three–self-examination,
    meditation and prayer– form a circle, without a beginning or an end. No matter where, or
    how, I start, I eventually arrive at my destination: a better life.

  • Kath in Miami :) HEY !!

    Twenty-Four Hours A Day

    A.A. Thought For The Day

    I can do things that I never did before. Liquor took away my initiative and my ambition. I
    couldn’t get up the steam to start anything. I let things slide. When I was drunk, I was too
    inert to even comb my hair. Now I can sit down and do something. I can write letters that
    need to be written, I can make telephone calls that should be made. I can work in my
    garden. I can pursue my hobbies. I have the urge to create something, that creative urge
    that was completely stifled by alcohol. Have I recovered my initiative?

    Meditation For The Day

    “In Thy presence is fullness of joy. At Thy right hand are pleasures forever.” We cannot
    find true happiness by looking for it. Seeking pleasure does not bring happiness in the long
    run, only disillusionment. Do not seek to have this fullness of joy by seeking pleasure. It
    cannot be done that way. Happiness is a by-product of living the right kind of life. True
    happiness comes as a result of living in all respects the way you believe God wants you to
    live, with regard to your self and to other people.

    Prayer For The Day

    I pray that I may not always seek pleasure as a goal. I pray that I may be content with the
    happiness that comes when I do the right thing.

  • November 6

    Daily Reflections

    GOING WITH THE FLOW

    Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we
    understood Him. .
    TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 96

    The first words I speak when arising in the morning are, “I arise, O God, to do Thy will.”
    This is the shortest prayer I know and it is deeply ingrained in me. Prayer doesn’t change
    God’s attitude toward me; it changes my attitude toward God. As distinguished from
    prayer, meditation is a quiet time, without words. To be centered is to be physically relaxed,
    emotionally calm, mentally focused and spiritually aware. One way to keep the channel
    open and to improve my conscious contact with God is to maintain a grateful attitude. On
    the days when I am grateful, good things seem to happen in my life. The instant I start
    cursing things in my life, however, the flow of good stops. God did not interrupt the flow;
    my own negativity did.

  • November 9

    Daily Reflections

    STEPPING INTO THE SUNLIGHT

    But first of all we shall want sunlight; nothing much
    can grow in the dark. Meditation is our step out into
    the sun.
    AS BILL SEES IT, p. 10

    Sometimes I think I don’t have time for prayer and
    meditation, forgetting that I always found the time
    to drink. It is possible to make time for anything
    I want to do if I want it badly enough. When I start
    the routine of prayer and meditation, it’s a good idea
    to plan to devote a small amount of time to it. I read
    a page from our Fellowship’s books in the morning, and
    say “Thank You, God.” when I go to bed at night. As
    prayer becomes a habit, I will increase the time spent
    on it, without even noticing the foray it makes into
    my busy day. If I have trouble praying, I just repeat
    the Lord’s Prayer because it really covers everything.
    Then I think of what I can be grateful for and say a
    word of thanks. I don’t need to shut myself in a closet
    to pray. It can be done even in a room full of people.
    I just remove myself mentally for an instant. As the
    practice of prayer continues, I will find I don’t need
    words, for God can, and does, hear my thoughts through
    silence.

  • NA Just For Today

    The Best-Laid Plans

    “It is our actions that are important. We leave the results to our Higher Power.”

    Basic Text p. 88
    There’s an old saying we sometimes hear in our meetings: “If you want to make God laugh, make plans.” When we hear this we usually laugh, too, but there’s a nervous edge to our laughter. We wonder if all of our carefully laid plans are doomed to fail. If we’re planning a big event – a wedding, a return to school, or perhaps a career change – we begin to wonder if our plans are the same as our Higher Power’s plans. We are capable of working ourselves into such a frenzy of worry over this question that we refuse to make any plans at all.

    But the simple fact is that we really don’t know whether our Higher Power’s plans for our lives are carved in stone or not. Most of us have opinions about fate and destiny but, whether we believe in such theories or not, we still have a responsibility to live our lives and make plans for the future. If we refuse to accept responsibility for our lives, we’re still making plans – plans for a shallow, boring existence.

    What we make in recovery are plans, not results. We’ll never know whether the marriage, the education, or the new job is going to work out until we try it. We simply exercise our best judgment, check with our sponsor, pray, use all the information at hand, and make the most reasonable plans we can. For the rest, we trust in the loving care of the God of our understanding, knowing that we’ve acted responsibly.

    Just for today: I will make plans, but I will not plan the result & I will trust in my Higher Power’s loving care.

    pg. 327

  • Twenty-Four Hours A Day

    A.A. Thought For The Day

    I have learned to be less negative and more positive.
    I used to take a negative view of almost everything.
    Most people, in my estimation, were bluffing. There
    seemed to be very little good in the world, but lots
    of hypocrisy and sham. People could not be trusted.
    They would “take you ” if they could. All church-goers
    were partly hypocrites. It seemed I should take everything
    “with a grain of salt.” That was my general attitude
    toward life. Now I am more positive. I believe in people
    and in their capabilities. There is much love and truth
    and honesty in the world. I try not to run people down.
    Life now seems worthwhile and it is good to live. Am I
    less negative and more positive?

    Meditation For The Day

    Think of God as a Great Friend and try to realize the
    wonder of that friendship. When you give God not only
    worship, obedience, and allegiance, but also close
    companionship, then He can feel that He and you are working
    together. He can do things for you and you can do things
    for Him. Your prayers become more real to you when you feel
    that God counts on your friendship and you count on His.

    Prayer For The Day

    I pray that I may think of God as my Friend.
    I pray that I may feel that I am working for
    Him and with Him.

  • California Colin :)

    NA Just For Today

    The Best-Laid Plans

    “It is our actions that are important. We leave the results to our Higher Power.”

    Basic Text p. 88
    There’s an old saying we sometimes hear in our meetings: “If you want to make God laugh, make plans.” When we hear this we usually laugh, too, but there’s a nervous edge to our laughter. We wonder if all of our carefully laid plans are doomed to fail. If we’re planning a big event – a wedding, a return to school, or perhaps a career change – we begin to wonder if our plans are the same as our Higher Power’s plans. We are capable of working ourselves into such a frenzy of worry over this question that we refuse to make any plans at all.

    But the simple fact is that we really don’t know whether our Higher Power’s plans for our lives are carved in stone or not. Most of us have opinions about fate and destiny but, whether we believe in such theories or not, we still have a responsibility to live our lives and make plans for the future. If we refuse to accept responsibility for our lives, we’re still making plans – plans for a shallow, boring existence.

    What we make in recovery are plans, not results. We’ll never know whether the marriage, the education, or the new job is going to work out until we try it. We simply exercise our best judgment, check with our sponsor, pray, use all the information at hand, and make the most reasonable plans we can. For the rest, we trust in the loving care of the God of our understanding, knowing that we’ve acted responsibly.

    Just for today: I will make plans, but I will not plan the result & I will trust in my Higher Power’s loving care.

    pg. 327

  • Suzy :) Just for today

    NA Just For Today

    From Surrender To Acceptance

    “We surrender quietly and let the God of our understanding take care of us.”
    Basic Text p. 26

    Surrender and acceptance are like infatuation and love. Infatuation begins when we encounter someone special. Infatuation requires nothing but the acknowledgement of the object of our infatuation. For infatuation to become love, however, requires a great deal of effort. That initial connection must be slowly, patiently nurtured into a lasting, durable bond.

    It’s the same with surrender and acceptance. We surrender when we acknowledge our powerlessness. Slowly, we come to believe that a Power greater than ourselves can give us the care we need. Surrender turns to acceptance when we let this Power into our lives. We examine ourselves and let our God see us as we are. Having allowed the God of our understanding access to the depths of ourselves, we accept more of God’s care. We ask this Power to relieve us of our shortcomings and help us amend the wrongs we’ve done. Then, we embark on a new way of life, improving our conscious contact and accepting our Higher Power’s continuing care, guidance, and strength.

    Surrender, like infatuation, can be the beginning of a lifelong relationship. To turn surrender into acceptance, however, we must let the God of our understanding take care of us each day.

    Just for today: My recovery is more than infatuation. I have surrendered. Today, I will nurture my conscious contact with my Higher Power and accept that Power’s continuing care for me.

    pg. 329

  • Twenty-Four Hours A Day

    A.A. Thought For The Day

    When I think of all who have gone before me, I realize that I am only one, not very
    important, person. What happens to me is not so very important after all. And A.A. has
    taught me to be more outgoing, to seek friendship by going at least half way; to have a
    sincere desire to help. I have more self-respect now that I have less sensitiveness. I
    have found that the only way to live comfortably with myself is to take a real interest in
    others. Do I realize that I am not so important after all?

    Meditation For The Day

    As you look back over your life, it is not too difficult to believe that what you went
    through was for a purpose, to prepare you for some valuable work in life. Everything in
    your way may well have been planned by God to make you of some use in the world. Each
    person’s life is like the pattern of a mosaic. Each thing that happened to you is like one
    tiny stone in the mosaic, and each tiny stone fits into the perfected pattern of the mosaic
    of your life, which has been designed by God.

    Prayer For The Day

    I pray that I may not need to see the whole design of my life. I pray that I may trust the
    Designer.

  • Suzy :) Just For Today xx

    NA Just For Today

    Our Own Story

    “When we honestly tell our own story, someone else may identify with us.”
    Basic Text p. 95

    Many of us have heard truly captivating speakers at Narcotics Anonymous conventions. We remember the audience alternating between tears of identification and joyous hilarity. “Someday,” we may think, “I’m going to be a main speaker at a convention, too.”

    Well, for many of us, that day has yet to arrive. Once in awhile we may be asked to speak at a meeting near where we live. We might speak at a small convention workshop. But after all this time, we’re still not “hot&hot; convention speakers – and that’s okay. We’ve learned that we, too, have a special message to share, even if it’s only at a local meeting with fifteen or twenty addicts in attendance.

    Each of us has only our own story to tell; that’s it. We can’t tell anyone else’s story. Every time we get up to speak, many of us find all the clever lines and funny stories seem to disappear from our minds. But we do have something to offer. We carry the message of hope – we can and do recover from our addiction. And that’s enough.

    Just for today: I will remember that my honest story is what I share the best. Today, that’s enough.

    pg. 330

  • California Colin :)

    Twenty-Four Hours A Day

    A.A. Thought For The Day

    A better way than judging people is to look for all the good you can find in them. If you
    look hard enough and long enough, you ought to be able to find some good somewhere in
    every person. In A.A. I learned that my job was to try to bring out the good, not criticize
    the bad. Every alcoholic is used to being judged and criticized. That has never helped
    anyone get sober. In A.A. we tell people they can change. We try to bring out the best in
    them. We encourage their good points and ignore their bad points as much as possible.
    People are not converted by criticism. Do I look for the good in people?

    Meditation For The Day

    There must be a design for the world in the mind of God. We can believe that His design
    for the world is a universal brotherhood of men and women under the fatherhood of God.
    The plan for your life must also be in the mind of God. In times of quiet meditation you
    can seek for God’s guidance, for the revealing of God’s plan for your day. Then you can
    live this day according to that guidance. Many people are not making of their lives what
    God meant them to be, and so they are unhappy. They have missed the design for their
    lives.

    Prayer For The Day

    I pray that I may try to follow God’s design for today. I pray that I may have the sense of
    Divine Intent in what I do today.

  • Suzy :) Just For Today xx

    NA Just For Today

    Not Just Surviving

    “When we were using, our lives became an exercise in survival. Now we are doing much more living than surviving.”

    Basic Text p. 50

    “I’d be better off dead!” A familiar refrain to a practicing addict, and with good reason. All we had to look forward to was more of the same miserable existence. Our hold on life was weak at best. Our emotional decay, our spiritual demise, and the crushing awareness that nothing would ever change were constants. We had little hope and no concept of the life we were missing out on.

    The resurrection of our emotions, our spirits, and our physical health takes time. The more experience we gain in living, rather than merely existing, the more we understand how precious and delightful life can be. Traveling, playing with a small child, making love, expanding our intellectual horizons, and forming relationships are among the endless activities that say, “I’m alive.” We discover so much to cherish and feel grateful to have a second chance.

    If we had died in active addiction, we would have been bitterly deprived of so many of life’s joys. Each day we thank a Power greater than ourselves for another day clean and another day of life.

    Just for today: I am grateful to be alive. I will do something today to celebrate.

    pg. 332

  • November 15

    Daily Reflections

    VITAL SUSTENANCE

    Those of us who have come to make regular use of prayer would no more do without
    it than we would refuse air, food, sunshine. And for the same reason. When we refuse
    air, light or food, the body suffers. And when we turn away from meditation and prayer,
    we likewise deprive our minds, our emotions, and our intuitions of vitally needed
    support.
    TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 97

    Step Eleven doesn’t have to overwhelm me. Conscious contact with God can be as
    simple, and as profound, as conscious contact with another human being. I can smile.
    I can listen. I can forgive. Every encounter with another is an opportunity for prayer,
    for acknowledging God’s presence within me. Today I can bring myself a little closer to
    my Higher Power. The more I choose to seek the beauty of God’s work in other people,
    the more certain of His presence I will become.

  • Alcoholics Anonymous – Fourth Edition Stories

    Crossing The River Of Denial

    She finally realized that when she enjoyed her drinking, she couldn’t control it, and when she controlled it, she couldn’t enjoy it.

    The judge sentenced me to six months in Alcoholics Anonymous, and was I outraged! By now I had been arrested five times, but all I could see was a hard partier, not an alcoholic. Didn’t you people know the difference? So I started going to those stupid meetings and identified myself as an alcoholic so you’d sign my court card, even though I couldn’t possibly be an alcoholic. I had a six-figure income, owned my own home. I had a car phone. I used ice cubes, for God’s sake. Everyone knows an alcoholic, at least one that had to go to A.A., is a skid row bum in a dirty raincoat drinking from a brown paper bag. So each time you read that part in Chapter Five of the Big Book that says, “If you have decided you want what we have and are willing to go to any length to get it.” my ears closed. You had the disease of alcoholism, and the last thing I wanted was to be an alcoholic.

    pp. 332-333

  • Suzy :) Just for today

    NA Just For Today

    Letting Go

    “Take my will and my life. Guide me in my recovery. Show me how to live.”
    Basic Text p. 25

    How do we begin the process of letting our Higher Power guide our lives? When we seek advice about situations that trouble us, we often find that our Higher Power works through others. When we accept that we don’t have all the answers, we open ourselves to new and different options. A willingness to let go of our preconceived ideas and opinions opens the channel for spiritual guidance to light our way.

    At times, we must be driven to the point of distraction before we are ready to turn difficult situations over to our Higher Power. Anxiously plotting, struggling, planning, worrying – none of these suffice. We can be sure that if we turn our problems over to our Higher Power, through listening to others share their experience or in the quiet of meditation, the answers will come.

    There is no point in living a frantic existence. Charging through life like the house is on fire exhausts us and gets us nowhere. In the long run, no amount of manipulation on our part will change a situation. When we let go and allow ourselves access to a Higher Power, we will discover the best way to proceed. Rest assured, answers derived from a sound spiritual basis will be far superior to any answers we could concoct on our own.

    Just for today: I will let go and let my Higher Power guide my life.

    pg. 333

  • November 16

    Daily Reflections

    A DAILY REPRIEVE

    What we really have is a daily reprieve contingent on the maintenance of our spiritual
    condition.
    ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 85

    Maintaining my spiritual condition is like working out every day, planning for the
    marathon, swimming laps, jogging. It’s staying in good shape spiritually, and that requires
    prayer and meditation. The single most important way for me to improve my conscious
    contact with a Higher Power is to pray and meditate. I am as powerless over alcohol as I
    am to turn back the waves of the sea; no human force had the power to overcome my
    alcoholism. Now I am able to breathe the air of joy, happiness and wisdom. I have the
    power to love and react to events around me with the eyes of a faith in things that are not
    readily apparent. My daily reprieve means that, no matter how difficult or painful
    things appear today, I can draw on the power of the program to stay liberated from my
    cunning, baffling and powerful illness.

  • Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions

    Step Five – “Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.”

    Another great dividend we may expect from confiding our defects to another human being is humility–a word often misunderstood. To those who have made progress in A.A., it amounts to a clear recognition of what and who we really are, followed by a sincere attempt to become what we could be. Therefore, our first practical move toward humility must consist of recognizing our deficiencies. No defect can be corrected unless we clearly see what it is. But we shall have to do more than see. The objective look at ourselves we achieved in Step Four was, after all, only a look. All of us saw, for example, that we lacked honesty and tolerance, that we were beset at times by attacks of self-pity or delusions of personal grandeur. But while this was a humiliating experience, it didn’t necessarily mean that we had yet acquired much actual humility. Though now recognized, our defects were still there. Something had to be done about them. And we soon found that we could not wish or will them away by ourselves.

    p. 58

  • Walk In Dry Places

    Are we doing well enough?
    Success
    Sometimes we can get off the track by mixing AA with the world’s ideas of success.
    In AA, success means staying sober while using the AA principles in our daily affairs. We can be successful people in all walks of life.

    We should never think that a person is unsuccessful merely because he or she holds a low-paying job or has not regained any business or professional stature that has been lost. One of our members, for example, had once been the senior member of a lucrative law partnership before drinking himself into the gutter. In his sober years, he found great satisfaction in a relatively low- paying judgeship. In worldly terms, he could be seen as less successful. In AA terms, however, this period was the truly successful part of his life.
    Our Higher Power will show us where our place in life should be. That should be success enough for any of us.
    I’ll do my best today in whatever job I have, grateful for the sobriety that helps me stay self-supporting and happy.

  • Alcoholics Anonymous – Fourth Edition Stories

    Crossing The River Of Denial

    She finally realized that when she enjoyed her drinking, she couldn’t control it, and when she controlled it, she couldn’t enjoy it.

    To this day I am amazed at people who get sober before the holidays. I couldn’t even attempt it until after the Super Bowl. One last blow-out party when I swore I wouldn’t get drunk. When I put alcohol in my body, I’d lose the ability to choose how much I drank, and Super Bowl Sunday that year was no different. I ended up on someone’s couch instead of my own bed and was sick to death all the next day at work. That week I had to go to a hockey game. It was a work event, so I tried to watch my drinking, consuming only two large cups of beer which, for me, wasn’t even enough to catch a buzz. And that was the beginning of my spiritual awakening. Sitting near the ice, frustrated, and pondering the fact that two tall beers didn’t give me any relief, something in my head–and I know it wasn’t me–said, “So why bother?’ At that moment I knew what the Big Book meant about the great obsession of every abnormal drinker being to somehow, someday control and enjoy his drinking. On Super Bowl Sunday, when I enjoyed it, I couldn’t control it, and at the hockey game when I controlled it, I couldn’t enjoy it. There was no more denying that I was an alcoholic. What an epiphany!

    p. 334

  • California Colin :)

    November 19

    Daily Reflections

    “I WAS SLIPPING FAST”

    We A.A.’s are active folk, enjoying the satisfactions
    of dealing with the realities of life, . . . . So it
    isn’t surprising that we often tend to slight serious
    meditation and prayer as something not really necessary.
    TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 96

    I had been slipping away from the program for some time,
    but it took a death threat from a terminal disease to
    bring me back, and particularly to the practice of the
    Eleventh Step of our blessed Fellowship. Although I had
    fifteen years of sobriety and was still very active in
    the program, I knew that the quality of my sobriety had
    slipped badly. Eighteen months later, a checkup revealed
    a malignant tumor and a prognosis of certain death
    within six months. Despair settled in when I enrolled in
    a rehab program, after which I suffered two small strokes
    which revealed two large brain tumors. As I kept hitting
    new bottoms I had to ask myself why this was happening to
    me. God allowed me to recognize my dishonesty and to
    become teachable again. Miracles began to happen. But
    primarily I relearned the whole meaning of the Eleventh
    Step. My physical condition has improved dramatically, but
    my illness is minor compared to what I almost lost
    completely.

  • Twenty-Four Hours A Day

    A.A. Thought For The Day

    In A.A. we do not speak much of sex. And yet putting sex
    in its proper place in our lives is one of the rewards that
    has come to us as a result of our new way of living. The big
    book says that many of us needed an overhauling there. It
    also says that we subjected each sex relation to this test
    — was it selfish or not? “We remembered always that our sex
    powers were God-given and therefore good, neither to be used
    lightly or selfishly, nor to be despised or loathed.” We can
    ask God to mold our ideals and to help us to live up to them.
    We can act accordingly. Have I got my sex life under proper
    control?

    Meditation For The Day

    “I will lift up my eyes unto the heights whence cometh my
    help.” Try to raise your thoughts from the depths of the
    sordid and mean and impure things of the earth to the heights
    of goodness and decency and beauty. Train your insight by
    trying to take the higher view. Train it more and more until
    distant heights become more familiar. The heights of the Lord,
    whence cometh your help, will become nearer and dearer and
    the false values of the earth will seem farther away.

    Prayer For The Day

    I pray that I may not keep my eyes forever downcast.
    I pray that I may set my sights on higher things.

  • Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions

    Step Five – “Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.”

    At this stage, the difficulties of trying to deal rightly with God by ourselves are twofold. Though we may at first be startled to realize that God knows all about us, we are apt to get used to that quite quickly. Somehow, being alone with God doesn’t seem as embarrassing as facing up to another person. Until we actually sit down and talk aloud about what we have so long hidden, our willingness to clean house is still largely theoretical. When we are honest with another person, it confirms that we have been honest with ourselves and with God.

    pp. 59-60

  • November 21

    Daily Reflections

    A CLASSIC PRAYER

    Lord, make me a channel for thy peace – that where
    there is hatred, I may bring love – that where there
    is wrong. I may bring the spirit of forgiveness –
    that where there is discord, I may bring harmony –
    that where there is error, I may bring truth –
    that where there is doubt, I may bring faith –
    that where there is despair, I may bring hope –
    that where there are shadows, I may bring light –
    that where there is sadness, I may bring joy.
    Lord, grant that I may seek rather to comfort than
    to be comforted – to understand, than to be
    understood – to love, than to be loved. For it is
    by self-forgetting that one finds. It is by
    forgiving that one is forgiven. It is by dying
    that one awakens to Eternal Life.
    Amen.
    TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 99

    No matter where I am in my spiritual growth, the
    St. Francis prayer helps me improve my conscious
    contact with the God of my understanding. I think
    that one of the great advantages of my faith in
    God is that I do not understand Him, or Her, or
    It. It may be that my relationship with my Higher
    Power is so fruitful that I do not have to understand.
    All that I am certain of is that if I work the
    Eleventh Step regularly, as best I can, I will
    continue to improve my conscious contact, I will
    know His will for me, and I will have the power to
    carry it out.

  • Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions

    Step Five – “Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.”

    Our next problem will be to discover the person in whom we are to confide. Here we ought to take much care, remembering that prudence is a virtue which carries a high rating. Perhaps we shall need to share with this person facts about ourselves which no others ought to know. We shall want to speak with someone who is experienced, who not only has stayed dry but has been able to surmount other serious difficulties. Difficulties, perhaps, like our own. This person may turn out to be one’s sponsor, but not necessarily so. If you have developed a high confidence in him, and his temperament and problems are close to your own, then such a choice will be good. Besides, your sponsor already has the advantage of knowing something about your case.

    pp. 60-61

  • November 24

    Daily Reflections

    A UNIVERSAL SEARCH

    Be quick to see where religious people are right.
    Make use of what they offer.
    ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 87

    I do not claim to have all the answers in spiritual
    matters, any more than I claim to have all the
    answers about alcoholism. There are others who are
    also engaged in a spiritual search. If I keep an
    open mind about what others have to say, I have much
    to gain. My sobriety is greatly enriched, and my
    practice of the Eleventh Step more fruitful, when I
    use both the literature and practices of my
    Judeo-Christian tradition, and the resources of other
    religions. Thus, I receive support from many sources
    in staying away from the first drink.

  • Suzy :) Just For Today xx

    NA Just For Today

    Responsibility

    “A lot happens in one day, both negative and positive. If we do not take the time to appreciate both, perhaps we will miss something that will help us grow.”
    IP No. 8, “Just For Today”

    Responsibility, responsibility – the responsibility of life are everywhere. We’re “supposed to” wear seat belts. We’re “supposed to “clean our homes. We’re “supposed to” do certain things for our spouse, our children, the people we sponsor. On top of all of this we’re “supposed to” go to meetings and practice our program as best we can. It’s no wonder that, sometimes, we want to run from all these tasks and escape to some far-off island where we’re not “supposed to” do anything.

    At times like these, when we become overwhelmed with our responsibilities, we have forgotten that responsibility need not be burdensome. When we have the desire to run away from our responsibilities we need to slow down, remember why we have chosen them, and pay attention to the gifts they bring. Whether it’s a job we normally find challenging and interesting, or a partner whose personality we are usually excited by, or a child whom we naturally like to play with and care for, there is joy to be found in all the responsibilities of our lives.

    Just for today; Each moment is special. I will pay attention, grateful for my responsibilities and the special joys they bring.

  • November 30

    Daily Reflections

    PROTECTION FOR ALL

    At the personal level, anonymity provides protection for
    all members from identification as alcoholics, a safeguard
    often of special importance to newcomers. At the level of
    press, radio, TV, and films, anonymity stresses the
    equality in the Fellowship of all members by putting the
    brake on those who might otherwise exploit their A.A.
    affiliation to achieve recognition, power, or personal
    gain.
    “UNDERSTANDING ANONYMITY,” p. 5

    Attraction is the main force in the Fellowship of A.A. The
    miracle of continuous sobriety of alcoholics within A.A.
    confirms this fact every day. It would be harmful if the
    Fellowship promoted itself by publicizing, through the
    media of radio and TV, the sobriety of well-known public
    personalities who became members of A.A. If these
    personalities happened to have slips, outsiders would think
    our movement is not strong and they might question the
    veracity of the miracle of the century. Alcoholics Anonymous
    is not anonymous, but its members should be.

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