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12 Step Spiritual Readings for July

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


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  • July 13

    Daily Reflections

    HUMILITY IS A GIFT, p.203

    As long as we placed self-reliance first, a genuine reliance upon a
    Higher Power was out of the question. That basic ingredient of all
    humility, a desire to seek and do God’s will, was missing.
    12 & 12, p.72

    When I first came to A.A., I wanted to find some of the elusive
    quality called humility. I didn’t realize I was looking for humility
    because I thought it would help me get what I wanted, and I would
    do anything for others if I thought God would somehow reward me
    for it. I try to remember now that the people I meet in the course
    of my day are as close to God as I am ever going to get while on
    this earth. I need to pray for knowledge of God’s will today, and see
    how my experience with hope and pain can help other people; if I can
    do that, I don’t need to search for humility, it has found me.

  • Suzy :) Just for today

    NA Just For Today

    Humility In Action

    “If we are hurting, and most of us do from time to time, we learn to ask for help.”
    Basic Text, p.80

    Sometimes recovery gets downright difficult. It can be even more difficult to get humble enough to ask for help. We think, “I have all this time clean. I should be better than this!” But the reality of recovery is simple: whether we have thirty days or thirty years clean, we must be willing to ask for help when we need it.

    Humility is a common theme in our Twelve Steps. The program of Narcotics Anonymous is not about keeping up appearances. Instead, the program helps us get the most from our recovery. We must be willing to lay bare our difficulties if we expect to find solutions to problems that arise in our lives.

    There’s an old expression sometimes heard in Narcotics Anonymous: We can’t save our face and our ass at the same time. It isn’t easy to share in a meeting when we have a number of years clean only to dissolve into tears because life on life’s terms has made us realize our powerlessness. But when the meeting ends and another member comes up and says, “You know, I really needed to hear what you had to say,” we know that there is a God working in our lives.

    The taste of humility is never bitter. The rewards of humbling ourselves by asking for help sweetens our recovery.

    Just for today: If I need help, I will ask for it. I will put humility into action in my life.
    pg. 203

  • Tracey (California) :)

    Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions

    Tradition Ten – “Alcoholics Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the A.A. name ought never be drawn into public controversy.”

    NEVER since it began has Alcoholics Anonymous been divided by a major controversial issue. Nor has our Fellowship ever publicly taken sides on any question in an embattled world. This, however, has been no earned virtue. It could almost be said that we were born with it, for, as one old-timer recently declared, “Practically never have I heard a heated religious, political, or reform argument among A.A. members. So long as we don’t argue these matters privately, it’s a cinch we never shall publicly.”

    p. 176

  • Twenty-Four Hours A Day

    A.A. Thought For The Day

    If we feel the need of saying something to put another member on the
    right track, we should try to say it with understanding and
    sympathy, not with a critical attitude. We should keep everything
    out in the open and aboveboard. The A.A. program is wonderful, but
    we must really follow it. We must all pull together or we’ll all be
    sunk. We enjoy the privilege of being associated with A.A. and we
    are entitled to all its benefits. But gossip and criticism are not
    tolerance, and tolerance is an A.A. principle that is absolutely
    necessary to group unity. Am I truly tolerant of all my group’s
    members?

    Meditation For The Day

    “Faith can move mountains.” That expression means that faith can
    change any situation in the field of personal relationships. If you
    trust Him, God shows you the way to “move mountains.” If you are
    humble enough to know that you can really do little by yourself to
    change a situation, if you have enough faith to ask God to give you
    the power you need, and if you are grateful enough for the grace He
    gives you, you can “move mountains.” Situations will be changed for
    the better by your presence.

    Prayer For The Day

    I pray that I may have enough faith to make me really effective. I
    pray that I may learn to depend less on myself and more on God.

  • Suzy :) Just for today

    NA Just For Today

    Surrender Is For Everyone

    “If, after a period of time, we find ourselves in trouble with our recovery, we have probably stopped doing one or more of the things that helped us in the earlier stages of our recovery.”
    Basic Text, p.92

    Surrender is just for newcomers, right? Wrong!

    After we’ve been around awhile, some of us succumb to a condition particular to old-timers. We think we know something about recovery, about God, about NA, about ourselves-and we do. The problem is, we think we know enough, and we think that merely knowing is enough. But it’s what we learn and what we do after we think we know it all that really makes the difference.

    Conceit and complacency can land us in deep trouble. When we find that “applying the principles” on our own power just isn’t working, we can practice what worked for us in the beginning: surrender. When we find we are still powerless, our lives again unmanageable, we need to seek the care of a Power greater than ourselves. And when we discover that self-therapy isn’t so therapeutic after all, we need to take advantage of “the therapeutic value of one addict helping another.”

    Just for today: I need guidance, support, and a Power beyond my own. I will go to a meeting, reach out to a newcomer, call my sponsor, pray to my Higher Power-I will do something that says, “I surrender.”
    pg. 211

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