Some of us come into recovery very frightened and insecure. We feel weak and alone. We are uncertain of our direction and don’t know where to go for answers. We are told that if we find some faith in a Power greater than ourselves, we will find security and guidance. We want that feeling of safety and strength. But faith doesn’t come overnight. It takes time and effort to grow.
May 24, 2013 by Kayce L.
May 21, 2013 by Kayce L.
When we surrender, we "give up," putting the focus where it belongs: on God. But it isn't giving up in the way we normally define it. The action is more like "giving over." In love. It is offered to us in love, by Love, for love. And we accept it the same way: in love, for love, out of love.
Recovery is all about surrendering and acceptance. One day at a time. Recovery cannot begin without surrendering ones will.
May 1, 2013 by Kayce L.
Fear has caused suffering when we could have had more faith. There are times when fear suddenly tears us apart, just when we are experiencing feelings of joy, happiness and a lightness of heart. Faith and the feeling of self-worth towards a Higher Power helps us endure tragedy and ecstasy. When we choose to give all our fears over to our Higher Power. We will be free.
Source: Daily Reflections pg. 181
April 12, 2013 by Kayce L.
Spiritual life is not a theory, you have to live it.
If at any time, you discover that you are emotionally disturbed about anything, you can be sure that there is a problem inside you. There is a thought, or an attitude that is causing the disturbance. We can use the 12 Steps to change our thoughts and attitudes and remove the disturbance.
April 7, 2013 by Kayce L.
Our first true freedom is the freedom not to not to have to take a drink today. If we truly want it, we will work the 12 steps and the happiness of this freedom will come to us through the steps. Sometimes quickly-sometimes slowly. Other freedoms will follow and inventorying them is a new happiness. We have a new freedom to be the best we can be.
March 29, 2013 by Kayce L.
Forgiveness of self and forgiveness of others are just two currents in the same river, both hindered or shut off completely by the dam of resentment. Once that dam is lifted, both currents can flow. The steps of AA allow us to see how resentment has built up and subsequently blocked off this flow in our lives. The steps provide a way in which our resentments may be lifted.
Source: Daily Reflections of AA
March 21, 2013 by Kayce L.
Self-acceptance comes when we first accept that we have a disease because it’s easier to accept ourselves as sick people rather than as bad people. And the easier it is to accept ourselves, the easier it becomes to accept responsibility for ourselves. Without surrender to our powerlessness, we are catapulted back into our disease .
Working the Twelve Steps teaches us to learn self-acceptance.
March 9, 2013 by Kayce L.
We need to ask ourselves but one short question. -"Do I believe, or am I even willing to believe, that there is a Power greater than myself?" As soon as we can say that we do believe, and are willing to believe, we emphatically assure ourselves that we are on our way. It has been repeatedly proven among us that upon this simple cornerstone a wonderfully effective spiritual structure can be built.*
Once I began to believe I became more Connected spiritual, and healing begun.
March 9, 2013 by Kayce L.
God, I offer myself to Thee — to build with me and to do with me as Thou wilt. Relieve me of the bondage of self, that I may better do Thy will. Take away my difficulties, that victory over them may bear witness to those I would help of Thy Power, Thy Love, and Thy Way of life. May I do Thy will always!
One day at a time.
March 6, 2013 by Kayce L.
We can experience pain, grief, sadness, anger, frustration—all those feelings we once avoided with alcohol and drugs. We find that we can get through those emotions clean. We won’t die and the world won’t come to an end just because we have uncomfortable feelings. We learn to trust that we can survive what each day brings.