Like a loud alarm clock, the First Step brings us to semi-consciousness—although at this point, we may not be sure whether we want to climb out of bed or maybe sleep for just five more minutes. The gentle hand shaking our shoulders as we apply the Second and Third Steps causes us to stand up, stretch, and yawn. We need to wipe the sleep from our eyes to write the Fourth Step and share our Fifth. But as we work the Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, and Ninth Steps, we begin noticing a spring in our step and the start of a smile on our lips. Our spirits sing in the shower as we take the Tenth and Eleventh Steps. And then we practice the Twelfth, leaving the house in search of others to awaken.
April 10, 2018 by Kayce L.
April 9, 2018 by Kayce L.
Praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
Always set aside some quiet time to “talk” with your Higher Power. Pray and ask for that Power’s direction and the ability to act on it. Gratitude is key.
January 12, 2018 by Kayce L.
Thank you for keeping me straight yesterday. Please help me stay straight today.
For the next twenty-four hours, I pray for knowledge of your will for me only, and the power to carry that through. Please free my thinking of self-will, self-seeking, dishonesty, and wrong motives. Send me the right thought, word, and action. Show me what my next step should be.
In times of doubt and indecision, please send me your inspiration and guidance. I ask that you might help me work through all my problems, to your glory and honor.
This prayer is a recovery prayer. It can take us through any situation. In the days ahead, we'll explore the ideas in it. If we pray with prayer, we can trust it has been answered with a yes. Today trust that God will do for us what we cannot do for ourselves. Do your part, work your 12 steps and let God do the rest.
This prayer is based on a section of the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous.
December 5, 2017 by Kayce L.
Gratitude, in recovery is essential. Without it we can easily get spiritually off track. I myself have let my gratitude slip behind my everyday life. I got complacent. Things in everyday life for me a recovering alcoholic/addict isn't something I can do without my program, my meditations, my meetings and most of all my sponsor. I will have 8 years, January 9th and I have found myself without gratitude. I allowed myself to put my kids, my husband, and my job before my recovery without realizing it. So I sat down and wrote out a gratitude list, and after years in recovery I realize I am grateful for so many things, even more then in my first year of recovery. It helped me get things in prospective. I went to a meeting, read some meditations, talked to my sponsor and started putting the 12 steps in to my everyday life. Sometimes life gets busy and you can think you got this. If you ever realize that your spiritual fitness is slipping and your attitude of gratitude has been placed behind everything else in life, the hopelessness, loneliness, isolation, and anger can take over. Attend a meeting, talk to your sponsor, read and pray. Recovery is an amazing journey and keeping that attitude of gratitude is key to a healthy mind and soul.
Any one wanna share any of their attitudes of gratitude? Please share.
September 25, 2017 by Kayce L.
It is easy to blame our problems on others. We probably are feeling hurt and frustrated.We need to acknowledge our own feelings. We feel the anger, then we let go of the feelings and find peace within ourselves. We call it acceptance.
We decide that although we'd like our situation to be different, maybe our life is happening this way for a reason. Maybe there is higher purpose and plan in play, one that's better than we could have orchestrated. We call this faith.
Then we decide what we need to do, what is within our power to do to take care of ourselves. That's called recovery.
It's easy to point our finger at another, but it's more rewarding to gently point it at ourselves.
September 4, 2017 by Kayce L.
Emotional balance comes with practice in prayer and meditation. We get quiet and share our thoughts and hopes and concerns with the God of our understanding. Then we listen for guidance, awaiting the power to act on that direction.
August 20, 2017 by Kayce L.
We may fear that being in touch with our feelings will trigger an overwhelming chain reaction of pain and panic. We don’t have to fear our feelings. Embrace recovery and surrender to a Higher Power. One day at a time.
July 30, 2017 by Kayce L.
"First Things First" for me this means keeping my sobriety first. I have to always remember that I cannot drink. Through all of my life's ups and downs, my relationships, my fears and my anger. I have to keep one eye on my sobriety at all times. That has to be my most important thing because without it nothing else will change.
July 30, 2017 by Kayce L.
We needed to ask ourselves but one short question. -"Do I now believe, or am I even willing to believe, that there is a Power greater than myself?" As soon as a man can say that he does believe, or is willing to believe, we emphatically assure him that he is on his way.
BB pg 47
June 11, 2017 by Kayce L.
Our first true freedom is the freedom 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.