My Darkrooms My recovery has been about clearing out the darkrooms in my mind and heart where I often developed imaginary, unsound fears. (Thanks to a reading in A New Day, page 258) A few acronyms for fear shed light
“Who are you to say there is no God?” (AA Big Book, 4th ed., page 56)
Twelve step programs introduced me to the idea that a God might be real. Bible study introduced me to the God who is real, and who had the patience and plan for me to sober up.
Be Willing, my sponsor kept saying Willingness is the key; but, I balked at the twelfth step for many years: STEP TWELVE: Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to
This Day’s Proverb: Some days a little zinger will remind me recovery is more than not drinking: You can’t beg God to heal you and stay loyal to what’s killing you. Help us Lord, change us Lord, heal us Lord,
Somebody I Knew I learned somebody in our family died —alone. They lost their battle with alcoholism and diabetes; they were found dead. It really hurts to see the disease take somebody down — especially when so much of their life
“Acceptance was the answer,” was the Chapter’s title so many told me to read. (page 407) But what was the question? Over the years many questions popped up because of choices my drinking enabled. At twenty-three, I asked my reflection
I can’t pinpoint the moment when it dawned on me, but it was an A-HA! moment that changed my prayer life. That moment was momentous, when I realized other people, different places or more or less things would not
Saying a Grace Growing up, a grace we said before a meal was “For that which we are about to receive, make us truly grateful.” Of course, that seemed simple enough when I knew a plate of tasty food followed.
I wanted to get rid of the mental and emotional baggage that kept me from enjoying my drinking. But I had no tools. I really thought I could find an easier softer way to avoid the snares that had caught others
Oh Boy! I needed this meeting! That’s what I thought as we read the first half of the 12th step at the 12 & 12 meeting. These past few weeks have filled with hard news— not just of the