Saturday, February 27, 2021

Please Excuse Life's Getting In the Way!

Blessed be Thou, O my God, because though I be unworthy of all Thy benefits, Thy bountiful and infinite goodness never ceaseth to do good even to ingrates and to those who are turned far from Thee. Turn Thou us unto Thyself, that we may be grateful, humble, and godly, for Thou art our salvation, our courage, and our strength. ~ Kempis, Thomas à. The Imitation of Christ (Illustrated) (p. 100). LiberWriter.com. Kindle Edition.

Blessed be Thou, O my God,
because though I am unworthy
of all Your benefits,
Your bountiful and infinite goodness never ceases
to do good even to ingrates and to me
who turned far from You.
Turn me unto You,
that I may be grateful, humble, and godly,
for You are my salvation, my courage, and my strength.
And with Your guidance I will let You lead this dance
in the day to come and seek You and Your guidance
with every thought and action I entertain in this new day!





 


Friday, February 26, 2021

Be Attitude 5

 

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. ~ Matthew 8:6, NIV, Holy Bible, eBook (p. 938). Zondervan. Kindle Edition.

We have shown how we got out from under. You say, “Yes, I’m willing. But am I to be consigned to a life where I shall be stupid, boring and glum, like some righteous people I see? I know I must get along without liquor, but how can I? Have you a sufficient substitute?” ~ A.A. World Services Inc. Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition. A.A. World Services, Inc. Kindle Edition.

Hungering and thirsting
tended to be life-threatening
for those of us in Recovery!
Hungering was my downfall
while the thirsting got the all rolling!
For plenty of us we are easily serially obsessed
with self-destruction in a variety of ways!
Hungering and thirsting for righteousness
didn’t make the list, though!
But when we traded in the other compulsions
for hungering and thirsting for righteousness,
the inadequate substitutes lost their appeal
and all our interstices held exactly what we needed!



Thursday, February 25, 2021

Be Attitude 4

“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. ~ Matthew 8:6 NIV, Holy Bible, eBook (p. 938). Zondervan. Kindle Edition.

At this point, it might be well to explain alcoholism, the illness. Say that you believe he is a gravely ill person, with this qualification—being perhaps fatally ill, does he want to get well? You ask, because many alcoholics, being warped and drugged, do not want to quit. But does he? Will he take every necessary step, submit to anything to get well, to stop drinking forever?~ A.A. World Services Inc. Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition . A.A. World Services, Inc.. Kindle Edition.

Who are the meek?
The quiet, the gentle?
those easily imposed on…?
the submissive?

Those ready to conform
to the authority or will of others?
meekly obedient or passive?

almost sheeplike people?
Perhaps the best answer
is that the meek are people
who admit they are powerless over life,
who come to believe that a Power
greater than they can restore their sanity
and who choose that route!
Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth. 



Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Be Attitude 3

 

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. ~ Mark 8:5, NIV, Holy Bible, eBook (p. 938). Zondervan. Kindle Edition.

Most people try to live by self-propulsion. Each person is like an actor who wants to run the whole show; is forever trying to arrange the lights, the ballet, the scenery and the rest of the players in his own way. If his arrangements would only stay put, if only people would do as he wished, the show would be great. Everybody, including himself, would be pleased. Life would be wonderful. In trying to make these arrangements our actor may sometimes be quite virtuous. He may be kind, considerate, patient, generous; even modest and self-sacrificing. On the other hand, he may be mean, egotistical, selfish and dishonest. But, as with most humans, he is more likely to have varied traits. ~ A.A. World Services Inc. Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition. A.A. World Services, Inc.. Kindle Edition.

We recovering people don’t often present to the world
a meek self…at least not at first. We are not patient,
long-suffering, resigned, peaceful docile, demure or mild…
or any other synonym of meek… at least when we get to the Rooms.
Sometimes…often…as old-timers we are. But we usually come in
rebellious. Those of us who find a home here become meek
as we inherit the earth, as we turn our will and our life
over to the care of One Who Can transform us.
Thank God the meek are blessed and inherit the earth!




Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Be Attitude 2

 

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. ~ Matthew 5:2 NIV, Holy Bible, eBook (p. 938). Zondervan. Kindle Edition.

Thus started one more journey to the asylum for Jim. Here was the threat of commitment, the loss of family and position, to say nothing of that intense mental and physical suffering which drinking always caused him. ~ A.A. World Services Inc. Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition . A.A. World Services, Inc.. Kindle Edition.

It’s more than possible
as we in Recovery know
to mourn for our own lives,
as do our loved ones know.
But we also know a life to be mourned
can be reclaimed by knowing
we cannot control our obsessions,
coming to believe God can,
and by giving up trying,
letting God do it, and learning it works!
Blessed are those who mourn
because, if allowed,
God will take control
and comfort and joy will reign!
Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
Are you willing to be comforted?



Monday, February 22, 2021

Be Attitude 1

 

3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. ~ Matthew 5:3 The Lockman Foundation. New American Standard Bible – NASB 1995, The Lockman Foundation. Kindle Edition

You are going to meet these new friends in your own community. Near you, alcoholics are dying helplessly like people in a sinking ship. If you live in a large place, there are hundreds. High and low, rich and poor, these are future fellows of Alcoholics Anonymous. Among them you will make lifelong friends. You will be bound to them with new and wonderful ties, for you will escape disaster together and you will commence shoulder to shoulder your common journey. Then you will know what it means to give of yourself that others may survive and rediscover life. You will learn the full meaning of “Love thy neighbor as thyself.” ~ A.A. World Services Inc. Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition . A.A. World Services, Inc.. Kindle Edition.

The poor in spirit, alcoholics dying helplessly
like people in a sinking ship.
High and low, rich and poor,
future fellows of Alcoholics Anonymous,
you will make lifelong friends.
Certainly poor in spirit,
These fellow sufferers with you
will live the truth,
“Love thy neighbor as thyself.”



Sunday, February 21, 2021

The Overcoming of Suffering

 

Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it. ~ Helen Keller

When you can do nothing more
to improve a situation,
Let go and let God.
We in Texas have added SNOVID 2021
to the suffering of COVID 19’s rampage.
We can wallow in the suffering but
that furthers the misery and denies us peace.
What’s the solution?
When you can do nothing more
to improve a situation,
Let go and let God.