Blessings of the Twelve StepsNew Every Morning | July 25, 2022
Literally millions of people around the world can testify to the blessings and benefits of working the Twelve Step program, not just in Alcoholics Anonymous but in many other recovery and healing programs. These wonderful gifts include things like peace of mind, newfound freedom, and the joy found in serving others. Furthermore, they have provided for many people a solid and realistic plan for growing spiritually.
—Trevor Hudson, One Day at a Time: Discovering the Freedom of 12-Step Spirituality (Upper Room Books, 2007)
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Those of steadfast mind you keep in peace,
in peace because they trust in you.
Trust in the Lord forever,
for in the Lord God
you have an everlasting rock.
—Isaiah 26:3-4 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Dear God, I admit that I cannot live life on my own power. I trust that you love me and want what is best for me. Please help me each day to seek your guidance, to love other people, and to live in a way that pleases you. Amen. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.
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Went back a few posts to “catch up” with NEM, Prayers that good Spirit guided decisions are/were made Julie, that your health issues are resolved, concerns for h well in hand; tennis prayers for Jill, you’ve been playing tennis a long time with the same partner, hope your issues are resolved in a way that suits you; hope David is out of rehab soon, there’s progress with both work and disability, glad your cats, Scout and Lewis, make good progress. Some cooling down to highs in the 80s, a thunderstorm at the moment that should be helpful, used to have thunderstorms often in the summer, not these days. Congress and the Supreme Court need a wakeup to action, we’ll be burnt to a crisp otherwise. Am very thankful for CBT, tried for 7 years with other methods, therapists, while the solution is not here yet, this is much more encouraging. Getting mental health issues resolved in the US is a frustrating process, lack of trained professionals, insurance issues, high cost, and pay up front for psychiatrist. Our retired church tech support person is off to have colon cancer surgery this morning. we are being kept informed of the situation. Prayers for success. Thank You, Lord.
I worked the twelve steps when I attended Adult Children of Alcoholics meetings.
Prayers for Ally’s disability benefits, David’s rehab release, Jill’s excercise physiologist appointment, Robert’s CBT work and his friend’s colon cancer surgery.
Resting on His promises – reciting Scripture to myself – this brings peace. Humming an old hymn – also rich in theology can slow my mind down and point me to my True North.
Four students at summer school this morning, and we worked through some of their issues on their rough drafts. My appointment went well – I have three more over the next week – to get properly stretched and to let my body recover. I am off of running and tennis for at least a week – no impact movement.
Meeting up for a walk with my friend again. We met last week for a walk and she shared about her husband’s request for a divorce. He was abusive to her, it is unclear whether it was physical or just mental and emotional. Not just, but I don’t think there was physical abuse. I will let her share as she is comfortable. She is from the cancer support group – she is a breast cancer survivor. She has moved back in with her parents and in her mid 50s – seeking full time employment as she will need health benefits.
Glad your trip was safe, Robert.