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Ready?
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"We shall need to make a brand new venture into open-mindedness.
We shall need to raise our eyes toward perfection, and be ready to walk in that direction.
It will seldom matter how haltingly we walk. The only question will be 'Are we ready?' "
Bill W.
1952AAWS, Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 68
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Thought to Consider . . .

Feed your faith and your doubts will starve to death.

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F A I T H  =  Facing All In Trusting Him

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Perspectives

From: "Preface"

"If you have a drinking problem, we hope that you may pause in reading one of the forty-two personal stories and think: ‘Yes, that happened to me’; or, more important, ‘Yes, I’ve felt like that’ or most important, ‘Yes, I believe this program can work for me too.’"

2001, AAWS, Inc., Alcoholics Anonymous, page xii

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 . . . AND LETTING GO OF IT

. . . primarily fear that we would lose something we already possessed or would fail to get something we demanded. Living upon a basis of unsatisfied demands, we were in a state of continual disturbance and frustration. Therefore, no peace was to be had unless we could find a means of reducing these demands. The difference between a demand and a simple request is plain to anyone. 

TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 76

Peace is possible for me only when I let go of expectations. When I'm trapped in thoughts about what I want and should be coming to me, I'm in a state of fear or anxious anticipation and this is not conducive to emotional sobriety. I must surrender over and over to the reality of my dependence on God, for then I find peace, gratitude and spiritual security.

 

Copyright 1990 ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS WORLD SERVICES, INC.

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To Survive Trials

In our belief, any scheme of combating alcoholism which proposes wholly to shield the sick man from temptation is doomed to failure. If the alcoholic tries to shield himself he may have success for a time, but he usually winds up
with a bigger explosion than ever. We have tried these methods. These attempts to do the impossible have always failed. Release from alcohol, and not flight from it, is our answer.
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"Faith without works is dead." How appallingly true for the alcoholic!

For if an alcoholic fails to perfect and enlarge his spiritual life through work and self-sacrifice for others,

he cannot survive the certain trials and low spots ahead. If he does not work, he will surely drink again,

 and if he drinks, he will surely die. Then faith will be dead indeed.

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS
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P. 101
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PP. 14-15

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"Remember that we deal with alcohol, cunning, baffling, powerful!
Without help it is too much for us. But there is One who has all
power that One is God. May you find Him now!"

~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, How It Works, Page 58~


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A.A. Thought for the Day

We had become hopelessly sick people, spiritually,
emotionally, and physically. The power that controlled
us was greater than ourselves---it was John Barleycorn.
Many drinkers have said: "I hadn't gone that far; I
hadn't lost my job on account of drink; I still had my
family; I managed to keep out of jail. True, I took too
much sometimes and I guess I managed to make quite an
ass of myself when I did, but I still thought I could
control my drinking. I didn't really believe that I was
an alcoholic." If I was one of these, have I fully changed my mind?

Meditation for the Day

Painful as the present time may be, you will one day see
the reason for it. You will see that it was not only
testing, but also a preparation for the life-work that you
are to do. Have faith that your prayers and aspirations
will some day be answered. Answered in a way that perhaps
seems painful to you but is the only right way.
Selfishness

and pride often make us want things that are not good for
us. They need to be burned out of our natures. We must be
rid of the blocks that are holding us back, before we can
expect our prayers to be answered.

Prayer for the Day

I pray that I may be willing to go through a time of testing.
I pray that I may trust God for the outcome.