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Old 03-28-2016, 07:10 AM   #31
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Wisdom for Today
In facing our weaknesses, we find strength. I know this has been true for me, and it is true of life. Much like a diamond when it is first taken from the earth, I was dirty and rough; and there was no sparkle in my life. But just like a diamond when it is cleaned up, the rough edges removed and it is polished, I found sparkle in my life. In my drinking and drugging, I was a very stubborn person; but I used my stubbornness in very unhealthy ways. When I cleaned up, I began to become stubborn about my recovery; nothing was going to keep me from my primary purpose.

Many of my personality characteristics that I saw as liabilities actually became assets in recovery. Rock climbers seek out small imperfections, crags, and rough places to get a grip to climb to their goal. I too was able to use many of my destructive characteristics in healthy ways once I got clean and sober. Today I can look back at all my years of active addiction and can say I am grateful for this experience. My drinking and drugging was a necessary part of my life existence
to bring me to the place I am today. In my weakness I discovered strength through the program. I discovered a new way of living. I found ways to have my liabilities become assets. But just like the rock climber, I had to grab on and face the climb to reach this goal. Am I finding ways to turn my weakness into strength?
Meditations for the Heart
“Be still and know that I am.” This quote from the Bible speaks of our relationship with God. This statement does not say run around like a crazed maniac and know that I am. When I can stop and sit quietly, I can think about this Higher Power. I can begin to think outside the box of space and time and imagine a Power that exceeds this. I can begin to see the limitlessness of this Power. I can see the necessity of a Power Greater that watches over this universe and beyond. When
I think of God, as I understand Him in these terms, I am left standing in awe. Who can this be that is so limitless, so powerful? Awe is a place that I think all addicts and alcoholics get to in their relationship with a Higher Power. Who is this that has taken me out of my brokenness and restored me? Who is this that Power that I experience in my recovery everyday? I cannot get my mind around this. It is too big for me to understand fully, but I understand more and more each
day what this Power has done for me. Yes, in a quiet place, a still place, I can know God. Is my understanding of God changing in and through recovery?
Petitions to my Higher Power
God,

You have taken my weakness and shown me how to use this and find strength. You have opened me up to seeing myself differently, and You have opened me up to seeing You differently. I pray that I may continue my journey along spiritual lines and more will be revealed to me. I pray that Your Spirit will not be removed from my life.

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