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A Higher Power: A Masterpiece

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One of the things we love about the artwork of children is the open, sincere way it expresses their emotions.  Maybe we enjoy their artwork so much because it’s not perfect in the way it’s done, but it still expresses enormous beauty.

Our Higher Power’s work in our lives reflects the same kind of tension that we see in the artwork of children.  We’re certainly not perfect people yet, but because of what our Higher Power is doing in us, we reveal our Creator’s holiness and love for his creation and the other people around us.

We don’t have to have our lives together or every area under control to know that we are divine masterpieces, works in progress that reveal the Master’s gentle, beautiful handiwork.

Today, spend less time worrying about living up to someone else’s–or even your own–impossible standard of perfections.  Instead, simply enjoy being your unique, authentic self–the one-of-a-kind living art being shaped by the Potter to be used as his vessel.

AA Today: Right With People, Right With God

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AA Today are daily readings from the book “Twenty-Four Hours A Day.”

“Twenty-Four Hours A Day is intended for members of Alcoholics Anonymous as a help in their program of living one day at a time.

It is designed for those who want to start each day with a few minutes of thought, meditation, and prayer.”

January 31, 2016

Drinking cuts you off from God.  No matter how you were brought up, no matter what your religion is, no matter if you say you believe in God, nevertheless you build up a wall between you and God by your drinking.

You know you’re not living the way God wants you to.  As a result, you have that terrible remorse.  When you come into A.A., you begin to get right with other people and with God.

A sober life is a happy life, because by giving up drinking, we’ve gotten rid of our loneliness and remorse.  Do I have real fellowship with other people and with God?

Meditation for the Day

I believe that all sacrifice and all suffering are of value to me.  When I am in pain, I am being tested.  Can I trust God, no matter how low I feel?  Can I say, “Thy will be done,” no matter how much I am defeated?

If I can, my faith is real and practical.  It works in bad times as well as in good times.  The Divine Will is working in a way that is beyond my finite mind to understand, but I can still trust in it.

Prayer for the Day

I pray that I may take my suffering in my stride.  I pray that I may accept pain and defeat as part of God’s plan for my spiritual growth.

Just Sayin’: Carpe Diem

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There is no time for despair.  You must seize the day, and keep moving forward.  Today is the only day that is truly assured.  Don’t waste it dealing with despair and dismay.  RL

Spirituality: Be Happy

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Just Sayin’: Society And Judgements

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TO SOCIETY:  Why your judgments of me don’t matter:

I have survived child abuse, sexual abuse, juvenile incarceration, homelessness, divorce, loss of my children, drug abuse,  suicide, trauma, alcoholism, depression, ptsd, bipolar disorder, loss of over 60 jobs, poverty, domestic violence, my brother’s death, my mother’s death, loneliness, jail, two treatment facilities, despair, and defeat over and over again.

Sorry, your judgments didn’t make the list.

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