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AA Today: Bargain With Higher Power

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AA Today are daily readings from the bookTwenty-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.”

March 3, 2021

After we’ve made a surrender, the drink problem is out of our hands and in the hands of our Higher Power. The thing we have to do is to be sure that we never reach out and take the problem back into our own hands. Leave it in God’s hands. Whenever I’m tempted to take a drink, I must say to myself: “I can’t do that. I’ve made a bargain with God not to drink. I know God doesn’t want me to drink and so I won’t do it.” At the same time I say a little prayer to God for the strength needed to keep the bargain with Him. Am I going to keep my bargain with God?

Meditation for the Day

I will try to grow in this new life. I will think of spiritual things often and unconsciously I will grow. The nearer I get to the new life, the more I will see my unfitness. My sense of failure is a sure sign that I am growing in the new life. IT is only struggle that hurst. In sloth–physical, mental, or spiritual–there is no sense of failure or discomfort. With struggle and effort, I am conscious not of strength but of weakness until I am really living the new life. But in the struggle, I can always rely on the power of God to help. me.

Prayer for the Day

I pray that I may see signs of my growth in the new life. I pray that I may always keep trying to grow.

AA Today: Tolerance Point

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AA Today are daily readings from the bookTwenty-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.”

February 16, 2020

Sometimes we can’t help thinking: Why can’t we ever drink again? We know it’s because we’re alcoholics, but why did we have to get that way? The answer is that at some time in our drinking careers, we passed what is called our “tolerance point.” When we passed this point, we passed from a condition in which we could tolerate alcohol to a condition in which we could not tolerate it at all. After that, if we took one drink, we would sooner or later end up drunk. When I think of liquor now, do I think of it as something that I can never tolerate again?

Meditation for the Day

In a race, it is when the goal is in sight that heart and nerves and muscles and courage are strained almost to the breaking point. So with us. The goal of the spiritual life is in sight. All we need is the final effort. The saddest records are made by people who ran well, with brave, stout hearts, until the sight of the goal and then some weakness or self-indulgence held them back. They never knew how near the goal they were or how near they were to victory.

Prayer for the Day

I pray that I may press on until the goal is reached. I pray that I may not give up in the final stretch.

Higher Power: The Life We Gain

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The new life we receive through Christ is not a makeover of our outward appearance and wardrobe.  It’s not a special feeling or physical sensation we experience while it’s taking place.  It’s not winning the lottery and having all our problems go away.

The life we gain when we give our hearts to Jesus is eternal life–the promise of being with our Lord in heaven–but also an abundant life of purpose, joy, and contentment in our early existence.

We have the two best reasons possible to rejoice over the enormous gifts God extends to us through salvation in his Son.  Even though our mortal bodies will perish just as Adam’s did, our spirits will not die but will complete our transformation.

Today, enjoy the gifts of the new life you’ve been given.

CHALLENGE:  Post a message on one of your public pages, praising God for your salvation and abundant life.

Higher Power: Staying Connected

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Who knows your secrets?  Who do you trust when you’re in real trouble?  Who helps you when you can’t help yourself?  Friends, family, and confidants are wonderful blessings–and God uses them in our lives in so many wonderful ways.

Sometimes we get so busy that we end up isolating ourselves without realizing it.  We remain connected to others by texting or sending an email, dashing off a twitter or posting a selfie on Instagram.  But rarely do those connections satisfy our souls.

God created us to be in relationships with other people.  Ask him to guide you to the relationships he wants to deepen in your life.  Look for others who share your faith and commitment to God.  And then see how you can bless and encourage one another in the faith.  God doesn’t want you to be alone.

CHALLENGE:  Make it a point to visit a friend or a loved one that you haven’t seen in awhile.

Higher Power: Burdens

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If you’ve ever carried a full backpack, armful of grocery bags, or heavy package to mail, you know the relief that comes when you release your burden.  Your muscles relax, your arms tingle, and you can catch your breath.

If you’ve ever been carrying a heavy load and someone came along to help lighten it, you know the kind of gratitude you feel for such assistance.

God provides us with the same kind of relief each day.  From the laundry list of cares and concerns we continually seem to carry to the new items we’ll add today, he can lift them all.

We don’t have to strain, strive, and struggle alone.  In his power, sovereignty, and wisdom, he knows the leverage points that will help us life our part of the burden.  As Jesus also reminds us, it’s light and easy to carry.

Today, res in the knowledge that God bears your burdens.

CHALLENGE:  Email a friend or loved one and offer to help them deal with a burden currently weighing them down.
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