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CULTIVATING FAITH

 Daily Reflections - April 21 

LOVE AND FEAR AS OPPOSITES

Daily Reflections - April 17

All these failings generate fear, a soul-sickness in its own right.
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 49

THE "NUMBER ONE OFFENDER"

Daily Reflections - April 14

Resentment is the "number one" offender. It destroys more alcoholics than anything else. From it stem all forms of spiritual disease, for we have been not only mentally and physically ill, we have been spiritually sick.
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 64

FREEDOM FROM "KING ALCOHOL"

Daily Relflections - April 9 

. . . let us not suppose even for an instant that we are not under constraint. . . . Our former tyrant, King Alcohol, always stands ready again to clutch us to him Therefore, freedom from alcohol is the great "must" that has to be achieved, else we go mad or die.
AS BILL SEES IT, p. 134

TRUE BROTHERHOOD

Daily Reflections - April 5

We have not once sought to be one in a family, to be a friend among friends, to be a worker among workers, to be a useful member of society. Always we tried to struggle to the top of the heap, or to hide underneath it This self-centered behavior blocked a partnership relation with any one of those about us. Of true brotherhood we had small comprehension. TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 53

NO ONE DENIED ME LOVE

 Daily Relflections - March 31 

OUR GROUP CONSCIENCE

Daily reflections - March 30

". . . sometimes the good is the enemy of the best" ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS COMES OF AGE P- 101 I think these words apply to every area of A.A.'s Three Legacies: Recovery, Unity and Service! I want them etched in my mind and life as I "trudge the Road of Happy Destiny" (Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 164).

TRUSTED SERVANTS

Daily Reflection - March 29

They are servants. Theirs is the sometimes thankless privilege of doing the group's chores
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 134

EQUALITY – Daily reflections

March 28 - Daily Reflection

Our membership ought to include all who suffer from alcoholism Hence we may refuse none who wish to recover. Nor ought A.A. membership ever depend upon money or conformity. Any two or three alcoholics gathered together for sobriety may call themselves an A.A. group, provided that, as a group, they have no other affiliation.
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 565

THE TEACHING IS NEVER OVER

March 26 - Daily Reflections

Abandon yourself to God as you understand God. Admit your faults to Him and to your fellows. Clear away the wreckage of your past Give freely of what you find and join us. We shall be with you in the Fellowship of the Spirit, and you will surely meet some of us as you trudge the Road of Happy Destiny. May God bless you and keep you—until then.
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 164

A FULL AND THANKFUL HEART

Daily Reflections - March 25 

try hard to hold fast to the truth that a full and thankful heart cannot entertain great conceits. When brimming with gratitude, one's heartbeat must surely result in outgoing love, the finest emotion that we can ever know.
AS BILL SEES IT, p. 37

NO MORE STRUGGLE. . . – Daily reflections

March 22 - Daily Reflections

And we have ceased fighting anything or anyone— even alcohol.
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 84

MATERIAL AND SPIRITUAL WELL-BEING

Daily Relflections - March 21 

Fear . . . of economic insecurity will leave us.
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 84

REAL INDEPENDENCE

Daily Reflections - March 18 

The more we become willing to depend upon a Higher Power, the more independent we actually are.
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 36

MYSTERIOUS WAYS

Daily reflections - March 17

. . . out of every season of grief or suffering when the hand of God seemed heavy or even unjust, new lessons for living were learned, new resources of courage were uncovered, and that finally, inescapably, the conviction came that God does "move in a mysterious way His wonders to perform."

TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 105

AS WE UNDERSTAND HIM

Daily reflections - March 16

My friend suggested what then seemed a novel idea. . . . "Why don't you choose your own conception of God?" That statement hit me hard. It melted the icy intellectual mountain in whose shadow I had lived and shivered many years I stood in the sunlight at last. It was only a matter of being willing to believe in a Power greater than myself. Nothing more was required of me to make my beginning. ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 12

THE GOD IDEA

Daily reflections - March 15

When we saw others solve their problems by a simple reliance upon the Spirit of the Universe, we had to stop doubting the power of God. Our ideas did not work. But the God idea did. ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 52

THE KEYSTONE

Daily reflection - March 14

He is the Father, and we are His children. Most good ideas are simple, and this concept was the keystone of the new and triumphant arch through which we passed to freedom. ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 62

A WORLD OF THE SPIRIT

Daily reflections - March 13

We have entered the world of the Spirit. Our next function is to grow in understanding and effectiveness. This is not an overnight matter. It should continue for our lifetime. ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 84

A DAY'S PLAN – Daily reflections

Daily reflections - March 12

On awakening let us think about the twenty-four hours ahead. We consider our plans for the day. Before we begin, we ask God to direct our thinking, especially asking that it be divorced from self-pity, dishonest or self-seeking motives ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 86

GOOD ORDERLY DIRECTION

Daily reflections - March 11

It is when we try to make our will conform with God's that we begin to use it rightly. To all of us, this was a most wonderful revelation. Our whole trouble had been the misuse of willpower. We had tried to bombard our problems with it instead of attempting to bring it into agreement with God's intention for us. To make this increasingly possible is the purpose of A.A.'s Twelve Steps, and Step Three opens the door. TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 40

TODAY, IT'S MY CHOICE

Daily reflections - March 10

. . . we invariably find that at some time in the past we have made decisions based on self which later placed us in a position to be hurt. ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 62

SURRENDERING SELF-WILL

Daily reflections - March 9

Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him. TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 34

TURNING IT OVER

Daily reflections - March 8

THE KEY IS WILLINGNESS

Daily reflections - March 7

Once we have placed the key of willingness in the lock and have the door ever so slightly open, we find that we can always open it some more. TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 35

THE IDEA OF FAITH

Daily reflections - March 6

Do not let any prejudice you may have against spiritual terms deter you from honestly asking yourself what they mean to you. ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 47

A LIFELONG TASK

Daily reflections - March 5

"But just how, in these circumstances, does a fellow 'take it easy?' That's what I want to know." TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 26

WEEDING THE GARDEN

Daily reflections - March 4

The essence of all growth is a willingness to make a change for the better and then an unremitting willingness to shoulder whatever responsibility this entails. AS BILL SEES IT, p. 115

OVERCOMING SELF-WILL

 Daily reflections - March 3

So our troubles, we think, are basically of our own making. They arise out of ourselves, and the alcoholic is an extreme example  of  self-will  run  riot,  though  he usually  doesn't think so. Above everything, we alcoholics must be rid of this selfishness. Wemust, or it kills us!

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 62

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