Thursday, April 25, 2013

12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous

Here is the frame work to which I have built my life.  This is how I have discovered the REAL me.  The ME God created when he numbered the hairs on my head and wrote my name in His palm.  They seem momentous - and rightfully so.  These steps may not be written as is out of the Bible but they are divine in nature.

I want to post them here because this blog is my journal and I need to continue to remember my foundation and the hard work it takes to live the life I want to live.  A life full of honesty, integrity and grace.  I get to live that life because of these steps.

  1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol - that our lives had become unmanageable.
  2. Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
  3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
  4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
  5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
  6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
  7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
  8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
  9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
  10. Continued to take personal inventory, and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.
  11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
  12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
Thank you God for your Divine hand that lead to the widespread knowledge of Your plan to experience freedom from bondage.

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