I am abstinent by the grace of God, one more day at a time.  For details, check out my food journal.



From today’s entry in Voices of Recovery:

“Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inward peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset. Commend all to God, and then lie still and be at rest in His bosom.” — St. Francis de Sales as quoted in For Today, p. 357


I like that quote.  It reminds me of several verses of Scripture that I find useful to keep in mind:


  • Psalm 46:10Be still, and know that I am God
  • Proverbs 4:23Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.
  • Romans 12:18If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.”
  • Colossians 3:15Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.”



From Proverbs Chapter 26:

21 As charcoal to embers and as wood to fire, so is a quarrelsome man for kindling strife.


Quarrelsome – (adjective)  inclined to quarrel; argumentative; contentious.


“Quarrelsome” is a word that would characterize many of my character defects, some of which still haunt me.  I also have a tendency to blame my strife on something besides me.  This verse has me wondering why a match would whine about its burning head.  Maybe it is up to the match to stop kindling fire.  Maybe if I were to live a kinder, gentler, more loving life, the storms around me might quiet, and the people I am lonely for might return to spend time with me.  Maybe I’m sitting in self-pity and need to get out of it, but I know whatever I am, I should not be quarrelsome.



From my reading through the Bible, currently in Job Chapters 22 – 28:

There was a quote from Job 22:12, I will have to keep handy, “I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my daily bread.


Job 28 is a beautifully poetic tribute to wisdom, and man’s vain search for it as a miner searches for treasure.  About wisdom, Job says:


23 God understands the way to it

   and he alone knows where it dwells,

24 for he views the ends of the earth

   and sees everything under the heavens.”

28 And he said to man,

   ‘The fear of the Lord—that is wisdom,

   and to shun evil is understanding.’


God, You alone give wisdom, and You alone are the Calmer of seas and the Breath of Life.  Still me now, and make me content to know You and to do Your will.  All else is futility.  To You I surrender, Great Father!  Make me Yours; make me wholly Yours; and make me holy.



From the “Big Book” of Alcoholics Anonymous, page 19:

We feel that elimination of our drinking is but a beginning.  A much more important demonstration of our principles lies before us in our respective homes, occupations and affairs.”




Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.”  3 John 2