Today:

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:

“Step work is entwined with the awareness of intimacy with my Higher Power, with others, with myself. Perhaps this is the reason the entire process is important, not simply the results.”

 

A human’s self-serving flesh nature will always end up isolated, but we are intended to be relationship beings.  Without relationship with God we cannot experience the power to lift ourselves out of our desperate condition; and without relationship with others we cannot perform our function of helping and encouraging one another.  We need both a vertical line of connection and a horizontal span to take our proper shape.  The 12-Steps spell out the building instructions to develop and maintain this frame, and the Creator fills in the form as only He can.

 

From Proverbs Chapter 28:

13 He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy.

 

Why do we hide?  Shame.  Guilt.  Fear.  Fear of being found out, and fear that whatever harmful circumstance happened once before might come calling again.  It is a story as old as Eden, and we’ve hidden ourselves behind everything from fig leaves to ice cream and every sort of overcompensation and extreme behavior imaginable.  Prosperity cannot abide extreme expenditures on futility, and so this verse makes theoretical sense.  Step Nine has proved it for thousands of people, and the practice of confession and repentance for millions more.

 

Lord, be merciful to me, a sinner!  Purify me of my guilty ways.

 

 

From my reading through the Bible, currently in Job Chapters 34 – 36:

Elihu is making sense in Chapter 34.  He pointed out that Job’s self-evaluation overlooked the sin of which he might not be aware.  He suggests a more humble repentance, “31 Suppose a man says to God, ‘I am guilty but will offend no more. 32 Teach me what I cannot see; if I have done wrong, I will not do so again.’”  In Chapter 35 he rightly asserts, “9 Men cry out under a load of oppression; they plead for relief from the arm of the powerful. … 12 He does not answer when men cry out because of the arrogance of the wicked.”  I may print and frame Chapter 36 in my house, it is so poignant!  Here are some excerpts that seem especially appropriate for people trying to escape from the cords of their sinful affliction:

 

5 “God is mighty, but does not despise men;

   he is mighty, and firm in his purpose.

8 But if men are bound in chains,

   held fast by cords of affliction,

9 he tells them what they have done—

   that they have sinned arrogantly.

10 He makes them listen to correction

   and commands them to repent of their evil.

 

13 “The godless in heart harbor resentment;

   even when he fetters them, they do not cry for help.

15 But those who suffer he delivers in their suffering;

   he speaks to them in their affliction.

 

16 “He is wooing you from the jaws of distress

   to a spacious place free from restriction,

   to the comfort of your table laden with choice food.

17 But now you are laden with the judgment due the wicked;

   judgment and justice have taken hold of you.

 

 

From the “Big Book” of Alcoholics Anonymous, page 46:

Yes, we of agnostic temperament have had these thoughts and experiences. Let us make haste to reassure you. We found that as soon as we were able to lay aside prejudice and express even a willingness to believe in a Power greater than ourselves, we commenced to get results, even though it was impossible for any of us to fully define or comprehend that Power, which is God.”

 

 

OD@aT:

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

May the breath of the Almighty give you life, and understanding to enjoy it!  *

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