Today:

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

 

Today is Good Friday, the commemoration of the ultimate Passover sacrifice – one Lamb, made of both God and man, to cover over every sin, to ransom any who claim Him from the sentence of death.

 

 

From today’s entry in Voices of Recovery:

“In Step Eleven we are challenged to actively seek to improve our relationship with our Higher Power in the same way we might develop any relationship, by taking the time on a regular basis to be with HP.” — The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Overeaters Anonymous, p. 92

 

When I feel distant from God, I have to remember which one of us moved away.  Since I have the promise that God will never leave me nor forsake me*, I know I am responsible for the separation, and it is up to me to move back into participation with Him.  He has come to me; He has paid the price of our association.  It is now mine to engage or deny the intimacy of prayer and meditation that is the one-on-one time any relationship needs to grow.

 

 

From Proverbs Chapter 6:

22 When you walk, they will guide you; when you sleep, they will watch over you; when you awake, they will speak to you.  23 For these commands are a lamp, this teaching is a light, and the corrections of discipline are the way to life”

 

The corrections of discipline are God’s loving call to return to the relationship He wants to share with us and for which He programmed us to hunger.  Resisting instruction because we don’t appreciate being commanded simply cuts ourselves off from the flow of His love for the sake of our own pride.

 

God, keep me in alignment with Your Light and Life, and help me follow it as a lamp guides a traveler home.

 

 

From my reading through the Bible, currently in Psalm 16:

This Psalm is concentrated with powerful prayer and prophecy.  It is especially appropriate, not just for my recovery, but for today’s observance of Christ’s sacrifice.

 

I regularly pray verse 5 to reaffirm my commitment to contentment with God’s provision, “5 LORD, you have assigned me my portion and my cup; you have made my lot secure.”  I have posted this prayer on the cupboard in my house where I keep my measuring cups and spoons.

 

Verses 7 and 8 describe the constant maintenance of relationship with the Master and faithful following of the disciple.  They remind me of the work of the Tenth and Eleventh Steps, “7 I will praise the LORD, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me.  8 I have set the LORD always before me.  Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.”

 

Verse 10 contains a prophecy of Christ, and the wording suggests that it multiplies to His faithful followers as well.  “10 because you will not abandon me to the grave, nor will you let your Holy One[or your faithful one] see decay.”  I am living today in the faith that, as I crucify my self-will and self-interest, so I will be raised to live in a newness of life, both here in spirit and in whole for eternity.  While David’s bones have returned to dust, the One of whom he spoke in this verse was resurrected on the third day, is alive, and is preparing a place for me and for David and for all who so choose, to live with Him forever.

 

Verse 11 alludes to that very promise, “11 You have made[or You will make] known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.”

 

My Creator and Redeemer, Giver of Life and purpose to make life worth living, thank You for hope!  In a world characterized by disappointment and selfishness there is One answer to the questions that plague us, “why?” “how?” and “what if?”  You, the Great “I Am,” are the fulfillment of every mystery and the answer to every cry.  I experience the pain of separation and reconstruction because You Are.  I know that I exist and can be faithful because You Are.  I will make it through whatever comes because You Are.  No matter what, You Are!  Help me to always keep Your sustaining, infinite existence at the forefront of my attention.

 

 

 

From the “Big Book” of Alcoholics Anonymous, “There is a Solution” page 25:

“We have found much of heaven and we have been rocketed into a fourth dimension of existence of which we had not even dreamed. The great fact is just this, and nothing less: That we have had deep and effective spiritual experiences which have revolutionized our whole attitude toward life, toward our fellows and toward God’s universe.”

 

 

 

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

 

 

Note from VOR reflection:  *These promises are found in Deuteronomy 31:6, Joshua 1:5, and Hebrews 13:5.

 

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