Today:

I am a recovering compulsive overeater, abstinent by the grace of God one more day at a time.

Can I share a miracle with you?  Several weeks ago, the water table in our area dropped so low that our artesian well dried up and our lawn irrigation system sat neglected.  We had been warned by a specialist that several wells in our area had run dry and had to be re-drilled due to the receding aquifer, so when ours stopped flowing, I rushed to God in prayer.  Since then, our area has sustained what the National Weather Service is calling one of the ten wettest Mays in recorded history, and this morning, my wife and I awoke to the sound of our irrigation system flowing.  The Maker of the heavens and mountains, Keeper of the tides and fountains has blessed us again, and I am amazed at His providence!

If your waters have seemed to dry up, can I encourage you to go to the One who sends the water, sets its boundaries, and waits to pour Himself out for any who will receive Him?  The grass of the real estate on which I make my home is insignificant next to the spirit who thirsts, and my Higher Power longs to satisfy you with the Living Water that never runs dry!  (See John 4:7-26.)

From today’s entry in Voices of Recovery:

“…praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.” — Step Eleven

When I first heard this statement, I thought it sounded like a nice sort of prayerful fasting for the short time one worked Step Eleven.  Then someone explained to me that we never finish Steps Ten through Twelve, and that we continue to repeat the Steps each time we are faced with a decision or conflict.  When I turned my will and my life over to God in Step Three and offered Him my whole self in Step Seven, I was and am left with no other job or purpose but to seek God’s will and the power to carry it out.  Having sacrificed self, there is no need for self-serving prayer, except that which helps me to carry out the will of my Creator.  As I repeatedly affirm the prayers of Steps Three and Seven that contain the statements, “May I do Thy will always,” and, “Grant me strength, as I go out from here to do Your bidding,” God has been faithful to answer those prayers as I have applied myself to them.  First and foremost, for example, I was to begin accepting His will for the proper fueling program He intended, but that was just the beginning.  Healthy exertion was on the list of what I discovered He wanted for me, and service in the fellowship, then service elsewhere.  All of a sudden I recognized that God had made me useful where I once felt useless, and helpful where I once was harmful.  It was like looking down to discover I was running, and all I remember doing was taking a step.

But God does not equip me to run, merely to see me dash across the globe on a solitary sprint.  It is for arriving at and completing missions of ministry on my way that He sets me on any path.  This is why interaction with fellow humans has to be a part of my existence, or I muzzle the purpose for which God has redeemed me, and my restoration is futile.  How would it be, dear reader, if I had experienced all the joy of waking to the sound of my flowing well and kept it to myself, never sharing the spiritual allegory with you who might also benefit from it?  By sharing His glory in this humble format, the momentary tribulation of my home and hearth was given purpose, the purpose of ministering the miraculous Truth and Providence of God to as many as stumble across these clumsy phrases.

(Click here to read the Twelve Steps as adapted for Overeaters Anonymous.  The Third Step and Seventh Step Prayers are listed on my Daily Prayers page)

From Proverbs 8:

On the heights along the way,
where the paths meet, she (Wisdom) takes her stand”

The road of life is marked with intersections, exit routes, and crossroads, and every junction is an opportunity for distraction and an opportunity to demonstrate our faithfulness.  Wisdom stands at each one ready to help us defend against the forces that war against our purpose.  The seeker of our destruction hails us too, at every point along the way, enticing us to detour from the Way of God, the Road of Happy Destiny.  I choose to tune my ears to the voice of the Spirit of God, the Way of Truth, the Light of Life. Wisdom my sister, and Understanding my kinsman will be my constant companions on every journey I take.  Before I set out, I will set them before me, and will follow diligently in the steps they mark for me.

Holy Spirit, lead on.  I will follow!  Keep me from stumbling or allowing the deceiver a foothold on me.

From my reading through the Bible, currently in Psalm 144, 145, and 146:

In Psalm 144, David demonstrated that he recognized his life was on a path fraught with danger, as he learned to prayerfully trust in God for the victory in the spiritual warfare that rages on.

Praise be to the Lord my Rock,
who trains my hands for war,
my fingers for battle.
He is my loving God and my fortress,
my stronghold and my deliverer,
my shield, in whom I take refuge”

Psalm 145 has an amazingly timely affirmation of my duty to proclaim God’s goodness and, nestled within it, a remarkable ray of hope for those of us struggling, suffering, or in relapse, or who may have thought that a faltering stumble was the final dropping point, the end of His grace for you.

My call to share:

They will tell of the power of your awesome works,
and I will proclaim your great deeds.”

21 My mouth will speak in praise of the Lord.
Let every creature praise his holy name
for ever and ever.”

His hope for the fallen:

14 The Lord upholds all those who fall
and lifts up all who are bowed down.
15 The eyes of all look to you,
and you give them their food at the proper time.
16 You open your hand
and satisfy the desires of every living thing.”

Psalm 146 reminds me that man, any man, makes a lousy higher power.  My sponsor is not my higher power, and I cannot attempt to be anyone else’s higher power.  It doesn’t work!  It sets both parties up for failure and disappointment.

Do not put your trust in princes,
in mortal men, who cannot save.”

It also points out that God, by divine intervention, frustrates those on the wrong path, and I believe it is not for the sake of punishment that He does this, but so that men might be enticed to return to the Way of Life.  I have been the beneficiary of such correction, and I praise Him and welcome Him to wall me in with thornbushes* so I cannot abandon His Way for me.

The Lord watches over the alien
and sustains the fatherless and the widow,
but he frustrates the ways of the wicked.”

(*In Hosea 2, God pronounced his plan for His adulterous bride, His people, though our history was marked with rebellion, to entice us to return He promised, “Therefore I will block her path with thornbushes; I will wall her in so that she cannot find her way.” Hosea 2:6)

From The “Big Book” of Alcoholics Anonymous, page 58:

“Rarely have we seen a person fail who has thoroughly followed our path.”

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