Daily Recovery Readings
June 17, 2017
“DEEP DOWN WITHIN US”
We found the Great Reality deep down within us. In the last analysis, it is only there that He may be found. . . search diligently within yourself. . . . With this attitude, you cannot fail. The consciousness of your belief is sure to come to you.
— ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 55
It was out of the depths of loneliness, depression, and despair that I sought the help of A.A. As I recovered and began to face the emptiness and ruin of my life, I began to open myself to the possibility of the healing that recovery offers through the A.A. program. By coming to meetings, staying sober, and taking the Steps, I had the opportunity to listen with increasing attentiveness to the depths of my soul. Daily I waited, in hope and gratitude, for that sure belief and steadfast love I had longed for in my life. In this process, I met my God, as I understand Him.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
Big Book Quote
“Once more: The alcoholic at certain times has no effective mental defense against the first drink. Except in a few rare cases, neither he nor any other human being can provide such a defense. His defense must come from a Higher Power.”
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, More About Alcoholism, pg. 43~
Keep It Simple
Each day provides its own gifts. —Ruth D. Freedman
Life is full of wonderful gifts. Recovery is life’s greatest gift to us. If we’re not excited about being sober, we need to check ourselves. Are we keeping something secret? Is there a sadness we need to talk about? Are we stuffing anger? These things eat away at our excitement for life.
Many addicts never get the gift of recovery. Those of us in recovery are special. We’ve been given a new life. There will be hard times. But the joy of getting a second chance will be stronger. Am I grateful that I’ve been given recovery?
Prayer for the Day:
Higher Power, help me see recovery as a gift. I deserve this gift because I’m human. Help me to always accept this gift.
Action for the Day:
At the end of the day, I’ll list three gifts that this day has given me.
Daily Horoscope – Cancer
Although you’re not overtly aggressive, your tenacity makes up for any perceived shortcomings today. Anyone who thinks your gentle nature means you’re a pushover is guilty of an error in judgment that could create serious conflict later on. You might be planning a power play that doesn’t require you to come out swinging. Somehow, you can conquer new territory through defensive maneuvers as long as you wait for your opponents to make their first moves and reveal their weaknesses. Author Josh Shipp said, “Perseverance is stubbornness with a purpose.”