Daily Recovery Readings
July 4, 2017
. . . deep down in every man, woman and child, is the fundamental idea of God. It may be obscured by calamity, by pomp, by worship of other things, but in some form or other it is there. For faith in a Power greater than ourselves, and miraculous demonstrations of that power in human lives, are facts as old as man himself.
— ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 55
I have seen the workings of the unseen God in A.A. rooms around the country. Miracles of recovery are everywhere in evidence. I now believe that God is in these rooms and in my heart. Today faith is as natural to me, a former agnostic, as breathing, eating and sleeping. The Twelve Steps have helped to change my life in many ways, but none is more effective than the acquisition of a Higher Power.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
Big Book Quote
“These men had found something brand new in life. Though they knew they must help other alcoholics if they would remain sober, that motive became secondary. It was transcended by the happiness they found in giving themselves for others.”
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, A Vision For You, pg. 159~
Keep It Simple
I have a dream.—Martin Luther King Jr.
During our addiction, maybe we dreamed of joy and laughter with our family—only to find tears and anger. Maybe we dreamed of respect at our job—only to be fired. Our dreams began to feel like burdens. We had lost hope.
With recovery, the hope starts to return. We start to trust ourselves again. We start to trust others again. We start to trust in our Higher Power. Over time, we even dare to dream again. In our dreams, we are loving people. We have something to offer others. We are not scared. This is a sign that hope is returning. We fall in love again with the world, our Higher Power, and ourselves.
Prayer for the Day:
Higher Power, thank-you for giving back my future. Thank-you for giving back my dreams.
Action for the Day:
Today, I’ll tell my dreams to a friend. Do my future dreams include improving myself through the program?
Daily Horoscope – Cancer
A fresh wave of optimism fuels your self-confidence and subdues your insecurities. But proceeding with caution is wise while the presence of three planets in hypersensitive Cancer triggers emotional turmoil, especially if you end up revealing more than you intended. It doesn’t hurt to think twice before sharing your story. However, your discretion could easily turn to resentment if you remain quiet. Don’t settle on an extreme reaction when a middle path exists comfortably between total transparency and paranoid secrecy. All your relationships will benefit from a healthy sense of fair play.