Daily Recovery Readings for February 1, 2018:
“. . . Step Two gently and very gradually began to infiltrate my life. I can’t say upon what occasion or upon what day I came to believe in a Power greater than myself, but I certainly have that belief now.”
— TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 27
“Came to believe!” I gave lip service to my belief when I felt like it or when I thought it would look good. I didn’t really trust God. I didn’t believe He cared for me. I kept trying to change things I couldn’t change. Gradually, in disgust, I began to turn it all over, saying: “You’re so omnipotent, you take care of it.” He did. I began to receive answers to my deepest problems, sometimes at the most unusual times: driving to work, eating lunch, or when I was sound asleep. I realized that I hadn’t thought of those solutions—a Power greater than myself had given them to me. I came to believe.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
Big Book Quote
“First of all, we had to quit playing God. It didn’t work.”
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, How It Works, pg. 62~
Keep It Simple
Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
The Second Step directs us to believe there is hope for us. It may take time to believe this. Many of us had given up hope. But look around. Hope fills our meeting rooms. We are surrounded by miracles. This Power greater than ourselves has healed many. Listen as others tell their stories. They speak of how powerful this Power is. At times, we will not believe. This is normal But in recovery ,”coming to believe” means opening ourselves up to healing power found in the program.
Prayer for the Day:
Higher Power, allow me to believe Help me to stay open to recovery.
Action for the Day:
I will list three examples of my past insanity. I will share these examples with my group, sponsor, a program friend, or with my Higher Power. I will remember that I’m a miracle.
Daily Horoscope – Cancer
You thrive on your closest nurturing connections and tend to suffer when you feel distance between you and others. Ironically, an odd sense of detachment allows you to go even deeper into this subjective realm today. Exploring your passions from an intellectual perspective subdues the surface intensity now, and is inviting to people who might otherwise be frightened off by an overly emotional tilt to a conversation. Nevertheless, a rational discussion will leave you unsatisfied. Journalist Herb Caen wrote, “Logic is no answer to passion.”