On awakening let us think about the twenty-four hours ahead. We consider our plans for the day. Before we begin, we ask God to direct our thinking, especially asking that it be divorced from self-pity, dishonest or self-seeking motives. Under these conditions we can employ our mental faculties with assurance, for after all God gave us brains to use. Our thought-life will be placed on a much higher plane when our thinking is cleared of wrong motives.
Alcoholics Anonymous pg 86
“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.
Isaiah 55:8-9 NLT
Father God, thank you for this wonderful day that you have made. I will rejoice and be glad. Father I ask you to direct my thinking today. Open my eyes to your plan for my life and I thank you that what you have planned is far better than anything I could think up on my own. Show me your will today that I may be everything you’re calling me to be. In Jesus Name, Amen
Selfishness, self-centeredness! That, we think, is the root of our troubles. Driven by a hundred forms of fear, self-delusion, self-seeking, and self-pity, we step on the toes of our fellows and they retaliate. Sometimes they hurt us, seemingly without provocation, but we invariably find that at some time in the past we have made decisions based on self which later placed us in a position to be hurt. Alcoholics Anonymous pg 62
Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:7-9 NIV
I thank you Father that as I plant seeds of recovery I harvest a field of serenity. Thank you, Lord, for delivering me from the bondage of self that I may better do thy will. I pray that you will help me not get tired of doing what is right and that I will reap a harvest of blessing at your appointed time. In Jesus Name, Amen.
Yes, there is a substitute and it is vastly more than that. It is a fellowship in Alcoholics Anonymous. There you will find release from care, boredom and worry. Your imagination will be fired. Life will mean something at last. The most satisfactory years of your existence lie ahead. Thus we find the fellowship, and so will you. Alcoholics Anonymous pg 152
Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near. Hebrews 10:24-25 NLT
Father, I thank you that fellowship is your idea. Thank you for creating me to desire fellowship with you and my fellows. Help me to not only help others but to receive help as well. Season my speech with grace and show me how I can encourage someone today. I thank you for release from care, boredom and worry. Thank you for the people that you’ve placed in my life to fellowship with. In Jesus Name, Amen.
We, who have traveled this dubious path, beg you to lay aside prejudice, even against organized religion. We have learned that whatever the human frailties of various faiths may be, those faiths have given purpose and direction to millions. People of faith have a logical idea of what life is all about. Actually, we used to have no reasonable conception whatever. We used to amuse ourselves by cynically dissecting spiritual beliefs and practices when we might have observed that many spiritually-minded persons of all races, colors, and creeds were demonstrating a degree of stability, happiness and usefulness which we should have sought ourselves. Instead, we looked at the human defects of these people, and sometimes used their shortcomings as a basis of wholesale condemnation. We talked of intolerance, while we were intolerant ourselves. We missed the reality and the beauty of the forest because we were diverted by the ugliness of some its trees. We never gave the spiritual side of life a fair hearing. Alcoholics Anonymous pg 49
“And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own? How can you think of saying to your friend, ‘Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye? Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye. Matthew 7:3-5 NLT
Father God I thank you for the plan you have for my life. I ask you to forgive me for any hard feelings or judgments that I have against anyone. I pray Father that you would show me those things that I need to change in myself so that I can be of better use to you. I thank you for the plan that you have for their lives. Help me to see them through your eyes knowing that you look not on our outward appearance but on our hearts. Show me how to walk in love with everyone in my path today and how I can be helpful to them. In Jesus Name, Amen.
One Day at a Time
“That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? “And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith? “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today. Matthew 6:25-34
Father God, I thank you for this day you have made and I will rejoice and be glad. Father I turn all my cares and worries over to you today for you already know all my needs. I thank you Father that you care for me and will take care of everything concerning me today. Show me how I can best serve you and help to advance your kingdom. I pray that I will be a vessel of honor for you and that your love will be overflowing in me to reach out to others. In Jesus Name, Amen.
All men of faith have courage. They trust their God. We never apologize for God. Instead we let Him demonstrate, through us, what He can do. Alcoholics Anonymous pg 68
Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21
Father, I thank you for your love. Thank you for loving me even when I act unlovely. I know Father that your plans are infinitely more than I could ever imagine or ask you for and I thank you for your mighty power that is at work in me to bring those things to pass. I pray, Father, that I will listen for your voice today and be quick to obey you knowing that your ways and thoughts are so much higher than mine. Help me to remember this life is all about serving you and its not about my own agenda. In Jesus Name, Amen.