Monday, July 25, 2016

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections July 25

 JULY 25

THOSE WHO STILL SUFFER 

For us, if we neglect those who are still sick, there is

unremitting danger to our own lives and sanity. 

TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 151 

I know the torment of drinking compulsively to quiet my

nerves and my fears. I also know the pain of whiteknuckled

sobriety.

Today, I do not forget the unknown person who suffers quietly,

withdrawn and hiding  in the desperate relief of drinking.

I ask my Higher Power to give me His guidance and

the courage to be willing to be His instrument to

carry within me compassion and unselfish 

actions. Let the group continue to give me

the strength to do with others what I cannot

do alone. 

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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections July 24

 JULY 24

HELPING OTHERS 

Our very lives, as ex-problem drinkers, depend upon our

constant thought of others and how we may help meet their

needs. 

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 20 

Self-centeredness was my problem. All my life people had

been doing things for me and I not only expected it, but I

was ungrateful and resentful they didn't do more. Why

should I help others, when they were supposed to help me?

If others had troubles, didn't they deserve them? I was

filled with self-pity, anger and resentment. Then I learned

that by helping others, with no thought of return, I could

overcome this obsession with selfishness, and if I

understood humility, I would know peace and serenity. No

longer do I need to drink. 

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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections July 23

 JULY 23

I ASK GOD TO DECIDE 

"I pray that you now remove from me every single defect of

character which stands in the way of my usefulness to you

and my fellows " 

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 76 

Having admitted my powerlessness and made a decision to

turn my will and my life over to the care of God, as I

understand Him, I don't decide which defects get removed,

or the order in which defects get removed, or the time

frame in which they get removed. I ask God to decide

which defects stand in the way of my usefulness to Him

and to others, and then I humbly ask Him to remove them. 

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Friday, July 22, 2016

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections July 22

 JULY 22

"THE GOOD AND THE BAD" 

"My Creator, I am now willing that you should have all of

me, good and bad." 

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 76 

The joy of life is in the giving. Being freed of my

shortcomings, that I may more freely be of service, allows

humility to grow in me. My shortcomings can be humbly

placed in God's loving care and be removed. The essence

of Step Seven is humility, and what better way to seek

humility than by giving all of myself—good and bad—to

God, so that He may remove the bad and return to me the

good. 

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections July 21

JULY 21

A PRICELESS GIFT 

By this time in all probability we have gained some

measure of release from our more devastating handicaps.

We enjoy moments in which there is something like real

peace of mind. To those of us who have hitherto known only

excitement, depression, or anxiety—in other words, to all of

us—this newfound peace is a priceless gift. 

TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 74 

I am learning to let go and let God, to have a mind that is

open and a heart that is willing to receive God's grace in all

my affairs; in this way I can experience the peace and

freedom that come as a result of surrender. It has been

proven that an act of surrender, originating in desperation

and defeat, can grow into an ongoing act of faith, and that

faith means freedom and victory.  

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections July 20

 JULY 20

SHORTCOMINGS REMOVED 

But now the words "Of myself I am nothing, the Father

doeth the works" began to carry bright promise and

meaning. 

TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 75 

When I put the Seventh Step into action I must remember

that there are no blanks to fill in. It doesn't say, "Humbly

asked Him to (fill in the blank) remove our shortcomings."

For years, I filled in the imaginary blank with "Help me!"

"Give me the courage to," and "Give me the strength," etc.

The Step says simply that God will remove my

shortcomings. The only footwork I must do is "humbly

ask," which for me means asking with the knowledge that

of myself I am nothing, the Father within "doeth the

works." 

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections July 19

 JULY 19

FALSE PRIDE 

Many of us who had thought ourselves religious awoke to

the limitations of this attitude. Refusing to place God first,

we had deprived ourselves of His help. 

TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 75 

Many false notions operate in false pride. The need for

direction to live a decent life is satisfied by the hope

experienced in the A.A. Fellowship. Those who have

walked the way for years—a day at a time—say that a Godcentered

life has limitless  possibilities for personal growth.

This being so, much hope transmitted by the elder A.A.s.

I thank my Higher Power for letting me know that He

works through other people, and I thank Him for our

trusted servants in the Fellowship who aid new members to

reject their false ideals and to adopt those which lead to a

life of compassion and trust. The elders in A.A. challenge

the newcomers to "Come To"—so that they can "Come to

Believe." I ask my Higher Power to help my unbelief. 

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