Step Eleven

Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact
with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of
His will for us and the power to carry that out.


Dear God,

It is becoming a bit of a habit, these letters to You every morning; do You think I need therapy for them? (Smile)

Yes today my heart is light and my spirit liberated, thanks to Your prompting me to make an early morning phone call half way across the world and I am glad I listened to that still small voice from within, what a wonderful way to begin my day!

I feel an enormous sense of gratitude today especially, again thank You!

I am reminded of the next few lines of the Serenity Prayer this morning and released from the burdens of yesterday by the wisdom these lines offer:

"Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
... Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him." ~ Reinhold Niebuhr

I wonder if this scholar considered just how many people would come to use his words in their every day life, to liberate them from a multitude of life-threatening addictions.

I cannot begin to thank You for opening the doors for me on this journey - the path is strewn with potholes of various shapes and sizes and yet I am content in the knowledge that they pose a problem as big as I allow them to be.

Yesterday I realized perhaps for the first time that I am a pretty good builder and architect in that I can construct the most elaborate structures upon which to hang anxieties, fears and trepidations.

How easily do I take up the trowel and how eager am I to stir and mix the cement?

At the end of the day, what I am facing right now will not kill me, I am not in any grave danger, and my life is not being threatened. I am simply being challenged and as with all challenges I will emerge knowing something I didn't know before, something that will furnish me with a tool to utilize tomorrow. Even in the light of failure I will not be blinded but furnished with a portion of wisdom for the future!

Be with me today as I tread this path, be with those who journey to the same goals and with those who fear taking that first step or who are poised yet uncertain of the pathway being there when their foot lands. Take good care of those I know and don't yet know and those I will never know.

I am going to try something new today, a different approach; did I hear You sigh with relief or was that just wind! I am going to seek Your wisdom every step of today BEFORE I meddle in things myself. Please remind me to take a deep breath, remind me to trust in Your guidance and Your knowledge of my abilities and Your power to carry me over those hurdles that I find too high to climb. I know the answer lies in seeking You because I know I cannot do this alone.

Be with all those who still feel they can do this alone, who balk at the idea of asking for help, who feel they have nothing to offer. Help those who still don't see what You see in them and be with those who feel they cannot take the steps to building a new life free of guilt, shame, anger and fear."

Your child,

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