Dear Brothers and Sisters in Recovery;
Wow, what a journey! Reading each of your shares really touched me in a very special way. Each and every one of you has blessed me in so many ways and I will always be grateful. I consider each of you to be my brothers and sisters and I love each one of you as such. Thank you for allowing me to be your leader for this quarter.
As there is time left between this week and when the new quarter begins, this loop is now open for questions regarding the 12 steps of Overeaterís Anonymous. Because this loop is dedicated to working the steps, please limit your questions to the 12 steps of Overeaterís Anonymous.
Please feel free to email me privately (at email@example.com) anytime you want to ask me questions or just to follow up. I love receiving emails from program people.
Here are the questions that pertain to step 12:
Now that you are at step 12, discuss what your plans are in program. Do you plan to work the steps again during next quarter? Do you have plans to give service here in the recovery Intergroup or in your local F2F OA meeting? The program teaches us that we cannot keep what we have unless we are willing to give it away.
For step 11, question 1, you were asked to tell god, through prayer, about something that is making you sad or feeling hurt. What have you learned from this?
Have you been able to maintain abstinence during the last three months? If not, make a detailed list of the barriers in your life to achieving abstinence. Also, write out your personal action plan to overcome the barriers.
Did you have a spiritual awakening? Was it vital to your recovery? When did it take place? Can you define it?
Reflect on and discuss the idea that the basic antidote for your fears is for you to have a spiritual awakening.
Discuss and reflect on how "acceptance is the answer to all of your problems".
Write about how working the program has brought joy to your life.
Discuss what needs to be done by you to be most effective in helping those who still suffer.
Are there areas where you are currently giving service in the program?
My intermediate range plan is to lead a step study at my church for the recovery ministry. I give service wherever I am needed.
When I pray for something that makes me sad or feel hurt, the feelings are taken away after praying for about one week. God always hears my prayers and He is just and faithful. God is my heavenly father. By Godís grace, one day at a time, I has maintained abstinence during the study.. My abstinence is a gift from God and I give all praise to Him.
Iíve had many spiritual awakenings, mostly the garden-variety type. However, one was the lightening bolt type and that was at an OA menís retreat during the late 1980ís. It was then I felt completely connected with God and that connection has never left me. When I am fearful or uneasy about something, I turn it over to the Lord. Every time, the Lord comes through for me without fail.
Being able to accept things as they are and trusting that God is in charge is the answer to my problems. I seek Godís will one day at a time. Thy will be done, not mine.
The program has made me a happy person. I used to be angry, sad, depressed, resentful, and bitter all the time. The program got me through all this garbage and has allowed me to live in the light. I have a life that is a gift from God.
I commit myself to giving service to those needed my help. Leading this step study has brought joy to my life. Giving service always brings joy. Currently, I am also on the teaching team for the recovery ministry at my church. Helping those who suffer requires me to be willing to reach out and give service.
Those who wish to be a leader must first be a servant.
Through God all things are possible!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Love In Recovery,
The Twelve Steps