Daily reflections thread for every day


#21

I laughed when I read this. I mean I was tickled. I read the last two posts n then I started from the top. @Gabe.G you kill me lol. A lot of times we say,or rather I’ve heard it said,that when you pray you’re supposed to talk to God like you talk to a friend. So as I read your post Gabe,I just smiled,cuz you did just that:spoke to God like a friend (although I can’t say I’ve cursed while talking to Him,I understand the realness).

@Josh you’re not the first to realize that in addition to your main addiction, you’re also addicted to porn/masturbation. I won’t call any names but there are some of us struggling with multiple things. If you’d like though I could tag you in some forums that could be helpful,cuz that’s up my alley.

@Rosey loved what you said about getting to know God for yourself and especially the part about realizing He’s more amazing than you realized growing up. I’ve often found myself being jealous of people who didn’t grow up in church. I say that because some of the experiences I’ve heard of how powerful He is and how He changed them is so awesome to me,and I want an awesome story too lol. But real talk. He’s working on me,and my experience can help someone else. And you don’t have to worry about church (don’t get me wrong,I love my church family). Start off just talking to Him @Josh or anyone else,and as you get to know Him better He’ll lead you to where He wants you to be. The interesting thing about the book you’re reading is that although it’s not the Bible, it’s mimicking many biblical themes/thoughts from what I’ve noticed so far;that tickled me to because our world is full of so many people bashing the Bible,yet many books teach biblical messages that help us live better lives.


#22

snickers God does not seem to reprimand me in life for addressing Him in prayer as “Homeslice” or for having potty mouth as long as I am keeping my intentions real. Maybe one day I will pray more respectfully but I bet right now he is just glad to hear from me and glad I am willing to chat.


#23

Honestly if you could that would be awesome, I’ll be at work for the next 14 hours but I’ll be able to check my phone every now and then so I can get on here.
I’ve noticed that though as far as the bible thing goes. I have one as well but haven’t put much time into it. Not as much as I have other books. I appreciate your time and willingness to lead me in the right direction with my newfound addiction.


#24

You’re welcome. I tagged you in a couple.
I get that. I’ve been there. Took me a long time to actually read the whole Bible; I’d just read pieces. Finally one year I got this new Bible and the version was easy as pie to understand and that’s when I read it the first time. Now I’ve gone back to KJV,but because I have a better understanding I can read through it n not be completely lost lol. All the best! I don’t envy you with that long shift at all,but be safe n I hope it goes well


#25

Ya I’ve attempted to read it a few times but lost interest. This was a long time ago haha. If I read it now it might be different but I won’t know until I try. I’ll check those out ASAP and get involved with the thread! I think I’d be happier if I was to quit my porn/masturbating addiction, it takes up a lot of my time and clouds my mind till I do it.

If you don’t mind I’d like to keep in touch, this new addiction is something I know for a fact I’ll struggle hard with.


#26

That’s fine. I know we need all the help we can get.

Whenever you do decide to try reading it again, lemme know how it goes :wink:


#27

Will do! I’ll see if I can’t find it. There’s a ton of boxes I never unpacked so I’m guessing it’s in one of those along with other things I’ve been looking for lol.


#28

I really like your reply @Victorious and what you say about church. I’ve not been raised with church or god but I still was aware about a higher might. So now grown up I’ve made myself a very personal " religion " so to say. I struggle a bit with reading the bible but I believe in Jesus and in a God who loves every human being and who cares for us in one way or another. It’s hard to explain but I just feel he’s watching me and strengthens me. Hope you understand what I was going to say :wink: I love this forum. It helps so much. Thank you all


#29

I’m positive He’s glad to hear from you. IDK if I didn’t explain myself properly. For one I don’t curse and even when I used to it was just around my close friends. It didn’t go on at home and stuff like that;it would have been considered disrespectful. So in keeping with that I made my comment.


#30

I understand what you’re saying and you explained it just fine :slight_smile: I’m glad you’re getting help here and feel comfy. Keep at it!


#31

Topic for todays meeting :slight_smile: for that im thankful . My higher power guides me and the program . I also remember in rehab i was told try to go on my knees and pray … I did and man i felt so embarresed, Strange as ever so far out … but no more … Keep it simple does help alot im not ashamed any more.


#32

Hey @Josh, great Devo today. My goal is spiritual growth, not spiritual perfection, so true. I needed this devotional today.

I am a lust addict and porn/masterbation were two of my drugs. Feel free to reach out anytime. 91 days sober and thankful for every single one.


#33

Sounds good man I’ll be sure to keep in contact with you since I really don’t know too many people yet with this addiction. I know there’s threads on it but I’m at work so i don’t get much phone time.


#34

Congrats Mike! I made a month today! Yay!!


#35

This one I can’t really relate to yet today, I’m sure I will eventually. I know working all the steps is a way how to remain sober and clean, the will to change is also a way. Without that will to change and willpower to resist, the steps to work, what do you have? You’re right where you were when you were using. You’ve lost yourself and you have no arch of freedom to walk through each day.


#36

Just an FYI PSA from the neighborhood Goat:

In case someone doesn’t snap a picture, the Daily Reflections are also online at: http://www.aa.org/pages/en_US/daily-reflection


#37

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#38

This one I can relate to in the sense that i made time to sit down, calm myself and ask my higher power for strength and guidance with what I’m currently going through. After doing so, I felt a little relieved just knowing that I asked for help and that my higher power would come through when I needed it most helping me along the way.


#39

Daily Reflections
April 4
CRYING FOR THE MOON

“This very real feeling of inferiority is magnified by his childish sensitivity and it is this state of affairs which generates in him that insatiable, abnormal craving for self-approval and success in the eyes of the world. Still a child, he cries for the moon. And the moon, it seems, won’t have him!”

— THE LANGUAGE OF THE HEART, p. 102

While drinking I seemed to vacillate between feeling totally invisible and believing I was the center of the universe. Searching for that elusive balance between the two has become a major part of my recovery. The moon I constantly cried for is, in sobriety, rarely full; it shows me instead its many other phases, and there are lessons in them all. True learning has often followed an eclipse, a time of darkness, but with each cycle of my recovery, the light grows stronger and my vision is clearer.


#40

Daily Reflections
April 9
FREEDOM FROM “KING ALCOHOL”

. . . let us not suppose even for an instant that we are not under constraint. . . . Our former tyrant, King Alcohol, always stands ready again to clutch us to him. Therefore, freedom from alcohol is the great “must” that has to be achieved, else we go mad or die.
— AS BILL SEES IT, p. 134

When drinking, I lived in spiritual, emotional, and sometimes, physical confinement. I had constructed my prison with bars of self-will and self-indulgence, from which I could not escape. Occasional dry spells that seemed to promise freedom would turn out to be little more than hopes of a reprieve. True escape required a willingness to follow whatever right actions were needed to turn the lock. With that willingness and action, both the lock and the bars themselves opened for me. Continued willingness and action keep me free-in a kind of extended daily probation-that need never end.