“Practicing step 3 is like the opening of a door which to all appearances is still closed and locked. All we need is a key and the decision to swing the door open. There is only one key and it is called willingness. Once unlocked by willingness, the door opens almost of itself and looking through it, we shall see a pathway beside which is an inscription. It reads: This is the way to a faith that works” — The Big Book
I agree with the following statements:
- My understanding of my Higher Power is my own, and will be different than others.
- I understand that “God” represents my HP and may, or may not, be a religious icon.
- I can agree to call my HP “God”, understanding that this makes it easier to communicate with others about my spirituality.
In what ways is God (HP) better able to handle the effects that alcohol has on my life?
God provides the spiritual guidance that helps me navigate life in a healthy, happy and pure way. Alcohol is the devil that masks my life surrounding everything with a black shroud and causes anxiety, depression and isolation.
In order to turn my will and my life over to the care of God, this is what I do on a daily basis:
- Talk to God
- Ask God for guidance
- Ask God for clarity
I can do the following on a daily basis to turn my will and my life over to the care of God:
- Continue to ask for guidance and clarity
- Ask God for strength during tough times
- Have faith that my God will be there to give me strength when I’m feeling weak (have urges, cravings, self-pity, etc)
How turning my will and life over to the care of God has benefited me:
I have received signs which have helped me understand life and my journey. By understanding my life course better, I am stronger and better able to live happily and fulfilled in sobriety, all without the stress and anxiety that living with an addiction causes. These signs have helped me rely on God during times of need. I look forward to continuing to strengthen my relationship with God.
My prayer turning over my will and my life to the care of God:
Lead me to the path of continued sobriety, Show me simple pure joy, Take my will and my life and Guide me in my recovery,
I believe that this step will need continuous practice to fully utilize. After writing out these initial thoughts, I feel relief. Last week was a long and tough week with several things out of my control happening that added stress and made me sleep deprived– not a good combination!
By the time the weekend came, I was thinking about drinking way more than I’m comfortable with. For the first time in a while, I felt like I was white knuckling it. After writing this morning (which happens to be a gorgeously sunny and peaceful Sunday morning!) I feel strong, grateful and highly motivated to continue this path.
Peace and Love <3 <3 <3