The Way UP

Your struggle has not been in vain. For every struggle on this journey, there is a resolution. Peace, joy, abundant blessings, and reward are yours here on earth. Enjoy.
(From the Language of Letting Go)

Today, I will accept where I am and continue pushing forward. If I am in the midst of a learning experience, I will allow myself to continue on with the faith that the day of mastery and reward will come. Help me, God, understand that despite my best efforts to live in peaceful serenity, there are times of mountain climbing. Help me stop creating chaos and crisis, and help me meet the challenges that will move me upward and forward.

Photo Courtesy of R.S.
Photo Courtesy of R.S.
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6 thoughts on “The Way UP

  1. Lots of times I am simply kind of caught in between.
    I long to soar into the heavenly spheres and experience the wonderful glory of God.
    Something always yanks me back to earth and most of the time it is discontent which I have come to believe is kind of a baseline of my psyche.

    One of the great blessings of reading the Old Testament stories is to have a deeper understanding of the common struggles and shortcomings of God’s children who are being marshaled and shepherded on their continuing journey with Him.

    Then I am able to positively identify my feelings with those of the ones who are spoken of; “Most people we feel are living a life of quiet desperation.”
    But today I quickly recoil from being included here and why do I so immediately come to this conclusion?
    It’s simply because I have purpose.
    A purpose driven life just simply won’t mire in this quandary.
    And how did I come to this dedicated purpose?

    “Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of the steps we try to carry this message to alcoholics (and others) and to practice these principles in all our affairs”. – Step 12

  2. Great reflection and comments thereon. Thank you Bonnie and Harry.
    I love the notion that peace, joy, abundant blessings and reward are here on earth, available to us. Personally I don’t worry too much about the hereafter,
    it’s out of my control, and I think more about the here and now where I can control something- my attitude, connection and purpose. And then do as directed, by a power greater than myself.
    As I have done so, I have come into a way of life filled with undeserved, and deeply appreciated grace.
    Thank you for illuminating the way forward.

  3. Last Friday night there was a man who said< " I don't believe in God" and that doesn't mean he doesn't believe there isn't a God,.To me it meant he's still playing God and I know this to be true because he has no sponsor, hasn't talked about working the steps and just comes off as being omni-potent. What Laura has shared lately is interesting but Quite frankly I'm not even gonna check to see how credible it all is and how scholarly, The fact is I know how taking a leap of faith and working this program has worked for me. One of my mentors is a scholar and reverend and even he was quite confused about God as he understood him as I often am. Was Bill W a nut? Maybe, but nuts are good for my health. I'm a bit squirrely at times and i collect nuts.(grin)

  4. I certainly have experienced Hell on earth by my own doing, why shouldn’t I want a taste of Heaven here as well? I can certainly relate to a life of quiet (and loud) desperation, I’ve spent a great deal of time there, and still go visit occasionally. Today I can see that circumstances are not what drives me to that place, but my response to them. I have been shown a way of life that allows me peace, joy, abundant blessings, and reward right here, right now.
    All I need to do is live it.

  5. Hi Bonster, guess it’s no mistake that I’m back here again this beautiful Sunday morning. I re -read your post er whatever and I hear you now. You are not alone and I pray you find some peace! Personally I’m going outside now to enjoy God’s creation, wonder and awe! God bless.

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