There are many anagrams for FEAR: Face Everything And Recover is one of my favorites, I know others have their own version. I faced fear when I took that first step over the threshold of the A.A. meeting hall. I faced fear when I spoke for the first time in a meeting. I faced fear when I did my 4th and 5th Steps. I face fear every day – but the love I receive from other members, from my family, from the God of my understanding, all exceed the fear I feel. The stronghold of A.A. is always there for me to reach out and touch- I am blessed, and I know it. Fear and faith do not reside together, and I have heard it said that fear is the absence of faith. So I pray when fear wraps a cold hand around my heart. I ask the God of my understanding to remove the fear and replace it with faith. Today I have faith in my Higher Power and faith in the Program of Alcoholics Anonymous.


3 thoughts on “F.E.A.R.

  1. My soul rests with you, my Anamchara.

    Why won’t I get that exhilarating inspirational every time I want it?
    I understand.
    If my God of my understanding were available on demand to grand my every whimsy, he/she would be far too small to have them meet my expectations.
    So I’ll be patient.
    I wait patiently for the appointed time; God’s time.
    Then I’ll probably be surprised.
    CS Lewis was so surprised by Joy; he had to write a book about it.
    Even though the love of his life’s name was Joy, that’s not what this book is about.
    That’s what I always thought it was about but you see I am surprised to find out better information.
    And on the nature of Joy and surprise; don’t they nearly always coexist?

    I’m Harry, grateful 12th stepper. – Georgia, USA.

  2. When I didn’t know better, I didn’t do better.
    Having received the gift of despair I came into the rooms of AA and saw a better way.
    Eventually I tried it for myself and saw that if I quit doing it my way, and tried to do it the way you suggested, my life improved dramatically.
    Eventually I came to see the effect that fear had had.
    And I found that, indeed, faith was its antidote.
    Grateful for the Gift

  3. I have had many tragic experiences the last few years. Before they occurred, I faced fear. Fear of the loss of my Wife and Son were the most terrible phases of my life. I did have faith and I prayed to God to save them from death. Although my Faith was strong, God had another plan for them and me. My Wife of 37 years passed away in 2007, and my Son, 37 years old, passed away 3/31/15. After each death, I had anger, grief and guilt. I never lost my Faith, and I prayed to God daily to help me with my negative emotions. With time, my life became peaceful, happy and I had much Joy and Love in my life. This week, I will be facing a critical milestone in my life. I do have much Fear, but I believe that my HP, God, the AA Program, and all of you will help me. I have put a request for a positive outcome on God’s list. Bless all of you for daily support via This24.

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