God’s Will

Life can be an exciting journey, rich with the fullness of people, places and things. Learning to live, and enjoying my life can be challenging and sometimes very heart-warming. I seem to keep on learning, as I keep on putting one foot in front of the other. That is a true blessing from God – my willingness and ability to open my mind and heart to new ways of thinking and new ways of behaving. I believe I still have much to learn, and much to share with others. My job, if you can call it that, is to follow God’s lead; and to remain Honest, Open and Willing. I often wonder what my life will be like in the future, but the good news is that whatever it is, it will be as God wills it. I mean lets face it, He is doing a much better job of my life than I ever did. And so it is with much patience and a strong desire to Let Go and Let God, that I close with two words that say it all…Thanks God…
The beautiful picture is from our friend Tom S. God’s vision from Nelson, New Zealand! AMAZING

Photo courtesy of TOM S!!!
Photo courtesy of TOM S!!!
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9 thoughts on “God’s Will

  1. Do we learn how to live life on life’s terms in our beloved fellowship?

    How about when we get angry even to the point of verging on rage?

    I know what I used to do when I was under the influence.
    I struck out uncontrollably.
    Later I was still with much remorse and regret.
    Perhaps I was the one they were speaking of what they said, “He’s a fine fellow when he hasn’t been drinking”.

    Today due to the incessant teaching and learning better to act I know there are rules for appropriate action if peace is desired.

    Peace and serenity happened to be the abiding prayers, spoken and unspoken, of all humanity.

    20
    January
    “WE PAUSE . . . AND ASK”
    As we go through the day we pause, when agitated or doubtful, and ask for the right thought or action.
    — ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 87
    Today I humbly ask my Higher Power for the grace to find the space between my impulse and my action; to let flow a cooling breeze when I would respond with heat; to interrupt fierceness with gentle peace; to accept the moment which allows judgment to become discernment; to defer to silence when my tongue would rush to attack or defend.
    I promise to watch for every opportunity to turn toward my Higher Power for guidance. I know where this power is: it resides within me, as clear as a mountain brook, hidden in the hills — it is the unsuspected Inner Resource.
    I thank my Higher Power for this world of light and truth I see when I allow it to direct my vision. I trust it today and hope it trusts me to make all effort to find the right thought or action today. — Daily Reflection

    Just a little medical understanding of how we work:

    Do you know of the Amygdala?
    It’s part of our brain.
    Its purpose is to cause immediate action.
    It’s there to initiate fight or flight.
    It only cools off when the threat is over or lessened and does it by its on accord.
    There is no conscious control over the amygdala.
    Ever wonder why we have these extremely strong impulses for action of some kind?
    So what do we do?
    Today I humbly ask my Higher Power for the grace to find the space between my impulse and my action’
    Lots of us do the 4P’s.
    Pause, Pray, Ponder and Proceed.
    By this time the amygdala has cooled down by its own accord.

    I’m Harry, grateful 12th stepper.

  2. Beautiful pic from Tom. Spot on share Bonnie and Harry.
    That little amygdala’s reaction can be controlled if one pauses, prays, ponders then proceeds but it takes a little more prayer to extinguish a resentment or imaginary fear. my mind still creates imaginary fears although they may seem insignificant if I hold onto them they can become very dangerous to my sobriety. Like i cant believe that beatch took the daily and all the literature from the meeting I chair and started another womens meeting at a place where we all had just vacated due to a lying judgmental pastor who said,” once a drunk always a drunk”. do i have a wee bit of a resentment, yes. Have i prayed about it enough yet, probably not. Not if i still obsess about it occasionally and it gets in the way of my usefulness to him. So ill start praying about it again today till I honestly believe she deserves health wealth and prosperity and i forgive her honestly for she knows not what she does. Sending some prayers out for my trudge buddies.

  3. Top of the snowy Colorado morning family,
    Sister Bonnie, wonderful share. I always enjoy hearing/digesting others shares regarding God’s will.
    Tom S, Nice pic. Digging on the warm weather and sailboats with jibs. Jibe oh ducky…

    Here are thousands of men and women, worldly indeed. They flatly declare that since they have come to believe in a Power greater than themselves, to take a certain attitude toward the Power, and to do certain simple things, there has been a revolutionary change in their way of living and thinking BB p50

    Self’s will: to get along without Him.
    – I got this
    – I can handle this
    – I can fix, solve, change, control, and cure it
    Then I find myself down in hole and can’t escape. I can try and climb out; however, one or more legs are hobbled by my defected character.

    God’s will: to always rely on Him for everything. He promises peace for whoever places their trust in Him. His peace isn’t the absence of pain/troubles but peace in the midst of all it. This peace allows one to go about their lives as though nothing is wrong.
    All this, with no strings attached.
    All this, He enables us to match calamity with serenity
    All this, He will do as promised.

    It’s a good day to have a good day in thanksgivings to God.

  4. Nothing I can add this morning, except gratitude for our wee band of friends, trudging side by side, knowing we need never be alone.
    Grateful for the Gift

    • I was just saying to my BFF in the program that I always feel safe in our daily 5:30 meeting. I feel this because I think we all intentionally strive for love and tolerance. Yes, Tom, I am also grateful for the gift!!
      Namaste

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