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Watchwords

Words can help or harm…. 


Have you ever noticed that the folks you tend to listen to are the same folks that you respect? 


These are the folks that you have built up a trust in over a period of time and our respect comes from our experiences with them. 


When bad news needs to be delivered, we tend to not only accept the news from them but also take the necessary actions needed on our part to correct or change. 


These folks tend to know how to talk to us in a manner that not only gets our attention but also allows our minds and hearts to receive and accept what they are saying. 

They use their words to build us up and not tear us down. 


How do we use our words when we communicate with others? 


Are we using supportive encouraging words or are we using negative words that tear others down?… 


Check your experience… 


“Patience, tolerance, understanding, and love are the watchwords.” Big Book pg. 118 


Lord, let us use our words to build bridges of trust and create supportive conversations, AMEN. 


“When you talk, do not say harmful things, but say what people need—words that will help others become stronger. Then what you say will do well to those who listen to you.” Ephesians 4:29 


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Walk in Their Shoes

Walking in another’s shoes… 


Unless we are sharing a life with another person, it’s very hard to totally understand not only why they act and speak the way they do, 
but also the experiences that have formed from their interactions with others. 


I know there is a lot of stuff available through the internet today, but I have yet to see a product that really lets us read other folk’s minds or know them inside and out. 


Isn’t it frustrating or deflating when others who do not really know you, treat you with ambivalence or just plain ignore your circumstances? 


It’s a spiritual principle that we should treat others like we wish to be treated. 


Part of the 12 Step favored St. Francis Prayer shares that we should seek to understand before seeking to be understood. 


Think about it. 

Who truly knows you inside and out?..


Check your experience…. 


“We cannot be helpful to all people, but at least God will show us how to take a kindly and tolerant view of each and everyone.” Big Book pg. 67 


Lord, let us first seek to understand others before we ask to be understood. Let us treat others the way we wish to be treated, AMEN. 


“Look out for one another’s interests, not just for your own.” Philippians 2:4 


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In the Grip

In the grip… 


We catch colds, come down with the flu, and get hit with allergies. 


It seems we are a target for many things! 


Luckily we have remedies and medications that help us to overcome these setbacks. 


What about life’s twists, turns, trials, tests, and temptations that influence our thoughts, behaviors, and actions? 


What or where do we get the remedies to escape these? 


Now my 12 Step friends know how we handle our addictions, but what about those other things that we continually let dominate our thoughts and lives? 


There is a Spiritual solution … BUT… 

we have to provide the willingness and effort to escape the grip of those things that are holding us down… 


Check your experience… 


“…in the grip…” Big Book pg. 30 


Lord, let us open our hearts and become willing to seek Your will in order to escape the things that are holding us back, AMEN.


“It shall not fasten its grip on me.” Psalm 101:3 


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Is Your Battery Charged?

Is your battery fully charged?..


20 plus years ago when cell phones were new, they were an oddity and not something viewed as a necessity, just an expensive “toy” if you will. 


Nowadays they are in everyone’s hands. 


They are our timekeepers, and personal assistants, and sadly in ever-growing numbers, our main form of communication and connection with others. 


What is funny to me is that with all this technology in our hands, we are now a society dependent on electrical outlets! 


Tour any airport for the best example of this! 


We are reduced to depending on the electrical outlet to give us the power we need to run our lives electronically. 


I am sure this will change in a few years but it’s a great example of where our dependence on power rests. 


What about our spiritual lives? 

How and where are we drawing our power from? 


Red Bulls are great but I am not receiving the spiritual boost I need from the little metal can. 


Self-help books are great supplements, but alone by themselves, the needed power is not there. 


God is our power source when it comes to spiritual things and especially when we face life’s trials, tests, twists, and temptations in our daily lives. 

Plug into His Word and Promises and recharge! …


Check your experience… 


“Much has already been said about receiving strength, inspiration, and direction from Him who has all knowledge and power.” Big Book pg. 85 


Lord, thank you for being our never-ending source of power, energy, and life, AMEN. 


 “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.” Isaiah 40:29 


Have a blessed day Y’all! 


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Worry Doesn’t Work

Does worry ever work?..


Think about it. 


How much time, effort, and energy do we waste worrying?


How many folks do we try to take hostage with our worries? 

It robs us of our peace of mind! 


When we are consumed with worry, we block our hearts and mind from reality, the present, and our faith. 

I have yet to meet anyone who has been helped by worry. 


Have you?..


Check your experience… 


“…saying to ourselves many times each day “Thy will be done.” We are then in much less danger of excitement, fear, anger, worry, self-pity, or foolish decisions.” Big Book pg. 88 


Lord let us trade our worry for faith in knowing through seeking Your will we will be ok, AMEN. 


 “And which of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life’s span? If then you cannot do even a very little thing, why do you worry about other matters?” Luke 12:25-26 


 Have a blessed day Y’all! 

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Turning Troubles to Triumphs

Turning troubles into triumphs… 


Every day we are faced with challenges. 


Some, like traffic, are minor and recurring, but others can actually turn into setbacks if we let them. 

Think about it, how often do we see heartache and despair arise from issues that spin out of control or take us hostage, emotionally? 


I don’t know about you, but when I adjust my attitude and willingness toward the situation, person, place, or thing and give it to God to handle, things not only improve, but I learn something new along the way. 


Next time you find yourself in despair from a seemingly hopeless situation, try adjusting your attitude and willingness and give it to God…


Check your experience… 


“We hope you are convinced now that God can remove whatever self-will has blocked you off from Him.” Big Book pg. 71 


Lord, let us turn our troubles over to You and face the day with a fresh attitude and willingness to learn, AMEN. 


“From there I will ….. turn the “Valley of Trouble” into an “Opportunity for Hope. ”Hosea 2:15 


Have a blessed day Y’all! 


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Rough Seas

When the going gets tough…. 


We all experience trying times and receive not-so-good news every now and then. 


Maybe it’s different for you, but even after all these years of walking with Jesus, learning from the Big Book, Bible, my picket fence of friends, and Spiritual mentors,..


My initial gut reaction to bad news is to blame others and not want to look at my part. 


Luckily for me, I am blessed with friends, family, and a loving God who all remind me that even though I have hit a bump in the road, it’s a season that will pass, provided that I supply the willingness and effort. 


Hopefully, your experience with bad news allows you to respond in such a way that you don’t turn a bad moment into a bad day. …


Check your experience… 


“Are these extravagant promises? We think not. They are being fulfilled among us – sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly. They will always materialize if we work for them.” Big Book pg. 84 


Lord, let us look to You and Your Word in trying times to see the path we must take to move through this season, AMEN. 


“When you go through deep waters, I will be with you.” Isaiah 43:2 


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Add Some Action

Add some action to your faith…. 


Let’s see when is action not needed for good results. 


Can I have a gym membership only or do I need to go and work out in order to lose weight and get fit? 


Can I get paid for my job and not have to show up to work? 


Can I have a healthy home life as a husband and a dad without participating daily in the lives of my loved ones? 


It’s the same with our walk with Jesus. 


It’s not good enough to memorize the Bible and sit in a church seat on Sunday. God wants a relationship with us that includes action… 


Check your experience… 


“To be vital, faith must be accompanied by self-sacrifice and unselfish, constructive action.” Big Book pg. 93


Lord, let us participate in our faith daily with actions that grow our relationship with You, AMEN. 


“Do what God’s teaching says; when you only listen and do nothing, you are fooling yourselves.” James 1:22 


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Get Back Up!

Keep on getting back up…. 


We face many challenges daily. 


Some we are used to and because of this we naturally know what to do to overcome them and move on. 


Some are bigger and because we don’t experience them so often, we can become confused and even feel like giving up. 


Don’t quit! 


It’s always darkest before dawn. If you have submitted your idea or plan to God through prayers and good works, then He has heard you and in time, HIS time, it will come to pass. 


Pastor Brian Houston from Hillsong United Church said it best, “No matter how many times you get knocked down. God is in your heart. Keep getting up and showing up”


Keep on getting back up after being knocked down and you will not only learn, but eventually succeed!…


Check your experience… 


“Some of us have taken very hard knocks to learn this truth: ….we simply do not stop…..so long as we place dependence upon other people ahead of dependence on God.” Big Book pg. 98 


 Lord, let us continue getting up after being knocked down, knowing in our hearts that if we continue to seek and do Your will, we will succeed, AMEN. 


“We have troubles all around us, but we are not defeated. We do not know what to do, but we do not give up the hope of living. We are persecuted, but God does not leave us. We are hurt sometimes, but we are not destroyed.” 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 


Have a blessed day Y’all! 


Join me in looking at the things we face daily with passages from both the Big Book and Bible! 


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