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Fire Test

Standing the test of fire…. 


There are many things available to us today that make our lives easier. 


For instance, my lovely and brilliant daughter has never used a TV without a remote or a record player. 


Her world has always been filled with remotes and electronic assistance. 


Those things do make our world better, but what about those things that cause us to miss out on necessary spiritual and mental growth? 


If our mental and spiritual growth is stopped, then our work inside us and around us suffers. 

We are challenged daily with things and situations that tempt our human will and fleshly desires. 


Having a strong spiritual foundation and Godly armor gives us the tools to combat worldly clamors and stand the test of fire...


Check your experience… 


“It meant the destruction of self-centeredness. I must turn in all things to the Father of Light who presides over us all.” Big Book pg. 14 


Lord, let us build ourselves up spiritually and cover ourselves in Your armor so that we can walk through the daily temptations and slippery spots, AMEN. 


 “…their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work.” 1 Corinthians 3:13 


Have a blessed day Y’all! 


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Listening and Hearing

Did you hear THAT?.. 


Have you ever noticed how things we hear with others can sometimes be interpreted differently? 


It doesn’t happen all the time, but sometimes what I think I heard was not what others heard or vice versa. 


It is not a matter of understanding language, rather it’s what filters in our mind are tuned in that filters what our ears receive. 


Now maybe it’s different for you, but I have learned over time that when I am preoccupied, I am not the best listener. 


I have had enough negative experiences and consequences to know that I need to be present, focused, and willing to listen in order to hear. 

It’s the same with the Holy Spirit residing in our hearts. 


When we are tuned into God’s will instead of our own, we can hear what our heart is telling us. 

When worldly clamors are distracting us, it’s hard to hear our heart, not to mention what others around us are trying to tell us… 


Check your experience…


“But soon the sense of His presence had been blotted out by worldly clamors, mostly those within myself.” Big Book pg. 13 


 Lord, let us open our hearts and clear our minds to be present and able to listen so we can truly hear, AMEN. 


“So pay attention to how you hear. To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given. But for those who are not listening, even what they think they understand will be taken away from them.” Luke 8:18 


Have a blessed day Y’all! 


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Actions Over Words

Actions speak louder than words … 


Action is the difference between resolving to do something and the change that occurs from doing it. 


Think about it. 


While our words are important, actions create the necessary change as well as the experiences that we remember. 


There is a big difference between telling folks what we are “gonna do” versus providing our own actions and actually doing it. 


What actions do you need to take?..


Check your experience… 


“There is action and more action. “Faith without works is dead.” Big Book pg. 88 


Lord, let us provide the necessary willingness and actions to bring about the needed changes in our lives, AMEN. 


 “Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions.” 1 John 3:18 


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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 


Have a blessed day Y’all! 


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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! 


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


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How about a daily dose of hope and inspired thought?

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 


Have a blessed day Y’all! 


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