As we go through the day we pause when agitated or doubtful, and ask for the right thought or action. Pause. Oh, no. Remember I’m a sprinter? Pauses break my […]
We asked God to mold our ideals and help us to live up to them.
Sick of the sprees (alcohol, drugs, food, sex, spending, gambling, etc) and wanting something other than defeating obsessions and thoughts of suicide…
A five-year-old’s birthday party set me on the path of spiritual destruction…
This is my prayer corner. The colored pencils are from Iowa. I bought them at an art supply store when I started coloring during prayer. Bear with me. I can explain…maybe.
Before I got sober at the age of 55, I was trapped by an ice storm at an abbey near Dubuque, in NE Iowa. I don’t think that’s a coincidence. […]
Mary Johnson befriended the man who murdered her only son and then invited him to come live next door
AA Old Timer helped me see that I need to add some ‘fluff’ to my life
I don’t feel like writing today so I’m going to. I’m going to write. I didn’t feel like walking this morning either, so I did. I walked. I’ve been doing […]
If rejection were a mask it would be cruel, soulless and rigid: dead eyes and a mouth locked into a sneer.
So when AA suggests a fearless moral inventory, it must seem to every newcomer that more is being asked of him than he can do. Both his pride and his […]
So when I feel like barking, it alerts me that something is wrong.
This is the final post in the series of Becoming Your Own Counselor. Personally, I’ve not had any progress in personal or spiritual growth that can be traced back to […]
Retreating seems like a strange way to make progress in life, doesn’t it? We usually associate the following with making progress: doing research on the topic, analyzing the problem, making […]
To become your own counselor you will be filling your life and thoughts with wisdom from God instead of allowing others to control your life and define you. This is […]
This picture is one Debbie took at OLM in Iowa while she was on retreat at the Stone House. Once you’ve located your retreat spot and made reservations, there are […]
The program works. It really does. It works even when I’m not doing it perfectly.
I am once again focused on self, rather than on those around me.
Nevertheless, we find that our thinking will, as time passes, be more and more on the plane of inspiration. We come to rely upon it. Page 87 I am so […]
We’ve looked at the typical alcoholic motives and asking God to remove them even before praying. It’s early in the morning and our thoughts turn to the activities of the […]
When I wake up I usually hop out of bed. I don’t lounge. That’s because I’m a morning person. If you’re already saying, ‘one of those’ then you may not […]
I like this photo I took in Boston. It’s clear that the little *tugboat is tethered to the oil barge. They are color-coordinated, so I assume they belong together. I […]
I wanted to find some wisdom shared with me by an old Hippie with long blond hair and beard who was from Dubuque, Iowa.
At one point, I felt so overwhelmed by my desire to be closer to truth, that I just asked God to show me that He cared.