when i start each day with spiritual readins, prayer, and meditation, surrenderin my will for His by askin Him to help me through my day, before i even leave my home, i get to go forth into my day with freedom and effectiveness. from my quiet time each mornin, God teaches me how to rest my nerves so i am not in fear and can live relaxed. admittin my personal powerlessness over the events of my day that happen outside of me, i can rest assured that the foundation He has helped me build through recovery is solid and unyieldin. as i lean on His presence it brings me peace of mind, and that peace, like a quiet-flowin river, will cleanse all irritants away from me. this act of total honesty opens me up to bein vulnerable and builds my humility as i live His will, as best as i can, each moment of my day. keepin my priorities in proper perspective, God, recovery, and service toward others, ensures that the surrender ive given, my whole life, depends on not takin that 1st drink. its a discipline that ive learned to improve as ive practiced it over the years. even as life happens and i may get disturbed, the surrender ive already done is remembered and the goodness of my life, from that necessary foundation, is useful to me and others. its an opportunity to welcome His trainin, for without it, God cannot give me His power. there is victory in surrender for me, i get to learn. i get to appreciate the spiritual gifts He provides me as i interact with the world around me. the challenge of doin this lets such qualities as integrity, courage, self-discipline, and compassion rise to the surface, where they become part of my daily practice. the alignment of who i am on the outside with who i am on the inside is a priceless gift of recovery, why not share it with others. i dont have to become a prisoner to my resentments as surrender sets them, and me, free. forgiveness unlocks my prison of resentments and sets me free from frantic efforts at avoidin responsibilities. again, the victory of surrender is the peace of mind ive learned to live. 1 day @ a time...
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