June 27, 2023 Faith with Patience

Patience in practice is never quitting. Recovery is an imperfect endeavor in our pursuit of finding peace. It does not mean we will never stray from our road toward Recovery. It is facing the present moment even when life is intimidating to us and having the courage to forge ahead. There is cloudiness one day and deciding to keep going the next morning.

When we work our program of Recovery we are faithful to the 12 steps. This is where we find our truth. Recovery’s timing, though, is often different than our own plan. In the moment of waiting, help us to not give up hope.

Recovery does not change our minds based on the movement of our wants and desires. Recovery remains constant in our desires and loyal to the 12 steps. Recovery, we are patient with you as we press on. We have faith that we will receive the fruits of your goodness.

12 Steps of Recovery

  1. We dedicate ourselves to a lifestyle of Recovery; our lives have purpose and meaning.
  2. We believe a Power greater than ourselves is the path to hope, healing, and health.
  3. We choose to contemplate daily, how faith in our Higher Power and Recovery Community can bring us peace.
  4. We choose to educate ourselves and find the courage to strive for the highest level of health and well-being.
  5. We communicate our Plan of Recovery with our Higher Power, with ourselves, and with another human being.
  6. We allow our Higher Power to be the lighthouse in our lives.
  7. We humbly ask our Higher Power to reveal his unconditional love and ongoing presence within us.
  8. We acknowledge our behaviors have impacted our relationships. We list those affected by our behavior and whenever possible became willing to reconcile or thank them for their support during a relapse or mental health crisis.
  9. We seek mutual reconciliation for a harmful action we committed and seek forgiveness from those we harmed or were impacted by our behavior. Then, let go of our shame because it no longer serves a purpose in our lives, we understand we were designed because we are loved and to be in relationships with other people.
  10. We continually review our Plan of Recovery with our Higher Power, support team, and those we trust.
  11. We come to recognize our shortcomings during recovery, while discovering our Higher Power is the source of our strength and mercy, we learn to rely on our Higher Power for the courage to heal through prayer, reflection, mindfulness, and when necessary seek professional support.
  12. We gain insight into our recovery through our Higher Power as we model these steps, and share our journey toward hope, healing, and health with people.

Adapted From 12 Steps of Alcoholic/Depressed Anonymous by Larry Winter and Collene Spaeth

Revised: 6/5/20

email: ljw@superhumanbeing.net

website: https://superhumanbeing.net/

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