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According to the 24 Hours a Day Book, August 20th: “You should not dwell too much on the mistakes, faults, and failures of the past.  Be done with shame and remorse and contempt for yourself. With God’s help, develop a new self-respect. Unless you respect yourself, others will not respect you.  You ran a race, you stumbled and fell, you have risen again and now you press on towards the goal of a better life.  Do not stay to examine the spot where you fell, only feel sorry for the delay, the shortsightedness that prevented  you from seeing the real goal sooner.  I pray that I may not look back.  I pray that I may keep picking myself up and making a fresh start each day.

On August 22 the same book reads:, “You can make use of your mistakes, failures, losses, and sufferings.  It is not what happens to you so much as what use you make of it.  Take your sufferings, difficulties, and hardships and make use of them to help some unfortunate soul who is faced with the same troubles.  Then something good will come out of your suffering and the world will be a better place because of it.  The good you do each day will live on, after the trouble and distress have gone, after the difficulty and the pain have passed away.

From the Jesus Calling book:  “I am a God who heals.  I heal broken bodies, broken minds, broken hearts, broken lives and broken relationships.  My very presence has immense healing powers. You cannot live close to Me without experiencing some degree of healing.  However, it is also true that you have not, because you ask not.

You receive the healing that flows naturally from My presence, whether you seek it or not.  But there is more–much more–available to those who ask.  The first step in healing is to live ever so close to Me.  The benefits of this practice are too numerous to list.  As you grow more and more intimate with me, I reveal my will to you more directly.  When the time is right, I prompt you to ask for healing of some brokenness in you or in another person.  The healing may be instantaneous, or it may be a process.  That is up to Me.  Your part is to trust Me fully and to thank Me for the restoration that has begun.  I rarely heal all the brokenness in a person’s life.  Even my servant Paul was told, “My grace is sufficient for you,” when he sought healing for the thorn in his flesh.  Nonetheless, much healing is available to those whose  lives are intimately interwoven with mine.  Ask, and you will receive.”

 

About The Author

Robert J. Allison lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota with his wife Rochelle Allison. Robert survived a 28-year battle with chemical dependency, including 13 chemical dependency treatment centers and homelessness. He surrendered his life to Jesus Christ and began his new life of faith and contented sobriety. Robert has been blessed with 18 years of sobriety and with his new freedom he now is helping other addicts to find peace, faith and the priceless gift of sobriety.

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Alcohol twists and distorts our reality and always leads to trouble.  It is like a great date gone bad.  During the honey moon phase when we first fall in love with alcohol or other drugs, all is good, all is magical — until you become addicted and then it is like living with a blood thirsty demon, determined to destroy you. Once you become addicted, your life will never be the same, and you become controlled by a force much bigger and much more powerful than you.

Addiction is like buying a once way train ticket at a horrendous cost and the destination is your death.  The costs to buy the train ticket of addiction is your health, your relationships, your job, your house and financial well being, your confidence, your love, your spirit and your heart.  Everything is sacrificed to the god called addiction, and your death will be slow and merciless.  This is why every addict that gets sober is a huge miracle.

We have survived a war that has killed countless other addicts through the centuries.  Gratitude will help to keep us sober.  If we really think about how far we have come, and how many dangers we have survived, we are compelled to raise up our spirits and thank Jesus Christ for loving us enough to see us through that hell.  Because we are so grateful to be alive and to have a new abundant life, we are willing with love, to reach out and help other addicts who are just coming out of the nightmare of addiction.  In fact, helping others is essential to maintaining our own sobriety and health.  We cannot hold onto our gift of sobriety or we may loose it.  Helping others is magical and sacred and vital to staying alive.  None of us are ever out of the woods, or immune to relapse and the consequent plunge into oblivion.  Helping others is like a powerful insurance policy that protects us from ourselves and our addiction.

Here is an anonymous poem about why we drank and what happens when we drink:

“I drank for happiness and became unhappy.

I drank for joy and became miserable.

I drank for sociability and became argumentative.

I drank for sophistication and became obnoxious.

I drank for friendship and made enemies.

I drank for sleep and woke up tired.

I drank for strength and felt weak.

I drank for relaxation and got the shakes.

I drank for courage and became afraid.

I drank for confidence and became doubtful.

I drank to make conversation easier and slurred my speech.

I drank to feel heavenly and ended up feeling like hell.”

Anonymous Author

 

About The Author

Robert J. Allison lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota with his wife Rochelle Allison. Robert survived a 28-year battle with chemical dependency, including 13 chemical dependency treatment centers and homelessness. He surrendered his life to Jesus Christ and began his new life of faith and contented sobriety. Robert has been blessed with 18 years of sobriety and with his new freedom he now is helping other addicts to find peace, faith and the priceless gift of sobriety.

 

 

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From the 24 hours a Day Book, July 16th, meditation for the Day:

Jesus is always available to us!  Yes He is!

From the 24 hours a Day Book, July 16th, meditation for the Day:

“God does not withhold his presence from you.  He does not refuse to reveal more of His truth to you.  He does not hold back his spirit from you.  He does not withhold the strength that you need.  His presence, His truth, His spirit, His strength are always immediately available to you, whenever you are fully willing to receive them.  But they may be blocked off by selfishness, intellectual pride, fear, greed, and materialism.  We must try to get rid of these blocks and let God’s spirit come in.”

From the Jesus Calling meditation book, July 17th:

“”Come away with me for awhile.  The world, with its nonstop

 demands, can be put on hold.  Most people put ME on hold,

 rationalizing that some day they will find time to focus on Me.  But the

longer people push ME into the background of their lives, the harder it is

 for them to find me.

 

You live among people who glorify busyness: they have made time a tyrant

that controls their lives.  Even those who know me as Savior, tend to march

to the tempo of the world.  They have brought into the illusion that more is

always better: more meetings, more programs, more activity.

I have called you to follow ME on a solitary path, making time alone with

ME your highest priority and your deepest joy.  It is a pathway largely

unappreciated and often despised.  However, you have chosen the better

thing, which will never be taken away from you.  Moreover, as you walk

close to ME, I can bless others through you.”

 

Let’s not let the busyness and the stressful pace of life on Earth, create blocks to

communicating with the our God.  Nothing is more important than our

quiet time, our prayer time and our relationship to God.  We can have a

great prayer life and intimate times with Jesus, when we set up a daily

schedule and a firm commitment to do it.  The rewards and benefits are

huge:  Better health, more peace and serenity, greater strength and confidence, and the

gift of being able to help others.

 

In addition, our relationships with our family and friends will strengthen as we learn

to become better listeners, truly love each other, and become sensitive to each other’s spirits.

When we reserve time each day to meet with God, we will be blessed and

then we will be better equipped to reach out and help others.

Peace, Love and Blessings to you!

 

 

About The Author

Robert J. Allison lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota with his wife Rochelle Allison. Robert survived a 28-year battle with chemical dependency, including 13 chemical dependency treatment centers and homelessness. He surrendered his life to Jesus Christ and began his new life of faith and contented sobriety. Robert has been blessed with 18 years of sobriety and with his new freedom he now is helping other addicts to find peace, faith and the priceless gift of sobriety.

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One of the founding fathers of AA was doctor  William D. Silkworth.  The good doctor gave us this critical insight as to what the disease of alcoholism is, why it is so serious and why it can be terminal.

The doctor writes, “ Alcoholism is an obsession of the mind that condemns one to drink and an allergy of the body that condemns one to die.”

In the Big Book of Alcoholics anonymous, Doctor Silkworth wrote a very important chapter called, “The doctor’s opinion”.  The doctor shares with us some of his knowledge about alcoholism.  Anyone who wants to begin to understand alcoholism and addiction needs to know this:

The doctor states, “We who have suffered alcoholic torture must believe—that the body of the alcoholic is quite as abnormal as his mind.  The action of alcohol on chronic alcoholics is a manifestation of an allergy; that the phenomenon of craving is limited to this class and never occurs in the average temperate drinker.”

The doctor continues to enlighten us:  “Men and women drink essentially because they like the effect produced by alcohol.  The sensation is so elusive that, while they admit it is injurious, they cannot after a time differentiate the true from the false.  To them their alcoholic life seems the only normal one.  They are restless, irritable and discontented, unless they can again experience the sense of ease and comfort which comes at once by taking a few drinks—drinks which they see others taking with impunity.  After they have succumbed to the desire again, as many do, and the phenomenon of craving develops, they pass through the well-known stages of a spree, emerging remorseful, with a firm resolution not to drink again.  This is repeated over and over, and unless this person can experience an entire psychic change there is very little hope if his recovery.  One feels that more than human power is needed to produce the essential psychic change.”

Talking about alcoholics, the doctor said, “These men were not drinking to escape; they were drinking to overcome a craving beyond their mental control.”

Herbert Spencer writes this about members of alcoholics anonymous:  “With few exceptions our members find that they have tapped an unsuspected inner resource which they presently identify with their own conception of a power greater than themselves.  Most of us think this awareness of a power greater than ourselves is the essence of spiritual experience.  Our more religious members call it “God consciousness.  We find that no one need have difficulty with the spirituality of the program.  Willingness, honesty and open mindedness are the essentials of recovery.  But these are indispensable.”

It is good to know and understand the character and intentions of our common enemy, the disease of addiction. Hundreds of thousands of alcoholics and addicts have found a spiritual solution and have recovered from their addictions.

I survived 28 years of active addiction, 13 treatment centers, untreated manic depression, multiple near-death experiences, jails, violence on the streets, homelessness, broken relationships, intense fear and overwhelming loneliness.  I was lost like a cork in the ocean, steadily losing my mind.

At the very end of my addictive journey, I said a simple and desperate prayer to Jesus.  I said, “Jesus, please help me!”  You can say that prayer right now if you want to.  Jesus is the answer.  By the grace of God I have been given 18 years of grateful sobriety.  If I can get sober, you can get sober!  Love, Peace and Blessings to you!

 

About The Author

Robert J. Allison lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota with his wife Rochelle Allison. Robert survived a 28-year battle with chemical dependency, including 13 chemical dependency treatment centers and homelessness. He surrendered his life to Jesus Christ and began his new life of faith and contented sobriety. Robert has been blessed with 18 years of sobriety and with his new freedom he now is helping other addicts to find peace, faith and the priceless gift of sobriety.