Clearing the road

I want to share something with you. It’s too cool. I read this in my devotional, “Clearing the Mess,” this morning. I don’t know about you, but I am so ready to do that. Clear the mess. Daily if necessary. This relates to Step 7. “Our shortcomings may seem to clutter our personal road out of the past.” I laughed …

Step 8 – Making the List

We made a list of all the persons we have harmed and became willing to make amends to them all. This sounds like an over whelming step and I want you to really stay in a place where you know that you’re not doing the work. This step says to make the list and become willing. But it doesn’t say …

Step 7 – A New Heart

Step 7 still seems incredible to me: “We humbly asked Him to remove all our shortcomings.” I have no idea what it would feel like to have had an innocent childhood, but that’s what Step 7 sounds like to me. It sounds like asking God to make me innocent. When God showed up in the drug house where I was …

Step 6 – Coming Up For Air

We are going to look at what is known in recovery circles as the forgotten step…Step 6. Even though it is one of the most important steps so many of us forget to do this one, and If this one is missed you will never fully get this whole recovery thing right!!! TRUE! So much time and energy is focused …

Step 5 – No Longer a Slave

Recently I heard a sermon by Fran McKain, “The Redeemer’s Firstborn.” She talked about when the people of God were ‘slaves’ in Egypt. How they had gotten comfortable in their captivity. Oh man, I thought, every addict knows that feeling! In our craziness and dysfunction we survive and even thrive at times! We get “comfortable” in our twisted way of …

Step 4 – I Want to See it All!

We made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves. I’ve spent years trying to avoid this step. There have been so many times in my life that I’ve tried to do recovery and do a lot of change and look at all the reasons I am the way I am. Looking all the way back to childhood, I was …

Step 3 – Don’t Be Afraid of It

When we first start our recovery, we get to Step 1 and we think that’s a scary step – to admit that we’re powerless and our lives have become unmanageable. That’s pretty scary! And even the second step, that maybe there is something greater than myself that I can rely on. – a God or a Higher Power. That’s even …

Step 2 Puts Us On Track

The second Step puts us on track. Came to believe… I didn’t start out believing. In fact, at first I didn’t believe in anything, not even myself. I felt dead inside. I didn’t trust anyone. I had no idea how to let people in. I didn’t have the ability to see myself outside of my addictions and behavioral junk. If …

Step 1 – Out of Denial, into God’s Grace

The first time someone explained Step 1 of the 12-step recovery program to me, my palms started to sweat and I felt a little frightened. I didn’t get it. What do you mean by powerless? The unmanageable part I got… my life had been unmanageable for a long time. I had used drugs, relationships, sex, and whatever else was available …