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At The Start Of Each Meal

“Each meal began with the Third-Step prayer. I became abstinent with God’s help.”  –A New Beginning (p. 101)

For several years now my morning has begun with the 3rd Step prayer, saying what is written on pg 63 of the AA Big Book, “God, I offer myself to Thee – to build with me and do with me as Thou wilt.  Relieve me of the bondage of self, that I may better do Thy will.  Take away my difficulties, that victory over them may bear witness to those I would help of Thy Power, Thy Love, and Thy Way of life.  May I do Thy will always.”

It is true!  I do say it!  Well, not if I decide to sleep in.  Then I say what is paraphrased from page 59 of the AA Big Book, “God, I give you my will and my life.  Guide me in my recovery.  Show me how to live.  Amen.”

That’s 100% for real!  I say those sentences!  Well, not if I sleep in and I think something else is more important than my spiritual condition (hey – sometimes coffee is a power greater than myself).  And then I say, “Thanks!”  And off I go, scatter-brained and self-centered, ripe and ready to dominate the world (insert maniacal laugh).

My first sponsor, Ms. Angel (you can read more about her here) drilled into me the importance of morning meditation.  Whenever anyone relapsed she pulled me over to them and asked, “On the day you relapsed, did you pray that morning?”  The answer was always, “No.”

Since joining OA, I have said the 3rd Step prayer much more frequently.  I have to.  If not, I find a hamster running around my thoughts and suddenly I don’t want to say the 3rd Step prayer.  Instead, I want to say “Lauren’s Prayer”… and that prayer begins with an “F”, has a “U”, then a “C, then a “K”, and ends with the word “It”.

I try not to ever say “Lauren’s Prayer”.  That prayer will send me back into my disease.  OA recovery is literally meal by meal and I have to remember to be ever vigilant of my disease.  By the grace of God, one day at a time, I have hope of remaining abstinent.  And that goes for you, too!

Thanks for reading my blog!  See you at the next meeting!     

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