Friday, October 31, 2008

Compact Lamborghini

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Happy Halloween

Two brooms were hanging in the closet and after a while they got to know each other so well, they decided to get married. 

One broom was, of course, the bride broom, the other the groom broom. 

The bride broom looked very beautiful in her white dress. The groom broom was handsome and suave in his tuxedo. The wedding was lovely. 

After the wedding, at the wedding dinner, the bride-broom leaned over and said to the groom-broom, "I think I am going to have a little whisk broom!" 

"IMPOSSIBLE!" said the groom broom. 

"WE HAVEN'T EVEN SWEPT TOGETHER!"

Thursday, October 30, 2008

The Greatest Prank Call Ever

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Saying Grace in a Restaurant

Last week, I took my children to a restaurant. 
 
My six-year-old son asked if he could say grace.  As we bowed our heads he said, 'God is good, God is great. Thank you for the food, and I would even thank you more if Mom gets us ice cream for dessert. And Liberty and justice for all! Amen!' 
 
Along with the laughter from the other customers nearby, I heard a woman remark, 'That's what's wrong with this country. Kids today don't even know how to pray. Asking God for ice cream! Why, I never!' 
 
Hearing this, my son burst into tears and asked me, 'Did I do it wrong? Is God mad at me?' 
 
As I held him and assured him that he had done a terrific job, and God was certainly not mad at him, an elderly gentleman approached the table. 
 
He winked at my son and said, 'I happen to know that God thought that was a great prayer.' 
 
'Really?' my son asked. 
 
'Cross my heart,' the man replied. 
 
Then, in a theatrical whisper, he added (indicating the woman whose remark had started this whole thing), 'Too bad she never asks God for ice cream. A little ice cream is good for the soul sometimes.' 
 
Naturally, I bought my kids ice cream at the end of the meal. My son stared at his for a moment, and then did something I will remember the rest of my life. 
 
He picked up his sundae and, without a word, walked over and placed it in front of the woman. With a big smile he told her, 'Here, this is for you. Ice cream is good for the soul sometimes; and my soul is good already.' 
 
The End

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Best Home Improvement Catalog Ever

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Live in the past

When we seek to live upon yesterday's realization, we are actually seeking to live in the past, and to live in the past is death. The art of life is to live in the present moment, and to make that moment as perfect as we can by the realization that we are the instruments and expression of God Himself.  The best way to prepare for tommorrow is to make today all that it should be.
--Emmet Fox, The Sermon on the Mount, page 167

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Grow Old

Grow Old Along With Me
The Best Is Yet To Be
--Anonymous

Monday, October 27, 2008

Skinny Dipping

An elderly man in Florida had owned a large farm for years. He had a large pond in the back, fixed up nice; picnic tables, horseshoe courts, and some orange and peach trees. The pond was ideal for swimming, although he rarely did that anymore. 

One evening he decided to go down to the pond, as he hadn't been there for a while, and look it over. He grabbed a five gallon bucket with which to bring back some fruit. 

As he neared the pond, he heard voices shouting and laughing with glee.  As he came closer he saw it was a bunch of young women skinny-dipping in his pond. He made the women aware of his presence and they all went to the deep end. 

One of the women shouted to him, 'We're not coming out until you leave!' 

The old man frowned , 'I didn't come down here to watch you ladies swim naked or to make you get out of the pond naked.' Holding the bucket up he said, 'I'm here to feed the alligator.'

Moral: Old men can still think fast.

Veterans

The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional as to how they perceive veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by this country.
--George Washington, 1789

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Little Flab

One morning while making breakfast, a man walked up to his wife, pinched her on the butt and said...
"If you firmed this up, we could get rid of your control top pantyhose."

While this was on the edge of intolerable, she kept silent .

The next morning, the man woke his wife with a pinch on each of her breasts and said....
"You know, if you firmed these up, we could get rid of your bra."

This was beyond a silent response...

So she rolled over and grabbed him by his 'DANGLER.'

With a death grip in place, she said...
"You know, if you firmed this up, we could get rid of the gardener, The postman, The pool man and Your brother!"

Political Correctness

Due to the climate of political correctness now pervading  America....  

Kentuckians, Tennesseans and  West Virginians  will no longer be referred to as 'HILLBILLIES.' You must now refer to them as
APPALACHIAN-AMERICANS .

 
And furthermore:
HOW TO SPEAK ABOUT WOMEN AND BE POLITICALLY CORRECT:

She is not a 'BABE' or a 'CHICK' - She is a
BREASTED AMERICAN.
 
She is not 'EASY' - She is
HORIZONTALLY ACCESSIBLE.

She is not a 'DUMB BLONDE' - She is a
LIGHT-HAIRED DETOUR OFF THE INFORMATION SUPERHIGHWAY.

She has not 'BEEN AROUND' - She is a
PREVIOUSLY-ENJOYED COMPANION.

She does not 'NAG' you - She becomes
VERBALLY REPETITIVE.

She is not a 'TWO-BIT HOOKER' - She is a
LOW COST PROVIDER.



HOW TO SPEAK ABOUT MEN AND BE POLITICALLY CORRECT:

He does not have a 'BEER GUT' - He has developed a
LIQUID GRAIN STORAGE FACILITY.

He is not a 'BAD DANCER' - He is
OVERLY CAUCASIAN.

He does not 'GET LOST ALL THE TIME' - He
INVESTIGATES ALTERNATIVE DESTINATIONS.

He is not 'BALDING' - He is in
FOLLICLE REGRESSION.

He does not act like a 'TOTAL ASS' - He develops a case of
RECTAL-CRANIAL INVERSION.'

It's not his 'CRACK' you see hanging out of his pants - It's
REAR CLEAVAGE

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Fear

Fear is an insidious virus. Given a breeding place in our minds it will eat away our spirit and block the forward path of our endeavors.
--James F. Bell

Today

Today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday, was it worth it?
--Anonymous

Friday, October 24, 2008

Relationship Prayer

God thy will be done for _____ as well as for myself. Take our relationship and make it what you want it to be and show me the truth.
--Anonymous

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Patience

Patience. It's a tough thing to wrap one's mind around. When should someone be patient. When should someone get into Action. When should someone just be.

I am at that point now. If love is the most important of all things like it talks about in Corrinthians then why should one, or how long can one wait for confirmation of that love?

I understand that we all sometimes need time to oursleves to sort things out, but is it right to sort the other things in our life out at the expense of the feelings of others? IE Not letting the other person know that we love them and want to be with them but just need more time. Or not letting the other person know that they are still unsure how much they love them and still need time to figure it all out. Is that right to have the other person sit on pins and needles waiting for an answer when they desperatly want and need one? Is that fair?

The bottom line is that I need to know which way to turn. To move on with or without her. Either way I will survive and will embrace or learn to accept her decision. But the living in a state of stagnancy, limbo, pergatory....is just killing me. Being unable to let her know what conculsions I'm come to so that she can make a balanced and fair decision is driving me nuts!

The Greatest Gift...Love

"If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.  If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.  If I give all I posses to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears.  When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me.  Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love."

--1 Corinthians 13:1-13

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

4th Step Prayer

WHEN I AM DISTURBED BY THE CONDUCT (SYMPTOMS) OF OTHERS:
This is a sick man. How can I be helpful to him? God save me from being angry. Thy will be done.
--4th ed. Big Book pg. 67

Prayer: God help me to show this person the same tolerance, pity and patience that I would Cheerfully grant a sick friend. This is a sick person, how can I be helpful to him? God save me from being angry. Thy will be done.


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Serenity Prayer - Long Form

God grant me the serenity 
to accept the things I cannot change; 
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time; 
Enjoying one moment at a time; 
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace; 
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it; 
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life 
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.
Amen.

--Reinhold Niebuhr

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Indian Prayer

O' Great Spirit 
Whose voice I hear in the winds, 
And whose breath gives life 
To all the world, hear me!  
I am small and weak,  
I need your strength and wisdom.

Let me walk in beauty, 
And make my eyes ever behold 
The red and purple sunset. 
Make my hands Respect the things you have made,
 And my ears sharp to hear your voice. 
Make me wise, 
So that I may understand 
The things you have taught my people.

Let me learn the lessons
You have hidden In every leaf and rock.
 I seek strength, 
Not to be greater than my brother, 
But to fight my greatest enemy- myself. 
Make me always ready 
To come to you with clean hands 
And straight eyes.
 So when life fades, 
As the fading sunset, 
My spirit may come to you 
Without shame.
--Anonymous

Monday, October 20, 2008

Grandma’s Don’t Know Everything

He'd been playing outside with the other kids for a while when he came into the house and asked her, "Grandma, what's that called when two people sleep in the same room and one is on top of the other?"

She was a little taken aback, but she decided to just tell him the truth.
"It's called sexual intercourse, darling." Little Tony just said, "Oh, OK," and went back outside to play with the other kids.

A few minutes later he came back in and said angrily, "Grandma, it isn't called sexual intercourse. It's called bunk beds. And Jimmy's mom wants to talk to you."

The Lord's Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy Name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever.
Amen.

--Mathew 6:9-13

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Awesome Power of Prayer

When you read this, just recite the following prayer.
That's all you have to do. There is nothing else attached.
This is the power of prayer at work.

May today there be peace within you.
May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you not forget the infinite possibilities
that are born of faith.
May you use those gifts that you have received,
and pass on the love that has been given to you.
May you be content knowing that you are a child of God.
Let His presence settle into your bones,
and allow your soul the freedom to sing,
dance, and to bask in the sun.
It is there for each and every one of you.

Send this to the people in your life
and witness...

The Awesome Power of Prayer

-- Anonymous

Saturday, October 18, 2008

I Stand at the Door: An apologia for my Life

I stand by the door.
I neither go to far in, nor stay to far out.
The door is the most important door in the world -
It is the door through which men walk when they find God.
There is no use my going way inside and staying there,
When so many are still outside and they, as much as I,
Crave to know where the door is.
And all that so many ever find
Is only the wall where the door ought to be.
They creep along the wall like blind men,
With outstretched, groping hands,
Feeling for a door, knowing there must be a door,
Yet they never find it.
So I stand by the door.

The most tremendous thing in the world
Is for men to find that door - the door to God.
The most important thing that any man can do
Is to take hold of one of those blind, groping hands
And put it on the latch - the latch that only clicks
And opens to the man's own touch.

Men die outside the door, as starving beggars die
On cold nights in cruel cities in the dead of winter.
Die for want of what is within their grasp.
They live on the other side of it - live because they have not found it.

Nothing else matters compared to helping them find it,
And open it, and walk in, and find Him.
So I stand by the door.

Go in great saints; go all the way in -
Go way down into the cavernous cellars,
And way up into the spacious attics.
It is a vast, roomy house, this house where God is.
Go into the deepest of hidden casements,
Of withdrawal, of silence, of sainthood.
Some must inhabit those inner rooms
And know the depths and heights of God,
And call outside to the rest of us how wonderful it is.
Sometimes I take a deeper look in.
Sometimes venture in a little farther,
But my place seems closer to the opening.
So I stand by the door.

There is another reason why I stand there.
Some people get part way in and become afraid
Lest God and the zeal of His house devour them;
For God is so very great and asks all of us.
And these people feel a cosmic claustrophobia
And want to get out. 'Let me out!' they cry.
And the people way inside only terrify them more.
Somebody must be by the door to tell them that they are spoiled.
For the old life, they have seen too much:
One taste of God and nothing but God will do any more.
Somebody must be watching for the frightened
Who seek to sneak out just where they came in,
To tell them how much better it is inside.
The people too far in do not see how near these are
To leaving - preoccupied with the wonder of it all.
Somebody must watch for those who have entered the door
But would like to run away. So for them too,
I stand by the door.

I admire the people who go way in.
But I wish they would not forget how it was
Before they got in. Then they would be able to help
The people who have not yet even found the door.
Or the people who want to run away again from God.
You can go in too deeply and stay in too long
And forget the people outside the door.
As for me, I shall take my old accustomed place,
Near enough to God to hear Him and know He is there,
But not so far from men as not to hear them,
And remember they are there too.

Where? Outside the door -
Thousands of them. Millions of them.
But - more important for me -
One of them, two of them, ten of them.
Whose hands I am intended to put on the latch.
So I shall stand by the door and wait
For those who seek it.

'I had rather be a door-keeper
So I stand by the door.

-- Sam Shoemaker (from the Oxford Group)

Friday, October 17, 2008

Desiderata

Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible, without surrender,
be on good terms with all persons.

Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even to the dull and ignorant;
they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons;
they are vexations to the spirit.

If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain or bitter,
for always there will be greater
and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble,
it's a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs,
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals,
and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself.
Especially do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love;
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantement,
it is as perrenial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.

Nurture strength of spirit
to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive him to be.
And whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life,
keep peace in your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy.

-1927 by Max Ehrmann

"Desiderata" was written in 1927 by Max Ehrmann (1872-1945)
From the Alt.Usage.English FAQ: "Desiderata" was written in 1927 by Max Ehrmann (1872-1945). In 1956, the rector of St. Paul's Church in Baltimore, Maryland, used the poem in a collection of mimeographed inspirational material for his congregation. Someone who subsequently printed it asserted that it was found in Old St. Paul's Church, dated 1692. The year 1692 was the founding date of the church and has nothing to do with the poem. See Fred D. Cavinder, "Desiderata", TWA Ambassador, Aug. 1973, pp. 14-15.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

9th Step Promises

If we are painstaking about this phase of our development, we will be amazed before we are half way through.

We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness.

We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it.

We will comprehend the word serenity and we will know peace.

No matter how far down the scale we have gone, we will see how our experience can benefit others.

That feeling of uselessness and self pity will disappear.

We will lose interest in selfish things and gain interest in our fellows.

Self-seeking will slip away.

Our whole attitude and outlook upon life will change.

Fear of people and of economic insecurity will leave us.

We will intuitively know how to handle situations which used to baffle us.

We will suddenly realize that God is doing for us what we could not do for ourselves.

Are these extravagant promises? We think not. They are being fulfilled among us—sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly. They will always materialize if we work for them.

-4th ed. Big Book pg. 83 & 84   

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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

The Choice is Ours

We were having trouble with personal relationships, we couldn’t control our emotional natures, we were a prey to misery and depression, we couldn’t make a living, we had a feeling of uselessness, we were full of fear, we were unhappy, we couldn’t seem to be of real help to other people—was not a basic solution of these bedevilments more important ... ?

--4th ed. Big Book pg. 52 

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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Thought for the Day

"Reflect on the magic of each precious moment."
-Anonymous

Monday, October 13, 2008

Thought for the Day

"He who hoots with the owls by night cannot soar with the eagles by day"
  -Anonymous

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Night Prayer

God forgive me where I have been resentful, selfish, dishonest or afraid today. Help me to not keep anything to myself but to discuss it all openly with another person - show me where I owe an apology and help me make it. Help me to be kind and loving to all people. Use me in the mainstream of life God. Remove worry, remorse or morbid (sick) reflections that I may be of usefulness to others. AMEN
-4th ed. Big Book pg. 86

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Saturday, October 11, 2008

AA Nights

When we retire at night, we constructively review our day. Were we resentful, selfish, dishonest or afraid? Do we owe an apology? Have we kept something to ourselves which should be discussed with another person at once? Were we kind and loving toward all? What could we have done better? Were we thinking of ourselves most of the time? Or were we thinking of what we could do for others, of what we could pack into the stream of life? But we must be careful not to drift into worry, remorse or morbid reflection, for that would diminish our usefulness to others. After making our review we ask God's forgiveness and inquire what corrective measures should be taken.
--4th ed. Big Book pg. 86

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Friday, October 10, 2008

Morning Prayer

God direct my thinking today so that it be divorced of self pity, dishonesty, self-will, self-seeking and fear. God inspire my thinking, decisions and intuitions. Help me to relax and take it easy. Free me from doubt and indecision. Guide me through this day and show me my next step. God give me what I need to take care of any problems. I ask all these things that I may be of maximum service to you and my fellow man in the name of the Steps I pray. AMEN
--4th ed. Big Book pg. 86

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Sarah Palin

If you want a good laugh watch these video and those following it. It brought a much needed smile to my face.







Thursday, October 9, 2008

AA Mornings

On awakening let us think about the twenty-four hours ahead. We consider our plans for the day. Before we begin, we ask God to direct our thinking, especially asking that it be divorced from self-pity, dishonest or self-seeking motives. Under these conditions we can employ our mental faculties with assurance, for after all God gave us brains to use. Our thought-life will be placed on a much higher plane when our thinking is cleared of wrong motives.

In thinking about our day we may face indecision. We may not be able to determine which course to take. Here we ask God for inspiration, an intuitive thought or a decision. we relax and take it easy. We don’t struggle. We are often surprised how the right answers come after we have tried this for a while.

What used to be the hunch or the occasional inspiration gradually becomes a working part of the mind. Being still inexperienced and having just made conscious contact with God, it is not probable that we are going to be inspired at all times. We might pay for this presumption in all sorts of absurd actions and ideas. Nevertheless, we find that our thinking will, as time passes, be more and more on the plane of inspiration. We come to rely upon it.

We usually conclude the period of meditation with a prayer that we be shown all through the day what our next step is to be, that we be given whatever we need to take care of such problems. We ask especially for freedom from self-will, and are careful to make no request for ourselves only. We may ask for ourselves, however, if others will be helped. We are careful never to pray for our own selfish ends. Many of us have wasted a lot of time doing that and it doesn't work. You can easily see why.

If circumstances warrant, we ask our wives or friends to join us in morning meditation. If we belong to a religious denomination which requires a definite morning devotion, we attend to that also. If not members of religious bodies, we sometimes select and memorize a few set prayers which emphasize the principles we have been discussing. There are many helpful books also. Suggestions about these may be obtained from one’s priest, minister, or rabbi. Be quick to see where religious people are right. Make use of what they offer.

As we go through the day we pause, when agitated or doubtful, and ask for the right thought or action. We constantly remind ourselves we are no longer running the show, humbly saying to ourselves many times each day “Thy will be done.” We are then in much less danger of excitement, fear, anger, worry, self-pity, or foolish decisions. We become much more efficient. We do not tire so easily, for we are not burning up energy foolishly as we did when we were trying to arrange life to suit ourselves.

It works - it really does.

We alcoholics are undisciplined. So we let God discipline us in the simple way we have just outlined. But this is not all. There is action and more action. “Faith without works is dead.”
--4th ed. Big Book pg. 86-88

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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Suggestions About Prayer and Meditation from the Big Book

(1) Make no requests in prayer for yourself only.

(2) Never prayer for your own selfish ends.

(3) Select and memorize a few set prayers that emphasize the principles of the Steps.

(4) Ask a priest, minister or rabbi about helpful books and prayers that emphasize the principles of the Steps.

(5) Be quick to see where religious people are right.

(6) Make use of what religious people have to offer.

--4th ed. Big Book pg. 87

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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Excerpts from the 12x12

And when we turn away from meditation and prayer, we likewise deprive our minds, our emotions, and our intuitions of vitally needed support. (p. 97 in 29th printing/ p. 100 in 10th printing) One of its first fruits is emotional balance. With it we can broaden and deepen the channel between ourselves and God as we understand Him. (p. 101-2 / 104) But its object is always the same: to improve our conscious contact with God, with His grace, wisdom, and love. (p. 101 / 104) As the day goes on, we can pause where situations must be met and decisions made, and renew the simple request: "Thy will, not mine, be done." If at these points our emotional disturbance happens to be great, we will more surely keep our balance, provided we remember, and repeat to ourselves, a particular prayer or phrase that has appealed to us in our reading or meditation. Just saying it over and over will often enable us to clear a channel choked up with anger, fear, frustration, or misunderstanding, and permit us to return to the surest help of all - our search for God's will, not our own, in the moment of stress. (p. 102-3 / 105)

In A.A. we have found that the actual good results of prayer are beyond question. They are matters of knowledge and experience. All those who have persisted have found strength not ordinarily their own. They have found wisdom beyond their usual capability. And they have increasingly found a peace of mind which can stand firm in the face of difficult circumstances . . . We discover that we do receive guidance for our lives to just about the extent that we stop making demands upon God to give it to us on order and on our terms. (p. 107 / p. 104) . . . Any experienced A.A. will tell how his affairs have taken remarkable and unexpected turns for the better as he tried to improve his conscious contact with God...new lessons for living were learned, new resources of courage were uncovered, and that finally, inescapably, the conviction came that God does "move in a mysterious way His wonders to perform." (p. 104-5 / 107)

SOUGHT THROUGH PRAYER AND MEDITATION TO IMPROVE OUR CONSCIOUS CONTACT WITH GOD ... PRAYING ONLY FOR HIS WILL AND THE POWER TO CARRY THAT OUT.
HAVING HAD A SPIRITUAL AWAKENING ... WE TRIED TO PRACTICE THESE PRINCIPLES IN ALL OUR AFFAIRS.


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Joke of the Day

A retired traveling salesman and his wife were sitting watching TV when he turned to his wife and said, '"Honey, tell me something that will make me happy and sad all at the same time."

Well, she said "You have the biggest dick of all your friends"

A Picture Worth a 1000 Words

This image was in one of the multitude of emails I get from friends and family each day. I immediately found it amusing and hilarious! It demonstrates a great deal of truth regarding most men. Enjoy!

Monday, October 6, 2008

Prayer of St Francis of Assisi

Lord, make me a channel of thy peace - that where there is hatred, I may bring love - that where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness - that where there is discord, I may bring harmony - that where there is error, I may bring truth - that where there is doubt, I may bring faith - that where there is despair, I may bring hope - that where there are shadows, I may bring light - that where there is sadness, I may bring joy. Lord, grant that I may seek rather to comfort than to be comforted - to understand, than to be understood - to love, than to be loved. For it is by self-forgetting that one finds. It is by forgiving that one is forgiven. It is by dying that one awakens to Eternal Life. Amen.
--p. 99 Twelve Steps & Twelve Traditions

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Sunday, October 5, 2008

11th Step Prayer

God, I'm agitated and doubtful right now. Help me to stop and remember that I've made a decision to let You be my God. Give me the right thoughts and actions. God save me from fear, anger, worry, self-pity or foolish decisions that Your will not mine be done. AMEN

Saturday, October 4, 2008

11th Step Prayer

As we go through the day we pause, when agitated or doubtful, and ask for the right thought or action. We constantly remind ourselves we are no longer running the show, humbly saying to ourselves many times each day 'Thy will be done.'
--4th ed. Big Book pg. 87-88

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Friday, October 3, 2008

10th Step Prayer

"How can I best serve Thee—Thy will (not mine) be done."
--4th ed. Big Book pg. 85

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Thursday, October 2, 2008

10th Step Prayer

God remove the Selfishness, dishonesty, resentment and fear that has cropped up in my life right now. Help me to discuss this with someone immediately and make amends quickly if I have harmed anyone. Help me to cease fight anything and anyone. Show me where I may be helpful to someone else. Help me react sanely; not cocky or afraid. How can I best serve You - Your will, not mine be done. AMEN
--4th ed. Big Book pg. 84-85

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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

9th Step Prayer

God give me the strength and direction to do the right thing no matter what the consequences may be. Help me to consider others and not harm them in any way. Help me to consult with others before I take any actions that would cause me to be sorry. Help me to not repeat such behaviors. Show me the way of Patience, Tolerance, Kindliness, and Love and help me live the spiritual life. AMEN
--4th ed. Big Book pg. 78-80

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