Grateful Throw Back Thursday

by Diane Jellen | Nov 24, 2016 | Uncategorized | And November 26, 2020. It was the day before Thanksgiving and as usual, I was in a hurry. Instead of wandering up and down the endless aisles of my local Home Depot, I stopped, looked at the badge of one of the clerks...

It Takes Two-Wisdom to Know the Difference

Do you hear me? Stop with the fixin' already!...

Step 11 – Seeking God’s Will or Doing my Own Thing?

From early childhood, I was blessed to live with a praying grandfather and mother. Without ceasing they prayed believing. One night when my 82-year-old Mom was visiting, I went into the guestroom to say goodnight. To my surprise, I found her praying—on her knees....

Step 10-Keep on Keeping On!

Step 10. Continue to take personal inventory and when I'm wrong promptly admit it. It's the 10th month of the year, and as I review the 10th Step, I'd like to ask. How are you "keeping on" with your personal inventory list? Today, I am not going to rob someone of...

The 12-Steps – Seeing the Good in Self

And finding the love! We admitted that we were powerless over our problems and that our lives had become unmanageable.“I know that nothing good lives in me…I want to do what is right, but I can’t.” – Romans 7:18, see also John 8: 31-36; Romans 7:14-25.We came to...

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How Willing Are You?

Step 8. We made a list of all the persons we have harmed and became willing to make amends to them all. In order to make amends to all the people I have hurt over my long life I had to push pride, defensiveness, personal resentments aside. Moving the Rock of Gibraltar...

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National Give Something Away Day

Are you feeling generous? Do you have something to share . . . Your joy Your serenity A smile A gentle touch An ear to hear An empathetic spirit to someone else's point of view even if you disagree A trust so deep you can freely let go and let God Then let's give it...

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Is it Clutter or Grievances?

It seemed they were everywhere. No matter where I drove, there were public storage units for rent. Curious to what extent this obsession with possessions encompassed, I researched and learned there are more self-storage units in the United States than all the...

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Happy Anniversary, Dr. Bob, and AA!

Dr. Bob had his last drink on June 10, 1935, and so began the first step on a journey to healing, and a healthier way of life for millions who suffer from addictions.  Who was Dr. Bob? If you are a friend of Bill W., then you know Dr. Bob. Dr. Bob Smith, along with...

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Road to Equality – 30 Years Ago

“Oh no, LORD, don’t let it break down now,” I moaned as the car sputtered on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Please, help me get to the next exit.” I'd been visiting my sons at college and was an hour from home when my car began losing power. When I reached the tollbooth,...

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Recovery Garden – Victory Garden

DURING WW I and WW II, citizens planted vegetable and fruit gardens to supplement their food rations. Along with supplying food for the body, the gardens began to lift the spirits of those who began to see the fruits of their labor. WE have all struggled and toiled to...

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Powerless but Never Hopeless!

Addiction is a "Disease of Isolation." It's true, whether it's substance, behavioral, or codependent control abuse issues, some form of isolation is involved. However, rather than isolate from healthy communication during the COVID-19 stay-at-home guidelines, Life...

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