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Old 06-29-2007, 02:39 AM
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Language of Letting Go - June 29

You are reading from the book The Language of Letting Go

God's Will

God's will most often happens in spite of us, not because of us.

We may try to second guess what God has in mind for us, looking, searching, hypervigilant to seek God's will as though it were a buried treasure, hidden beyond our reach. If we find it, we win the prize. But if we're not careful, we miss out.

That's not how it works.

We may believe that we have to walk on eggshells, saying, thinking, and feeling the right thing, while forcing ourselves somehow to be in the right place at the right time to find God's will. But that's not true.

God's will for us is not hidden like a buried treasure. We do not have to control or force it. We do not have to walk on eggshells in order to have it happen.

It is right there inside and around us. It is happening, right now. Sometimes, it is quiet and uneventful and includes the daily disciplines of responsibility and learning to take care of ourselves. Sometimes, it is healing us when we're in circumstances that trigger old grieving and unfinished business.

Sometimes, it is grand.

We do have a part. We have responsibilities, including caring for ourselves. But we do not have to control God's will for us. We are being taken care of. We are protected. And the Power caring for and protecting us loves us very much.

If it is a quiet day, trust the stillness. If it is a day of action, trust the activity. If it is time to wait, trust the pause. If it is time to receive that which we have been waiting for, trust that it will happen clearly and with power, and receive the gift in joy.

Today, I will trust that God's will is happening, as it needs to in my life. I will not make myself anxious and upset by searching vigorously for God's will, taking unnecessary actions to control the course of my destiny or wondering if God's will has passed me by and I have missed it.

From The Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie 1990, Hazelden Foundation.
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I begin each morning with the third step prayer, asking God to lead me and turning my will over to Him.

This helps me remember that whatever happens today is just as it should be, that today is a thread in the tapestry of my life. It may be a quiet, peaceful day or it may be a day where chaos is all around...but however it unfolds is a gift, perhaps a lesson I need to learn, perhaps a path I need to cross, or maybe just a day of beauty that is mine to enjoy if I pay attention and notice.

From page 33 in the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, the third step prayer is as follows...

"God, I offer myself to Thee--to build with me and to 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!"


Amen.
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i have never read that book.the prayer is beautiful & alot of knowledge in that page.thats ann, if i just pay attention & listen, i like that.
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Ann,

I just wanted to thank you for posting these motivational messages every day. I so look forward to them!

Have a wonderful day!
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I end each day asking god to keep me in his light and to guide me in the direction I am supposed to go. I thank you Ann for your inspiration...Marian
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