(week 142) 18 September 2014 12-step study Big Book workshop
www.AA.org This has the Big Book and AA Reflections read at the Friday noontime
Trust & Rely meeting.
12stepstudyworkshop.com has all the handouts and accumulated knowledge of Stephanie’s studies of the Big Book.
Please send donations to support the website to:
P O Box 531
North Pembroke MA 02358
Stephanie has three groups running with the same number: 712 432 8816
and with the same callback number: 641 715-3900
(1)Tuesday 8am EST Dr. Bob and the Good Old Timers pin 298913#
(2) Thursday 8am EST Big Book 12 Step Study Workshop pin 95666# (All Addictions)
(3) Friday 12noon EST Trust and Rely Workshop pin 91904#
AA 12 x 12 Step 3:
“Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.”
Page 35:2 Entire paragraph starting: ‘Like all the remaining steps…’
AA 12&12 Step Three/ p.34 ( 49th ed. ) – entire paragraph 2:
“Like all the remaining Steps, Step Three calls for affirmative action, for it is only by action that we can cut away the self-will which has always blocked the entry of God- or, if you like, a Higher Power- into our lives. Faith, to be sure, is necessary, but faith alone can avail nothing. We can have faith, yet keep God out of our lives. Therefore our problem now becomes just how and by what specific means shall we be able to let Him in? Step Three represents our first attempt to do this. In fact, the effectiveness of the whole A.A. program will rest upon how well and earnestly we have tried to come to a “decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.”
Q1. Are you willing to go to any lengths to see situations in a different way?
It is only with action plans that we can cut away the self-will.
Q2a). How are your action plans going?
b) Do you have one for Quiet Time?
c) Do you have one for staying sober?
d) Do you have one for doing your soul work and calling your buddy/buddy group?
e) Do you have an action plan for being at work, with your family?
Q3. look up: affirmative
Affirmative action will cut away self-will which always blocked the entry of God into our lives. Please circle and write: ‘the answer’. After the words ‘affirmative action’ insert ‘plan’.
…step three calls for affirmative action, for it is only by action that we can cut away the self-will.
Look up: earnestly
How earnestly are you willing to go to the body shop and, after you’ve cut out the floorboards of your car to be able to run and then push your vehicle yourself, get them welded back in and then go to still a different workshop to get an engine, that engine being God?
The willingness to stop running (y)our own vehicle allows one to make the leap from having an intellectual belief and feeling about God to having trust and faith in God
Q4. Above ‘self will’ write: ‘bondage to self’.