(week 139) 21 August 2014 12-step study Big Book All Addictions Workshop
Good resource: www.AA.org This website has the Big Book and the AA Reflections read at the Friday Trust & Rely meeting.
12stepstudyworkshop.com has all the handouts and accumulated knowledge of Stephanie’s studies of the Big Book.
Donations to support the website:
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Stephanie now has three groups running all 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 12Step-Study Workshop pin 95666# ( All Addictions)
(3) Friday 12n EST Trust and Rely Workshop pin 91904#
Big Book from top of page 63 – end of paragraph 2: “When we sincerely took such a position….” through Step Three prayer plus last sentence:
“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!” We thought well before taking this step making sure we were ready; that we could at last abandon ourselves utterly to Him.”
Before doing any step work writing say the 3rd step prayer.
It is the most of powerful prayers to overcome selfishness and self-centredness.
Look up: abandon, utterly.
Q1. Write down ‘Expect a miracle’. What does that mean to you? – not what you want but look and see what the miracles have been.
1(b) ….”all sorts of remarkable things (followed).”
What’s been the remarkable things? (You need to be able to see with new eyes the remarkable things that God puts into your life.)
Q2. Write out the 3rd Step Prayer on 3 x 5 inch cards. Stephanie suggests placing them: where we do our Quiet Time, on the fridge, in our car and always carry one with us.
Q3. To abandon yourself utterly to your Higher Power you have got to know who your Higher Power is. This means spending time with God in Quiet Time. Instead of asking to know what God wants you to know about yourself instead inquire: “What do You want me to know about You?”
Q4.a) Each day read different spiritual books such as AA Daily Reflections, OA 24-hour book, a religious book, Al-Anon daily readings, etc. Anything that tells you specifically what your Higher Power is all about and gives you insight.
b) Then write on what you have read in a Dear God letter. Afterwards sit quietly for a minimum of five minutes (10 is better) and reflect on what you read and wrote asking your Higher Power to give you a word or a phrase to help you to get to know your Higher Power. Whenever your mind wanders pray: “God help me to know about You.”
Q5. Memorize the 3rd Step Prayer and this week write on each word – rather than each sentence.
Q6. Call people who will encourage you to live God’s will not your will; to be the best you can for your Higher Power and to relieve you of the bondage of self.