Starting My Day – Grapevine Article March 2023 By Paul M.

He learned that a good day of service can begin with a well-made bed When I was a boy, my mother insisted that I make my bed every morning. Well, I didn’t want to since I was just going to mess it up again that night. Many years later, when I started going in andContinue reading “Starting My Day – Grapevine Article March 2023 By Paul M.”

Clearing A Channel – As Bill Sees It #78

During the day, 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 phraseContinue reading “Clearing A Channel – As Bill Sees It #78”

Rebellion or Acceptance – As Bill Sees It #293

All of us pass through times when we can pray only with the greatest exertion. Occasionally we go even further than this. We are seized with a rebellion so sickening that we simply won’t pray. When these things happen, we should not think too ill of ourselves. We should simply resume prayer as soon asContinue reading “Rebellion or Acceptance – As Bill Sees It #293”

Using the 11th Step / St. Francis Prayer

The Saint Francis Assisi Prayer, often used as an 11th Step Prayer in Alcoholics Anonymous, is an immensely popular and empowering prayer used in recovery. Anyone moving through recovery will eventually encounter the prayer and will get to work through its significance and impact on their spirituality, life, and outlook. If you’re just starting your recoveryContinue reading “Using the 11th Step / St. Francis Prayer”

Out Of Bondage – As Bill Sees It #210

At Step Three, many of us said to our Maker, as we understood Him: “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 my transcendence over them mayContinue reading “Out Of Bondage – As Bill Sees It #210”

Garden Hose Sobriety – Grapevine Article by Jeff M October 2006

Having fun wasn’t much fun One of the last AA meetings I attended before my self-styled graduation from Alcoholics Anonymous was at La Tuna Federal Prison. Set in a windswept desert plain, La Tuna rises up like a Spanish hacienda surrounded by razor wire and thick white walls. I saw myself supporting AA with myContinue reading “Garden Hose Sobriety – Grapevine Article by Jeff M October 2006”

The Serenity Prayer – Grapevine Article December 1972 by M.D.B.

How one member applies it to his daily living WHEN I WAS growing up in Nebraska, I often heard older people say, “You can do anything you put your mind to.” This old saw was apparently one of those things that were easier to say than to prove. Even as a child, I often wonderedContinue reading “The Serenity Prayer – Grapevine Article December 1972 by M.D.B.”

Borrowed Faith – Grapevine Article May 2022 by Michael C.

He was back in detox again, but this time was different. A fellow member helped open his soul The craving traveled a well-worn path that started in the pit of my stomach. It moved up to my heart, making it beat harder and faster. My heart ushered it to my lungs, which responded by takingContinue reading “Borrowed Faith – Grapevine Article May 2022 by Michael C.”

Groping Toward God – As Bill Sees It #323

More than most people, I think, alcoholics want to know who they are, what this life is about, whether they have a divine origin and an appointed destiny, and whether there is a system of cosmic justice and love. It is the experience of many of us in the early stages of drinking to feelContinue reading “Groping Toward God – As Bill Sees It #323”

Small But Mighty – Grapevine Article March 2006 by Jack H.

Three little words, one big difference My loneliness was a ceaseless, tangible thing, which gnawed away at my guts like a particularly nasty form of cancer. The cause of all this loneliness was that something inside me, beyond my control, made me vicious and frequently violent. I drank heavily every day in an effort toContinue reading “Small But Mighty – Grapevine Article March 2006 by Jack H.”