Friday, July 9, 2010

Faith on a Friday

Last night I helped run the Newcomer's Meeting. This is the second time I've done this. I was excited, anxious and honestly not at all nervous. In the last month I have really felt like it is time to share my story. I am a changed person, given another shot at doing things right, redeemed by grace.

This gift is amazing to me and I want others to feel the same freedom from bondage  that I have experienced and continue to experience each day. On the way home from my meeting I called my sponsor to tell her how it went. I was bursting with emotion, so happy to be free of shame and grateful to be right where I was, sharing and hugging and encouraging.

I emailed a friend when I got home and she wrote back, celebrating with me, and she wrote a prayer that brought tears to my eyes. I also wrote a prayer that I hope to print out and repeat daily as I continue on my journey of sobriety.

I pray for you, too, as we struggle well together on this road.
there IS hope~

Dear Heavenly Father- I thank you for the grace you have shown me, for the love you have given me and for the safe place you have brought me. I am Your creation and I desire to live a life that is a pure reflection of your spirit.
When I am wrong, please let me promptly admit it and help me to be a strength to others, a beacon to them, drawing them near to you. Thank you for the wise people you have placed in my life who love You and love me and that are able to be a guiding force in my life. Allow me to pass that on to others.
Lord, please protect me from the enemy, allow me to quickly see his schemes and to cling to You and flee from him.
Lord I ask you to provide an outlet for this amazing grace I have been given and that you would also protect my heart from the sin of pride. I am anxious to share all I have been given, boldly and without shame. Thank you thank you thank you for your provision and abundance. Please cover my family and keep us in your arms. In Your Most Holy and Precious name I give you all things- Amen.


Em said...

what a beautiful prayer! I love the feeling after chairing a meeting, or even just going to a really great one! I am so thankful to have found this program and have this passion for my sobriety.

Kim A. said...

Beautiful and heartfelt...worth repeating each day...


Anonymous said...

So glad you did so well when you chaired the meeting. Love the prayer!!!

Annette said...

Wow...that's all I can say! I've had a really emotional rollercoaster day and this prayer just helped to lift my spirits as well as it reminds me that I am not perfect & God doesn't expect me to be so...I will fail him & others - as long as I ackowledge when I am wrong, own it & ask for forgiveness, He will bless me & forgive me & love me unconditionally...and I will do my very best to never let evil tempt me again. You Rock J!!!