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MORNING MEDITATION:

No matter how far along you are remember Steps 10 and 11!
Every Morning we consider our plans for the day and we do this:   
 
1. Have I asked God to direct my thinking today, especially asking that it be divorced from self-pity, dishonest or self-seeking motives?
Yes   No
 
2. Have I asked God for freedom from self-will being careful to make no request for myself only?  (We may ask for ourselves, however, if others will be helped.)
Yes   No      
 
(Alcoholics Anonymous p 86,87)
 
THIRD STEP PRAYER:
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.
(Alcoholics Anonymous p. 63)
 
THANK-YOU, GOD:
(For all these people, places and/or things - both good and bad)
 
1.______________________________________
2.______________________________________
3.______________________________________
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EVENING MEDITATION:

STEPS 10 & 11
AT NIGHT, WE CONTRUCTIVELY REVIEW OUR DAY.  REMEMBER:  THIS IS EVERY EVENING!  
 
Yes      No        1.  Was I angry or resentful today?
Yes      No        2.  Was I selfish today?
                               (Excessive thought of self)
Yes      No        3.  Was I dishonest today?
                               (Intent to deceive)
Yes      No        4.  Was I fearful or afraid today?
 
Yes      No        5.  Do I owe someone an apology?
 
Yes      No        6.  Was I kind and loving towards all
                               today?
Yes      No        7.  Have I kept something to myself that
                              should be discussed with another
                              person at once?
Yes      No        8.  Was I thinking of myself most of the
                               time?
Yes      No        9.  (or) Was I thinking of what I could do
                               for others, of what I could pack into
                               the stream of life?
Yes      No      10.  Did I drift into worry, remorse or
                               morbid reflections of the past?
Yes      No      11.  After making this review, have I
                               asked for God's forgiveness?
Yes      No      12.  Have I inquired what corrective
                               action should be taken?
(Big Book, Page 86)
 

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2. Click here for a Letter from God

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We have shown how we got out from under. You say, "Yes, I'm willing. But am I to be consigned to a life where I shall be stupid, boring and glum, like some righteous people I see? I know I must get along without liquor, but how can I? Have you a sufficient substitute?"

Yes, there is a substitute and it is vastly more than that. It is a fellowship in Alcoholics Anonymous. There you will find release from care, boredom and worry. Your imagination will be fired. Life will mean something at last. The most satisfactory years of your existence lie ahead. Thus we find the fellowship, and so will you.

- A Vision For You, pg. 152

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