Gratefulness / Opposite Quality - Unthankfulness.
Definition: Learning to recognize the benefits which God and others have provided. Looking for appropriate ways to express genuine appreciation. Learning to give all expectations to God.
Do you make it a habit to thank God and others for the many little things in life that others tend to take for granted? How many people can you think of who have benefited your life in the past? How many of these people have you personally thanked? Do you share with others how various ones have helped you in the past? Do you express sincere appreciation for a gift that you know you can't use?
Closing Song: "STRONG" by Karen Taylor-Good
Is alcoholism a moral failing or a medical condition? Many would say being an alcoholic is a sin and a stink in the nose of God. Others would claim it is a disease and can not be cured. So which is it?
After we discuss this issue we will move to our second topic. What part does the act of forgiveness play in our recovery? Is it necessary for us to forgive others if we are to be free from the bondage of self? Closing Song: Put Your Hand in the Hand by Ocean.
Definition: Learning to respect the possessions and property of others. Recognizing how God works through those in authority. Giving proper honor to people in positions of authority and learning how God works through them to give protection and build character. Learning to care for our body as a temple of the Holy Spirit. These are qualities that will begin to take shape once we have made a proper connection with our creator and allow Him to work in and through our recovery.
Closing Song: Burden Down by the Allies.
Definition: Learning to organize and care for personal possessions. Giving attention to personal grooming. Learning to write legibly. Opposite Quality: Disorganization, Sloppiness.
Do you collect things that have little or no use? Do you have a place for everything you own? Do you put things away after using them? Do your clothes and appearance let people know you respect the way God made you? These may seem like silly questions but when we review our day, our inventory and our life, should we not consider neatness? Closing song: "Im Yours" by Jason Mraz
Learning to enjoy present possessions rather than desiring new or additional ones. Learning to control curiosity. Learning to enjoy times of being alone. These are keys to our recovery of we are going to be at peace and experience the serenity we so often seek. Are you a person of contentment or do you strive to keep up with the Jones's. Do you require more money, more things or constant affirmation from others in order to be content in your own skin?
Learning the importance of limitations and the meaning of the word "no." Responding to the wishes of God, parents, and others in authority. Yielding the right to have the final decision. These are the elements of the character, obedience. Not always our first thought as people in recovery who are used to getting and demanding our own way, our rights and placing expectations on others.
Closing song "To Obey is Better Than Sacrifice" by Keith Green.
Learning to be a reliable messenger. Gaining approval of others without misrepresenting the facts. Facing the consequences of a mistake.
How many of us believe that we never lie, or that we are always truthful? What part does being truthful play in our recovery, our families and our jobs? Should we always tell the truth regardless of the outcome? Closing song "Don't Ya Lie To Me" Albert King & Stevie Ray Vaughn.
Are you a person of your word? Do you follow through with your commitments or do you back out of things and say nothing? What does your character speak of when people hear your name, see your face or communicate with you? How do you handle people that lack integrity? Is integrity a part of your recovery process? Join the gang as we cover some of these issues as they relate to this week's topic: Integrity. Closing song, Ready to Surrender by Michael Purington
Over an hour of pure recovery music from some of the movers and shakers in the recovery recording artist community. Names like Amanda Broadway, Elizabeth Edwards, Lauren Adams, Dawn Wilder, Conley (Ray) White, Bubba Mac, Joe Fuller and many more. Kick back and enjoy the sounds of recovery music and the artist behind the gift.
"If I were only better at it, if I were only smarter, if I were only stronger in my recovery, my faith, my prayer life, my spirituality". How many times have we told ourselves that if we were only this or that we could be better, do better, live better? But what if our success comes from our failures, from our character defects and yes even through weakness. Just what if?
Closing Song: My Eyes Are Dry by Keith Green