Daily Readings for Tuesday, May 5th

Meditation for the Day

The way sometimes seems long and weary. So many people today are weary. The weariness of others must often be shared by me. The weary and the heavy laden, when they come to me, should be helped to find the rest that I have found. There is only one sure cure for world-weariness and that is turning to spiritual things. In order to help bring about the turning of the weary world to God, I must dare to suffer, dare to conquer selfishness in myself, and dare to be filled with spiritual peace in the face of all the weariness of the world.

Prayer for the Day

I pray that I may be a help to discouraged people. I pray that I may have the courage to help bring about what the weary world needs but does not know how to get.
From: 24 Hours a Day


Feeling Good

Make yourself feel good.

It’s our job to first make ourselves feel better and then make ourselves feel good. Recovery is not only about stopping painful feelings; it is about creating a good life for ourselves.

We don’t have to deny ourselves activities that help us feel good. Going to meetings, basking in the sun, exercising, taking a walk, or spending time with a friend are activities that may help us feel good. We each have our list. If we don’t, we’re now free to explore, experiment, and develop that list.

When we find a behavior or activity that produces a good feeling, put it on the list. Then, do it frequently.

Let’s stop denying ourselves good feelings and start doing things that make us feel good.

Today, I will do one activity or behavior that I know will create a good feeling for me. If I’m uncertain about what I like, I will experiment with one behavior today.
From: Language of Letting Go

Another set of Random Thoughts as the Day Begins…..

So here I sit, in my living room at nearly 1 a.m., realizing I had the full intention of getting to sleep at a decent hour. But my mind just wasn’t having any of that and I found myself getting back up before I’d had a chance to really get settled in.

I guess a lot of people are having more sleepless nights here of late, with all the uncertainty of the unseen enemy that is upon us. Hearing that some are braving beyond the four walls of their homes to try to get back to something close to the life they knew two long months ago. And again, there are others who say it’s too soon, that the enemy is still present and waiting to surge upon us once more.

And here I am, as the new day has begun in darkness, not really knowing what the future might hold, what course lies ahead. Learning to be okay with that feeling is can what keep me sleepless well past the time I should be resting my weary eyes.

Tomorrow will be filled with challenges of its own,,,today certainly was. Taking both the good and the bad and realizing they’re all a part of what it takes to get us where we need to be. Trying to quieten my wandering and wondering mind to keep my head and my feet in the same place.

Such is the world we find ourselves in…like a surreal scene from a science fiction novel come to life. Like a nightmare that will soon be over as we wake and then realizing we’re not asleep.

My dog, my constant companion through it all, whines as if to say it’s time to say good night and head for the night of sleep that was promised. And so it is and so the story goes.

David Lee

There are No Coincidences,,,not even one.

I’m ready to admit there’s so much about life that I do not know…and have to humble myself to the fact that I’ll never figure most of it out…But of one thing I am absolutely sure:

No One is on Our Path Accidentally

How often do you really look, with focused intention, at the people you see in the halls at work or in line at the grocery or on the street as you wander by? Most of us do see other people, but quite unconsciously. We need not be ashamed of how easily we dismiss the presence of others; it’s usually not deliberate. We are simply self-absorbed. The good news is that we can cultivate the belief that each person is offering us an opportunity to connect on a spiritual level. Joining with each person in this way, by making intentional eye contact, has an immediate healing effect on us and on them, too.

When we seek to see the Spirit in others in this way, strangers as well as friends, we are taking the first and very necessary step to becoming aware of that Spirit. In many cultures, looking into other people’s eyes is the highest honor we can pay them. Becoming committed to doing this increases our peace of mind while showing others that they matter to us, too. Honoring others in this way may not feel natural at first, but if they have crossed our path, this is what we have been called to do.
You are reading from the book:
Cultivating Hope by Karen Casey
#therearenocoincidences#youcantmakethisstuffup

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Daily Readings for Monday, May 4th

Meditation for the Day

God thought about the universe and brought it into being. His thought brought me into being. I must think God’s thought after Him. I must often keep my mind occupied with thoughts about God and meditate on the way He wants me to live. I must train my mind constantly in quiet times of communion with God. It is the work of a lifetime to develop to full stature spiritually. This is what I am on earth for. It gives meaning to my life.

Prayer for the Day

I pray that I may think God’s thoughts after Him. I pray that I may live as He wants me to live.

From Twenty-Four Hours a Day


Freedom from Compulsive Disorders

Thank you for keeping me straight yesterday. Please help me stay straight today.

When I first began my recovery from codependency, I was furious about having to begin another recovery program. Seven years earlier, I had begun recovery from chemical dependency. It didn’t seem fair that one person should have to address two major issues in one lifetime.

I’ve gotten over my anger. I’ve learned that my recoveries aren’t isolated from one another. Many of us recovering from codependency and adult children issues are also recovering from addictions: alcoholism, other drug dependency, gambling, food, work, or sex addiction. Some of us are trying to stay free of other compulsive disorders – ranging from caretaking to compulsively feeling miserable, guilty, or ashamed.

An important part of codependency recovery is staying clean and free of our compulsive or addictive behaviors. Recovery is one big room we’ve entered called healthy living.

We can wave the white flag of surrender to all our addictions. We can safely turn to a Power greater than ourselves to relieve us of our compulsive behavior. We know that now. Once we begin actively working a program of recovery, God will relieve us of our addictions. Ask God each morning to help us stay free of our addictions and compulsions. Thank God for helping us the day before.

Today, God, help me pay attention to all my recovery issues. Help me know that before I can work on the finer points of my recovery, such as my relationships, I must be free of addictive behaviors.

From The Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie

Daily Readings for Sunday, May 3rd

Meditation for the Day

I must overcome myself before I can truly forgive other people for injuries done to me. The self in me cannot forgive injuries. The very thought of wrongs means that my self is in the foreground. Since the self cannot forgive, I must overcome my selfishness. I must cease trying to forgive those who fretted and wronged me. It is a mistake for me even to think about these injuries. I must aim at overcoming myself in my daily life and then I will find there is nothing in me that remembers injury, because the only thing injured, my selfishness, is gone.

Prayer for the Day

I pray that I may hold no resentments. I pray that my mind may be washed clean of all past hates and fears.

From Twenty-Four Hours a Day


Freedom from Self-Seeking

Please free my thinking of self-will, self-seeking, dishonesty, and wrong motives.

There is a difference between owning our power to take care of ourselves, as part of God’s will for our life, and self-will. There is a difference between self-care and self-seeking. And our behaviors are not as much subject to criticism as are the motives underlying them.

There is a harmonic, gentle, timely feeling to owning our power, to self-care, and to acts with healthy motives that are not present in self-will and self-seeking. We will learn discernment. But we will not always know the difference. Sometimes, we will feel guilty and anxious with no need. We may be surprised at the loving way God wants us to treat ourselves. We can trust that self-care is always appropriate. We want to be free of self-will and self-seeking, but we are always free to take care of ourselves.

God, please guide my motives today, and keep me on Your path. Help me love myself, and others too. Help me understand that more often than not, those two ideas are connected.

From The Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie