Archive for July, 2014


When people that don’t normally act out get riled up.

When others act out because of one thing or another, remember that one thing is probably not you.
You can tell when something else is going on and they need your prayers, your patience and your love. How? Easy, regardless of what you say to them or how you say it they will take offense. You know that it’s not about you because this person does not normally act in this manner. Therefore something else is going on inside their spirit that only God can heal. Our job is not to respond but to pray. So the next time someone acts out remember this is your call to place them at the top of your priority list to pray for God’s intervention.
Hang in there my friends.
~Serenity for You!
The Monty’man


People That Are Jealous of Those Who Get It

I always find it interesting that when someone really “Gets It”, develops a relationship with God, lives a victorious life under the guidance and direction of our creator and applies and implements the 12 Steps; how people think they are arrogant or prideful, when in truth they simply have been rocketed into the fourth dimension the Big Book talks about. People that have not experienced that freedom which accompanies the spiritual awakening as a result of the 12 Steps are envious and bitter much of the time because they have attempted to do this thing through half measures and are angry because the state of “Recovered” isn’t being handed to them on a silver platter. In fact many of them feel they are to be always recovering. They lash out at those who have done the work and have been set free because that is the behavior they will always display as long as they are unwilling to turn their will and life over to the care of the only one that can truly heal their pain. It’s so very sad, but it is the way of many in todays watered down recovery fellowships. They need our prayers, our patience, and the “Pity we would cheerfully grant a sick friend”

We need to be ever mindful how sick they really are and how we too can fall back into that selfish, self-centered state of mind if we don’t remain vigilant over our spiritual condition.
Keeping our alignment with God and serving others is essential to a state of “Recovered” It’s a daily job we are all too willing to take on if we have truly felt the weight of our own pride lifted and the light burden of God bestowed upon us. Remember, God never makes following His path to difficult. We are the ones who want to complicate the matter.

Many will misquote the phrase “We claim spiritual progress rather than spiritual perfection” by leaving the word spiritual out of the equation. They then, in turn will attempt to apply it out of context wielding it as an excuse not to grow in their recovery. This often takes place shortly after a person begins working on their Fourth Step. Why, because many times they have never really understood the *First Step.

Until we understand the truth of powerlessness and unmanageably we will never see our need for a power to direct our life. Why would we, we don’t believe we are powerless.

Those who are uncomfortable around people who have had a spiritual awakening as a result of the 12 Steps many times are simply not convinced of their inability to move forward left to their own devices. Until they are, there is no raising of their bottom and they may go on until the bitter end. Dry, wet or in between but the end will truly be bitter.

Our job as recovered individuals is to be there when they have had enough of the nonsense and are ready to surrender. If we discard them because of their past display of unwillingness then we don’t understand the spiritual principles behind the *Twelfth Step and should go back and reevaluated our own understanding of *Step One.

*Referenced – Step One
“We admitted we were powerless over alcohol and that our lives had become unmanageable”
*Referenced – Step Twelve
“Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics and to practice these principles in all our affairs”

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