My Step 03 – Last days

October 21, 2006

Step 3 (LDS ARP Manual)

Decide to turn your will and your life over to the care of God the Eternal Father and His Son, Jesus Christ.

I don’t know about you, but I have always had a problem with last days.  I will act out in addiction and assure myself guiltily that it was the last time would do that.  Then later (often not much later) I would do it again, because I had already done it that day or because I still felt guilty so once more wouldn’t make a difference.  If I was going to feel the shame and guilt, why not feel it over something worth feeling it for, right?

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Step 3

Decide to turn your will and your life over to the care of God the Eternal Father and His Son, Jesus Christ.

What does it mean to turn our will over to God? Turning our life over to God has tangible results: we begin to keep the commandments, which are physical, tangible acts. Our will is elusive, even to us. I mean, what do you want, really? Read the rest of this entry »

Step 3

Decide to turn your will and your life over to the care of God the Eternal Father and His Son, Jesus Christ.

Now, If you have decided to be serious about recovery, I have some news. You may take this to be bad news, but it isn’t really. You may take it to be obvious, but it isn’t either (or you would be doing it at this point).You need to keep the commandments. Read the rest of this entry »

Step 3

Decide to turn your will and your life over to the care of God the Eternal Father and His Son, Jesus Christ.

The first thing that you need to do, in order to complete step 3, is to make a decision. This will be tough for you because, as an addict, you are great at making decisions, but lousy at actually keeping them. Read the rest of this entry »

Step 03 – Trusting in God

September 19, 2006

Step 3

Decide to turn your will and your life over to the care of God the Eternal Father and His Son, Jesus Christ.

As an addict, you have trust issues. We went over some of them in step 2, where we sought to believe that God loved us & that he would help us. Now you will find yourself dealing with a different area of trust. In step 3 you have to learn to trust God to lead you aright.

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Step 3 from the Big Book of AA 

Made a decision to turn our life and our will over to the care of God as we understood him 

Step 3 from the LDS ARP Manual

Decide to turn your will and your life over to the care of God the Eternal Father and His Son, Jesus Christ.

Step 3 from He Did Deliver Me from Bondage

Made the decision to reconcile ourselves to the will of God, offer our whole souls as an offering unto Him, and trust Him in all things forever. (2 Nephi 10:24; Omni 1:26; Mosiah 3:19; 2 Nephi 4:34)

Step 3 is perhaps the most important of the steps. It is the first step that really gives you a good idea of the commitment involved in recovery. This is of course problematic as, being an addict, commitments are not things that you are used to taking seriously.

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After you’ve spent some time in addiction, “why bother” becomes the most important question in your life. If I am just going to sin again, why bother to repent? If I am just going to get drunk after the meeting, why bother to sober up before it? If I am just going to drive my family away, why bother trying to be civil to them now? God can’t forgive, because I never change, so why bother trying for anything anymore?Obviously, your hardcore, longterm addict is a barrel of laughs to be around. Read the rest of this entry »

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