Perseverance

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"Perseverance brings us the reward of continuing permanent recovery." The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Overeaters Anonymous, p. 105
 
When things got tough and working my program just seemed too much of a burden I would sometimes think of throwing in the towel as it was all just too hard. I didn't have time time, the energy or the patience to put forth the effort and was it all really worth it? But, after many years in program I now understand that perseverance is the only way; trudging forward, doing the best that I can (without the burden of perfection!) and being willing each and every day to commit to this program. Being willing to have my day include using the tools, step work, talking to my sponsor, sticking to my plan of eating, turning my will and my life over to the care of my Higher Power and putting my abstinence first is the key to success. If I put forth a half-hearted effort I'm going to get half-hearted results. And, I don't want half-hearted results so I'm going to persevere and achieve all the positive results I possibly can.
 
Disclaimer:  The opinions express here are those of the OA member and do not represent OA as a whole.

Just Be and Just Breath

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"Instead of acting on impulse, we pause long enough to learn God's will. Then, instead of resorting to willpower; we relax and reach out to receive help from our Higher Power. All we need to say is 'God, please help me do Your will.'" The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Overeaters Anonymous, p. 26-27
 
There are times where I feel like I'm in a funk; I'm feeling lonely, sad, irritable, restless and not certain what the next steps are in my life. Feelings are a normal part of reality and feeling my feelings doesn't mean I'm going to fall apart (even when at times I feel that is the ultimate outcome). It is during these funks that I wonder what I'm supposed to do next and I spend a huge amount of time trying to figure things out, will them into the way I'd like them to be and then the emotional and spiritual recovery starts to falter. Stopping, taking a deep breath, inviting God in and asking for help is at times all I need to do. He knows what is best, he knows what the plan is and if I stay calm, stay quiet and just be, God will show me what the next right step is. For today I don't have to have all the answers, I don't have to figure it all out, I just have to invite God in and say "please help me."
 
Disclaimer:  The opinions expressed here are those of the individual OA member and do not represent OA as a whole.

February Triad IG Meeting

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February 5, 2011
10:00 amto4:00 pm

 

 

 

Next Triad IG Meeting
Meets February 5, 2011
10 a.m. until concluded

All OA Members are welcome to attend

Lebanon United Methodist Church
237 Idol St
High Point, NC 26272


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God Can!!

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I can't; God can; I think I'll let God! The 12 and 12 of OA p. 19
 
In my years in program I'm learning (most of the time) to turn to God first. When I'm struggling with some person, place, thing or situation and I'm feeling that I'm obsessing, projecting or trying to control I just say "here you go God, take this from me and show me the answer when it's time." Other times it's not my first reaction to turn to God, I obsess, I stew and I worry until my final point of throwing in the towel is then turning to God and letting him take over. Slowly I'm learning to make that my first choice instead of wasting valuable time trying to control, fix or manipulate a situation. And what a relief it is to know that someone else in in charge and that God has the power and the answers. I can pray, hand it over to God and then go play!
 
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Steps 4 & 5 Workshop

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January 29, 2011
1:00 pmto5:00 pm

 

 

 


Main Street United Methodist Church
306 South Main Street
Kernersville, NC
(In the chapel)

Come partake in a down to basics study of two powerful steps necessary to our recovery.
We will listen, learn, share and have fellowship together.
Please bring your Big Book and your Twelve & Twelve of OA.

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Directions:

Take Business I-40 to Exit 14 – South Main Street
From Winston & points west, turn LEFT at the top of the ramp.
From Greensboro & points east, turn RIGHT at the top of the ramp.
Go approximately 1 mile [past the Moravian Church on the left, past Korner's Folly on the right].
Go past Main Street United Methodist and turn LEFT onto Tanyard Lane.
Park in the large lot on the right, adjacent to the church.

If you need a ride, please call someone from your meeting, or send an email through the private yahoo group.