Jan 18

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My thanks to Marilyn L. Davis for this image for doing yet another beautiful job of editing an article I submitted through her to www.fromaddict2advocate (a great place to Guest Blog). I don’t know how she finds such excellent images, but she does, and this one particularly strikes me. To me, it says, “Hands Off!” in a very encouraging way. I recently discovered that I may have been mis-using the word “control.” Until just the other day, I have considered it a synonym for anything being “man-handled” rather than Spirit-led. Consider “justice” which is a noble and glorious goal until it is detoured by the good intentions of human hearts. My husband says that's not control; that it’s more like being oblivious to what is really going on and who is actually running the show. His term for this issue is not “control.” Instead, he calls it “being dense.” Whatever its name, 12-Step recovery has made me hyper-vigilant to guard against it. Powerlessness is (for me) the key that opens the gate to Serenity. When I am able to “Let Go and Let God,” I see more evidence that it is wise to get out of God's Way. It helps me to remember that “I can’t, God can, I need to let Him.” That sentence is (to me) a short form of The Serenity Prayer, and this photograph is an echo of it, encouraging me that I cheering is the Wisdom to know the difference. Chime in if you care to share. Written by Whitney McKendree Moore Read more by Whitney: http://recoveryinthebible.com/

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