Sunday, February 04, 2007

a blogger theme this weekend... gratitude!

By the Grace of God, I am what I am... 1 Corinthians 15:10

I recall the relief I felt when I finally accepted the fact that I was/am an alcoholic and drug addict. For so long, I didn't know what the hell I was so it felt good to finally be something! Today, I am grateful for God's Grace which led me to the realization of who and what I am. God made me this way, and all His Works are Good so, I simply have to find the Good in me. I believe that today, my purpose is to live a sober, peaceful life of service to God and those around me, especially other alcoholics. If He would've wanted me to solve the problems of the world He would've made me a great politician. If He wanted me to fix the people around me, He would've made me Dr. Phil, lol.

I am getting a theme from the blogs I've visited this morning.. I think HP/God/JC is asking me to share a bit of gratitude.. After all, if I am going to help others, I had better be ready to share that which has freely been given me.

AA/Sobriety/12 Steps- my sobriety is/has to be #1.. I am truly grateful to be an alcoholic!

a growing relationship with HP/JC/God- my faith journey has somehow against my better judgement) brought me to the doorway to the Catholic Church. I have begrudgingly entered and found a beautiful faith, perfect in origin but human in it's daily practice. I am excited to be growing in that faith...

my wife- we've been having a time of it for quite some time now... I try to keep the focus on my part but as a human, male, alcoholic, it's not always easy to do that. I am grateful that God brought her to me/me to her and that I have this special lady to share my life with. With all the difficulties, we really do "get" each other and I think we'll grow together, in spite of one another...

my son- what can I say about Ian, he is my light, ym insanity, part of us, given to us by God when all we were asking for was a puppy. Thank God He doesn't listen to our specific requests when fulfilling His Will in our lives. He and I have spent the entire weekend together for mommy's sake and had had a ball! I am glad I came home early Fri to get an early start on hangin' out!

our doggie- Cosmo is just awesome, what can I say? Yeah her Parson Russell Terrier bark cuts through my skull like a laser, but she's just such an awesome lil critter!

bloggage- I am so grateful to have y'all in my life today, my recovery will never be the same, having made so many good friends on here. I am grateful for the new ones I have met just in the past couple weeks, Nettie, Pam, mAAry AAne, Judy

God's musical gift- I love being able to play my horn again. It has taken a loooong time to get right with the fact that I threw away a bright musical career for drugs and alcohol. In fact, I am getting back into teaching again... Thanks HP!

the new business- things have been a struggle this winter but I feel like I am doing the right things, I am keeping after it and I am sure that whatever God has in store will be great.

peace of mind- while I have been a bit less peaceful lately than in past months, I am grateful for the serenity that comes with the faith that God/HP/JC will take good care of me no matter what. All I have to do is try to do my best, seek His Will and do the next right thing.

there's plenty more in my life that I could share but I have to wrap this up and get moving...


Prayer for the day...

God/HP/JC see above :-) Please help me to stay sober today and to remember that everything isn't about me. Thank You for making me the person I am. There was a tie where I would've had some ideas on how we could've improved the original design but today I accept me just how You made me. God, I ask Your Blessings and Will in the lives of Nettie, Shannon and her dad, all our troops and their families, all the drunks still out there, for my sponsee who went back out there, for our lives and my family. I pray too, that I am open to receiving Your Word this morning in Mass.


peace to y'all!

8 comments:

lushgurl said...

It seems that good old HP knows what He's doing... I guess I'll LET HIM do his thing in my life today!!! In the program I have found that "Letting go and letting God" IS the easier softer way :)

Rex said...

Awwww....life is good huh?

Inmatez Wife said...

What an inspirational blog. You really have an outright honest way about your writting. It is nice to read. Congrats on your recovery--it is a blessing indeed.
http://memoirsofaimateswife.blogspot.com/

Gwen said...

That is fantastic you are back into your music and teaching to boot! Life really is good sober. Happy Sunday ;)

Pam said...

Oh how I needed to read a gratitude list tonight....thank you mi amigo.

dAAve said...

Very nice post, McScott.

Mary Christine said...

Gratitude is contagious. Thanks for infecting me.

CactusFreek said...

Being grateful is very important, because it ends the victim mentality :o)