Today has been a good day. I had a really fun morning on a bike ride with Rory S. We went up Payson Canyon on the Loafer Trail. It was an 8 mile ride round trip – 4 miles up hill and 4 miles down.
At about the 3/4 point we were going down a technical part pretty fast and my back tire hit a tree stump, causing my tire to pop high in the air. The first thing that hit the ground was my helmet, right on the right side. I’m pretty sure that if I wasn’t wearing it, I wouldn’t be writing this stuff right now. I’m feeling good now but it was quite the ordeal. Luckily my bike and body are doing ok.
After I got home from the bike ride, I got a call from my good friend Mo here in my ward. He had questions about website stuff. After that we went to lunch at The Trolley. He’s a great guy and I really like he and his family.
Tonight I’m going to study about submitting my will to God. As is tradition, I went to the home page of LDS.org and found this scripture (Eph. 4:11-15):
11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
I like how it talks about how we “be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;”
This is addiction. This is what men do to confuse and deceive.
I found this too (James 4:7-8)
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
How do I draw nigh to God?
Drawing nigh to God, to me, means saying my personal prayers, reading the scriptures, writing in my journal, and asking for God’s help throughout the day as I work on my recovery one day at a time.
I hope I can make a checklist of things I can do every day to Draw Nigh to God. If I did, it would look like this:
- Say my personal prayers (kneeling and out loud)
- Say couple prayers
- Read from the addiction recovery manual
- Study the scriptures that apply to the step I’m working on
- Write in my journal
- Serve someone else
- Read from a good book
- Say my personal prayers throughout the day
- Write in my journal at night (what I’m grateful for)
- Read the Book of Mormon with the kids
- Read the Book of Mormon with Becky
- Do our AEIOUY’s
- Say our couple prayers
- Say my personal prayers
- Early to bed, early to rise
Today here’s what I’m grateful for:
- Waking up early
- Getting some work done
- Saying a prayer before going biking
- I was wearing a helmet, which may have saved my life
- Going biking with Rory
- Having a meeting with Mo
- Getting quite a bit of work done after my lunch appointment
- Getting to babysit the kids
- Having the house clean when Becky got home
- Taking time to write and read
I look forward to another day of recovery.