Today is a new day. Yesterday Mom Schmidt headed back home after 11 days here helping with new baby Tyson. It was great to have her – she was so helpful, but honestly it’s nice to be together as a family with no visitors and distractions. Beck has been having a bit of a hard […]
Archives for January 2015
My Gratitude Journal – Day 64
Later night tonight. I got invited by Brad to go to the BYU basketball game, which started at 9:00… I took caleb with me as a surprise, picked him up after soccer practice. It was fun to surprise him and have a boys night out. I also got to read a great journal entry by […]
How to Make Restitution in Step 9
Day 64 – Step Work RESTITUTION AND RECONCILIATION KEY PRINCIPLE: Wherever possible, make direct restitution to all persons you have harmed. As we moved on to step 9, we were ready to seek forgiveness. Like the repentant sons of Mosiah who went about “zealously striving to repair all the injuries which they had done” (Mosiah […]
How Do I Make Amends?
Day 63 – Step Work SEEKING FORGIVENESS KEY PRINCIPLE: Make a written list of all persons you have harmed and become willing to make restitution to them. Before our recovery, our addictive lifestyles were like a tornado full of destructive energy that cut through our relationships, leaving much wreckage behind. Step 8 was an opportunity […]
What Would My Perfect Day Look Like?
I think I’ve asked and answered this question before, but I think fear of failure or of having unrealistic expectations has held me up in the past from continuing this path of “the perfect day.” So, I’m going to look at it again, especially since it relates to what I’ve learned from the Inner Gold […]
What More Can I Do To Submit My Will To God?
Day 62 – Step Work HUMILITY KEY PRINCIPLE: Humbly ask Heavenly Father to remove your shortcomings. All the steps require humility, but step 7 requires it most explicitly: “Humbly ask Heavenly Father to remove your shortcomings.” The humble heart we developed in step 6 brought us to our knees in step 7 to ask the Lord […]
How Can I Have God Become Everything To Me?
Day 61 – Step Work CHANGE OF HEART KEY PRINCIPLE: Become entirely ready to have God remove all your character weaknesses. After the rigorous emotional and spiritual cleansing of steps 4 and 5, most of us were amazed at the transformation in ourselves. We prayed more intently, pondered the scriptures more regularly, and kept a […]
Why is Confessing Such An Important Part of Addiction Recovery
Day 60 – Step Work CONFESSION KEY PRINCIPLE: Admit to yourself, to your Heavenly Father in the name of Jesus Christ, to proper priesthood authority, and to another person the exact nature of your wrongs. A common characteristic of many who have suffered from addiction is a sense of isolation. Even in a crowd or […]
The Internal Battle of Negative Emotions
This morning has been a bit off for some reason. I had a pretty good sleep last night, Becky and I did the routine of AEIOU’s, but when I woke up today I felt off. I don’t think I had any weird or scary dreams. What I think is happening is I’m either fearful or […]
My Gratitude Journal – Day 57
Today was good. I got back to work and some productivity, although meetings this morning through me off some. I’m grateful to have lived in recovery today. Going to Walmart and the hair cutting place weren’t temptations at all because I was aware of what was potentilla there. I’m grateful for this awareness. I’m grateful […]