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JULY 4,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

JULY 4,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
Inspiration From “This Spirit Touch”:
“At some time, perhaps in a more moderate way, nearly everyone has experienced this spirit touch of God, the fleeting feeling of insight, love, joy, and ‘The world is right.’ Once, I thought that only unusual circumstances made these moments possible. Actually, I now think, they are forecasts of what one can have if one is willing to take the time and make the effort. Peace, love, and joy can be sought through quiet thinking and honest prayer. The wholeness, the new awareness, that is produced affects one’s relationship with God and man to a degree greater than would seem possible in ordinary life.”
1973 AAWS Inc. 
Came to Believe, 30th printing 2004, pg. 65
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VERNON HOWARD
It is a true miracle when a man finally
sees himself as his only opposition.
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The Serenity Prayer
 
God grant me the serenity to
Accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And the Wisdom to know the difference.
We were now at Step Three.
 Many of us said to our Maker, as we understood Him:
“God, I offer myself to Thee – to build with me and to do with me as Thou wilt. Relieve me of the 
bondage of self, that I may better do Thy will. Take away my difficulties, that victory over them 
may bear witness to those I would help of Thy Power, Thy Love, and Thy Way of life. May I do Thy 
will always!”
We thought well before taking this step making sure we were ready; that we could at last abandon 
ourselves utterly to Him. 
Seventh Step Prayer
-The Seventh Step Prayer is from page 76. The Big Book
   When ready, we say something like this:
“My Creator, I am now willing that you should have all of me, good and bad. I pray that you now 
remove from me every single defect of character which stands in the way of my usefulness to you 
and my fellows. Grant me strength, as I go out from here, to do your bidding. Amen.”
We have then completed Step Seven.
-(Both derived from page 86 in the Big Book)
St Francis Prayer
-From Chapter 11 of “Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions”
“Lord, make me a channel of they peace,
that where there is hatred, I may bring love;
that where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness;
that where there is discord, I may bring harmony
that where there is error, I may bring truth;
that where there is doubt, I may bring faith;
that where there is despair, I may bring hope;
that where there are shadows, I may bring light;
that where there is sadness, I may bring joy.
Lord, grant that I may seek rather to comfort than to be comforted;
to understand, than to be understood;
to love, than to be loved.
For it is by self-forgetting that one finds.
It is by forgiving that one is forgiven.
It is by dying that one awakens to Eternal Life.”                        
St. Francis Assisi (1182-1228).
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The universe must exist for the self-expression
of God and the delight of God.
Ernest Holmes
I was asked to share meeting and I studied 
for two weeks on the talk and it turned out 
to be the Salvation Army in the other sobriety
there was three weeks. I had thought it was 
the old timers. 
Anonymous 
The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.
H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
Listen! Clam up your mouth and be silent like an oyster shell, for that tongue of yours is the enemy of the soul, my friend. When the lips are silent, the heart has a hundred tongues.
RUMI
 
ACIM Workbook Lesson 154 Insights
“I am among the ministers of God.”
This lesson makes a point that is also made several times in the Text: To know I have received, I need to give. To experience peace, I must give peace. To feel loved, I must love. To know my innocence, I must see innocence.
 
My experience has proved this to me many times. I have experienced the blessing of peace as I held the awareness of peace for a troubled brother. Sometimes that peace was magnified even more as I saw my brother accept the peace as his own.
 
Being a minister of God is a daily practice, a way of being. It is not a title, but a mindset of receiving His messages and giving them as directed. My job is to keep my mind open and follow His lead. The holy Teacher in my mind always guides towards blessing.
 
Reminding myself throughout the day that I am among the ministers of God helps me remember my purpose in all my doing. The truly meaningful purpose is to use all my doing as a means of giving God’s loving message of peace, happiness and safety to everyone. To do that, I need to hold the awareness in my mind of my own peace and happiness and safety that comes from my union with my Creator.
 
As I go through my busy doing today, I ask the Holy Spirit’s help in reminding me, moment by moment that I am here to see only innocence, to offer only Love and to reach out in peace to everyone who comes to mind or whom I encounter through the day. As I do this, I become more and more aware of God’s generous unlimited blessings. And more and more I accept that I am free.
 
When we join with the Holy Spirit, we cannot help but become ministers of God. The Holy Spirit is the bridge that returns us to the awareness of our true Identity as part of Universal Love. The Holy Spirit has one focus, one goal, and that is to return our minds to freedom, to the truth. We have become enslaved by our beliefs. We have lost awareness of our Identity. This need not be.
 
Being willing to join with the Holy Spirit is our salvation. The Holy Spirit is always there in our minds, waiting for us to give It our full attention. The Holy Spirit will show us that there is no opposite to Love, there is no opposite to our Oneness in God. The Holy Spirit will communicate how to be helpful in this world in a way that brings us and our brothers and sisters back to the awareness of Love’s Presence.
 
We are all ministers of God. When we wake up to that fact is when we start opening to the Holy Spirit and following His lead in all we think, we say and do.
 
It is so easy to lose sight of the difference between humility and arrogance. The true meanings are so different from the ego meanings we have given them. There is a temptation to say who do I think I am to think of myself as a minister of God? Who do I think I am to think I have anything to offer?
 
If it is my ego that is offering and trying to minister then I do have reason to doubt. I am relieved to do this lesson today, to be reminded that it is not my ego in charge; it is Holy Spirit who is guiding me, sending me where I am needed, using me to serve the awakening. My only responsibility is my willingness to serve and my willingness to join with Holy Spirit.
 
 
I make my very life a meditation on God’s presence as I remember who I am throughout the day — going about my daily tasks knowing that God goes with me because I am one with Him. Each small moment becomes grand because I align my will with God’s Will for me. Each small task becomes productive for the highest good. Each small sharing coming from the Voice for God through me shouts God’s presence in the world.
 
All this I do from Love and Love will change the world I see. As Love changes the world I see, so will others see it. Each small moment, one at a time, becomes a gift of precious sharing, freely received, freely given, from one to one. In each small moment, the beauty of Love unfolds. Today I listen with gratitude. Today I share what I hear. Today I love all I see. Today I am one with God in all I do and I am free to be Me.
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Paramahansa Yogananda
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Ron Richey
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