ONE YEAR RECOVERY PRAYER DEVOTIONAL
365 DAILY MEDITATIONS TOWARD DISCOVERING YOUR TRUE PURPOSE
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The Twelve Steps for Believers: Where Recovery and Purpose Intersect© [Dr. B’s copyright granted by A.A.]
The Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous
Finding P.U.R.P.O.S.E. through Recovery Steps
How the Twelve Steps for Believers enhance P.U.R.P.O.S.E.
Principle I: Put God First: My primary purpose is to worship God with my life.
Principle II: Understand Biblical Truths about God’s Will: I understand my recovery in the bigger picture of how God is redeeming the world.
Principle III: Rightly Tell My Recovery Story: I turn my past and present over to God to complete my future life’s work.
Principle IV: Pursue Positive Practices to Maintain My Sobriety: I’m fully cooperating with God regarding his unique plan for my life.
Principle V: Opt Out of Self-Sabotaging Methods: I choose to live a life of recovery and purpose now.
Principle VI: Surrender All to Christ My King: When I empty myself of self, I’m able to be and do all God wants.
Principle VII: Experience Heart-Pounding Life Purpose: I’m living in the center of God’s will.
Appendix: Major Topics
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SAMPLES FROM APRIL-MAY-JUNE-JULY…IN 365-DAY RECOVERY PRAYER DEVOTIONAL
PRINCIPLE III: RIGHTLY TELL MY RECOVERY STORY
I turn my past and present over to God to complete my future life’s work.
MY PAST POINTS TO MY FUTURE
April 10: God Works for Good. April 11: Using My Grief. April 12: Tiptoeing through Life. April 13: My Extra Baggage. April 14: My Successes and Accomplishments. April 15: My One-Minute Testimony. April 16: Use All of Me.
April 24: Right, Wrong, Confused, or Missing. April 25: What’s Right in My Life? April 26: What’s Wrong in My Life? April 27: What’s Confused in My Life? April 28: What’s Missing from My Life? April 29: A Do-Over. April 30: Give Me Insight.
A LIFE OF SOBRIETY: STEPS ONE AND TWO
May 1: Living Sober. May 2: Step One: I’m Powerless. May 3: Step One: Seeing Truth. May 4: Step Two: Choosing Sanity. May 5: Step Two: Second Chance. May 6: Rest for the Weary. May 7: My Higher Power.
A LIFE OF SOBRIETY: STEPS FIVE AND SIX
May 15: Becoming Ready. May 16: Step Five: I Admit. May 17: Step Five: Admitting More. May 18: Step Six: Entirely Ready. May 19: Step Six: Removing Defects. May 20: Sifted Like Wheat. May 21: Pressing On.
A LIFE OF SOBRIETY: STEPS NINE AND TEN
May 29: Continuing with Wisdom. May 30: Step Nine: Be Reconciled. May 31: Step Nine: Unfinished Business. June 1: Step Ten: Continue Taking Inventory. June 2: Step Ten: Standing Strong. June 3: Forgiveness. June 4: Guide My Steps.
PRINCIPLE IV: PURSUE POSITIVE PRACTICES TO MAINTAIN MY SOBRIETY
I’m fully cooperating with God regarding his unique plan for my life.
PURE MOTIVES GUIDE ME TO MY PURPOSE
June 26: Things Hidden. June 27: Duplicity. June 28: Hidden Motives. June 29: Right and Wrong Motives. June 30: Payoffs. July 1: Secret Shame. July 2: Authenticity.
HEADING TOWARD MY UNIQUE PURPOSE
July 24: Gratitude, God-Control, and Boundaries. July 25: A Life of Gratitude. July 26: Jesus’ Power and Kindness. July 27: Controlling My Mouth. July 28: Under God-Control. July 29: Boundaries Based on Priorities. July 30: Trusting God.
I pray that you’ll soon find that Jesus has led you to where your sobriety intersects with your intriguing life purpose. You might feel trapped in addiction, wishing instead that you were already living out God’s tremendous plan for your life. You might vaguely remember having a life dream, a longing in your heart for significance, a burden to help others, or a fascination in your soul. Have those dreams vanished? Did life take a wrong turn for you when you got beat up emotionally or physically, you grew weary with worry, your sins were piled higher than your head, or you chose to worship an addictive idol?
Whatever’s transpired, I promise you that God wants to get your attention, as he did with Saul, the atheist and Christian-killer, on the road to Damascus. Just as he loved Saul and all who’ve gone before you with their own hurts, hang-ups, and debilitating habits, God loves you. Just think about Miriam, the gossip and backstabber of her own brother; David, the adulterer and murderer; Martha, the controlling complainer; Zacchaeus, the cheat; Peter, the Christ- denier, and Thomas, the doubter.
This devotional, which deals daily with major recovery themes, will lead you back to the desires of your heart, to your individual purpose, to God’s will and call on your life. Just as God called Noah to build an ark, Abram to go to an undisclosed destination, Sarah to be the mother of nations, Moses to lead his people out of Egypt, and Joshua to cross the river into the Promised Land, he’s called you also to fulfill your own particular destiny. Just as God called John the Baptist to prepare the way for the Lord, Saul to open the eyes of the Gentiles, Peter to feed Christ’s sheep, Mary Magdalene to tell the disciples that Christ was alive, and the apostle John on the island of Patmos to write a book, he’s called you to leave a legacy that only you can leave. God wants to use you to do the One Big Thing that he planted in your heart eons ago.
When you hear your Creator’s call, you have the option of being like Moses, who begged God to send somebody else, or like Jonah, who ran and hid. Or you can be like young Samuel in the Temple, who said to God, “Speak, your servant is listening” (1 Samuel 3:10), or like Isaiah, who said to the Lord, “Here I am. Send me” (Isaiah 6:8).
God adores you. You’re his beloved and the crown in his hand. You’re his child, friend, and masterpiece. He’s your Great Physician, Refuge, Rock, Provider, Protector, and King. Trust him with your life. Lean into Jesus and cry, “Heal me and commission me, Lord—but don’t let me make Purpose my new idol!” And ask God’s Spirit to fall fresh on you, especially as you go through the next 365 days with this devotional.
As founder of Life Purpose Coaching Centers International®, I’ve come to understand two things well: first, that everyone is addicted to something; and second, that God wired human beings to want to know their life purpose, the specific reason they were born. I’m humbled to have had the honor of coaching countless people through recovery to discover and experience God’s magnificent plan for their lives.
During my many years of recovery-to-purpose coaching, I’ve often used an acronym to spell out the word purpose to help remind hurting, broken, and lost people of God’s unique plan for them. So I’ve organized this recovery devotional around the P.U.R.P.O.S.E. Plan. These seven principles start with putting God first and end with experiencing heart-pounding purpose.
THE P.U.R.P.O.S.E. PLAN (Copyright © 2013 by Katie Brazelton)
Principle I: Put God First My primary purpose is to worship God with my life.
Principle II: Understand Biblical Truths about God’s Will I understand my recovery in the bigger picture of how God is redeeming
Principle III: Rightly Tell My Recovery Story I turn my past and present over to God to complete my future life’s
Principle IV: Pursue Positive Practices to Maintain My Sobriety I’m fully cooperating with God regarding his unique plan for my life.
Principle V: Opt Out of Self-Sabotaging Methods I choose to live a life of recovery and purpose now.
Principle VI: Surrender All to Christ My King When I empty myself of self, I’m able to be and do all God wants.
Principle VII: Experience Heart-Pounding Life Purpose I’m living in the center of God’s will.
Each one of us will remain adrift until we’re aligned with God’s masterful designs for our lives. The P.U.R.P.O.S.E. Plan helps those in recovery under- stand that experiencing God’s will is absolutely essential because it moves the focus off all types of addictive behavior to his healthy, invigorating dream for us. In Principle III: Rightly Tell My Recovery Story, I carefully unpack the Twelve Steps for Believers that I created after being inspired by Alcoholic Anonymous’ original Twelve Steps. I did this because those steps, used in a small-group format, have proven themselves an effective tool for helping people in recovery understand and overcome their addictions. The first two weeks of this one-year devotional, January 1 through January 15, give you an overview of how the P.U.R.P.O.S.E. Plan interacts with the Twelve Steps for Believers.
For your convenience, on the following pages you’ll find the Twelve Steps for Believers and the original Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. For a complete list of major topics addressed in this book, see the appendix. My goal is that after you finish using this devotional as a tool toward your recovery, you’ll have everything you need to continue practicing these principles and steps for years to come.
Shy of having Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord, I know of no greater gifts than sobriety, godly relationships, and having a distinct purpose in life. God has assigned you a life message supported by a life verse and also a life mission, which is your passionate ache to serve a certain group of people. My prayer for you is that you’ll feel his hand on your life like never before. I pray that you’ll recover from your present addictive choices and welcome his glori- ous anointing on your future. And I pray blessings on your ordained journey to sobriety and on your divinely ordained, unique purpose—that it will be full of God-honoring perseverance and pure joy.