Dallas Refers to the twelve step program as a life saving program. I couldn’t agree more. I thought it would be appropriate to review them as part of my last several blogs. (Types of addictions and A very personal story). I have linked some of my own blog posts to some of the steps as an illustration of how God can move us through these steps.
2) Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves (the Lord Jesus Christ) could restore us to sanity. (Learning to pray)
4) Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves. (My friend remorse)
5) Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
7) Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings. (On Becoming less dragonish)
8) Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
9) Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
10) Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
11) Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out. (On the spiritual disciplines and Growing up spiritually)
12) Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these Steps, we tried to carry this message to other addicts, and to practice these principles in all our affairs. (A very personal story, Expecto Patronum, Living our faith…whatever that may be)
I went through this process initially with God alone, eventually allowing my husband to walk with me. I did not have a support group so I believe the whole process took longer than it needed to. I believe that the Holy Spirit led me through each step when I was not even aware of the twelve step program. I looked it up after the fact, and I am sorry to say that I have not blogged about each and every step. I hope some of this information is helpful to you if you are struggling with a spiritual stronghold in your own life.