The last few steps of this journey are:
Step 8: Seeking Forgiveness: for me that was me learning first how to forgive myself and then as I continued to grow how to forgive those whose actions or words hurt me.
To this day I finding myself seeking forgiveness and trying to be more Christ like with those around me.
Step 9: Restitution and Reconciliation: 1998 the year I took care of my poppers was my step 9
Step 10: Daily Accountability: For many years I was one who pointed my finger outwards.
The day I learned to point that finger inwards was a hard day; but each day since I am responsible for my actions, my words and my mess ups which believe me are many and it is up to me to apologize when I have stepped out of line. No one else is accountable for my actions or deeds.
The Spirit has given me some strong reminders of that.
Step 11: Personal Revelation: I have had many over the years but the thought I want to share here and now is this. Step 11 is the reason I became a nurse and it is my greatest blessing when things start going awry. How grateful I am that "I have ears to hear."
Finally my most favorite Step
Step 12: Service
I love these words found in Mosiah:
"And behold, I tell you these things that ye may learn wisdom; that ye may learn that when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God."
As I was driving home tonight this song started playing on the Christian radio station I listen to:
I love the lyrics!! Each time I hear it I'm singing along with heart a pounding because I too:
My greatest joy has come from serving others.
I look back at the woman I was when I started this journey in 96 not having a clue how my life would be changed.
I look at the woman I have become and I am excited to meet the woman I have yet to meet.
This 12 step journey for me continues and will continue because it has been my greatest adventure in truly coming to know me and coming to the realization not only am a Child of God but I truly do have a Divine Nature and Destiny.
What a wonderful day it will be on that day when we stand in those royal courts on high and look into
"Her eyes and behold Her countenance, any question you ever had about the role of women in the kingdom will evaporate into the rich celestial air, because at that moment you will see standing directly inf front you your Divine Nature and Destiny."
(Glen L Pace 2010)``````````