Today’s entry is re-posted from The Beggar’s Bakery. We curated a post from this wonderful blog about a year ago, and even though author Jana Greene writes from a Christian perspective, we feel we have an affinity with her. Regardless of how you define God, we think you will enjoy this article. You may read the original post here.

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Be Still and Know that You’re Not God (Whew – What a relief!)

By Jana Greene


“Be still and know that I am God.” – God

Yeah, but it’s HARD to be still!

Sometimes it’s almost unfortunate that our Creator has endowed us with this thing called “free will.”Free will has gotten me into a lot of jams.

God, if you knew me, you totally wouldn’t trust me to me.

You know, the will that keeps telling you that you don’t have a disease called addiction.

That you can stop anytime you want.

That you have a plan and it looks like doing what you’ve always done.

But if nothing changes, nothing changes.

Recovery in real time doesn’t look like a baby-steppable feat, but a free fall. Every single day, I surrender my will to my Father’s, because I know he only has my best interest at heart.

Every single day, I don’t drink today. No matter what happens, I don’t have to take a drink on this very day.

And tomorrow, I will wake up and surrender my free will again, just for tomorrow.

Bite-sized pieces, you see. Bite off enough recovery today to nourish yourself today. Then free fall into the love of a very real Father.

So often we try to do the opposite. Bite off more than we can chew by declaring we can never, ever drink again and poor pitiful us! And we chase it with ‘babystepping’ just to make it through the day.

This is not the life your Father desires for you!

You don’t fail God when you fail, dear one! That’s an old trick of the enemy. He wants you to feel like a failure. Don’t give that rat bastard the pleasure.

Instead, surround yourself with other people whose free wills are also prone to malfunction. Find as many as you can and watch what they do to just NOT drink. Take what you need and leave the rest, as they say in the Rooms.

Here’s the thing – God totally does know you. He isn’t tolerating you and your janky free will. He is madly and passionately in love with you, in all of your jankyness. He gave us free will so that when we choose to receive His love, it comes from us mind, body, and soul.

Be still and trust in His perfect will for you….

That He has only your best interest at heart.

That He knows you intimately and loves the bejeebers out of you JUST AS YOU ARE.

That He has the most amazing adventures for you to enjoy, and to enjoy SOBER so that you can be mindful of the  miracles as they unfold.

If you can’t be still and know that He is God, be mad that He is God. Let Him know that you relinquish trying to push Him out of a job, and if you can manage it, surrender your will to Him.

You’ve got this, daughter of the Most High, because He has YOU.




I Am Not My Higher Power

8 thoughts on “I Am Not My Higher Power

  • March 23, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    What a powerful article. Thanks so much!

  • March 23, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    I love the concept of “Bite off enough recovery today to nourish yourself today.” That is such a different mindset than the the one I had in my addicted mode – that was one of more, more, stockpile, stash, hoard, grab for tomorrow but oh well, have it now. But I have to agree with Jana – enough for one day at a time feels just right today.

  • March 24, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    Good stuff there!!

  • March 24, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    God is love. Just look around you he created the trees,moon,sun, animals, us and so much more. This world we live in is not what he wanted for us. One verse in the bible that says love your neighbor as you would love yourself. If all the people everywhere did this wouldn’t we have peace. God is my higher power. Look how his only begotten son died for “our sins” and yet we sin everyday. What is wrong with that picture. Without God in my life always I wouldn’t be typing this right now.

    • March 26, 2017 at 9:08 pm

      I definitely see that there are signs in our world today that love is being overridden by fear. I equate the word “sin” with “mistakes” and I know that through sobriety, and through the steps, I have learned to own my mistakes, do my best to make amends, and use that discomfort to avoid the same mistakes in the future. Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me…


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