My Journey Through the 12 Steps

As this blog encompasses my journey through the 12 steps, many of my posts are about the 12 steps (and many are just about my life, recovery, and healing). Here are my posts for each of the 12 steps. Arranged and organized into easy access for you!

Introduction to the 12 steps

Step 1: Honesty
Key Principle: Admit that you, of yourself, are powerless to overcome your addictions (or in the spouses's case, substitute addiction with your own words. Mine are anger, anxiety, stress, insecurities, grief) and that your life has become unmanageable.
Honesty: Part 1
Honesty: Part 2
Honesty: Part 3
Honesty: Part 4

Step 2: Hope
Key Principle: Come to believe that the power of God can restore you to complete spiritual health.
Hope: Part 1
Hope: Part 2
Hope (just for fun)
Hope: Part 3
Hope: Part 4

Step 3: Trust in God
Key Principle: Decide to turn your will and your life over to the care of God the Eternal Father and His Son, Jesus Christ.
Trust: Part 1
Broken and Starting to Trust Again
Trust: Part 2
Testimony and Trust
Jack's Guest Post about Trust
My Experience with Step 3

Step 4: Truth
Key Principle: Make a searching and fearless written moral inventory of yourself.
Truth: Part 2
Writing an Inventory

Step 5: Confession
Key Principle: Admit to yourself, to your Heavenly Father in the name of Jesus Christ, to proper priesthood authority, and to another person the exact nature of your wrongs.
Confession: Part 1
Step 5 and Isolation
"My Peace I Give Unto You"

Step 6: Change of Heart
Key Principle: Become entirely ready to have God remove all your character weaknesses.
Intro to Step 6
Experiencing a Change of Heart
Things I am Trying to Change
Opposition to my Change of Heart
Christ Can Carry Me
Working on Overcoming Weakness
Giving Up My Will

Step 7: Humility
Key Principle: Humbly ask Heavenly Father to remove your shortcomings.
Reflections on the Road to Recovery
Humility: Part 1
"I Seek Not Mine Own But the Will of the Father"
Humility: Part 2
Humility, Strength, and Understanding
Humility is a Choice
Expectations and Humility
A Prayer for Humility: and the Aftermath
Weakness and Change. And PMS

Step 8: Seeking Forgiveness
Key Principle: Make a written list of all persons you have harmed and become willing to make restitution to them.
Let's Get Those Work Boots On
Cleaning the Wreckage
I Want to Be a Disciple of Christ

Step 9: Restitution and Reconciliation
Key Principle: Wherever possible, make direct restitution to all persons you have harmed.
The Love Dare
Grace, Light, Love
All other Love Dare posts call under step 9. To read more about the Love Dare, click on Love Dare under the labels.

Step 10: Daily Accountability
Key Principle: Continue to take personal inventory, and when you are wrong, promptly admit it.
Accountability to Godly Principles
Soul-Searching Through Step 10

Step 11: Personal Revelation
Key Principle: Seek through prayer and meditation to know the Lord's will and to have the power to carry it out.
An Almost Separation
Another Big Change and Leap of Faith
An Unexpected Lesson Learned

Step 12: Service
Key Principle: Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, share this message with others and practice these principles in all you do.

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