SPIRITUAL LIFE SKILLS
Designed for Access To Recovery (ATR) Level 2 and Level 3 outpatient consumers.
Distinctly for adults who want to change unhealthy behaviors.
An attraction for old timers, newcomers and family members seeking faith-based recreation.
Guaranteed to have games, fellowship and relaxation. There will be fun, laughter and excitement.
To offer a Christian, socia,l and educational environment of safety and spiritual enrichment.
Goal: Enhance the recovery community, faith community, and professional community to unite in one voice.
No charge for any ATR services
Footprints Spiritual Life Skills
Week 1 Day 1 Spiritual Reality Faith:
Faith-is the opposite of self-sufficiency Life Recovery Bible (pg. 166)
Hebrews 11:1-What is faith? It is the confident assurance that what we hope for is going to happen.
Hebrews 11:6 So, you see, it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to Him must believe that there is a God and he rewards those who sincerely seek Him.
Week 1 Day 2 Spiritual Reality Faith:
Step Two from the Life Recovery Bible (pg. 1234) Luke 17:6
Faith is a mysterious commodity; Jesus says that if we have faith, real faith, it only takes a small amount to make a big difference. We may be exercising faith without even realizing it. It takes faith to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity. (Step II) It takes faith to work through the steps of the recovery program. It is a comfort to know, that God only needs a tiny bit of faith in order to work in powerful ways.
Week 2 Day 1 Spiritual Reality Prayer:
Prayer -A conversation between two spirits that love each other
Psalms 5:1-3. 1″ 0′ Lord hear me as I pray; pay attention to my groaning. 2″ Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, for I will never pray to anyone but you. 3″ Listen to my voice in the morning, Lord. Each morning I bring my request to you and wait expectantly.
Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous-Steps 3-7 and Step 11 from the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions Book.
Week 2 Day 2 Spiritual Reality Prayer:
Will use Serenity Prayer in its entirety.
II Samuel 7: 18-29 vital steps in any successful recovery program involves recognizing God’s authority in our life and allowing him to direct our plans. In this beautiful prayer, David called God “Lord” no fewer than eleven times. David realized that God was his master and that following God’s will was of utmost importance. By submitting to God’s will and looking to him for help, we will discover the power we need to overcome our difficulties.
Week 3 Day 1 Spiritual Reality Grace:
Grace- is giving us something we don’t deserve- Mercy is not getting what you do deserve.
Romans 6:15 so, since God’s grace has set us free from the law, does this mean we can go on sinning? Of course not!
Week 3 Day 2 Spiritual Reality Grace:
One the most used mottoes in the program of recovery is “But for the grace of God” such statement started with the Apostle Paul as he recognized that without God’s grace he never would have achieved any of his success. We must recognize that any success that we might have in recovery is a gift from God, not our own doing. It does require effort on our part, but we never forget to give God credit, and not attempt to honor ourselves.
I Corinthians 15:10
Week 4 Day 1 Spiritual Reality Fruits of the Spirit:
Fruit of the Spirit – The grace of God has allowed or should allow the gift of the Holy Spirit, to become a part of who I am, and what I would like to become, that being the case. I begin to receive blessings beyond measure. (Discuss first four), love, joy, peace and patience.
Week 4 Day 2 Spiritual Reality Fruits of the Spirit:
These qualities are produced by the Holy Spirit’s work in a life submitted to God. Just as a tree bears fruit by means of God’s silent work in nature, we experience these fruits of the Spirit by means of God’s power alone. (Discuss last five), kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control
Week 5 Day 1 Spiritual Reality Discipleship:
Discipleship -usually refers in the Bible to moral training, which includes the positive aspect of instruction and the negative aspect of correction, sometimes punitive. The result of receiving discipline with humility is wisdom and a satisfying, successful life.
(Proverbs 4:13; 5:23; 10:17; 13:18).
Week 5 Day 2 Spiritual Reality Discipleship:
Discipleship is a by-product of support and fellowship in recovery.
We must understand the fact that there are no big I’s or little Me’s as we walk this spiritual journey.
The Bible states in Matthew 10:24 “The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord.
Week 6 Day 1 Spiritual Reality Miracles:
Miracles -events which unmistakably involve an immediate and powerful action of God designed to reveal His character or purpose.
Jesus and John the Baptist-( Matthew 11:2-6) a Jesus calms the storm (Luke 8:22-25)
Week 6 Day 2 Spiritual Reality Miracles:
In Step Two of the 12 and 12 there is a statement “Just resign from the debating society and quit bothering yourself with such deep questions as whether it was the hen or the egg that came first” Only when a person can have such an open mind will God give them the spiritual vision to see miracles.
The Bible shows that many had seen the miracles of Jesus, but many were afraid of public options. St. John 3:2 “The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher corn from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest except God be with him.”
Week 7 Day 1 Spiritual Reality Seven Deadly Sins:
Seven Deadly Sins-.Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions pg. 948
Seven deadly sins are those transgressions which are fatal to spiritual progress. You probably commit some of them everyday without thinking about the rich tradition of eternal damnation in which you’re participating.
Pride – Is excessive belief in one’s own abilities. (Daniel 5:1-6)
Envy -Is the desire for other’s traits, status, abilities, or situation. (Jealousy) (Nehemiah 4:1-4)
Gluttony – Is an inordinate desire to consume more than that which one requires. (Amos 6:4)
Lust -Is an inordinate craving for the pleasures of the body. (Colossians 3:5)
Week 7 Day 2 Spiritual Reality
Seven Deadly Sins:
Conclusion of the seven deadly sins
Ange r- Most easily defined as a feeling or emotion tied to extreme displeasure. Proverbs 12:16 & 20:22
Greed – Is the desire for material wealth or gain. Greed is self-seeking and shows little or no concern for others. Proverbs 27:20 & 23:4-5.
Sloth -In its simplest terms, is laziness, it allows an individual to cry or complain about a certain situation, while avoiding personal responsibility. Proverbs 16:9 & 24:30-34.
Week 8 Day 1 Spiritual Reality
Service -Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to others and to practice these principles in all our affairs. Life Recovery Bible (pg. 1195).
Work done for other people or for God and the worship of God.
Week 8 Day 2 Spiritual Reality
In Tradition Five the first line gives one of the best definition of service “Shoemaker, stick to thy last” Yes it is better to do one thing exceptionally well than to make a mess out of many task. Our primary goal is to take this program and the word of Jesus Christ to everyone. We understand that by sharing the program of recovery we ourselves obtain the benefits of continued sobriety.
We can study many scriptures on Service in the Bible in Galatians 5:13 it makes is very simplistic “For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.