First ARP meeting
By maddy
5/29/2011 10:58:35 PM
I went tonight. I went partially because I wanted to talk to the missionaries that run it and request a spouse support group. Guess what the first announcement at the beginning of the meeting was? Yep. They are starting one.

I didn't know what to expect. I was terrified to go because my husband attends and I haven't spoke to him about anything other than the kids in a week. I didn't think I could open up with him there. I told my self it was ok to just sit there.

I did talk a little and it felt really good. I was scared.... and so I just said I was scared. I shared a little about my unhealthy need to define myself based off what others think of me. I TOTALLY don't understand the 12 steps so I have a lot of homework to do. I loved how supportive everyone was. I felt really peaceful when I left. I also was able to open up a little to my husband on the drive home.

It was a good experience. I am going to go back.


"Way to go Maddy. You took a courageous step tonight, not only to help yourself, but to help your husband. You will find incredible strength through the words read and spoken at ARP meetings. I look forward each week to going. I have learned so much about myself and my own issues in the few I have attended. You will be a strength to others! Keep being courageous and moving forward."
posted at 23:05:17 on May 29, 2011 by rachp
Answer to prayer.    
"Our men's meeting was so powerful tonight that it was definitely a burning in the bosom night."
posted at 22:59:10 on June 1, 2011 by 3R's

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