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Six Weeks Sober and Alma 50
By stayingclean
3/28/2013 11:00:07 AM
"And now it came to pass that Moroni did not stop making preparations for war..."

After six weeks of staying clean, I have found that the key is more than exerting superhuman forms of strength to resist prn/mb. It is about preparing and planning. Moroni "did not stop" in his efforts to protect the cities and combat the Lamanites. In Alma 50, he dug ditches, erected tall timbers, and framed it with pickets that would no doubt impale unwary Lamanites if they managed to pass the first two lines of defense. On top of that he erected towers to protect them from stones and arrows.

To what extent do we make preparations for the personal battlefields we must face every day? Do we just dig a few ditches and hope for the best, or do we go "whole hog" and build all lines of defense possible thus demonstrating to the Lord that we are doing all that we can do? I am sure what Moroni and his soldiers did was HARD WORK, just as everything we must do is HARD and its WORK.

Each day I prepare myself mentally and emotionally as well as spiritually. What are my pitfalls? What do I need to say away from? How can I best protect myself from temptation through arming myself spiritually?

Comments:

Yeah, you've got that right...    
"It IS a lot of hard work! But we are making a better way of life. A happier way of life.

You figuring out the answers to your questions?"
posted at 18:25:22 on April 1, 2013 by g1rlie
Answers to my questions    
"Yes, it is working for me. I am now 50 days sober."
posted at 11:06:33 on April 4, 2013 by stayingclean
Staying aware    
"Couldn't agree more. It takes preparation and diligence to stay aware and foresee when challenges might arise and what you will do in those cases, and knowing what your role is and what God's role is in the whole thing. It takes time to develop, but if we can set up our defenses and develop the right habits, we'll be ready for anything!

I've got a blog post that I kind of talk about a similar thing:
http://recovery-gdodaat.blogspot.com/2013/03/surviving-changes.html />
Good luck and keep it going!"
50 days is awesome....woo    
"me too. I have 51 days. woo. And it is HARD WORK AND I DON'T LIKE HARD WORK. i'M trying to play opposite now in my life....."
posted at 01:04:57 on April 5, 2013 by marie sober


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