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A Study of Step 3

The 12 Steps of A.A. and Al-Anon


Updated February 11, 2014

A lifetime of self-will run riot can come to a screeching halt, and change forever, by making a simple decision to turn it all over to a higher power.

Step 3
Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
Many members of Alcoholics Anonymous and Al-Anon Family Groups and other 12-step programs find a new way of life by "working" the spiritual program found within the steps.

Although that journey begins when they first walk into the rooms, real recovery begins when a decision is made to "let go" of living their lives their way, and turning it over to a power greater than themselves.

Many of us who have found recovery through the 12 steps, are amazed to find that as soon as we sincerely take that Step 3, a loving God as we understand Him does actually begin to "care for our lives" in miraculous ways. The key to releasing that power is found in the previous step -- believing that it can and will happen.

The only requirement to change from living a life outside of God's will to one that is guided by the will of God, and place our lives in the hands of a higher power is a simple decision to allow it to happen!

Here are some wonderful stories visitors to the bulletin board here at the Alcoholism site have shared on turning their lives over to God, as our study of the 12 Traditions and 12 Steps continues:

More about Step 3

Opening the Door
"God had never closed the door on me, I was the one who kept closing the door on God."

Key for Living
"God was waiting for me to trust and honor him, he smoothes my way each day."

Learning and Growing
"Step 3 has shown me how to take those beliefs of God, put them into action, and how to use God in my life."

Give Him the Reigns
"It means to turn your life over, having enough courage to admit that the other life was going nowhere and seeking the real guide of our lives."

Still Growing
"It was the message I needed to get me through that moment. Not only was I still growing, but so was the other person."

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