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Lets Do This

Here we go. My name is Kip Shubert and I am a recovering alcoholic. I am so excited to share what God has and is doing in my life. My purpose is to bring a hope of recovery, not just from addiction, but to anyone who has experienced hopelessness and hardships in life. Through my experiences, my successes, and my failures I hope to help guide others to the path God has set me on – Serenity Road! Lets do this!

One thing I have seen in recovery is that it works different for everyone. What works best for one may not work the best for another. We are brought together by the common bond of addiction and the awesome thing is our recovery journey’s are all unique, however, in such a way that we all can learn from one another. The most important aspect of my recovery has been my relationship with God. The urge to drown life in a bottle was taken from me by the grace of God. His desire for me to fulfill my purpose once I became honest, open-minded, and willing replaced the void filled by alcohol. Once the desire to drink was lifted I had to learn to think, act, and live in a way that to me was the polar opposite of the way my life had always been. AA, its fellowship, and growing spiritually is the way it works for me.

Through my growing relationship with my higher power I have been shown that acceptance is the cornerstone to my recovery. The second paragraph on pg. 417 in the Big Book has been a go to for me. Acceptance is the answer to all of my problems today, is something I say daily and family and friends have come to expect. It is the key that helps to keep me in a place of true serenity. I learned to just accept things, people, and situations around me for being exactly the way the were in the moment. The saying, it is what it is, rings true for me. Now I see obstacles as challenges and opportunities for growth. In every aspect throughout my day I try to see only what I can do since that is what I control. I try to always do the next right thing and do all things out of love. I break down what each day brings me in that simple way and it really is that simple, I am learning. It hasn’t been easy and I have to practice it every day but, besides my God and my support group, it is the most important thing to living a happy sober life.

So when life happens, and it will, I focus on acting and reacting out of love and honesty one day at a time. I trust in God that things are as they should be today and as I focus on what I need to do to be the best me, promises just continue to come true in my life. Acceptance with a sober perception helps me to see what is real, as my spirituality combined with action keeps me on solid footing in recovery. Its the solid foundation to my journey down Serenity Road.

12 Comments

  1. Jeff Jeff

    Kip, Selfishness is at the core of being human. Only through God’s grace can we remove the shackles of thinking self first. It is very difficult and humbling to put yourself out there and share intimate feelings with strangers. For that you can be thankful. Remember you have a family and friends praying for you as you pray for yourself. For all have sinned and all have the same recovery required as you. We just are challenged in different ways and means. May this journey and the healing continue. God Bless

    • Serenity Road Serenity Road

      Thank you Jeff, You are so right, it is truly a way of life and means to live correctly aligned in Gods will, irregardless of whatever our sin, past, or recovery may be, Thanks again for your comment.

    • Serenity Road Serenity Road

      Hey Pat. Good to hear from you. Let me know when you are in Oklahoma again and I will catch ya at a meeting.

  2. What a strong message. I have experienced peace and serenity but like you alluded, it’s not a trophy or a single victory; I’ve found it a lifelong pursuit. It’s taken me a while to seek the middle ground (my serenity road) no longer seeking extreme highs and grandiosity while being plauged by bouts of depression and psychosis. I found more joy today skiing with my 3 year old (for example) than I did in the best of my ‘war stories.’ Thank you, Kip. I got to end my night with a real strong message.

    • That is awesome to hear you enjoy the little miracles that are around us each day. The more we grow in sobriety and the closer we get to God those highs and lows become less extreme and the serenity gets more pure. The cool thing is the highs and lows are still there we are just better equipped to cope because we are learning how to live life happy, free, and sober.

  3. Kathy Kathy

    Acceptance is such a simple word and thought but the actual daily practice in my recovery has been absent without the love and support of the steps, my sponsor and shared experiences of others on their journey. Above all, acceptance has been nonexistent and impossible without faith in God and a humility like I’ve never known. Thank you so much Kip for giving of yourself. You have said many things that have given me hope when I didn’t have much and I’m grateful for that! God bless you!

    • Hey Kathy, good to hear from you. You know we keep at it a day at a time and with each day a new way to think and live takes over the old. We just have to be willing to let go of everything that keeps us connected to that person we once were. Keep at it and here if ya need me. We will catch up soon.

  4. I am so proud of you! Looking forward to seeing how God uses you! Grace and Peace and blessings to you!

  5. Rebecca Bauder Rebecca Bauder

    I needed to see this tonight. Thanks Shubert.

    • Hope it helped. If you need anything be sure and let me know.

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