“Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood him.”
As an adult, I have lived a mostly Hyper Vigilant life with a compulsive overeating disorder and ONLY because of the OA meetings here in Arkansas and the OA Angels that attend the meetings, have I come to a better understanding of how I became a Compulsive Overeater and how I was in complete denial before OA. I am an Adult Child of an Alcoholic. I learned as a child how to survive my alcoholic father by lying to adults around me, raising a baby sister with my twin while trying to protect my Mother, and sometimes being left alone for weeks.
I began my OA journey by just attending meetings and listening to the profound sharing from other OA Angels. Through their stories of experience, strength and hope, I began to look within myself, especially my character defects and how I myself had been the cause of so much misery as I had been unable to connect within deeply, before OA meetings. One day, after a meeting, another OA Angel approached me and offered to be my Sponsor!! I had prayed to my HP to please lead me to the right person and my prayers were answered. I have been working with her weekly on an hour phone call weekly l and I am proud to say we are working on Step 3.
MADE A DECISION TO TURN OUR WILL AND OUR LIVES OVER TO GOD AS WE UNDERSTOOD HIM. This step for me has been about TRUST and knowing that I can safely turn my will and my life over to HP and get out of the misery of thinking that I am in charge and can handle everything myself. I cannot, which is why my life became unmanageable and the Compulsive Overeating was killing me slowly but surely. I feel hope and deep gratitude for OA and all who have led me to this point.
I am in the process of unraveling from within, always thinking I was in control and through the program, my sponsor, the OA Angels that surround me in unconditional love, support and fellowship, I am healing, of which I am forever grateful. I am on my new journey to complete Abstinence and growth. I want to be able to become a Sponsor someday and offer service to this wonderful organization which has been such a blessing to me.