From the June 2014 magazine.

Too Many Beds

All this newcomer wanted was something to sleep on. Be careful what you pray for

When I first came into AA, I walked away from a marriage of almost 20 years because I didn’t know how to stay in the marriage and also stay sober. I got my own apartment but had very limited funds, so I slept on a mat on the floor. One old-timer told us newcomers to make our bed every day, so I arranged my sheets neatly over my floor-mat each morning.

There were so many things I wanted, such as dishes, furniture and a TV. Above all, I wanted my children, ages 13 and 15, to forgive me for leaving home. So I began praying for help with my children. And I also prayed for a bed.

-- LaVonne C.

Houston, Texas

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