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Lifeline, OA’s international magazine, serves as an indispensable “meeting-on-the-go.” Since 1962, when the first issue debuted as the OA Bulletin, Lifeline has offered encouragement and hope to thousands of readers. Tucked in a purse, a suitcoat pocket or a lunch bag, Lifeline accompanies members around the world, ready to provide inspiration and support when needed. Print and/or digital versions available. 

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In my darkest days of overeating, slipping, and blaming myself, I got down on my knees every day and turned it over to God. I said, “God, I know things are tough right now, but I trust you know the way. I trust that my path on the road to recovery is safe in your hands.” After a few days of obsession and struggle, I felt God lift the dark clouds, and the sun began to shine. 

My automatic response to anything in life is action, action, action. I must control and manipulate any situation to make sure it turns out right. In program, I found that my efforts were not only futile but also led to the food again and again. I was able to get through situations only when I turned them over to God and let go. 

This is true not only when I’m suffering with compulsive overeating but also when I have other challenges I think I can control. Family issues, job difficulties, travel delays, and general disappointments can be tough to bear. But when I step back, ask God for help, and get on with my life, suddenly the weight of the world is lifted from me! 

Handling everything myself was a burden. When I’m suffering the pain of compulsive overeating, I have only one option: Give my burden to God. 

— Lifeline, May 2008