Serenity Prayer

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.
Amen.

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change; (Philippians 4:11) Speaks of contentment. Continent is the state of being mentally or emotionally satisfied with things as they are. I have been on the other end of this far too many times. Where someone else isn’t content, ever searching, never finding, when everything they could need or want is right in front of them. In that case, being content is knowing that I cannot dictate their contentment. I have no control over others, only myself, and even then really, God has total control. Matthew 6:25 is  great picture on being content. Take no thought of your life, what you eat, drink, wear, nothing, just be happy with what you have. So often we seek what is not eternal first, and make God our last resort. Matthew 6:32-33, seek FIRST the kingdom of God, AND his righteousness, and all those things shall be added unto you. No matter what it is, God knows your needs, he knows the desires of your heart, seek him and you have no worries, he will provide.  Philippians 4:12-13 Paul speaks of being able to do all things through Christ, as he talks about his contentment in all situations he has. He is content because he seeks first the kingdom of God, and he knows that Christ is his strength. Anything he has right in front of  him, good, bad, or indifferent, he accepts as is. He only searches for what God has for him.

courage to change the things I can; 2 Timothy 1:7  I believe, is one of the most memorable verses in the bible. “God has not given me the power of fear”, So when I am afraid, don’t be. The only fear we should have, is to fear the Lord, and fearing him is the beginning of wisdom, Proverbs 9:10. That should be the only fear we should have. John 14:27 speaks of the peace and love that the Lord has given us, and letting your heart NOT be afraid. ” but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” I have already shown you where he said he leaves you with love, but a sound mind, makes me think of, Rom 7:23-26, as he has to make the sound decision to serve God, as he says, “So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God” As you can see, this is a very conscious decision to serve him. 2 Corinthians 12:9 You can rest in anything, if you can rest in the infirmity, because his grace is sufficient for you, that the power of Christ may rest upon you.

and wisdom to know the difference. James 1:5 It is as simple as asking God for the wisdom, and he will give it to you. It really is just that simple.
Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time; (Matthew 6:34) Do not worry about tomorrow, tomorrow will worry about itself. Worrying for the future brings anxiety. Again we speak on being content in Hebrews 13:5. Want for nothing, knowing That God is with you always. Isaiah 41:10 another verse about having no fear, but in this sense, living one day at a time, because God is with you and he is there to strengthen you.

Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace; Philippians 4:6-7) The peace of God passes all understanding. What is the peace of God and how do you attain it? You can’t really have the peace of God, without having peace with God. This jumps me to Matthew 5:23-24, where it speaks of if you have an issue with your brother, then you must first go make things right before you can live your gift at the altar, and have your offering accepted by God. You cannot be wrong with your brother, and try to be right with God, therefore you cannot have these ongoing things, and try to go to God, and have peace with him, if you do not have peace with one another. Romans 5:1-2 Justified by faith and having access through faith, therefore we have a relationship already established with him. Ephesians 2:5-8, lets us know we are saved by grace through faith. In that all being said, you must first be saved, in order to have a relationship with him, have that relationship, and being in his peace, you can have that peace.

Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will; (Romans 5:6-8) When we had no strength, and while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. While we were at our worst, he gave us his best, and died for us, laid down his life so that we may have life everlasting.  Romans 5:1-2 In being justified, we are made right. I love how seamlessly this prayer goes together. Jeremiah 29:11, speaks of the plans God has for you, he knows what he has, and he wants you to prosper in his will, when you surrender to him. A lot of these verses can be used interchangeably, This just really feels like a prayer straight from God’s word, with every line having a biblical foundation.
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.
Amen. (Psalms 37:4) Once again this all flows together as if God spoke it himself. You delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. So you surrender to his will, and you will be happy with the desires that you have. All he asks for is to be reasonably happy, not extremely happy, or exceedingly joyful, just to be a simple kind of happy. 2 Corinthians 12:10-11, Speaks of taking pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: How beautiful it is to be happy in your low times? How okay is it to be a fool for the right reasons? And how beautiful those low times become worth it in the end! If I am a fool, I just pray it is worth it, because in my heart, I feel it is it! And of course you always end the prayer with “Amen”, so be it. You ask that it all be so. How perfect is the word of God, and how in tune with it can one be to write such a perfect prayer!

In the end, this is something I need to focus on. I want to control it all. It is out of habit, and not having anyone else to really take control. I have been doing something to take charge since I was 18. I am 33 now and I am tired of being in control. I just want to surrender it all. I don’t even know what that would be like. I have an idea, I got a glimpse of it, but to actually experience it full-blown, that would be a dream come true. Being in subjection, when done right, is the safest place a woman can be. That is where I want to be.

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