In the last few years, I’ve tried to take a second or even third look at sayings of old & maybe even the overused, to try & see what I haven’t seen before. It’s pretty fun. & offers a buffet of inspiration as well.
One thing I’ve really enjoyed looking at are hymn lyrics. Something about my old soul just loves reading lines about mercy, grace, & adoration for Jesus.
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Another thing of old that I just can’t get enough lately is the Serenity Prayer. So much of our lives is out of our control. I find myself constantly grappling to hold on to what I’m able to. This causes me to find myself empty handed, frustrated or clutching things & people I love, too tightly.
The Serenity Prayer reminds me to exhale. It shows me there is also strength in not having control over everything.
Serenity: the state of being calm, peaceful, and untroubled. [per dictionary.com]
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
So many times we stop after the first part of this prayer, but the rest of it is so amazing!
Acceptance | Accepting hardships are a pathway to peace
Trust | Trusting that He will make all things right
Surrender | If I surrender to His will; that I may be reasonably happy in this life
Friends, if ever there were a prayer to hold onto during life’s many uncertainties [outside of the Lord’s prayer] the serenity prayer would be it.
There are things in this life we simply cannot change, despite all our effort.
- A spouse choosing to not try to make a marriage work
- Mental illness
We try to avoid, combat, or overcome these things.
Then we do our best to cope with them when they happen.
We can’t change our circumstances but we can change ourselves. Making the necessary adjustments, so that we can keep moving forward. We shift our weight a bit. We favor the place in our lives that is out of our control. But that weight still needs to be carried. So we begin to feel the strain in other parts of our life. We are off kilter.
Until we surrender & we say, I may not have control, but I will be okay.
We do what’s in our power to fight the disease, keep the marriage together, remember our loved one, & practice good self care to combat the mental illness.
We choose to let go of what we cannot change. We choose to be brave & change what we are able. & we pray that God would give us the wisdom to know what to fight for & what to let go.
We also choose to look at life, not as something we are at the mercy of. Our life isn’t some out of control storm that we must hide away from, until it calms.
Our life is a beautiful gift. Hardships come, although they don’t feel wonderful, they offer us a gift of their own…
- Compassion/empathy for others
- Renewed strength
- Tools to help others & to approach future circumstances differently
We are pieces of clay, being molded into beautiful works of art. The process doesn’t always feel good, especially when we resist it. So lets keep choosing to surrender. Allowing life to take us through things we never imagined & couldn’t have possibly prepared for. Reminding ourselves that our life experiences have the ability to bring out our power & resilience, if we don’t let them scare us into hiding.
So let us flex our muscles a bit & choose to be the victors of our lives. No matter what the diagnosis or time of death our situation ends up being given.
Lord, help me accept life for what it is, while keeping hope that You take GOOD care of me & those I love. Even in the times where that isn’t obvious to me, help me still trust that somehow the hardships we are enduring, are building a nest inside of us for peace to dwell.
We can keep rising up & moving forward, living on a prayer, TOGETHER.
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