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.
Have you ever had days when “your get up and go,” got up and went? The alarm sounds and you want to stay under the covers and tell the world to go away? I guess it happens to all of us sooner or later.
I have the tendency to wake up and start the day where I left off the day before. I not only take on the new challenges, I add on the old ones as well. That kind of mindset can make for a very long day.
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
I need to become more of a prayer warrior and less of a worrywart. The only way I can relieve the worry is to remember His promises. I know for sure satan is going to be telling me derogatory things all day. I guess that is why the Lord tells us we have to renew our minds because He knows that is where the enemy attacks!
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.”
This is a deliberate choice. God will not do it, unless I choose to do it. My faith has to become larger than my emotions. I need to ask for His wisdom.
“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be give to you.”
All I have to do is ask. I want to be a wise woman that builds my house, not tear it down with my own hands. (Proverbs 15:12) You know the saying, “when mama is unhappy, everyone is unhappy.”
I am also a fixer by nature. There are some situations I can change, and some I cannot. The problem is knowing the difference. My dad used to say, “If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it.” I can add to that and say, “If you can’t fix the situation, know when to give it to the Lord.”
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”
I pray for Him to calm my anxious thoughts, remembering that worrying will not add a single hour to my life. (Matthew 6:27) In fact, it will make me grow older faster.
I Cor. 16:13
“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous. Be strong.”
I need His strength. I need to be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Once I do this I can let go and let God. Then and only then will I have His peace.
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
I ask for His peace. That promise turns my fear into faith and my defeat into victory.
He is indeed a God of His Word! As I walk with Him day by day, I hear Him whisper in my ear, “This is the way, walk in it.”
He will do the same for you my friend. All you have to do is ask.
The Serenity Prayer