Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Tuesday Tidbits: God grant me......

The 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.

Although known most widely in its abbreviated form above, the rest of the prayer reads as follows:

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

I need this prayer today.
Maybe some of you do, as well.
Several things have happened in my life the past month that do not make me happy....
or make me uncomfortable- ( out of my comfort zone) and worried.
I HATE change. I need stability and routine. I do not like to worry.

And I can either sit back and make myself sick with worry,
or accept the things I need to, - and move forward accordingly.
Easier said than done.
So I need peace- serenity- in my life so that I can pass that peace on to my children.
I need courage to face new challenges and hardships with joy and not bitterness and anxiety.
I need wisdom to know which battles to fight
and which ones to walk away from-
or not even begin--
When to speak up and when to keep my big mouth quiet, even if tape is involved.

Some things in life, we can't change and we spend a lot of fruitless time trying.
But how do we know the difference in the things we can't change
and the things we can- and need to fight for?
Sometimes it is not easy.
I had never even heard the rest of this prayer......

-----living one day at a time and accepting hardships as the path to peace?????
Who wants to do that????
As I said before,
easier said than done.
But not impossible.....
....all things are possible.....
for those who believe.

For every ailment under the sun
There is a remedy, or there is none;
If there be one, try to find it;
If there be none, never mind it
. (~W.W.Bartley)


Abbey said...

My dear friend, please email me! We MUST have lunch Thursday or Friday ... I think you need a shoulder and if you feel you need one, please know that I am always here for you, and God is here with me, too. God will never give you more than you can handle. But sometimes, I ask, "I thought I'd handled enough, you mean there's more?" But, by the Grace of God, I have made it through them all, and with each hurdle, my faith knows no bounds. This, too, shall pass.


Leigh said...

I bath you in prayer. I hope all is ok. True, have faith, God will see you through anything.

HEWY said...

Amen, Great quotes!

Charnita's Xpressions said...

Thanks, guys.
Just life- new challenges....

I sounded a little serious....

but feel much better just by writing that prayer for peace.

Emmalee said...

I thought it was about you not winning the gnome hunt...

Charnita's Xpressions said...

just can't get past my brother beating me.....
and the cheaters in my family....haha