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.
A popular prayer in many recovery programs. This prayer is not taken from scripture but certainly is based on it. Asking God for serenity (peace), accepting things we cannot change (contentment), courage, and WISDOM. Ah wisdom. It doesn’t come with age, it comes from the Lord.
I grew up seeing a wall hanging in my grandma’s bathroom with the serenity prayer on it and would read it every time I was there. At age 8 I had no clue what it meant and to be honest found it confusing. So why think this prayer is reserved for someone in recovery from addiction?
Whether you are in recovery, climbing the corporate ladder or a mom rearing children, wisdom is something we should all be seeking and asking the Lord to give us each day. I pray for wisdom, I pray to hear to His voice each day. Everyday we are faced with things we cannot do, nor were ever meant to do apart from God, and yet don’t ask for wisdom. We consult spouses, friends, or even Facebook, but who we should be asking first is the Lord–otherwise we may not get godly answers when we seek out wisdom from others.
What we can rely on is scripture. Scripture will never return void to us when we pray it.
Praying for serenity: “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful. Colossians 3:15”
Praying for contentment: “Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am.” Philippians 4:11
Praying for courage: “For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7
Praying for wisdom: “For the LORD gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding.” Proverbs 2:6
About the Writer:
Tamie is a stay at home wife and mommy of three kids with autism. She is a member of First Baptist Dallas and enjoys spending time hanging out at home with her family or a quiet dinner with girlfriends. Tamie is passionate about encouraging other woman in their daily walk with the Lord.
Tamie’s personal blog is about her journey rearing three kids with autism and the lessons the Lord is teaching her along the way.