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.

Reinhold Niebuhr

Many of us are familiar with this famous prayer, which has become an important component to recovery  in AA, Al Anon, and other 12-step groups.  In discussing the subject of TRUST, I was reminded of the importance of discerning when TRUST is letting go and letting God…………or the opposite~ moving forward in TRUSTING courage with God, becoming a part of the solution.

As the Serenity Prayer says, this requires wisdom.  In the book of Ecclesiastes, King Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived says, There is a time to speak and a time to be quiet.  We could also add, There is a time to act, and a time to be actionless.  Knowing which is discerned through prayer, because it is through prayer that we become open and receptive to knowing. 

In the book of Proverbs, chapter 3,  Solomon also pens, Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.  The first step in trusting is to ask God, being sincerely open to what He wants~letting go of any agendas, completely relinquished willing to trust in the answer He reveals.

Do we trust then pray, or do we pray then trust?  They actually go hand in hand, clasped together~ prayer combined with the response of trust.  It’s always a winning combination because prayer brings  God into our world and trust allows Him to work. Prayer changes things, you can trust that. 

Remember, prayer is just talking to God, pouring out our hearts to the one who truly cares and has the power to intervene.  It’s always the place to start……..and to end.  So with that said, I pray today that you make the choice to prayerfully spend time with Him, the one who cares. Then choose to trust Him, and  as you do, may He grant you the wisdom to know any role you play in His imaginable plan to bless your life.

-The Quilted Poetess



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