Serenity

Needless to say, things have been tough the last week. Who can give an “Amen!” to that??!! Our Presidential race has not ended well. Our country seems to be very split now and those who are mad are letting everyone know they are mad. I ran across a blog the other day by a lady, who I am a huge fan of, Jennie Allen. Feel free to check out her stuff. I believe she and Ann Voskamp are our prophetesses of this century. And that is possible. There were some in the Bible. She mentioned the Serenity Prayer. I remember that from when I was a child and just had to pull it up and read it again. There are several versions of it but I will share my favorite. And there is some controversy over who actually wrote it. I don’t think anyone expected it to become so popular. It was written as a prayer during the 1930’s and if you look back in history they were struggling just as much as we are. This is when the Communist Party and Adolf Hitler and the Nazi’s were threatening Christianity. By 1939 we ended up in World War II with Japan. It was a rough time for our country.

 

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.

WOW!! What a prayer!!

Serenity means untroubled. Peaceful. This was written during a time of trouble and despair. It acknowledges that God is the only one who can bring peace in chaotic circumstances. We are to take one day at a time and enjoy the moment. Live for God in the hard times and trusting Him to take care of us and surrender to His Will.  We have no control over any of these circumstances. Evil will keep taking control as long as we keep doing this without God. But those of us who put our faith and trust completely, heart soul and mind, into God will feel a peace beyond all understanding. Cause we know how this story ends as long as we read and believe what the Bible tells us.

Philippians 4:7 “His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus”  This is a promise to us.

If we read the Bible and truly believe it, we know what is coming. I Peter 4:12 “…don’t be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through, as if something strange were happening to you.”  He warns us of this but gives us hope in that He will eventually win this battle. And He will bless us beyond what our human minds can fathom. As long as we really do stay faithful to HIM. 

Feel rejected??

Psalm 34:1        “I will bless the Lord at all times. His praise shall                                                 continually be in my mouth.”

This comes in the middle of the story of David. He is running from Saul who has declared he will kill David. David had no family or friends to help protect him. He was alone. Only him and God. Can you imagine? This is what comes from his mouth at this time–?! “I will bless the Lord” How many of you have been through something where you have been completely turned on and your first words are “I will bless the Lord” -??

Not me. My first thoughts tend to be “How can I do this? God why have you left me? I can’t handle this!”   Seriously how many of you have done that? BUT I have learned that those thoughts are Satan. He is trying to turn me against God. He is daily trying. Those negative thoughts are not of God. So daily I pray to God to keep those negative thoughts out of my head. To help me be wise enough to know it’s Satan and brave enough to stand up and tell Satan to leave me alone.

Now I know that in those moments God has not left me. He is walking beside me. He knows life is rough. But we made those choices and He gives us the freedom to learn from our choices. To be more like Him. So pray always to battle those negative thoughts.

Wanna know more about how prayer can help you? Read the book of Daniel. Prayer protected Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego, and Daniel from death. It can protect you.

paul2francis: “Duet .. ”

Wedding day/ Pigeon Forge, TN

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My awesome family. I am so looking forward to getting to know Alyssa and Ella.
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We all enjoy a bit of fun and adventure.
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I love the hearts of these people. They will help me be a better person.
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Of course the ones who have been with me forever. Grant and Alyssa. My children that God blessed me with from day one. I realize I have been the one who was blessed to be their mom.
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I love this man more than I ever thought I could love someone. We are not perfect but we are what God wants us to be for each other and it could not be any better than that.
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Luckily he loves to have as much fun as I do!!!!!!!

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July 10th, 2016. I said ‘I do’ – again. It is our third marriage. For both of us. But somehow we knew this was it. This is where God wanted us. Whatever in the world took us so long to get it!?? I don’t know. But when we finally got our hearts right with God – he brought us to each other. I pray we can enjoy this adventure for the rest of a very long life. I can not say how wonderful it feels to find that one man God wanted for me.