a word from The Sponsor ~ January 19

One of my graduate students shared the Serenity Prayer as her “Go-To” sentiment.
The Serenity Prayers combines many verses from the Bible:

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus ~Philippians 4:7
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Be still and know that I am God!  ~Psalm 46:10
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Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.  ~Deuteronomy 31:6
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Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. ~Proverbs 3:5-6
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For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love, and self-discipline
~2 Timothy 1:7
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{I added the word “please.”}


What verse(s) do you see echoed in the Serenity Prayer? Might you share them in a Comment? 


Here is the longer version of the Serenity Prayer:

The Serenity Prayer Long Version

by Reinhold Niebuhr, 1934/1950 

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; 

So that I may be reasonably happy in this life

And supremely happy with Him

Forever and ever in the next.




More words from The Sponsor

This Weekend~September 13~Dare


Dare to be strong and courageous. That is the road. Venture anything. ~Sherwood Anderson

dare to be strong and courageous

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Deuteronomy 31:6


Sherwood Anderson was author of the novel, Winesburg, Ohio.

More Weekend Activities

A Word from The Sponsor~January 5

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Deuteronomy 31:6
Hebrews 13:5


Additional Words from The Sponsor

A Word from The Sponsor~August 12

1 Peter 5:10

Out of Difficulties Grow Miracles… (one of the miracles is you!)
~1 Peter 5:10

Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or
tremble at them, for the LORD your God is the one who goes with you. He will not
fail you or forsake you. ~Deuteronomy 31:6


Additional Words from the Sponsor

Day 4~~Create Your Symbol of Strength

The Be Gentle Be Love  Class is on Day 15. I am dilly-dallying on Day 4: Strength. At the beginning of the course, Amanda, our teacher said we could take our time. And, I took that as sacred.
So I am. And I like taking my time.  :)
Thinking about Strength and its attributes. Amanda encouraged us to “focus on your strength symbol. Is it an animal, a plant, a shape, an inanimate object? If you don’t have one, maybe you should make today the day you begin your search for one. Look within yourself, try to find a symbol that you can draw strength from in an instant, something that makes you feel like you can do anything.”
Perhaps in a rare collision of gender and navigation, I thought for several days and chose my map of Idaho as my symbol of courage. This map hangs on my gratitude wall.
Idaho map
At the time, in my business I traveled extensively for clients and events. I logged 1 million miles just in flying, just in one year. I had visited clients in almost every state but 5. Idaho was one of those states. And from the internet and travel channel and visits with the client, it was ruggedly beautiful and serene.
I am directionally challenged. For the directionally challenged like me, the only way, the absolute only way navigation is possible is with a team of navigational helpers. Sometimes the helpers are friends, clients, a mate, mapquest, onstar, and fervent prayer. :)
But in a series of unfortunate and abandoning events, I took this trip to Idaho alone.
To Idaho.
In the mountains.
And I hail from California. Behind the Orange Curtain.
It was a stretch of strength, a leap of faith, a whole yoga host of poses toward growth and reliance. And toward contractual obligation, truth be told. So, in Idaho, not long ago,  this map never left my lap. I was in Idaho, but it felt like Timbuktu.  
This map reminds me that I am never alone. It reminds me that strength for me is found by taking a deep breath, taking the right road and staying on course, asking for help from trusted guides, and having faith in THE best guide. The guide of grace.
Back to Amanda and our course. She suggested we “Create your symbol of strength & then put it in a place where you can see it, or carry with you, so you can draw from it when necessary. “
When I read this part, it was obvious that carrying this map around would be cumbersome in its unfurled state and no one in Western civilization can fold a map correctly back in place. Certainly, my life could not be folded currently back in the place I had envisioned. New things needed to be created.
Instead, I created a business-card sized mini-map to carry with me. On the front, it has the word, strength on it. On the back, “I will never leave you or forsake you” from Deuteronomy 31:6
There is plenty of room in my wallet right for my card of strength. And I won’t leave home without it.
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