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

Mid-Week Question of The Week: Peace is When?

When do you feel the most peace?

The people of Israel who survive will live right and refuse to tell lies. They will eat and rest with nothing to fear. Zephaniah 3:13

beths sunrise

Beth’s Sunrise, Photo by Beth ODell

A blessed peace surrounds those who trust in the Father and bring glory to His name. The promise of the gospel provides comfort and hope.
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
~ Philippians 4:7

When do you feel this peace most intently? Would love to read your comments!

Read Zephaniah 3:13 from The Message

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