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

a Grace Scavenger Hunt

Go on a Grace Scavenger Hunt…What can you find? What can you leave?

Last week, I considered moving a blog and a dog.

I found grace in the calls of a friend who stayed with me during all of the panel interviews. Whose reassurances reminded me that listening to my inner voice cautions was the correct path “to heed”

Last week, I saw the Grace of a river that flows North, against the usual flow.
Toured a house for lease because of divorce… Another for lease because of a move for an autistic child.

Amid the unusual currents and broken dreams, I needed to remember:

There is a little secret something so amazing, so miraculous and so wonderful…
The secret is that there is nothing that others can do to really hurt us from the outside when we do not allow our own thoughts to hurt us on the inside. Once we take care of what is going on inside of our minds and our hearts and our souls, anything that tries to come at us from the outside simply can have no influence on our life.
Brave Girls’ Club

Amid the unusual currents and broken dreams, I wanted to leave a note: You are Loved

The graffiti can be grace.
What seems a defacement may be a glimpse of His face. ~Ann Voskamp

I left a note in the motel room I left; another in the Budget rental, and the airplane seat pocket in front of me.
There are pictures to commememorate this on the fancy phone. When I learn how to download I will post.

There are many lessons to download this week.

Chief of them: Because of Grace it is ok to look for more than “a job”

Grace is the “dialect of God is the day just as it comes — the divine language of love written on all the walls.

Grace always shocks.

Grace always stuns.

Grace is always what we need.

It’s what everyone groping around lost in the dark has to know: turn towards Grace and you turn on all the lights. ~Ann Voskamp


Go on a Grace Scavenger Hunt…What can you find? What can you leave?

God, what’s the plan here?

The poet Robert Frost said poetry could make you “remember what you didn’t know you knew.”  I think waiting steadfastly in a challenge also can help us remember, reconnect, and re-center with what we didn’t know we knew too.

 If my thoughts, fears, anxieties swirl out of balance, temporarily, I can remember it is only a phase and it will pass.

 It is definitely not a time to “rewind videos of condemnation” as Jody Neufeld describes.

 Each time we face a “God, what’s the plan here” moment, we can know that we’re also nearing the “but God” moment, where we’ll see our story unfolding for God’s glory and for his good plans for us. (Jeremiah 29; Romans 8:28)

As we wait, Jesus changes us. We no longer see the need to know how we’ll be delivered. We come to know that, no matter how the story ends, it includes the phrase, “but God is our Deliverer.” (2 Samuel 22:2) ~Jon Walker

When the “Why” days arrive, (and they will arrive often unexpectedly), we have a choice: abandon faith or await with faith…hold on to our control or let go and trust.

“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 (NIV)


especially never give up on you :)

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