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I need peace like a river in my soul….

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When Jake and I went to Celebrate Recovery at our church in Missouri, we always recited two things as a group: the Serenity Prayer, and the 8 Steps to Recovery. Right now, we need them both back in our life as a daily prayer.


Realize I’m not God. I admit that I am powerless to control my tendency to do the wrong thing and that my life is unmaneagable.

– Happy are those who know they are spiritually poor.

Earnestly believe that God exists, that I matter to Him, and that He has the power to help me recover.

-Happy are those who mourn for they shall be comforted.

Consciously choose to commit my life and will to Christs care and control.

-Happy are the meek.

Openly examine and confess my faults to myself, to God, and to someone I trust.

-Happy are the pure in heart.

Voluntarily submit to every change God wants to make in my life and humbly ask Him to remove my character defects.

-Happy are those whose greatest desire is to do what God requires.

Evaluate all my relationships. Offer forgiveness to those who have hurt me and make amends for harm I have done to others, except when to do so would harm them or others.

-Happy are the merciful. Happy are the peacemakers.

Reserve a daily time with God for self-examination, Bible reading, and prayer in order to know God and His will for my life and to gain the power to follow His will.

Yield myself to God to be used to bring this Good News to others, both by my example and by my words.

-Happy are those who are persecuted because they do what God requires.


God grant me the serenity

to accept the things I cannot change

courage to change the things I can

and the 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 Jesus did, this sinful world as it is

Not as I would have it.

Trusting that You will make all things right

if I surrender to Your will

That I may be reasonably happy in this life

and supremely happy with You

Forever in the next.



Tonight we watched The Karate Kid with the boys (the newer one) and there was a perfect quote in there for our life right now:

Being still and doing nothing are two very different things.

Right now, we need to be still……


4 responses »

  1. I will be taking these words to heart, cause I need to hear them daily in my life right now as well. I’ve never heard the whole serenity prayer before. I’m sending hugs and prayers your way. Wish I could do something more. 😦 Love you girl.

  2. Been praying for peace, healing, and communication for you all…all night and throughout today. “Be still…and know that (He) is God…” Your quote struck me because I’ve been spending more and more time doing that lately….especially when I find my mind racing, or I’m in a state of hurry and confusion — He ALWAYS helps to clear away the cobwebs and get me back on track. His love has never failed me. =’)

    KNOW ALWAYS that God LOVES you…HE IS LOVE…NO MATTER WHAT! Lean into it…trust that thought even when things don’t seem to be going just right….and ESPECIALLY when things don’t seem to be going just right — CLAIM His Lordship, and your relationship with Him. ;o)

    Love you all!

  3. Mama and I both prayed for your family out loud last night during our prayer time. We talk about your family a lot and just love you guys. Be sure to tell Jake Papa wishes he could be there every morning to give him a hug as he goes to work each day. I like his heart. I love those boys very much and they are so close to being my grand kids! HA! Love you Little One.


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