God wants us to live each day as it comes, ultimately putting all confidence in His ability to care for us no matter what. There are numerous things in our lives that we are unable to change. Likewise, feeling apprehension about future happenings invites tons of issues to come into our lives, including anxiety, stress, and even depression. If you are experiencing any of these things, please know that these things are not of God and can all be overcome!
Deciding to let go and to allow God be God in our lives makes room for us to possess the freedom that Jesus died for us to have, leaving no room for anxiety, stress, or depression to develop. Although it is essential for us to allow God to be in total control, at times, it seems like one of those things that’s a little easier said than done.
The first action we can take is is to realize, and then accept that there is no way humanly possible to control everything. The good news is God is not like man. He actually is the one in control of everything, not us! Stress is an indicator that you are trying to control the things that God, and only God, is in control of.
We are forgiven for this behavior and we are also given grace once we ask the Lord for it. God is so merciful that he gives us a new outlook, along with a new chance to get things right.
Meditating on, memorizing, reciting, and then actively applying The Serenity Prayer in our lives is very powerful! It is also keeps us reminded that God is in always in control, with nothing but the best in store for us.
God, give me grace to accept with serenity
the things that cannot be changed,
Courage to change the things
which should be changed,
and the Wisdom to distinguish
the one from the other.
Living one day at a time,
Enjoying one moment at a time,
Accepting hardship as a 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,
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life,
And supremely happy with You forever in the next.
Additional Verses for Further Study:
“This is why we work hard and continue to struggle, for our hope is in the living God, who is the Savior of all people and particularly of all believers.” (Timothy 4:10)
“And he did rescue us from mortal danger, and he will rescue us again. We have placed our confidence in him, and he will continue to rescue us. 11 And you are helping us by praying for us. Then many people will give thanks because God has graciously answered so many prayers for our safety.” (2 Corinthians 1:7-11)
“Lord, your love is enough for me. Forgive me for times that I try to control things in my life. I am not in control, You are. You fill my heart with hope, so I am no longer fearful of what the future holds. All my hope is in You.”
Wishing you all a great week!