Brokenness and Peace

serenity mugThis was one of my Christmas gifts this year. Brad bought it for me because he liked how it looked and thought the prayer would inspire me in 2015.

To be honest, the whole gift kind of frustrated me, and he could tell I wasn’t impressed…I was like, “What do you think…that I need a 12-step program?” He offered to take it back, but then ended up dropping and breaking it, so I was stuck with it.

In my frustration I asked him, “What does the word ‘serenity’ really even mean?”

Brad quickly looked up the word, and it said “peace.”

I sat for a minute and realized there are many days when I need peace.

The rest of the saying on the mug says, “…courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” As I sat there with Snellgrove and pondered this (now broken) mug, I began to realize how true the mug was for me this year.  So I placed the broken mug at my desk to remind me of my own brokenness. And when I look at it, I pray my own version of the Serenity Prayer:

“God, I need your peace today concerning the things in my life I cannot change. God, I need courage today to take responsibility and to engage in the life you’ve given me. And God, I need your wisdom as I walk through this day, and as I touch the lives of those you place before me with your love and grace.”

Maybe you’re like me today. Maybe you find yourself broken and needing the peace that only God can give. I encourage you, friend, to be vulnerable with God and admit your brokenness to Him. I promise, in a way that only God can, He will meet you right where you are and you will experience His peace, courage and wisdom.

This post was written by Julie Snellgrove. To read more about her, click here.

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