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Serenity Prayer
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Posted on 02/15/2014 7:58:29 PM PST by Innovative


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TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Poetry; Religion; Society
KEYWORDS: serenity; serenityprayer
Every once in a while we all need a reminder...
1 posted on 02/15/2014 7:58:30 PM PST by Innovative
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To: Innovative

Amen


2 posted on 02/15/2014 8:02:55 PM PST by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: Innovative

It’ll be 24 years one day at a time saying that prayer on the 23rd. of this month.


3 posted on 02/15/2014 8:03:13 PM PST by jmacusa ("Chasing God out of the classroom didn't usher in The Age of Reason''.)
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To: Innovative
Please, Dear Lord, grant me that serenity! I have been at toil for some long time!



"Dia shábháil ar fad anseo!"

Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

4 posted on 02/15/2014 8:03:55 PM PST by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Mlicha<center> <table backel the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: jmacusa

“It’ll be 24 years one day at a time saying that prayer on the 23rd. of this month.”

Wonderful!

It is a great reminder to keep things in perspective.


5 posted on 02/15/2014 8:08:36 PM PST by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: jmacusa

congratulations. and there is always the short version
(to be polite on the forum)
“screw it”


6 posted on 02/15/2014 8:14:06 PM PST by bravo whiskey (We should not fear our government. Our government should fear us.)
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To: jmacusa

seven for me this past November 15th.


7 posted on 02/15/2014 8:14:50 PM PST by Hildy (Falling down is how you grow. Staying down is how you die.)
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To: Hildy

“Falling down is how you grow. Staying down is how you die.”

Love your tagline.

So true - it’s not what happens to you, it’s what you do after it happens.


8 posted on 02/15/2014 8:21:24 PM PST by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: jmacusa

Congratulations! By the grace of God, I’ll be 23 on 2/17.


9 posted on 02/15/2014 8:27:53 PM PST by peggybac (My boss I respect, my father I revered. Chris Rock, Mr. Obama is NOT my boss or my father.)
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To: Hildy

AWESOME, Hildy!


10 posted on 02/15/2014 8:28:24 PM PST by peggybac (My boss I respect, my father I revered. Chris Rock, Mr. Obama is NOT my boss or my father.)
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To: jmacusa

I am assuming you are a friend of Bill. Congratulations. What a miracle you are


11 posted on 02/15/2014 8:29:52 PM PST by Nifster
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To: jmacusa

Congrats jmacusa. Same amount of time for me.
Keep comin’ back.


12 posted on 02/15/2014 8:30:31 PM PST by Mountain Mary ("Where Liberty Dwells, There Is My Country". Ben Franklin)
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To: bravo whiskey

certainly one that I use often enough


13 posted on 02/15/2014 8:30:34 PM PST by Nifster
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To: bravo whiskey

Thank you one and all. Remember what humility is. Humility is knowing you’re not God. Try to live usefully each day and walk humbly under the eyes of God.


14 posted on 02/15/2014 8:30:45 PM PST by jmacusa ("Chasing God out of the classroom didn't usher in The Age of Reason''.)
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To: peggybac

great day to be sober.... a good friend of mine will be 38 on the 17th (which is Monday)


15 posted on 02/15/2014 8:31:17 PM PST by Nifster
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To: Innovative

Good timing, thanks. I hope it’s ok if I post the full prayer as attributed to Niebuhr.

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.
Amen.


16 posted on 02/15/2014 8:31:30 PM PST by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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To: Hildy

Kudos Hildy.
And many more to come.


17 posted on 02/15/2014 8:32:02 PM PST by Mountain Mary ("Where Liberty Dwells, There Is My Country". Ben Franklin)
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To: D-fendr

Thanks for the whole prayer, D. Hadn’t seen it in a long while.


18 posted on 02/15/2014 8:33:43 PM PST by Mountain Mary ("Where Liberty Dwells, There Is My Country". Ben Franklin)
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To: jmacusa

Congrats. 10 years here. July 26, 2003.


19 posted on 02/15/2014 8:39:07 PM PST by BAW ("If you like your health plan, you can keep your health plan. Period.")
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To: Mountain Mary

Thank you. No coincidence. My first day without a drink was Sunday, February the 23rd, 1990. This year the 23rd. is also a Sunday.


20 posted on 02/15/2014 8:39:12 PM PST by jmacusa ("Chasing God out of the classroom didn't usher in The Age of Reason''.)
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To: BAW

I see you’re from SoCal - got sober in Santa Monica.


21 posted on 02/15/2014 8:43:59 PM PST by peggybac (My boss I respect, my father I revered. Chris Rock, Mr. Obama is NOT my boss or my father.)
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To: jmacusa

41 years for me last November 20. Pure grace. That’s a lot of really good days, one at a time....


22 posted on 02/15/2014 8:52:12 PM PST by Reo (the 4th Estate is a 5th Column)
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To: Innovative

“...and God, please help me and Obama NOT to change what I can unless it is FOR THE BETTER...”


23 posted on 02/15/2014 8:58:54 PM PST by PapaNew
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To: jmacusa

It’a a great prayer I say every day at least once a day or more.


24 posted on 02/15/2014 9:22:06 PM PST by Nextrush (AFFORDABLE CARE ACT=HEALTH CARE INDUSTRY BAILOUT ACT)
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To: Innovative

I am an elected official and I choose to tell my story. People need to know,that you can reach your dreams ... At any age.


25 posted on 02/15/2014 9:42:35 PM PST by Hildy (Falling down is how you grow. Staying down is how you die.)
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To: D-fendr

Thanks for posting the full prayer.

As I read, the part that is referred to as the “Serenity Prayer” has been around prior, but then Niebuhr used the idea and turned it into this slightly different and longer prayer.

But it’s a beautiful reminder for everyone, regardless the problems they may be facing.


26 posted on 02/15/2014 10:35:59 PM PST by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: Innovative

Feb. 5th was 20 years clean and sober.

That prayer may have saved my life.


27 posted on 02/15/2014 10:44:59 PM PST by truth_seeker (Nissan)
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To: truth_seeker

“That prayer may have saved my life.’

It’s a wonderful reminder to keep things in perspective and it applies to everyone in every situation in life.


28 posted on 02/15/2014 10:56:54 PM PST by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: Innovative

This prayer helped me learn to think in ways I didn’t know were possible.

Since June 29, 1982 :)


29 posted on 02/16/2014 4:10:03 AM PST by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: jmacusa
Woo Hoo!

I remember when old timers were mysteries. After 25 years 5 months and 3 weeks or so, I discovered that the trick really is to not drink or die...

Here's to the continuance of "giving it away" in a "give it up" world...

30 posted on 02/16/2014 5:42:39 AM PST by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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To: Innovative

I saw a variation of this prayer this morning:
Lord, give me coffee to change the things I can change, and wine to accept the things I can’t.


31 posted on 02/16/2014 8:05:34 AM PST by aimhigh
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To: aimhigh

“Lord, give me coffee to change the things I can change, and wine to accept the things I can’t.”

LOL!

That works too.


32 posted on 02/16/2014 8:11:29 AM PST by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: trebb

After the first twenty years you know what comes next? Twenty-four years and one day. That’s all any of us get, a daily reprieve. I used to ask the old timers “How does this program work?’’ “Just fine’’ they used to tell me. “Keep coming’’. It all boils down to three things my sponsor told me: Trust God, clean house, help others.


33 posted on 02/16/2014 12:52:22 PM PST by jmacusa ("Chasing God out of the classroom didn't usher in The Age of Reason''.)
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To: Innovative
Thanks.When I was finally beaten down by alcohol I begged God to relive of the obsession to drink and HE did.
34 posted on 02/18/2014 7:54:10 PM PST by jmacusa ("Chasing God out of the classroom didn't usher in The Age of Reason''.)
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To: Innovative

And we are here and we are praying .I hold you all close.If you have a ping list put me on it.I am here-Real Time.(((((Hugs)))))


35 posted on 02/18/2014 8:04:27 PM PST by fatima (Free Hugs Today :))
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To: peggybac

Congratulations to you as well. God does exist, I’ve felt his presence the night I had my spiritual awaking . After a black out of some three days I came to alone in my room sick, tired and fearful of everything, thinking I was going to die. I don’t say this glibly but in the darkness something told me ‘’It’s time’’. It wasn’t an audible voice I heard but more inside me that I heard it. It wasn’t a judgmental voice but rather one of an whelming hope and love. I don’t know how else to put it. And I responded out loud by repeating it back “It’s time’’. So I got off my butt and went to a meeting and never looked back.


36 posted on 02/18/2014 8:16:20 PM PST by jmacusa ("Chasing God out of the classroom didn't usher in The Age of Reason''.)
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To: Nextrush
To me the greatest prayer there is for living a life as close to God as possible, in fact for the whole of humanity is the prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi.
37 posted on 02/18/2014 8:21:20 PM PST by jmacusa ("Chasing God out of the classroom didn't usher in The Age of Reason''.)
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To: jmacusa

Its a beautiful prayer and I have a copy of it in front of me from a booklet given to me by a recent visitor to the Papal Basilica of St. Francis.


38 posted on 02/19/2014 9:13:49 AM PST by Nextrush (AFFORDABLE CARE ACT=HEALTH CARE INDUSTRY BAILOUT ACT)
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To: Innovative

I noticed most of the replies seem to be relating to chemical addiction. It is great to see the length of sobriety and the incredible changes God has made in people’s lives on this site. I too have been sober from alcohol for over 6 years now and am grateful every day.

Although this may get me flamed, I sincerely believe there is an even greater threat than chemical addiction that is spreading across the world. Sexual addiction in whatever form - adultery, pornography, same sex attraction, etc...

We have two different groups of men going through a recovery step study at our church, of which I lead half. Out of the 40 plus men, at least 30 are battling sex addiction. I see hundreds of men a year come through our doors looking for help from addictions. Most are adultery and pornography addicts that have ruined their marriages and families. Unfortunately, most quit after a month or so.

It saddens me to see many on this conservative forum so passionately defend porn. Some may not consider it a problem and that it is a “private” matter. More and more studies are showing that porn addiction creates the same chemical reactions and dependencies that chemical addiction does. It is a problem that is becomes more destructive everyday.

Flame away.


39 posted on 02/19/2014 9:37:22 AM PST by okkev68
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To: Nextrush

If the whole world lived by that prayer think what a world it would be.


40 posted on 02/19/2014 3:26:41 PM PST by jmacusa ("Chasing God out of the classroom didn't usher in The Age of Reason''.)
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