What is serenity? I did a Google search and here is what I came up with.
Definition: The state or quality of being serene
the absence of mental stress or anxiety
peace of mind, peacefulness, repose, peace, heartsease
quietude, quietness, tranquility - a state of peace and quiet
Most of us have heard of the Serenity Prayer. We are very familiar with the first part. I cross-stitched it for my late MIL when I was a newlywed living in Spain. My husband framed it in the base hobby shop, and we mailed it to her and it hung in her kitchen until the estate was settled after my late FIL passed away. It is now hanging in my kitchen.
I looked at it this morning as I was pouring my coffee, and sighed. “Serenity”, That is definitely something I need in my life. I have moments of it throughout my days, but I wish to have it continually.
Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
I can only have this serenity
by trusting in God all day long
in everything that comes my way.
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart,
and lean not upon thine own understanding:
In all thy ways acknowledge him,
and he shall direct thy paths.
Take my yoke upon you,
and learn of me;
for I am meek and lowly in heart:
and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
For my yoke is easy,
and my burden is light.
I am into my 6th month in this journey of widowhood. I am learning as I go along. Every day is a gift. I am ‘puttering’ in my home and gardens, in my husbands workshop, getting into different routines, living without my ‘love’ of 43 years. I am being drawn closer to God, and that is priceless. He is with me every step of the way. He blesses me and teaches me. He loves me. My husband is in His presence, rejoicing in God’s greatness. He knows that all is working out, while in my earthly existence I am still trusting and hoping.
And we know that to them that love God
all things work together for good,
even to them that are called
according to his purpose.
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you,
saith the LORD,
thoughts of peace,
and not of evil,
to give you hope in your latter end.
Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning;
for in thee do I trust:
cause me to know the way wherein I should walk;
for I lift up my soul unto thee.
In your name dear Jesus I pray,