Serenity Prayer Hangups

In 2011, I joined a wives care support group. Part of our meeting included reciting the Serenity Prayer. 

It always caused distress for me, and sometimes it still does- because it’s all about giving God control, releasing our grip on everything we are grasping too tightly. 

Accepting what we cannot change? 

It’s hard. 

Courage to change the things I can? 

That’s hard, too. 

Wisdom to know the difference? 

Yes, please, Lord. 

God, grant me serenity. 

With your help, I can do this. Amen.


  1. I love this prayer! Especially the 2nd part…which no one ever talks about, lol! I’ve been thinking about it a lot lately…especially the part that says accepting hardship as the pathway to peace. Lots to unpack there!! I have meditated on this prayer a lot as the wife of a man with bipolar disorder. It is perfect for wives! Thanks for sharing! ❤

    1. Thank you for stopping by to read! Accepting hardship as the pathway to peace takes a lot of work, but thankfully Jesus gives us all we need and helps us along our journey to joy. I appreciate your comment and I hope this prayer continues to bless you, Kimberly.

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