Serenity

It’s our human nature to want everything to go perfectly, and in our own way. Unfortunately, that’s not reality. In order to feel a sense of peace, we must learn to accept the things that are out of our control, while praying for God’s will in all things.

The popular “Serenity Prayer,” is a good reminder, and in my opinion, one that everybody should memorize. It goes like this:
“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.”

I don’t know if my Amish friends have memorized that prayer, but I do know that from what I have witnessed, they “live” the Serenity Prayer. When a tragedy occurs, they grieve, just as we would do, but they accept it as God’s will, knowing that it’s out of their control, and that in the end, He will use it to His glory.

Is there something in your life you are concerned about or stressing over? If you’re not able to change it, have you accepted it as God’s will? If it’s a situation you can change, do you have the courage to do it? Have you asked God for the wisdom to know whether your situation is something that can be changed or if it’s something you need to accept?

What are some ways we can discern God’s will and know whether to accept or try to change our situation?

Comments

  1. Often your Bible will bring help to you in many trials and challenges. My Bible has a Where To Find Help section that I can use to find Bible verses to help in almost every situation I’m facing. Never under estimate the power of prayer. Just when you think Gods not listening than you find out just how much He does listen. Often He speaks to me through my Sunday School teacher or maybe during the pastors sermon. God’s message comes through so clear that there’s no doubts that it came from him. During hard times it’s a good opportunity to increase your faith in God. Trust Him in all things and He will direct your paths.

  2. Jane Staiger says:

    While they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to His disciples, saying, “Take it; this is my body,” Then He took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, and they all drank from it.
    “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many,” he said to them.

    Mark 14:22-24

    I give glory to God and give Him my worries……God Bless Wanda.
    Jane

  3. Mary M. says:

    Attending church services helps me. There is Sunday School, Worship Services morning and evening, Mid week prayer services, singing, praying, and fellowship with other Christians.

  4. Karen C. says:

    It is my daily prayer to go through my day with a sense of peace, calm and serenity. I work full time and most things seem to be out of my control, especially the behavior of those around me. My goal is to be able to accept things and to be able to not be effected by their behavior or the frantic way things are swirling around me. I choose to be a positive light to myself and those around me….or at least to try.

  5. victoria k says:

    I always have different stresses in my life like work, school, kids,family, etc. but I know in my heart that things will always work out for the best. I can trust that.

  6. Steph j says:

    Reading my Bible, praying and talking to God help me. I also try and remember to go to him with my worries.

  7. I go to God with my concerns and worries but then I have to quietly sit back and listen for His answer. Sometimes it is the quietly listening for His answer is the hardest.

  8. Marie Ferland says:

    This is something that is a daily struggle for me, giving things over to God that I can’t control. But I’m slowly learning that is the right and good thing to do and that it makes my life more peaceful. God is always with us and is there to shoulder our burdens ….why not accept his grace!

  9. Sandra M says:

    I choose to be positive everyday as well. The tragic death of my brother was a difficult situation. You either remain in the grief or you move forward. Questions always surround you such as “Could I have done more?” But in the end, I choose to believe that it was in god’s hands and it was my brother’s time to go.

  10. Theresa Lewis says:

    I struggle with letting go of things that I have absolutely have no control of.I pray to God to help with this,almost daily. Things will take place in Gods timing not mine.

  11. Lorna Beck says:

    In February 2014 I laid my dear husband of 43 years to rest. It has been a strange and lonely road to travel but I have felt sustained by and held in my Father’s loving arms. He has given me peace that passes all understanding. My husbands work on earth was done and he rests until Christ’s second coming! β€œFor the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.” – 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18

  12. angie ayotte says:

    A positive attitude will take you far and starting your day with prayer is a fantastic way to improve your attitude! Thank you for all your wonderful stories and inspiration!

  13. apple blossom says:

    I’ve heard it said, Only thing we can totally control is our attitude. We can accept things that happen in our life sweetly or bitterly. thanks for the attitude reminder.

  14. I believe anything is possible through the Lord, I talk to The Lord just like He is sitting there in the flesh, I talk to Him like my best friend, and He is my best friend
    Bless you

  15. Joanna Davis says:

    The power of prayer is a powerful thing. My brother in-law is dying from prostate cancer and we know there is nothing we can do about it. We still pray for his comfort as well as for my sister who is hurt about having him taken from her. She knows it is not God’s fault but still is angry. She prays for guidance daily and is dealing well. Your books have drought me closer to God and I thank you for that.

  16. Jan Clark says:

    It is during my devotional and Bible reading time that I hear the
    LORD speak to me. We have to be careful to do the Listening when
    we spend time in prayer and not do all of the talking. He also speaks
    to me during Sunday School ,Sunday Morning Worship, Sunday night
    worship and Wednesday night Bible study.

  17. We have to sometimes stop and listen to his promptings. Often we are to busy with the day to day to really commune with him.

  18. Mary Kelley says:

    As I read this article you mentioned is there any thing that I cannot change I have to accept. I have a few that I have given up to God over and over. Falling out with sisters, of which they will not forgive. And I have a serious health problem. In Christ, love your books!

  19. Kathleen Jones says:

    I have always loved the Serenity Prayer and never more than this past few months, There have been things happen in my family that left me ababandoned and alone. My heart has been broken by my mother and brother, and even as older adults that is very hard to cope with. It is only by letting go, and letting God take care of the situation have I been able to survive and thrive even in the midst of things I cannot change. After the initial broken heart, I began to realize God has a plan for even this and that I must accept His plan not my own ideal of what a family should be. And I am not willing to wait upon the Lord as he works out the details and I just follow Him and accept what I as a mere human cannot do. But my mighty God can. It is my job to learn the difference, and keep following Him.

  20. Joyce Walden says:

    I receive so many times from my morning devotions the exact things I need to face the day by reading God’s Word and listening to what He has to say to me through that Word for the day. As I was reading this morning my heart had been troubled over some that had not been coming to church and leaving the church and God spoke to me through Luke 8:11-15 about the parable of the seeds and my eyes were open to how we that receive the Word and grow and mature in God are to let our lights so shine that those that have heard the Word and turned away can be guided back to God. Jesus said to bring our prayers and supplication to Him and he will hear and take it to our Father who is in Heaven. Love your books Wanda. They are so uplifting. Thank you for sharing your heart with all of us.

  21. Linda Teems says:

    Thank you for your words of encouragement. Becoming a widow at a fairly young age, i learned that God is only a whisper away. My day is always started with my devotionals and I trust Him totally. It is really hard to understand how people make it without Him. I cannot change anything in my life; but I can trust Him to make the most of every situation. Thank you for your wonderful stories and your words of encouragement that you share with each of us.

  22. Brandy Peden says:

    I am trying to “let go and let God”. To do this I write on a piece of paper what is a struggle for me and leave it in a box and that box is what God can handle. Take it to God in prayer.

  23. Marcia Staunton says:

    Sea shells were always collected when I went to Oregon coast. Then would take my son for walks when we camped at Beverly Beach. As a lighthouse collector display them together.
    You are doing Wa and ID, what happened toOregon?

  24. Joan Serfass says:

    I really like that Prayer

  25. Linda L. Rabe says:

    The Serenity Prayer is a good one to pray every day. We all have struggles every day, some a lot worse than others. Just getting up and getting moving some mornings is a struggle due to arthritis, but with God’s help, I keep moving. As a believer I know that whatever comes into my life is for a reason. I definitely pray about it, but if it is God’s will to let me go through it, I will go through it with much prayer and daily Bible reading. HE is the answer to everything. Trust in the Lord always.

  26. It has taken me a long time but the Serenity Prayer is the only way to go. God is my friend and I love him in all things and all ways. I also truly love your books and believe I have read everyone of them. I look forward to every book that you publish. I would be proud to win a copy of your new book but if I don’t win it I will still get a copy and read it.
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us.

  27. Brittany B. says:

    I agree that the “Serenity Prayer” is a great reminder. A few verses have come to my mind to help me with this:

    “Humble yourselves therefore under the might hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him for he careth for you”. 1 Peter 5:6-7

    “Cast your burden upon The Lord, and he shall sustain you: he shall never permit the righteous to be moved”. Psalms 55:2

    One of my favorite verses when I am worried or anxious about a situation is: “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.” Isaiah 26:3

    There is also power in prayer! Thanks for the great reminder. God is in control! Let go of the wheel and let him steer. He knows best.

    Have a blessed day.

  28. The Serenity Prayer have been with me for many years as well as the Footprints poem. I know through my life trials and tribulations, God is the one in control. Even though God has give me “free will”, I believe He already knows which road I will travel. There are times when His strength is what has gotten me through the rough times in life and He will be there with me through eternity because that is His promise to me.

  29. Ola Norman says:

    Love that prayer. Sometimes it’s hard to completely give our worries to the Lord.

  30. Vicki H says:

    The Serenity Prayer has always been my favorite. I bought a silver bracelet with it on it and had not used it yet. My Dad passed away right after that so I gave it to my Mom and she wore it for months and would not take it off. It was just a cheap bracelet but it had so much meaning for her. Such a beautiful prayer.

  31. Wendy Davis says:

    When I pray I take a few minutes to listen to what God is saying in my heart. I find if I listen and stay still for some time each day, I have better results in my decision making. It may be that I seek God or it might be I really know God is telling His will. In the end, things work out much better. That is one reason I enjoy your books. I seek to find more simplicity in my life and am trying to “downsize” and live off of what God gave us. I no longer seek all the new gadgets or the newest wardrobe. I am satisfied with what I have. Love your work. Love to enter to win more.

  32. Wanda Sanders says:

    My grandmother, on my father’s side, taught me the Serenity Prayer when I was a little girl! Not only does it help me in my daily life, it is a WONDERFUL reminder of my grandmother who passed away in 1999!

  33. Lori Kistler says:

    My entire 50 years of life have been one struggle after another. Both financially and medically. I have learned – through such -that I have to pray to God and humble myself to accept all the adversities that come my way. Humility is a Godly Gift. I pray daily- on my knees- to find the good out of the bad. I am a work in progress. By HIs Amazing Grace- I will conquer.

  34. peggy c. says:

    I had been given that prayer many years ago 20 or so I had just learned that I was dealing with a severe nerve disease and also my husband had gone with other women at the time so I was going to a medical clinic for my disease and the counslor that was seeing me wrote that down and handed it to me. He said In times of stress and things that you can’t control and you have asked for gods help say this . Well since then I moved to Iowa and a friend I’d known for a long time gave me a cross that has that on it and wow it really hit me. So I have it hanging in our room and daily when the pain gets so bad I think of that and I say it after I read my daily bible . We live in a house that is in a very rural area and so I am alone during the day with the dogs and it gets real hard sometimes as my older children and grandchildren are in California and there are times that I just want to hug them so I read my bible and read that. It is a prayer that is my go to when I am happy and also not so.

  35. Lori Mayer says:

    When I find myself feeling scattered and afraid, I turn to His words of comfort, it may be the Bible or my devotions, often I just find myself talking to God, he calms me, he leads me to the path of serenity. I need to feel grounded, and he takes me there

  36. Marilyn Vandivier says:

    I have recently retired from my job that I worked at for 18 years. It wasn’t my chose, but I had always told by co-workers that God gave me the job and when it was time for me to move on I would know it. A few days before I was let go, the Lord spoke to me and told me to clean my desk and prepare to leave the company. So I did. A few days later I was told that they were doing away with my position. They gave me 18 weeks of Severance and my retirement. I will get my last check on Friday. I have been getting my retirement check and will be getting my Social Security.
    I have been asking the Lord to show me what he wanted me to do, and I believe that I have gotten and answer. God has never failed to provide for me. I was told by my co-worker that greater things were coming my way. 3 people told me this. God works in 3′s. I know he has great things for me. Prayer is the key to all our need. Jesus said ask and ye shall receive, seek and ye shall find, know and the door shall be opened unto you. If we have the faith of a mustard seed we can ask and God will supply.
    I love your books and would love to win your new book. Keep up the good work.
    Blessing to you.
    Marilyn

  37. Toni Coleman says:

    In these last days, we can see more and more reasons why Jesus said, “If they hated me they will hate you.”

  38. Roseann Cicalo-Powell says:

    I love the Amish and the way they practice what they preach. they have sense of family ,that i would love to have I thank God for Jesus dying on the cross I have Eternal life with him in Heaven when the time comes .I get excited thinking Jesus is coming soon What a Glorious Day that will be,Thank you Wanda for writing Books that are Christian and about people who are dear to me ,you and your Husband are Awesome People And true servants of our living God Thank You
    God Bless You Both and Your Family Love You Keep Writing Roseann Cicalo-Powell

  39. Glenda L says:

    I always pray that God will give me whatever I need to endure what comes my way in situation and/or circumstances I can not change. I also pray for wisdom to know His will. I think we can only learn His will through prayer and Bible reading. God gives us a peace when we are in His will, and on the other hand , if there is no peace I feel I am out of His will. We pray each day that He will reveal His will to us but in order to hear Him when He speaks we must be still and know that His is God.

  40. I have always known that God works in his time and when something happens out of my control I fret and worry all the while trying to remember that my timing is not God’s. I love how the Amish handle things together as a community and it always helps to know someone is there for you and understands.

  41. Nancy Luebke says:

    About 2 years ago, I was forced to quit my job because I could not handle the pain of the heavy work I was doing as a custodian. I was also starting to fall a bit. Well, it turns out there is something going on in my brain (to make this short) and I’m on disability which limits our income and looking for a better job. I now know I have a lot of nerve damage in my hands too. So now I have time, to read, to work on genealogy and work at a slower pace. Being forced to quit my job was probably the best thing that happened for me. After 20 years of that type of work, my body was tired and I need time to heal. I’ve found some great new authors and have expanded my genealogy a lot. I’ve learned to say no some too. In some ways I’m also happier. The only downside that bothers me much is not being able to lead the singing in church. It’s harder to do that when you have to depend on a cane. However I’m still able to sing in the church choir. I’m still able to sing his praises.

  42. Trisha Gutschlag says:

    Wanda that was a lovely message and yes I often think of those words even though they arent in the bible I try to live by them.Even have the prayer in my car.
    Blessing Trisha

  43. I start every morning reading the Bible and every evening . I still need to think more about God through the dayand talk to him.

  44. My father worked in a place in the late 50′s and early 60′s that made signs and plaques. He made the Serenity Prayer for a plaque in our home. He died in 1966 at the age of 50. I learned it is God’s will and when our time is up there is nothing we can do. I accepted life as a gift. I live by this message…especially when I need the strength to get through some problems that I feel there is nothing I can do to change it but to accept the change.

  45. Mildred Mayo says:

    Every night before going to sleep, I THANK God for my blessings and ask him to guide me through another day. I then relax,sleep well and wake up ready to face what is ahead of me knowing that he is by myside.

  46. Susan M. says:

    I wake every morning and say thank you God. I try to remember that nothing is so important that we can’t recycle something that you do not need or use. When I am aware of something good or bad I know that God is there too. When good, I thank him and when bad I ask for his help.

  47. nancy jo horton says:

    Remembering during this Lent season to pray to God and give thanks for all that he has given us and being there with us to help others and pray for others, no matter what they did or did not do.
    Have a great day, Wanda.

  48. Kathleen Rittenhouse says:

    My desire is to be like Jesus. I have been blessed with a loving husband and beautiful children, grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. I was brought up in a Christian home with an Anabaptist background. I pray that my family will all come to accept Jesus as their personal Savior. One way that we try to keep our family close is having a family dinner every other Sunday evening. The Amish continue with family dinners and it’s a special time of sharing and enjoying each others life stories. Thank God for people like you Wanda, that keep the stories published. May each of us continue to live in His Light.

  49. Gail Hollingsworth says:

    I know it’s an old cliche but I always think when God closes a door another one will open. I look back a lot and see and realize where God is working things out in my life that I never saw at the time. He always has my best interests at heart and I’m so glad He’s in total control!

  50. Terri Shortell says:

    My life was totally shaken over the last few years. Working at moving through the door opened for me and trying to believe everything happens for a reason. Lose my faith sometimes but trying to be better.

  51. Ola Osborne says:

    I do need to remember to ask God to guide my steps and to help me to be more open to His guidance. Thank you for the reminder.

  52. Nola Moore says:

    It amazes me how much strength God gives you when you ask for it. It is a gift that is yours , don’t be afraid to ask the Almighty for it.

  53. I just read one Amish Short story and I so loved it. It introduced me to Amish life; which I don’t know about. I love learning about different cultures. I thank you for your stories that have God in them. It is such a nice change and the stories are clean; which I love.
    God, is in my life and I so love when God closes a door and opens another one for me. Sometimes at the time I don’t realise it tho until later. I love God!!

  54. Karen Kaufmann says:

    I usually turn to God in prayer. I am having difficulties at work. I believe the Lord wants me to change jobs. I just need the courage to follow His will for me, get out of my comfort zone and look what is available to me.

  55. Amy Kreckman says:

    It is funny that you quoted the “Serenity Prayer” because that is the very one that is used in recovery from addiction. My own son struggles with addiction and I am struggling with giving my worries over to God, I know that is what I need to do, but it is hard. I pray everyday for the courage and the strength I need to accept what I cannot change. As a mother, it is heartbreaking to watch your child struggle. I pray, I read devotionals, I surround myself with good books/TV, and I talk to other Christians as a way of coping. I pray for peace for our family from addiction.

  56. Val Pearson says:

    Last month, I became a grandmother to two adorable babies by two of my amazing daughters. With one daughter, the relationship with the baby daddy is a rough one. He was caught cheating on her and He is a man who MUST have his way. He told my daughter that if he couldn’t have her back, he wanted nothing to do with the baby. He then proceeded to say he wanted to kill himself etc, and even went so far as to send her a picture of a noose hanging in his parent’s garage. He would never do it, but it is my daughter and granddaughter’s safety that I worry about. I pray and it helps. Then when I read devotionals, or just flip through the Bible, it’s revealed to me the exact words I need to hear. Even though I have turned it over to God, I continue to worry.

  57. SARAH TAYLOR says:

    LIKED AND SHARED YOUR POST ON FACEBOOK FOR A CHANCE TO WIN YOUR BOOK. LOVE READING ABOUT THE AMISH YOU ARE A GREAT AUTHOR. THANK YOU SARAH TAYOR

  58. Ms. Dean Young says:

    Wanda, I love reading about the Amish way of life and their faith.

    in 2009, my mother died, my granddaughter was born 2.5 months early, so much too quickly. Our daughter was moved from the rental behind the main house into mom’s home, which we have since purchased, to keep the home safe during the transition. So, we, husband and I, live 1400 miles away from our home, our daughter and granddaughter, but I need to stay where we are so I can have a retirement check and benefits. I am in count down to when I can retire, so something I can’t change, but can continue having a positive attitude until the time arises, only 2 years 2 months plus a few weeks.

    Please keep educating us and writing your wonderful novels.

  59. Barbara Bassett says:

    I find it a daily thing to pray about everything whether it is something I have to accept the way it is or to learn how to do it differently. My husband and I pastor a small church in Bluefield, WV and we’re getting ready to celebrate 100 years of our church being in existence on April 13. There have been times that we have questioned whether we should continue what the Lord wants us to do or decide to move on. For now we feel we are where we’re suppose to be. Until the time comes to move on, that will be the Lord’s will. I surely have enjoyed reading your books when I can. The Amish people have been an inspiration to me of how they handle everything in their lives. You have shown us they are no different in their life situations then we are but they treat them differently then we might do. That is showing me to be humble before God and man…He will work out everything in His Time…He is in control and I have to learn to wait on His Timing.

  60. Rebecca says:

    Amish philosophy is so much like Orthodox Judaism. Even your saying God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.” is part of our beliefs.

  61. So blessed by this post.
    Linda Finn

  62. Cindy Hetherington LaMay says:

    Thank you for posting the words to the Serenity Prayer. Things have been rather difficult in our home this past month. My Boyfriend has had many more health problems and has had a toe amputated and since has had 3 infections found in the wound, one being MRSA. The stress of this surgery and the added stress of trying to find a way to afford all of the dressings needed to keep this wound clean, I have found myself repeating this Prayer many times. I was able to track down a source that was able to give him over a weeks worth of sterile dressings and now has been assigned to a Home Health Care Agency that is covered by his insurance to come to our home and bring with them the dressing changes. This alone will relieve so much stress for the 2 of us. Sometimes all it takes is to say a little prayer. (Keep writing your books, it is allowing some of us to become reconnected to our faith!!!) Thank you!

  63. Thank You so much for all of your books!!!! They are so motivating and I love the Chrisianity in your heart, Thank You for that!!!! I have been in situations where I have prayed about it and felt peace for leaving it in Gods hands, that all of a sudden he will speak to me in the most incrediable way through a cloud or on a chair!!!! First Thessalonians 5:21-22 teaches that it is the responsibility of every Christian to be discerning: “But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good; abstain from every form of evil.” The apostle John issues a similar warning when he says, “Do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world” (1 John 4:1). According to the New Testament, discernment is not optional for the believer-it is required.

  64. GOD said we can do all things in him .I know that though prayer God will show you the things to accept although it maybe something we dont want to or understand why we should. For example our two chirlden got married 6 weeks apart(One in April the other in May2013). At the time I realy wonder why it was happing this way but God wanted me to just accept it where was something we did not know HE HAD A PLAN… shortly after our the 2ed wedding my mother found out she had cancer. Mom as able to enjoy the waddings and not take away form there day and she enjoyed herself. That is something I thank the Lord for .If we had of known things would have been very different we have happy memory of that time. Because mom left us to go live with Jesus this passed December 2013. GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME.

  65. Peggy R says:

    I’ve had to deal with some serious health issues for over 30 years now. Although I know that it’s God’s will, and I’ve accepted it a long time ago, I refuse to let these issues get me down, hold me down, or hold me back!! I have learned to the best of my ability, to work around them, although it’s been hard at times, to live as normal a life as I can, even though my “normal,” isn’t the same as everyone else. Some days are harder than others, but with God’s help, I manage to get through the rough days. There are other issues in my life that I also need to deal with, and I’m slowly working those out as well. I’ve slowly learned to accept most of it, because as long as I’ve tried to make a change in those areas, I’ve been unsuccessful. In my heart, although it aches, my gut tells me that those things are going to stay the way they are. I’m looking forward to reading your latest book, as I always look forward to reading any book that you write. Congratulations!!

  66. Angelina Shaw says:

    When things weigh heavily on me I turn to God in prayer, meditate, read inspirational books or listen to the soothing, ministering spirit in hymns. I try not to worry too overly much because I know that no good comes it so I give it to the One who can handle all things. God tells us in Matthew 11:29 & 30 “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” When I remember to do this God gives me peace and works things out.

  67. Mary Preston says:

    I learned long ago that when troubles come calling it is best to face them, deal with them, then move forward.

  68. Patti Bond says:

    I know in my heart that when I am going though a hard time, God is always there to get me through the situation. I know this, as I have been through a hard time with things happening in my life and I know that God has seen me through these hard times and he will always be by my side no matter who else should shun me

  69. Michelle says:

    I try to live my life according to what the bible says, but I am not always good at it. I am always thankful that God will lift us up from whatever we are going through no matter how many times we fail, as long as we continue loving him. I am trying to live by the serenity prayer, but I worry about things that I really have no control over, but I am trying to work on that.

  70. Rachel Anna says:

    I have definitely had my share of troubles over the years and experienced many situations over which I had no control. I feel that each of these problems have served to draw me closer to God. I know that He is the only one I can really depend on, and I try my very hardest now to seek Him first when trouble comes my way and thank Him in all things. I know He will take care of me.

  71. Mary Kraft says:

    Yes, I love the Serenity Prayer! Good think to remember daily! Also, another saying I keep close to my heart “Blessed are the Flexible, for they shall not get bent out of shape!” Love all your books! Keep ‘em coming!

  72. Hi.
    Wanda, I thought it was wonderful to share this with us. :)
    And I do. I give all my worries and concerns to God and I know He will always guide me through tough times. He is always there to give my courage.

  73. By spending time with God and in His word we can discern what His will is.
    Also the Holy Spirit will help guide us

  74. Janice G. says:

    By knowing God’s word. We should line up everything with His word. Also through prayer and asking Him to reveal His will to you!

  75. Barbara Myus says:

    Proverbs 3:5,6,& 7
    Trust in The Lord with all your heart and lean not unto our own understanding . In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He will direct our paths. I have had to lean harder on Him since my husband passed away, a year ago December 2012. He is faithful and gives me strength everyday. Don’t know how I would get through the day without Jesus as my guide.
    Love your books and your testimony.

  76. Arletta M. Swope says:

    I LOVE, LOVE reading all your books!!!! I have most all of them & let others read them as well, only if I know they will take care of them. There’s nothing I like more than to relax with a great Amish novel!!! I love the pace it sets when I read it, & I get so caught up in the story, I feel like I am part of the family & wondering what they are doing, if I’m not reading! All I can say is “Keep ‘em coming!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

  77. I truly believe that God has plans for each one of our lives. When He Closes One Door he Opens Another. I have much stress in my life but I know that God is always with me. I have been put here for a purpose. The “Serenity Prayer” has been a part of my life since I was a little girl. I have found much Peace in reading these novels and go back and read them again when I need to remember that there are others that have things much worse than I do. I love the passages that you quote and write them down to read over and over again. Thank you for being such a wonderful woman and author you know exactly how to share God’s Word so that readers will be able to relate to the story.

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