Jan 14, 2016

Grant Us Serenity

I love this.
In today's affirmation written by Tian Dayton in her book One Foot in Front of the Other: daily affirmations for recovery, she writes about serenity and the importance of keeping it front and center in our daily priorities. To find peace amidst the chaos that is all around us when someone we love is an addict.

Finding serenity is an acceptance that healing may never truly be over. It gets better and better and we become stronger as we go, but there might always be triggers and flashbacks. In the Adult Child's case, perhaps the alcoholic returns to drinking, after a time of being sober. It is painful for loved ones to stand and watch the addict we love get sucked back into the whirlpool of addiction. 

It hurts, because we've seen the effects of their addiction. They have seen  and felt the effects, and most likely they know what they are giving into once again and they surrender anyway. Maybe it is because whatever they are facing is a lot worse and more fierce and to be feared  than the traps of their addiction. Or, I imagine they are. I don't know for sure, do you?

"God grant me the serenity to accept the things I can't change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference." 

Lord, help me to fall into and trust your divine direction, your Good Orderly Direction because only You know what is best for me. We have to trust you are there, too, for the addict in our lives and as we pray and rest in Your mercy and glory, we can trust there is  a Spiritual battle going on that we may not know about, but to understand you are working in Your perfect and divine timing to free the addict, and to free us from the chains of secondary addiction. Thank You, In Jesus' Holy name, Amen. 

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